XSET were quick to apologize for their hot-headed comments about OpTic Gaming’s alleged tech pause abuses during their series at VALORANT Champions 2022.
In-game leader Rory “dephh“ Jackson posted an apology on Twitter a few hours after the post-match press conference, during which the allegations were made. “To react like that in a press conference after our loss to optics wasn’t acceptable and I take full responsibility of my actions,” he said.
“We should have addressed our concerns to the proper channels instead of venting into the nether after the game. Definitely a heat of the moment thing and something I regret,” he added. Dephh also acknowledged OpTic outplayed them in the series, admitting they “played great.”
OpTic eventually came out on top of the upper bracket semifinals matchup with XSET. But OpTic took a series of technical pause breaks following crucial round losses and even after they had taken a tactical timeout. In the post-match press conference, dephh didn’t hold back his frustration, claiming #the unfortunate timing of OpTic’s tech pauses was deliberate.
“I think the only mind games that OpTic use are finding ways to tech pause during pretty big rounds or before big rounds… The tech pauses today just seemed like to crush momentum at times, came at really bad times after tactical pauses and stuff and big round wins,” dephh said in the conference.
In OpTic’s press conference, coach Chet “Chet” Singh responded “there was no intention to like, screw them over anything. The PC was just actually not working well.” He also added to the conversation on Twittersaying that XSET’s claims were “poor sportsman ship,” and that OpTic “don’t need to cheat to beat you guys sorry.”
Chet later addressed dephh’s apologyadmitting that “it’s all good, I’ve made that mistake before as well earlier this year.”