OpTic to Northern Arena with desi

OpTic will attend the $100,000 Northern Arena event with Derek 'desi' Branchen as a stand-in, as Tarik 'tarik' Celik will be attending his brother's engagement dinner during that time.

OpTic were one of the fourteen teams directly invited to the $100,000 Northern Arena event, which will take place from September 1-4 at the Metro Toronto Convention in Toronto, Canada and feature North American, South American, and European competition.

With the group draw for the event having been announced earlier in the day, OpTic were drawn in Group B alongside TSM, Echo Fox, and Luminosity.

desi will stand-in for tarik at Northern Arena

However, the Canadian-American-Spanish team will be fighting on the back foot as their new signee Tarik "tarik" Celik (previously of CLG fame) took to Twitter to announce that he will miss the event due to his brother's engagement dinner and that Derek "desi" Branchen will play in his stead for OpTic.

desi most recently played for Winterfox, beginning with his addition to the team in November of 2015 and culminating with his removal in April 2016. The 23-year-old American player also recently finished in 5-6th place at the HTC 1vs1 Invitational.

Out of pure coincidence, tarik is the second player to recently miss attending an event due to a brother's marriage plans, as Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt of Envy will be unable to attend the SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 Finals from September 7-11 due to his own brother's wedding.

stich writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
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Good luck optic with desi, hope he will shine there.
2016-08-24 04:23
wtf how fast do you type
2016-08-24 04:28
copy and paste obviously
2016-08-24 04:47
How can he write it before he knows what the thread will be lol
2016-08-24 04:49
Canada gojira_ 
he rite ther thred :o
2016-08-24 04:58
tarik posted it on twitter so he guessed that its gonna be on hltv?
2016-08-24 06:21
sXe | 
Russia Duzzle 
realy fastest guy)
2016-08-24 05:46
2016-08-24 14:17
Desi ma boy
2016-08-24 04:23
mason | 
Tunisia mason~ 
2016-08-24 04:23
wow, very interesting, i wonder if desi will perform
2016-08-24 04:23
2016-08-24 04:23
recently kappa
2016-08-24 04:24
Brazil Brazilianos 
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2016-08-24 04:25
United States Jamila 
Good work stich
2016-08-24 04:25
RIP OpTic, desi will carrry Kappa
2016-08-24 04:32
North America Oakz 
Sad day
2016-08-24 04:34
poor optic :( "engagement dinner" wtf...I would understand it if it was a wedding...but this...
2016-08-24 04:40
Ex6TenZ | 
Norway orcaM 
Was thinking the same... this is ridiculous.
2016-08-24 06:17
An American wedding is not the same as one of a gipsy mate so dont even try to compare the 2.
2016-08-24 08:16
Its family indeed and if ur brother is having his engagement dinner u will be there!
2016-08-24 08:44
Ex6TenZ | 
Norway orcaM 
WTF is an "engagement dinner"? seriusly wtf...
2016-08-25 19:42
Slovakia TatKo 
You can see real dedication from Tarik
2016-08-24 06:54
True professional right? LOL
2016-08-24 08:22
Mexico hu5h 
its family bro....
2016-08-24 08:28
I agree. Rofl.
2016-08-24 14:24
shitty reason to miss a the first lan with a new lineup. thought this was supposed to be a professional game.
2016-08-24 04:49
2016-08-24 05:16
WTF is an engagement dinner? Must be some Kebab thing. This is supposed to be a professional game. If I told the company that is paying me that I am taking time off to go to an engagement dinner and can't make an important conference, guess what would happen? Get a fucking clue Tarik and the rest of the gamers that think they are "pro."
2016-08-24 06:27
Mexico hu5h 
at the end of the day its just a game. sure hes getting paid for it but family>>>>>>>>a video game. I dont see why all u kids are complaining about it. its his fucking life lmfao
2016-08-24 08:30
because most of the kids in here have no life
2016-08-24 08:56
allu | 
Finland Fherrera 
2016-08-24 11:55
It's their job.
2016-08-24 14:25
Desi has good potential. Deserves to be in a good team. Hope he performs well.
2016-08-24 06:38
its funny how much money these kids make and can do whatever the fuck they want...ur srsly missing the tournament for an engagement dinner?
2016-08-24 07:51
So many people here butthurt about tarik taking time to celebrate with his family. Yeah it's a pretty big tournament but at some point you have to draw the line and spend time with your family. There will be many tournaments to come but his brother may only be married once.
2016-08-24 09:38
Yeah but it's not the actual wedding, just an engagement dinner. I'm not saying he shouldn't do it tho, just correcting you ;p
2016-08-24 13:37
good luck
2016-08-24 10:44
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
Engagement dinner lmao
2016-08-24 12:24
tarik is stupid af
2016-08-24 12:33
muslims everywhere?
2016-08-24 14:48
dennis | 
Sweden Etiz 
good luck
2016-08-24 13:41
stich writing, nice
2016-08-24 14:33
Hope that he didn't lost the grip after months away from a team.
2016-08-24 21:39
Indonesia de_insertion 
Yes that is great for TSM.
2016-08-25 17:27
good luck desi
2016-08-25 20:25
hippien | 
New Zealand TEEZY 
Gj liars
2016-09-02 06:05
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