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OpTic Gaming

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OpTic Gaming
Team information
Location USA.png United States
Coach Michael "FlamesworD" Chaves
Manager Hector "H3CZ" Rodriguez
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Captain Nick "MaNiaC" Kershner
Website optic.tv
ESL [{{{esl}}} Profile]
Sponsor(s) Scuf Gaming
YouTube OpTicNation
Livestream MLG.tv
Facebook OpTicNation
Reddit OpTicGaming
Twitter OpTicGaming
Esportspedia Network: Call of Duty
Created Organization 2006
Halo Division May 16th, 2014
Disbanded March 8, 2018
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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 MLG Dallas National Championships. In 2011 at the Call of Duty XP 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 FormaL and Crimsix would find post-Halo success as a part of OpTic's Call of Duty team as well.

Halo History

Halo 4

OpTic Gaming's first venture into Halo came at the 2012 MLG Fall Championship, where OpTic's Call of Duty team of Matt "NaDeSHoT" Haag, Seth "Scump" Abner, Joey "MerK" Deluca and Brian "Saint" 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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] On November 23rd, FlamesworD announced the first addition to the roster - Clete "Assault" LoRusso.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] Days later, Nick "MaNiaC" Kershner confirmed that he was leaving Noble Black to join OpTic.[9] Despite a contract dispute with Noble, Maniac joining OpTic became official later that night.[10] 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 5

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.[11] It wasn't until December 7th that OpTic would announce a replacement. Their new fourth was officially confirmed to be Brandon "StelluR" Boettcher.[12] After four online qualifiers with no placings higher than top 16, StelluR left OpTic to join Leftovers.[13] 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.

Pro League

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.[14] On April 5th, 2016, Naded announced on twitter that he joined the OpTic roster alongside FlamesworD and Maniac.[15] Five days later, the roster was finalized as OpTic confirmed the return of Ace.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18] In Flamesword's absence, MaNiaC was named captain of the team. Later that night, OpTic announced the acquisition of Cory "Str8 SicK" Sloss.[19] 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.[20], 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.


  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 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.

Player Roster


ID Name Position
USA SnakeBite Paul Duarte Captain
Canada Royal2 Mathew Fiorante Player
USA Frosty Bradley Bergstrom Player
USA LethuL Tony Campbell Sub
USA Royal1 Chris Fiorante Head Coach
USA Clutch Wes Price Assistant Coach

Temporary Subs

ID Name Replacing Tournament
USA APG Bradley Laws United States Naded HCS Pro League - Summer 2016 - Weeks 1 - 3


ID Name Next Team
USA Naded Brett Leonard
USA Chaser Ian Contorelli Logo std2.png Indecisive
USA LifeStyle Garrett Miller Logo std2.png Indecisive
USA FearItSelf Justin Kats Logo std2.png Laser Focused
USA Posey xR Shane Posey Logo std2.png 2mil or Windmill?
USA Assault Clete LoRusso Logo std2.png Triggers Pound
USA StelluR Braedon Boettcher Logo std2.png Leftovers
USA ContrA Cody Szczodrowski Logo std2.png Team Randa
USA Aries Mason Miller NBL Blogo std.png Noble Black
USA iGotUrPistola Justin Deese EGlogo std.png Evil Geniuses
USA Snip3down Eric Wrona EGlogo std.png Evil Geniuses
USA MerK Joey Deluca
USA NaDeSHoT Matt Haag
USA Saint Brian Baroska
USA Scump Seth Abner



ID Name Position
USA H3CZ Hector Rodriguez Owner


ID Name Position Next Team
USA NaDeSHoT Matthew Haag Owner
USA Cloud Scottie Holste Head Coach
USA BigTymeR Will Johnson Head Coach
USA Clutch Weston Price Head Coach Logo std2.png Liquid Vibe
USA Elamite Kyle Elam Head Coach TLlogo std.png Team Liquid
USA Joe Fries Joey Pennacchio Head Coach
USA StrongSide Michael Cavanaugh Head Coach

