Naded leaves OpTiC Gaming days before HCS Pro League kicks off

Brett "Naded" Leonard when he was on Team Allegiance. 343 Industries / Microsoft

With less than two days before the start of the inaugural Halo Championship Series: Pro League, Brett "Naded" Leonard has shocked the Halo community today by announcing that he will be leaving the OpTic Gaming roster. Citing personal reasons among other things, Naded leaves OpTic Gaming with the difficult task of finding a new member to fill his spot. His announcement was made on Twitter, which included a link to a detailed explanation of his decision on the Team Beyond community forums.

OpTic Gaming coach Mike "Flamesword" Chaves addressed the situation on Twitter as well.

OpTic Gaming does not have much time to select who their fourth will be, but previous Team Liquid member Bradley "APG" Laws is a contender for the spot. APG was in a car accident before the HCS Pro League Summer Qualifier which led to a concussion, and he would ultimately step down from the TL roster for health reasons. He has improved since then and is a strong candidate for the position. Richie "Heinz" Heinz is another Halo veteran with years of experience that is an option for Optic Gaming. Heinz most recently played for Team eLevate and although they qualified for the Last Chance Qualifier, they failed to make the Pro League.