JasonR leaves OpTic, hazed to take over as IGL

by theScore Staff Jun 14
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Jason "jasonR" Ruchelski has stepped down from OpTic Gaming's starting roster according to the latest episode of the organization's Vision web series. The team's coach, James "hazed" Cobb will be taking over as OpTic's in-game leader.

According to Óscar "mixwell" Cañellas in the episode, JasonR chose to step down from the team in order to focus on his streaming career.

"He wanted to stop playing professional because he thinks he will never be a permanent player in OpTic, he doesn't feel like he's good enough for us," mixwell explained. "And he wants to keep his streaming career because he makes a lot of money doing that and it's a safe bet for him in the future. And he thinks that this month it would be too much for his brand and his streaming to be away from home more than 30 days playing all these tournaments."

hazed, former IGL for Counter Logic Gaming, has been Optic's coach since April, originally joining them on a trial basis for IEM Sydney, where hazed stood in for JasonR.

mixwell says in the video that the team are supportive of JasonR's decision and are happy to play with hazed in the coming tournaments.

"All the team thought it made sense because, like I said, he's a really good streamer," mixwell said. "His YouTube can grow if he works a little bit more and it's a really good plan for the future."

Sasha Erfanian is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.