|Coach||Michael "FlamesworD" Chaves|
|Manager||Hector "H3CZ" Rodriguez|
|Captain||Nick "MaNiaC" Kershner|
|Sponsor(s)|| Scuf Gaming |
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|Created|| Organization 2006|
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- 1 Biography
- 2 Halo History
- 3 Timeline
- 4 Player Roster
- 5 Organization
- 6 Tournament History
- 7 Media
- 8 Gallery
- 9 See Also
- 10 External Links
- 11 References
OpTic Gaming is an American eSports organization. Founded in the summer of 2006, OpTic Gaming currently fields teams in Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Halo 5: Guardians and Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
OpTic Gaming was founded in the summer of 2006 by "OpTic KR3W" and Ryan "OpTic Jon3s" Musselman (OpTicJ) as an online Call of Duty team. In 2007, Hector "H3CZ" Rodriguez took over leadership of the brand, and OpTic began producing content in 2009. In 2010, OpTic's fielded its first professional gaming team, a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 roster at the FormaL and Crimsix would find post-Halo success as a part of OpTic's Call of Duty team as well.. In 2011 at the Modern Warfare 3 tournament, OpTic finished 1st, netting themselves a $400,000 prize. In the ensuing years, OpTic's brand would expand exponentially, as they became a dominant force in the competitive scene and one of the leading sources of Call of Duty content on YouTube. Former Halo players
OpTic Gaming's first venture into Halo came at the 2012 MLG Fall Championship, where OpTic's Call of Duty team of Matt " " Haag, Seth " " Abner, Joey " " Deluca and Brian " " Baroska competed in the Halo 4 event. OpTic made it to Winners Round 3 before being taken out 2-1 by Rebellion. OpTic was ultimately knocked out in Losers Round 5 by Synergy Gaming, and finished in the top 64.
In November 2013, professional Halo player Michael "FlamesworD" Chaves was recruited as OpTic's Call of Duty coach. This eventually lead to FlamesworD forming an OpTic Halo team with the intention of competing at RTX 2014. The roster was made up of FlamesworD, Aaron "Ace" Elam, Justin "iGotUrPistola" deese and Eric "Snip3down" Wrona, with former pro player Michael "StrongSide" Cavanaugh as coach. OpTic did not end up attending a Halo 4 event, but the roster stuck together for the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Halo 2: Anniversary
The OpTic Halo squad attended their first Halo event at the ESL MCC Launch Invitational, where they took a 5th-6th placement out of 8 invited teams. Shortly after the Invitational, Pistola and Snipedown left OpTic to join Evil Geniuses. On November 23rd, FlamesworD announced the first addition to the roster - Clete "Assault" LoRusso. On December 3, FlamesworD announced the finalization of the roster on YouTube, confirming the addition of Mason "Aries" Miller to the main roster, as well as the addition of Ian "Enable" Wyatt as a sub and Kyle "Elamite" Elam as the new coach, replacing StrongSide. At the first LAN event of HCS Season 1, Iron Games Columbus 2014, OpTic placed 3rd, defeating Cloud9 in a controversial series to eliminate them. At the second LAN event of the season, UGC St. Louis 2015, OpTic took 4th.
On January 10th, OpTic announced that they were parting ways with Aries and picking up Bradley "APG" Laws. APG's tenure on OpTic was short however, as he soon departed in favor of Noble Black, citing lack of practice due to Ace being sick as the catalyst. In response, OpTic picked up Cody "ContrA" Szczodrowski, who APG had replaced on Noble Black. With ContrA on board, OpTic took second place in the last two HCS Cups of the season. At the third LAN event of the season, Gamers For Giving 2015, OpTic defeated Cloud9 in a close 3-2 series in Winners Round 3. They then pulled off a big upset on the heavily favored Counter Logic Gaming in Round 4, sweeping them 3-0 and sending them to the Losers Bracket. On Sunday, OpTic faced off against Evil Geniuses and was swept 3-0 and knocked into the Losers Bracket, where they would once again face Counter Logic Gaming. CLG avenged their earlier loss, defeating OpTic 3-1 and ending their tournament with a 3rd place finish. OpTic Halo entered the HCS Season 1 Finals as the #4 seed. They faced off against season-long rivals Cloud9 in WB Round 1, and were defeated 3-2. OpTic's first LB match was against Noble Black, featuring APG and Aries. Despite rallying back to win game 3, OpTic was defeated 3-1 by Noble Black, ending their tournament and their season with a season-worst 7-8th placing.
OpTic's average LAN placing in HCS Season 1 was 4.38. Their total winnings amounted to $6,050.
Shortly after PAX East, Contra confirmed his departure from OpTic on Twitter. Days later, Nick "MaNiaC" Kershner confirmed that he was leaving Noble Black to join OpTic. Despite a contract dispute with Noble, Maniac joining OpTic became official later that night. At Iron Games Atlanta 2015, OpTic came out strong, upsetting the #1 seeded Winterfox in 4 games. They were then defeated by Denial eSports in 3 games, sending them to the losers' bracket where they were defeated in 4 games by Cloud9. They lost 3-0 to Counter Logic Gaming in consolation, taking 6th place as a result.
