hazed to coach OpTic

James "hazed" Cobb will be OpTic's new coach on a trial basis and also stand in at IEM Sydney as a player.

OpTic has had a downward trend since Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz left the team to sign with Liquid. They had an unsuccessful tryout period with Spencer "Hiko" Martin at DH Masters Las Vegas and IEM Katowice where they failed to get through the groups. Since then Jason "jasonR" Ruchelski has played as a stand-in for the North American team.

William "RUSH" Wierzba & company have now revealed that James "hazed" Cobb will be their new temporary coach and will also play at IEM Sydney as jasonR will not be available.


hazed will coach OpTic 

hazed played for CLG for nearly two years until the team decided to go separate ways at the start of 2017. Some of hazed's achievements with CLG are a 3-4th finish at ESL ESEA Pro League Season 1 Finals and a 5-8th placement at MLG Columbus.

IEM Sydney which features the likes of Astralis and FaZe will take place from May 3-7 with a ~$200,000 prize pool. Here is the lineup OpTic will use for this tournament:

United States William "RUSH" Wierzba
Spain Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas
Canada Keith "NAF" Markovic
United States Tarik "tarik" Celik
United States James "hazed" Cobb

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Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1143
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1198
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
836
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
917
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
Canada Jason 'jasonR' Ruchelski
Jason 'jasonR' Ruchelski
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
289
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
United States James 'hazed' Cobb
James 'hazed' Cobb
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
736
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1009
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
993
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
#1
tarik | 
Yugoslavia bleaq 
ez top 1
2017-04-11 08:16
u wot m8
2017-04-11 08:16
#18
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Israel asafborger 
I though that was Dazed
2017-04-11 08:33
Can he coach at valve events?
2017-04-11 08:37
no
2017-04-11 10:00
#45
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India TYZ4 
yes i think
2017-04-11 11:32
#56
shaGuar | 
Hong Kong b1uhwk 
No he can't be on the roster
2017-04-11 12:48
#59
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India TYZ4 
a coach is not on the roster
2017-04-11 13:25
#60
shaGuar | 
Hong Kong b1uhwk 
yes, yes they are. This is why THREAT was able to stand in for NiP, or why zonic stood in for Astrails. Only players on the submitted roster (before the event) can play, a coach is allowed to play in case of emergency for this reason.
2017-04-11 13:52
DAZED A FUCKING MANAGER???
2017-04-11 08:45
yeah
2017-04-11 11:41
#3
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Russia tevezlul 
lul
2017-04-11 08:16
noice
2017-04-11 08:16
#5
Russia 1tuz 
WHAT
2017-04-11 08:16
#7
Nifty | 
Australia djone243 
lol
2017-04-11 08:16
rip Optic and NA CS(
2017-04-11 08:16
#9
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United States burz3u5 
rip
2017-04-11 08:17
#10
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Slovakia N30NX 
What ehm ?????
2017-04-11 08:19
#11
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World dddouseddd 
now optic should go and get elige
2017-04-11 08:20
#73
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Canada SummerClassic 
Liquid arent dumb enough to let him go... EliGe is one of their star players, and the guys crazy on Lan
2017-04-11 15:43
#76
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World dddouseddd 
i know, he is clearly the best NA player rn, it would be cool if an org makes an effort to have a team that could challenge teams like astralis or vp. the talent is there, you need to put key pieces together and then train to make them work correctly as a team
2017-04-11 15:49
#79
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Canada SummerClassic 
That's exactly it, but no organization will take the risk of having an entirely new roster as they won't know if they'll perform... Plus the issue would be which orgs gets the "NA super star team", as the only deciding factor would be who has more money to spend, cause that's all they care about
2017-04-11 15:54
#12
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Kazakhstan gg_bois 
We will see.
2017-04-11 08:21
#13
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United States lilhellboy 
Lol
2017-04-11 08:29
#14
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Germany Flachzange 
he is soooo bad
2017-04-11 08:29
#15
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Australia atheoo_ 
Why? He's not that good of an IGL
2017-04-11 08:32
#16
CeRq | 
Canada Timings 
Him as a coach could maybe help out with some tactical stuff :P They still need an igl, NAF shouldn't call.
2017-04-11 08:32
naf isnt calling
2017-04-11 10:01
#46
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Spain Alser 
JasonR is calling
2017-04-11 11:32
#109
CeRq | 
Canada Timings 
Yeah now, but JR is a stand-in and they should get a real IGL. NAF was calling, I kind of didn't count JR.
2017-04-12 23:26
underrated , good guy and good player , its bad for him tbh to be a coach , will waste his talent , he still got it , just he didnt had a good teammates , give him a real chance optic ;/
2017-04-11 08:33
+1
2017-04-11 08:45
making money in cs is all about who u know now...even if ur a shit player, u can always get a coaching job bc ur friends get u in. I cant see how hazed can help optic in any way. Theres nothing that he knows that the rest of the players on the team dont already know...
2017-04-11 08:33
That's why he's on trial. If he can come up with some good strats and hold the team together, he's a fit.
2017-04-11 08:36
#32
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World smash143 
You would be surprised on how much a outside perspective can help a team. Hazed was a former igl of clg, he can be a good coach.
2017-04-11 09:01
#74
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Canada SummerClassic 
Very true, the NA scene isn't ballsy enough to try out new talents except for smaller orgs like selfless or clg... Although twiztzz is rumored for Liquid so that's pretty exciting! The NA scene will always be considered a joke as long as they keep recycling old players and don't take risks
