Marved claims that best-of-5s are beneficial for OpTic, but history does not support that claim

Marved claims that best-of-5s are beneficial for OpTic, but history does not support that claim ...

OpTic Gamings shocking one-sided defeat to LOUD in the winners' final of VCT Champions 2022 was a rare occasion. It's rare to see NAs consistent top team appear shaky on one of their map picks, and even more surprising to see them lose by double digits on any map.

OpTic will need to win two straight best-of-five series to claim a world championship. Jimmy Marved Nguyen, OpTic's outstanding controller player, supports his teams' chances in the expanded series format.

Marved said in the post-match press conference that he thinks the best-of-five is beneficial for us. Its a good warm-up and we have a lot more leeway and maps. Also our map pool is quite largeso the vetoes usually favor us.

OpTic's track record in best-of-five series isn't as good as his confidence suggests during the 2022 VCT campaign. OpTic has won half of the six best-of-five series, with two straight defeats coming into Champions.

Their record against the remaining opponents in Champions is mixed too; they beat LOUD 3-1 in the grand final of Masters Reykjavik, but they lost 3-1 to FPX in the lower final of Masters Copenhagen. They have never played DRX in a best-of-five, but they have won both matches against them at Reykjavik and Copenhagen.

OpTic's good news is that the team is following the lead from their most successful season as a team yet. They won both the lower and the grand final to lift the trophy in Iceland. It's certainly a tougher task to do so again in the world championship, especially coming off their worst series performance ever.