OpTic had inconsistent results in the first half of the online cups for Season 2, starting off on a low note with a top 8 finish in Cup 1 before rebounding with two 4th place finishes in Cups 2 and 3. However, they would follow these up with a top 16 finish in Cup 4. After skipping Cup 5, they closed out the online cups with two top 8 finishes. At HCS Indianapolis, OpTic started off strong, defeating Vanquish Gaming 2-0 and Winterfox 3-2 before falling 3-2 in a very close Winners Semifinals series with Denial eSports. They were then defeated in their first LB match by Counter Logic Gaming. They defeated Cloud9 in consolation to finish 5th.
OpTic went into the HCS Season 2 Finals as the #6 seed. Their first opponents were Winterfox, a familiar opponent. This time however, Winterfox defeated OpTic for the first time at a tournament, 3-1, sending OpTic to the LB early. In the LB, OpTic defeated Team Liquid 3-2 in a very close series to stay alive. Their next opponents were Counter Logic Gaming, and in a series plagued by multiple disconnections, OpTic were defeated 3-1 and sent home with a top 6 finish.
OpTic's average placing in HCS Season 2 was 5.50. Their total winnings amounted to $10,600.
Halo World Championship 2016
OpTic was the only North American team invited to the Gamescom Invitational 2015 prerelease Halo 5 tournament. They lost to Supremacy in the first round, winning no prize money. Not long after the Gamescom tournament, Ace left OpTic to join Team Liquid. It wasn't until December 7th that OpTic would announce a replacement. Their new fourth was officially confirmed to be Brandon "StelluR" Boettcher. After four online qualifiers with no placings higher than top 16, StelluR left OpTic to join Leftovers. OpTic was caught in the middle of a roster change frenzy leading up to the final qualifier. Assault left to join Triggers Pound, leaving FlamesworD and Maniac to recruit Shane "Posey xR" Posey and Justin "FearItSelf" Kats to round out the roster. The team failed to acquire enough points to qualify in the final cup. Over the next two weeks, FlamesworD and Maniac parted ways with Posey and FIS in a last ditch effort to qualify for NA Regionals through the Last Chance Qualifier. They eventually picked up Garrett "LifeStyle" Miller and Ian "Chaser" Contorelli. They won the LCQ in dramatic fashion, with FlamesworD's Twitch stream accumulating viewership higher than that of the official Halo stream. At NA Regionals, OpTic went 1-2 in their group, losing to Team Allegiance and Triggers Pound and beating Dream Team. Thus, they finished top 16 and did not qualify for Halo World Championship 2016.
On March 24th, 2016, FlamesworD posted a video confirming that Chaser and LifeStyle had been released from OpTic and that he and Maniac were the only members of OpTic's Halo team presently. On April 5th, 2016, Naded announced on twitter that he joined the OpTic roster alongside FlamesworD and Maniac. Five days later, the roster was finalized as OpTic confirmed the return of Ace. With the announcement of OpTic being invited to the HCS Pro League Invitational 2016, MaNiaC announced that Cloud will be coaching the team for the event. OpTic started off at PAX strong as they beat Enigma6 Group 3-1, defying the expectations of many in the community. After their series against E6, OpTic faced the tall task of defeating Evil Geniuses. EG dominated the series, winning the first map by a score of 100-18 before going up 21-0 in the Slayer game. EG would take the series by a score of 4-0. OpTic then faced elimination against organizational rivals Team EnVyUs. Despite a much closer series, score-wise, OpTic were still swept 4-0 and eliminated from the tournament with a 3rd place finish.
In the week following PAX, Flamesword announced his retirement from Halo competition, choosing to shift into a new role as OpTic's head coach. In Flamesword's absence, MaNiaC was named captain of the team. Later that night, OpTic announced the acquisition of Cory "Str8 SicK" Sloss. The roster's first tournament together was an Online Invitational Qualifier, in which they earned an invite to the HCS Pro League Summer Qualifier 2016, upsetting the favored Renegades in the process. At the Qualifier, OpTic failed to make it out of their group, forcing them to play in the Last Chance Qualifier to compete for a spot in the Pro League. In the LCQ, OpTic finished 2nd, losing only to Team Liquid in their successful bid to earn a spot. On May 31st, shortly after OpTic qualified, Naded made a forum post announcing that he was leaving the roster., leaving OpTic a player short with the Pro League kicking off in less than 48 hours. For their first Pro League match, they brought in a returning APG as a sub.
- January 3rd, 17th - 32nd place in NA Qualifier #2
- January 10th, 17th - 32nd place in NA Qualifier #3
- January 17th, 9th - 16th place in NA Qualifier #4
- January 22nd, StelluR leaves.
- January 24th, Assault leaves. Posey xR and FearItSelf join. 65th - 128th place in NA Qualifier #5
- January 25th, Posey xR leaves.
- February 5th, FearItSelf leaves. Chaser and LifeStyle join.
- February 6th, 1st place in NA Last Chance Qualifier. Team qualifies for NA Regional Finals as #16 seed.
