The owner of OpTic Gaming, Hector "h3cz" Rodriguez, has confirmed via a VLOG on his YouTube account that Will "RUSH" Wierzba and Oscar "mixwell" Canellas are not set to leave the organization for the time being.
Rumors had been amidst after very poor results since the departure of Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz last month.
At 1 minute and 16 seconds, h3cz says he has received good news, "I just got off the phone with RUSH, RUSH, and mixwell are both staying," the OpTic Gaming founder says.
Former in-game leader of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive division, stanislaw, left OpTic Gaming at the start of February. Throughout 2016 stanislaw helped lead OpTic Gaming become one of the best teams in the world reaching as high as No. 2 in the WWG CSGO Team Rankings. The team made steady improvements throughout the year resulting in a win at Northern Arena before peaking with a championship in ELEAGUE Season 2. OpTic looked poised to continue its impressive run in 2017. However, it has been far from it.
RUSH had this to say about the departure of stanislaw back in February, "It's a shock to me, the team, and the OpTic as a whole. We wish we could have at least talked it out and fixed whatever was bothering him, but he decided to move forward on things on his own."
Now it was RUSH who was potentially on his way out of the team with mixwell.
The now No. 8 team in the world failed to make it out of the group stages at the ELEAGUE Major, DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, and most recently Intel Extreme Masters Katowice. Spencer "Hiko" Martin had joined as a temporary fifth for the green wall following being replaced by stanislaw on No. 17 Team Liquid, but replacing one of North America's best in-game leaders with a lurker just doesn't solve the issue. Joining Hiko was Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu who was brought in on a trial as the teams head coach in the hopes of aiding the lack of in-game leading. Tarik "tarik" Celik previously claimed the duty of in-game leading had been on Keith "NAF" Markovic during a broadcast to streaming platform Twitch.tv.
Regardless of its current situation, it appears OpTic CS:GO will tough it out.