FormaL

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FormaL
FormaL CDL 2020.png
Background Information
NameMatthew Piper
Country of Birth
United States
BirthdayDecember 19, 1994 (age 25)
Residency
NA
North America
Competitive
TeamOpTic Chicagologo std.pngOpTic CHI
Role
Main AR
PSN IDMatthewPiper-
Social Media & Links
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Matthew "FormaL" Piper is a Call of Duty esports player, currently a player for OpTic Chicago. He is a 2017 World Champion and 2017 World Championship MVP.

Team History

Combine Role Swaps:No|Yes
Dates:Approx|Exact
TeamStartEnd
NA
Primallogo std.pngPrimal≈Nov 2013≈2013-11-??Nov 20132013-11-27[1]≈10d
ejel
NA
G4G FeaRlogo std.pngTeam FeaRNov 20132013-11-29[4]Jan 20142014-01-07[2]1mo 8d
ejel
NA
Team Kaliberlogo std.pngTeam KaliberJan 20142014-01-09[5]Mar 20142014-03-312mo 22d
ejel
NA
FaZe Blacklogo std.pngFaZe BlackApr 20142014-04-05[6]Jun 20142014-06-232mo 18d
ejel
NA
Team Envylogo std.pngTeam EnvyJun 20142014-06-25Nov 20142014-11-014mo 6d
ejel
NA
OpTic Gaminglogo std.pngOpTic GamingNov 20142014-11-06[10]May 20182018-05-06[7]3yr 6mo
ejel
NA
Luminosity Gaminglogo std.pngLuminosity GamingMay 20182018-05-06[13]Oct 20192019-10-24[11]1yr 5mo
ejel
CDL
Chicago Huntsmenlogo std.pngCHI HuntsmenOct 20192019-10-24[15]Nov 20202020-11-11[14]1yr 18d
ejel
CDL
OpTic Chicagologo std.pngOpTic CHINov 20202020-11-11[16]Present16d
ej
TeamStartEnd
NA
Primallogo std.pngPrimal≈Nov 2013≈2013-11-??Nov 20132013-11-27[1]≈10d
ejel
NA
G4G FeaRlogo std.pngTeam FeaRNov 20132013-11-29[4]Jan 20142014-01-07[2]1mo 8d
ejel
NA
Team Kaliberlogo std.pngTeam KaliberJan 20142014-01-09[5]Mar 20142014-03-312mo 22d
ejel
NA
FaZe Blacklogo std.pngFaZe BlackApr 20142014-04-05[6]Jun 20142014-06-232mo 18d
ejel
NA
Team Envylogo std.pngTeam EnvyJun 20142014-06-25Nov 20142014-11-014mo 6d
ejel
NA
OpTic Gaminglogo std.pngOpTic GamingNov 20142014-11-06[10]May 20182018-05-06[7]3yr 6mo
ejel
NA
Luminosity Gaminglogo std.pngLuminosity GamingMay 20182018-05-06[13]Oct 20192019-10-24[11]1yr 5mo
ejel
CDL
Chicago Huntsmenlogo std.pngCHI HuntsmenOct 20192019-10-24[15]Nov 20202020-11-11[14]1yr 18d
ejel
CDL
OpTic Chicagologo std.pngOpTic CHINov 20202020-11-11[16]Present16d
ej