2017-04-11 15:46
LUL conflict of interest in EPL
2017-04-11 08:35
#21
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India RrOuTe_FoRcE 
Stanislaw's move to liquid has been a bad decision for everyone; especially for Optic. hltv.org/ranking/teams/2017/january/16/ Optic#2 Never forgetti
2017-04-11 08:35
That burden is all on hecz. The way stan was treated is unacceptable.
2017-04-11 08:37
What happen
2017-04-11 09:47
they initially kicked him around august or something without warning him. then brought him back
2017-04-11 10:03
oh
2017-04-11 19:04
He found out he was being kicked from a fucking news article.
2017-04-12 00:36
doubt he can bring anything new
2017-04-11 08:45
#30
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Netherlands RichRamp 
Should pick-up SilenNt
2017-04-11 08:58
Wtf . U mad
2017-04-11 10:02
hazed to coach, hades to player.
2017-04-11 10:13
#44
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Spain Alser 
gl gl
2017-04-11 11:30
#47
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Portugal fatheroffive 
wtf is going on
2017-04-11 11:35
DaZeD > hazed
2017-04-11 11:38
#52
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Lithuania LuXe 
+1
2017-04-11 11:54
#69
ZywOo | 
United Kingdom k3rr 
+
2017-04-11 14:52
+1
2017-04-11 18:15
na best teams
2017-04-11 11:55
#57
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Sweden godname 
hahaha how can he coaching and playing on the same?
2017-04-11 13:14
#63
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Sweden 4Sweeeden 
Are you dumb? At Sydney he can help the IGL with alot of stuff (Wich is really good) Also he can IGL if needed, and he`s not a bad player at all imo. It clearly says "Will "RUSH" Wierzba & company have now revealed that James "hazed" Cobb will be their new temporary coach and will also play at IEM Sydney as jasonR will not be available."
2017-04-11 14:03
rip optic
2017-04-11 14:06
LOLOLOL
2017-04-11 14:16
Another decent NA player wasting his talent to coach... Money is priority obviously.
2017-04-11 14:59
#75
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Canada SummerClassic 
Yup... Watch, in 10 years from now, every team will consist of the same players and will keep on recycling them cause they don't want to spend money on upcoming talents
2017-04-11 15:48
Nah, I mean look what happened with Stewie, also C9 tried to do the same thing with Slemmy, but Slemmy didn't work out too well. But still hazed is still a pretty decent player. Unless he really wants to stop playing, this move is just about the money.
2017-04-11 15:50
#80
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Canada SummerClassic 
Fair enough
2017-04-11 15:55
rofl alright... hazed wouldnt be good enuff to be on more than like splyce or some shit. or like a support player on a mediocre NA team like misfits or whatever, but even there he would likely limit them too much. id say he would be the perfect candidate for becoming an IGL. that way he could impact the scene still. however: he already tried that on CLG and it failed and thats why he left.
2017-04-11 16:39
Yeah an IGL, I feel like would be a great role for him. His playstyle kinda fits him to be an IGL aswel. But I just think hes still wasting his talent being a coach, buy who knows, maybe he's gonna be a good coach and OpTic will keep this coach longer than a month.
2017-04-11 16:40
#71
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Canada PwnNewb 
does this mean they are keeping jasonR when he is available? his ratings were sooo bad, they need to give fREAKAZOiD a chance or someone new because jasonR was not the answer
2017-04-11 15:35
#77
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Canada SummerClassic 
JasonR's a great player, but you're right, just not the right fit for optic... Altho I would like to see freak return, Im not sure he'd be a great fit for optic either
2017-04-11 15:50
ROFLD @freakazoid
2017-04-11 16:37
#95
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Canada PwnNewb 
he has been lifting he is getting really strong
2017-04-11 20:40
yeah all that lifting fucks his muscle memory up and thats why he sucks so bad, maybe thats it.
2017-04-11 21:01
#98
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Canada PwnNewb 
no way, it helps make mouse lifting easier, makes bullying easier. He is ready to dominate NA main or premier. too bad Optic can't have someone already on the team IGL and pickup Twistzz or someone who frags hard
2017-04-11 21:03
rofl yeah ive seen a few misfits games with twistzz and i gotta say that guy has a long way to go to deserve a spot on a team thats looking to be top5 in the world.
2017-04-11 21:34
#101
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Canada PwnNewb 
I have seen him have great K/D against top 10 teams like LG before they were SK and other teams when he was with KKona and some with Misfits. You might be right, Misfits are bad so it doesn't really showcase his talent. If the top 3-4 NA teams would consolidate there might be some good NA teams. IDK why Stanislaw left Optic in the 1st place...I am guessing big $ but whatever it was he would have been better off long run staying on a team that can compete now Liquid and Optic both are just OK
2017-04-11 21:48
KDKDKDKDKD nothing more though so far. ive seen misfits T sides and sometimes i thought the best would be if they had a guy with a whip behind twistzz who whips him into battle so he doesnt just stand around waiting to get peeked when they execute. and we have yet to see liquid on lan. i dont think stan woulda left optic if he didnt think they were going downhill and he could create something better in liquid. but i dont even think they have a fifth yet, and who knows how that all went down. i know they tried to get mixwell and rush but apparently that didnt work out.
2017-04-11 22:13
JRNASTY will comeback
2017-04-11 16:23
ez coach hazed
2017-04-11 16:32
i like hazed , he is super chill.
2017-04-11 17:07
#89
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United States KpleeZy 
good move, especially when TEMPnasty comes back
2017-04-11 17:27
OpTic is a mess
2017-04-11 19:36
hazed coach? He isn't any good himself. How can he teach others how to play? Whatever. If OpTic chose him there must be something to him I don't know.
2017-04-12 02:42
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