Tournament History

End Date Game Place Prize Event Players (Coach)
January 22, 2017 Halo 5 logo.png A11st $20,000 UGC St. Louis 2017 SnakeBiteRoyal2FrostyLethuLRoyal1
December 11, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A22nd $35,000 HCS Pro League - Fall 2016 Season Finals SnakeBiteRoyal2FrostyLethuLRoyal1
November 10, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A22nd $12,000 HCS Pro League - Fall 2016 Season SnakeBiteRoyal2FrostyLethuL
October 9, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A11st $7,000 HCS Orange County 2016 SnakeBiteLethuLRoyal2FrostyRoyal1
July 30, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A22nd I1Q HCS Pro League - Summer 2016 Relegation MaNiaCAcEStr8 SicKaPGFlamesworD
July 15, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A88th $6,000 HCS Pro League - Summer 2016 Season MaNiaCAcEStr8 SicKaPG
May 22, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A22nd I1Q HCS Pro League - Summer 2016 LCQ MaNiaCStr8 SicKNadedAce
May 8, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A33rd I1NQ HCS Pro League Summer Qualifier 2016 - Group A MaNiaCNadedAcEStr8 SicKFlamesworD
April 24, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A33rd I1NQ HCS Pro League Invitational 2016 FlamesworDMaNiaCNadedAcECloud
February 21, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A99 - 16th - HWC NA Regional Finals 2016 FlamesworDMaNiaCChaserLifestyleBigTymeR
February 6, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A11st I1Q HWC NA LCQ 2016 FlamesworDMaNiaCChaserLifestyle
August 7, 2015 Halo 5 logo.png A33 - 4th Gamescom Invitational 2015 FlamesworDAcEAssaultMaNiaC
July 26, 2015 Halo 2a logo.png A55 - 6th $6,000 HCS Season 2 Finals FlamesworDAcEAssaultMaNiaCClutch
June 28, 2015 Halo 2a logo.png A55th $3,000 HCS Indianapolis FlamesworDAcEAssaultMaNiaCClutch
April 19, 2015 Halo 2a logo.png A66th $1,000 Iron Games Atlanta 2015 FlamesworDAcEAssaultMaNiaC
March 6, 2015 Halo 2a logo.png A77 - 8th $2,000 HCS Season 1 Finals FlamesworDAcEAssaultContrAJoe Fries
February 22, 2015 Halo 2a logo.png A33rd $1,000 Gamers For Giving 2015 FlamesworDAcEAssaultContrAElamite
January 4, 2015 Halo 2a logo.png A44th $550 UGC St. Louis 2015 FlamesworDAcEAriesAssaultElamite
December 14, 2014 Halo 2a logo.png A33rd $2,000 Iron Games Columbus 2014 FlamesworDAceAriesAssaultElamite
November 9, 2014 Halo 2a logo.png A55 - 6th $2,500 ESL MCC Launch Invitational FlameswordAceiGotUrPistolaSnip3downElamite
November 4, 2012 Halo 4 logo.png E949 - 64th - MLG Fall Championship 2012 NaDeSHoTMerKSainttScump



What Happened at PAX East 2015 from FlamesworD

Highlight Videos



See Also

External Links


  1. 1.0 1.1 OpTic Gaming Coach FlamesworD Intro - youtube.com
  2. 2.0 2.1 Optic Gaming Halo Roster - youtube.com
  3. 3.0 3.1 Snip3down's tweet - twitter.com
  4. 4.0 4.1 HCS Preseason Cup & OpTic Halos 3rd - youtube.com
  5. 5.0 5.1 OpTic Gaming's New Halo Roster - youtube.com
  6. 6.0 6.1 OpTic Halo Change - youtube.com
  7. 7.0 7.1 Dealing with Team Changes - youtube.com
  8. 8.0 8.1 ContrA's tweet - twitter.com
  9. 9.0 9.1 MaNiaC's tweet - twitter.com
  10. FlamesworD's tweet - twitter.com
  11. 11.0 11.1 Changes to Liquid Halo - teamliquidpro.com
  12. 12.0 12.1 FlamesworD's Video
  13. 13.0 13.1 Spartan's tweet - twitter.com
  14. 14.0 14.1 FlamesworD's video - youtube.com
  15. 15.0 15.1 Naded's tweet - twitter.com
  16. 16.0 16.1 Flamesword's tweet - twitter.com
  17. 17.0 17.1 MaNiaC's video - youtube.com
  18. 18.0 18.1 Flamesword Retires - youtube.com
  19. 19.0 19.1 Str8 SicK's Tweet - twitter.com
  20. Naded's post - teambeyond.net