News

  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020
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Primallogo std.pngPRINovember (approx.), Ace, Enable, FormaL, and SnakeBite join.
Diesel (Coach) joins as substitute.
NA
Primallogo std.pngPRINovember 27, FormaL leaves.[1]
NA
G4G FeaRlogo std.pngFeaRNovember 29, FormaL joins.[4]
NA
G4G FeaRlogo std.pngFeaRJanuary 7, CMPLX and FormaL leave.[2][3]
NA
Team Kaliberlogo std.pngtKJanuary 9, FormaL joins.[5]
NA
Team Kaliberlogo std.pngtKMarch 31, FormaL and Theory leave.
NA
FaZe Blacklogo std.pngFaZe BApril 5, Censor, FormaL, ProoFy, and Saints join.[6]
NA
FaZe Blacklogo std.pngFaZe BJune 23, Censor, Dedo, FormaL, and Saints leave.
NA
Team Envylogo std.pngEnvyJune 25, Formal and JKap join. StuDyy leaves.
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Team Envylogo std.pngEnvyNovember 1, JKap and NAMELESS rejoin. FormaL leaves.
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OpTic Gaminglogo std.pngOGNovember 6, FormaL joins. Clayster and ProoFy leave.[10]
INT
August 13, FormaL is awarded the Call of Duty World League Championship 2017 MVP.
NA
Luminosity Gaminglogo std.pngLGMay 6, FormaL joins. Octane leaves.[13]
NA
OpTic Gaminglogo std.pngOGMay 6, Methodz and Octane join. FormaL and Karma leave.[7][8][9]
NA
Luminosity Gaminglogo std.pngLGOctober 24, Brack, FormaL, John, and
Gunless leave.[11][12]
CDL
Chicago Huntsmenlogo std.pngCHIOctober 24, Arcitys, Envoy, FormaL, Gunless, and Scump join.[15]
CDL
Chicago Huntsmenlogo std.pngCHISeptember 9, Envoy, FormaL, Scump, and
General's contracts are extended.[17]
CDL
Chicago Huntsmenlogo std.pngCHISeptember 14, Dashy joins. Envoy, FormaL, Scump, and
Sender (Coach) will remain with the team for 2021.[18][19][20]
CDL
Chicago Huntsmenlogo std.pngCHINovember 11, Dashy, Envoy, FormaL, Scump,
General,
MBoZe, Sender (Head Coach), HECZ (CEO), and MaNiaC (Streamer) leave.[14]
CDL
OpTic Chicagologo std.pngCHINovember 11, Dashy, Envoy, FormaL, Scump, Sender (Head Coach), and HECZ (CEO) join.
General joins as substitute.
[16]

Biography[edit]

The End of an Era and the Search for a New eSport[edit]

Formal began his competitive gaming career in the Halo franchise. After rising to fame as a Halo professional, he began to look elsewhere to continue his electronic sports endeavors. Following Halo's fall from the Major League Gaming Pro Circuit, Formal noticed the rising popularity and competition in Call of Duty. Like many other Halo players looking to find another game to go pro in, Formal decided to try his hand at the world's most popular first-person shooter.

Ghosts[edit]

However, unlike many of his peers, he was successful. He first joined Primal in his Call of Duty career, and went on to place 17th with them at the MLG Fall Championship 2013 while competing in Call of Duty: Ghosts. Shortly after, he was recruited by one of the most storied franchises in competitive Call of Duty, Team FeaR.

After staying with Team FeaR for a relatively short period of time, FormaL joined Team Kaliber and competed with them at the Call of Duty Championship 2014, but following a disappointing event in which they finished 13th-16th. FormaL left to join the newly formed FaZe Black squad. The team which consisted of ProoFy, Saints, and Censor. With the addition of FormaL, this new team was seen by many as a "god squad", one that would be able to finally overcome compLexity Gaming. However, the team never achieved any real success.

After many team changes following MLG Anaheim 2014, FormaL decided to take his raw slaying ability to Team EnVyUs. The team of MerK, NAMELESS, JKap and FormaL immediately made an impact at their first event together, Gfinity 3 in London. The team had a fantastic event, sweeping Epsilon eSports 3-0 in the Grand Final, taking home $30,000 in prize money. This event cemented FormaL in the history books, as he became the first professional gamer to win a major LAN event in both Call of Duty and Halo. FormaL and Team EnVyUs looked to take this form back into the US at UMG Dallas and they did just this, finishing second to a very in form Denial whom had looked strong all tournament long. FormaL himself was involved in a small amount of roster controversy following Karma leaving Evil Geniuses. He was widely considered as the favorite to fill Karma's spot at Evil Geniuses and was even linked with OpTic Gaming but in the end stayed with Team EnVyUs and won the MLG CoD League Season 3 Playoffs.

Advanced Warfare[edit]

Heading into Advanced Warfare, FormaL left Team EnVyUs, and joined OpTic Gaming, together with Crimsix, to complete the roster of NaDeSHoT, Scump, Crimsix and FormaL. FormaL and OpTic Gaming came into MLG Columbus 2014 with the number one overall seeding having won both the 5K and 10K tournaments, they placed 2nd after losing two best of 5 matches against FaZe Clan consisting of Censor, SlasheR, ACHES, and Apathy in the grand finals.

After a disappointing loss in the last event, OpTic Gaming headed into UMG Orlando 2015, again with the 1st seed. They made it difficult for themselves, after losing both Pool Play matches on Friday 3-0 against Stunner Gaming and Team Revenge. With the help from the other teams in the Pool, OpTic Gaming advanced to the Winners Bracket after winning their last two matches. From there they advanced to the Grand Final and placed 1st after beating Stunner Gaming 3-1.

