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Hazey Results for Mythic

Mountain Dew League (MDL) Stream Team, Mythic, currently consisting of secondary awp and in game leader Eric ‘adreN’ Hoag, fix player Todd ‘anger’ Williams, versatile James ‘hazed’ Cobb, awper Erik ‘fl0m’ Flom, and entry fragger Adam ‘Polen’ Polen. Their most recent change was the addition of hazed after Alex ‘LeX’ Deily decided to step down to pursue other opportunities in the gaming industry. Hazed is most notably known for his time with Counter Logic Gaming, the organization which he attended 5 Valve majors with, including a top 8 finish at MLG Columbus. In hazed’s short stint playing and coaching for OpTic, he placed top 3 at IEM Sydney 2017; losing to the eventual champs, SK Gaming. In most instances you would assume that Mythic should instantly improve, but contrary to the team’s run to MDL Global Challenge LAN the previous year, the team failed to make it past MDL playoffs and finished the season in ninth place with a 9-7 record.

Season 26 of MDL was more dominant for Mythic as they finished 5-8th with an 11-5 record. This record was the same as SoaR and Rise Nation. SoaR’s roster made it into Pro League under Dignitas, and although they have since been relegated they were able to grab a couple of wins against Splyce and Ghost Gaming. Meanwhile the ex-Rise Nation team has made it into ECS league as well as the ESL Pro League for the upcoming eighth season, now playing under eUnited while making a run for the ECS LAN Finals in Wembley, London. Hazed has a 1.20 HLTV rating for this past season of MDL, compared to an abysmal .94 rating in Season 26 of MDL with Muffin Lightning. During LeX’s short time playing for Mythic during Season 27 of MDL he had a .69 rating over 3 maps. Hazed has obviously been performing at a much higher level than LeX was, so the question remains, what is holding them back from playing to their full potential? When will Mythic finally cross the border like these other premier teams to be ready for the big leagues? The potential for the team is massive, and with a player like hazed on the roster, it seems to be only a matter of time till there is nothing left holding them back.

Outside of MDL the team has entered into just about every qualifier for LAN events they can and have had strong showings in those as well. Mythic has taken maps off of compLexity, Torqued, and eUnited. In the most recent qualifier for ESL One: Cologne 2018 they were extremely close to qualifying to the LAN after beating eUnited on the first map of their best of 3, and had a strong showing in the second when the admins came in and told them they needed to either shut down their streams or forfeit the match. As a stream team they felt that keeping their streams going was more important than the match and thus forfeited their chances of making it to the final against compLexity to go to Cologne, one of the biggest events of the year.

Most fans of Mythic have shouted for the removal of Polen from the team’s active lineup, primarily because of his consistent unnecessary over-extension, false or inaccurate callouts, or his tendencies to play too aggressively, thus giving away the man advantages in multiple instances. Taking a look at the HLTV ratings of the Mythic players during Season 27 of MDL, Polen has been in the middle of the pack sporting a 1.03 rating. Hazed has been the leader of the pack with his 1.20 rating, followed closely by Erik ‘fl0m’ Flom with a 1.19 rating. The two lowest players are Todd ‘anger’ Williams and Eric ‘adreN’ Hoag with almost identical stats and 1.00 ratings both of which have played in multiple majors. This could be because they have had to pick up part of the in game leading hole left by LeX or maybe these guys are simply past their prime, unable to put up the numbers they once did.

What will it take for Mythic to take the next big step, to become a dominant NA team that can compete in the EPL and ECS Leagues, get to the next step that makes them a dominant team, or be able to consistently beat Pro League Teams. With multiple players that have participated in majors, adreN playing in major semifinals, hazed making legends status, and anger playing for both early compLexity and iBUYPOWER, it is hard to see this team not making it to at least the MDL LAN Finals in the approaching 28th season.