- February 10th, BigTymeR joins as coach.
- February 20th, 9th - 16th place at NA Regional Finals
- March 24th, Chaser and LifeStyle released.
- April 5th, Naded joins.
- April 10th, Ace rejoins.
- April 14th, Cloud joins as coach for HCS Pro League Invitational 2016. 
- April 24th, 3rd Place at HCS Pro League Invitational 2016. Cloud leaves.
- April 26th, FlamesworD moves from Captain to Head Coach. MaNiaC named Captain. Str8 SicK joins.
- April 30th, 1st place in Online Invitational Qualifier - Group C. Team qualifies for HCS Pro League Summer Qualifier 2016.
- May 8th, 3rd place at HCS Pro League Summer Qualifier 2016 - Group A.
- May 22nd, 2nd place in Last Chance Qualifier. Team qualifies for Pro League.
- May 31st, Naded leaves.
- June 2nd, APG joins as sub.
- January 4th, 4th place at UGC St. Louis 2015
- January 10th, Aries leaves. APG joins.
- February 5th, APG leaves. ContrA joins.
- February 8th, 2nd place in HCS Cup #6
- February 15th, 2nd place in HCS Cup #7
- February 22nd, 3rd place at Gamers For Giving 2015
- March 8th, 7th - 8th place at HCS Season 1 Finals
- March 9th, ContrA leaves.
- March 15th, MaNiaC joins.
- April 5th, 9th - 16th place in Preseason Cup #1
- April 12th, 7th - 8th place in Preseason Cup #2
- April 19th, 6th place at Iron Games Atlanta 2015
- May 10th, 7th - 8th place in HCS Cup #1
- May 17th, 4th place in HCS Cup #2
- May 24th, 4th place in HCS Cup #3
- May 31st, 9th - 16th place in HCS Cup #4
- June 14th, 7th - 8th place in HCS Cup #6
- June 21st, 5th - 6th place in HCS Cup #7
- June 28th, 5th place at HCS Indianapolis
- July 26th, 5th - 6th place at HCS Season 2 Finals
- August 7th, 3rd - 4th place at Gamescom Invitational 2015
- August 27th, Ace leaves.
- December 7th, StelluR joins.
- December 20th, 9th - 16th place in NA Qualifier #1
- May 16th, Halo Division formed - FlamesworD, Ace, Snip3down, iGotUrPistola and coach StrongSide join.
- November 9th, 5th - 6th place at ESL MCC Launch Invitational
- November 15th, iGotUrPistola and Snip3down leave.
- November 23rd, Assault joins. 2nd place in Preseason Cup #1 with Arkanum acting as fourth.
- December 3rd, Aries joins. Enable joins as sub. Elamite joins as coach.
- December 7th, 5th - 6th place in HCS Cup #1
- December 14th, 3rd place at Iron Games Columbus 2014
- December 21st, 5th - 6th place in HCS Cup #2
- Call of Duty team of NaDeSHoT, Scump, MerK and Saint announces intention to compete in Halo.
- November 4th, 49th - 64th place at MLG Fall Championship 2012
- Roster retires from Halo.
|Royal1||Chris Fiorante||Head Coach|
|Clutch||Wes Price||Assistant Coach|
|APG||Bradley Laws||Naded||HCS Pro League - Summer 2016 - Weeks 1 - 3|
|FearItSelf||Justin Kats||Laser Focused|
|Posey xR||Shane Posey||2mil or Windmill?|
|Assault||Clete LoRusso||Triggers Pound|
|ContrA||Cody Szczodrowski||Team Randa|
|Aries||Mason Miller||Noble Black|
|iGotUrPistola||Justin Deese||Evil Geniuses|
|Snip3down||Eric Wrona||Evil Geniuses|
|Cloud||Scottie Holste||Head Coach|
|BigTymeR||Will Johnson||Head Coach|
|Clutch||Weston Price||Head Coach||Liquid Vibe|
|Elamite||Kyle Elam||Head Coach||Team Liquid|
|Joe Fries||Joey Pennacchio||Head Coach|
|StrongSide||Michael Cavanaugh||Head Coach|
What Happened at PAX East 2015 from FlamesworD
- OpTic Gaming Coach FlamesworD Intro - youtube.com
- Optic Gaming Halo Roster - youtube.com
- Snip3down's tweet - twitter.com
- HCS Preseason Cup & OpTic Halos 3rd - youtube.com
- OpTic Gaming's New Halo Roster - youtube.com
- OpTic Halo Change - youtube.com
- Dealing with Team Changes - youtube.com
- ContrA's tweet - twitter.com
- MaNiaC's tweet - twitter.com
- FlamesworD's tweet - twitter.com
- Changes to Liquid Halo - teamliquidpro.com
- FlamesworD's Video
- Spartan's tweet - twitter.com
- FlamesworD's video - youtube.com
- Naded's tweet - twitter.com
- Flamesword's tweet - twitter.com
- MaNiaC's video - youtube.com
- Flamesword Retires - youtube.com
- Str8 SicK's Tweet - twitter.com
- Naded's post - teambeyond.net