After storming through the MLG Pro League CoD AW Season 1 Regular Season with a 38-6 record, the OpTic boys entered the playoffs with the number 1 seed. They stormed though the event taking down Rise Nation, Aware Gaming.NA, and Team Kaliber in a closely contested 5 game series and Denial eSports in the grand final to take home the Championship and $30,000.

Just two weeks later, the team took home another event win at the Call of Duty Championship NA Regional Finals 2015 as they only lost one map throughout the entire weekend, going an impressive 18-1 in map count. They defeated top team such as Team Kaliber, Team EnVyUs, FaZe Red and finally Denial eSports in the grand final, defeating Denial 3-0 in the final for the second straight event. This left them with the number one seed for the upcoming Call of Duty Championship 2015 and having won the past three events, they were the heavy favorites to take home the main prize.

At the main event at the end of March, OpTic were placed in Group A along with Vitality X, Team Orbit and NxG Rapid. It was regular business for the team in group play as they finished 3-0 in the group. As the tournament rolled onto Day 2 and Bracket Play, OpTic were drawn against rivals Denial eSports in the first round of the Winner's Bracket. They were slow out of the gate as they fell 3-1 to Denial. They matched up against Below Zero in Loser's Round 1 where they defeated them 3-0. They then moved onto Strictly Business in Loser's Round 2 where they won 3-1. However, the team faced another road block as they matched up against FaZe Red who defeated OpTic 3-0, eliminating the tournament favorites. OpTic placed 7th taking home $35,000.

Trivia[edit]

  • FormaL began his esports career as a Halo competitor, who had won 7 events in three different Halo games.
  • FormaL has won major tournaments in Halo: Reach, Halo 4, Halo 2: Anniversary, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
  • FormaL won three events with three different teams across three different games in a two month period.
  • FormaL was the first competitive FPS player to win a major LAN event in both Call of Duty and Halo. He earned this distinction on August 3, 2014, when he won Gfinity 3 as a member of Team Envy.
  • FormaL was the MLG Pro League 2015 Season 1 Record Breaking Player of the Season. He was also on the All CoD League-First Team.
  • FormaL and his current teammate Scump are nicknamed the "T2P" duo, which stands for "time to pound".
  • FormaL has 22 Major championship wins.
  • FormaL was one of six players to be a part of the OpTic Gaming dynasty; winning a total of 18 tournaments with/during this dynasty.
  • FormaL won the CDL 2020 Duo of the Year (Scump) award.

Achievements[edit]

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.

Minimum place

FormaL Tournament Results
GameDatePlPrizeEventRoster
2020-11-245 - 8 Minnesota RØKKR Totinos Black Ops BrawlLogo std.pngHITC Hitch •  General •  FormaL •  Envoy
2020-11-205 Toronto Ultra 25K Coldish WarLogo std.pngMETH Methodz •  Scump •  Ricky •  FormaL
2020-11-155 - 6 OpTic Chicago Cold War Launch EventLogo std.pngFORM FormaL •  GarrettG •  HusKerrs •  Daps
2020-11-145 - 6 Atlanta FaZe Cold War ClashLogo std.pngPAMA Pamaj •  Rated •  Impulse •  Exodass •  FormaL
2020-11-139 - 16 CheckMate Gaming $3200 4v4 S&D Kickoff 2020-11-13OpTic Chicagologo std.pngCHI Scump •  FormaL •  Envoy •  Dashy
2020-11-065 - 6 HusKerrs Howl Qualifier 3Logo std.pngSCUM Scump •  FormaL
2020-10-317 - 8 HusKerrs Howl Qualifier 1Logo std.pngSCUM Scump •  FormaL
2020-10-305 HusKerrs Howl Zombie RoyaleLogo std.pngFORM FormaL •  Scump •  Ricky
2020-10-254 Atlanta FaZe Black Ops 4 InvitationalChicago Huntsmenlogo std.pngCHI Scump •  FormaL •  Envoy •  Dashy Prolute
2020-10-219 - 12 Elgato Off-Season Series 2020 WarzoneLogo std.pngFORM FormaL •  Trevor May

Media[edit]

  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020

Post-Match Interviews

DateTournamentMatchLink
2020-07-12Call of Duty League 2020 Week 11 - New York
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vs
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Link
2020-07-10Call of Duty League 2020 Week 11 - New York
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vs
Chicago Huntsmenlogo std.pngCHI
Link
2020-02-08Call of Duty League 2020 Week 2 - London
CHIChicago Huntsmenlogo std.png
vs
Los Angeles Guerrillaslogo std.pngLAG
Link
2016-04-02NA CWL Pro Division 2016 Stage 1 Playoffs
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vs
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Link

Gallery[edit]

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References