OpTic Gaming

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OpTic Gaming
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Team Information
Location: United States USA
Region: News Label - North America.png North America
Sponsor(s): Scuf Gaming
Turtle Beach
DXRacer
Twitch
Other Teams In Organization
Inactive CoD Teams OpTic Nation
Other Wikis: League of Legends
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History
Created: 2006-??-??
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OpTic Gaming is an American eSports organization.

History

Organization

OpTic Gaming is one of the more storied organizations within the competitive side of the Call of Duty franchise. The team was established in 2006 by OpTic KR3W for the aspirations of becoming a Call of Duty sniping team. Only leading OpTic for a short time, KR3W steps down and OpTic Jon3S, better known as OpTicJ, took his place. But J only lead the team for a very short time span as well, handed over the team to Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez in 2007. H3CZ ran the team for two years before uploading their first video to YouTube in 2009. The same year OpTic Gaming started uploading to YouTube, H3CZ had established a Call of Duty competitive team that would become one of the teams with the biggest fan bases and presence in the community to ever play the game.

Modern Warfare 2

OpTic Gaming’s pro team was established in 2010 with Nerve, Eaton, Di3seL and Gundeezy. They placed top four in their first event in the Frag Cup I. The team placed top eight in the MLG Online National Championship and then was able to close out the season with a 4th place finish at the MLG National Championship 2010.

Black Ops

Heading into Black Ops season, OpTic changed their roster completely. They picked up MerK, BigTymeR, Rambo and ProoFy. NaDeSHoT and JKap replaced Rambo and ProoFy going in the first major offline event of the year, MLG Dallas 2011. OpTic placed 3rd and then swapped out NaDeSHoT back for Rambo. This showed immediate dividends as the team won next event, MLG Columbus 2011. The team placed top four at the next two events before reaplacing Rambo with ProoFy going into MLG Orlando 2011. They won the tournament and then placed 3rd at the MLG National Championship 2011 to close out the year.

Modern Warfare 3

With MLG not putting Modern Warfare 3 on the pro circuit, the team competed with various rosters at smaller LANs across the United States and Europe. After competing with apeX eSports NA during the spring, MerK, BigTymeR, Rambo and Scump joined OpTic for the remainder of the season. They won EGL 7 Blackpool and placed 2nd at EGL 8 Manchester. Rambo left OpTic to join Team EnVyUs and was replaced by NaDeSHoT to solidify a roster for the next year.

Black Ops II

OpTic Gaming was consistently one of the top teams during the Black Ops II season, but wasn't able to win another event after the first offline event of the year, UMG Chicago 2012. They placed 5-6th at the MLG Winter Championship 2013 before taking 3rd at the next three events including the inaugural Call of Duty Championship. Looking to get back to the top, MerK was replaced by JKap. A 2nd placed finish at the MLG Fall Invitational rounded out the year.

Ghosts

At the beginning of Ghosts, the team started to fall short of top eight finishes at events, both online and offline.. After the MLG Fall Championship, JKap was dropped and OpTic Gaming picked up Ricky but that only lasted for one event. After UMG Philadelphia, BigTymeR announced that he would be retiring from competitive Call of Duty and coaching the OpTic Gaming squad. Following an avalanche of team changes, OpTic Gaming landed with NaDeSHoT, Scump, Clayster and MBoZe. The roster put OpTic Gaming back at the top as the placed 3rd at the Call of Duty Championship 2014. MBoZe left the team after the event to form a new OpTic Nation team and was replaced by ProoFy. The team won a gold medal at the MLG X Games Invitational 2014 and placed second at the MLG Anaheim 2014 International Playoffs but had an otherwise average season and placed top four or top six or worse in the last four events of the year.

Advanced Warfare

Less than a week after the release of Advanced Warfare, NaDeSHoT announced that Clayster and ProoFy were being released from OpTic Gaming as they picked up FormaL. A few days later, OpTic Gaming announced Crimsix would also be joining the team. The team won three out of the first five events of the year, but placed 7th at the Call of Duty Championship 2015. This poor placement pushed NaDeSHoT into retirement and allowed the team to add Karma from OpTic Nation. Due to his pending American citizenship application, Enable played for Karma at the next two European events, ESWC 2015 and Gfinity Spring Masters. Karma finally made his debut at UMG California 2015, which the team won. This roster would go on to win three of the final six events of the year, only placing second three times to Enable's FaZe Clan.

Black Ops III

The roster would stay the same going into the Black Ops III season. OpTic managed to qualify for the 2016 NA CWL Stage 1 Regular Season and won the Playoffs that followed. The team won Crown Melbourne Invitational, ESWC 2016 and MLG Anaheim Open 2016. After being upset at the 2016 NA CWL Stage 2 Playoffs, the team bounced back to win the MLG Orlando Open 2016 but once again failed to perform at the 2016 Call of Duty World League Championship by placing 7-8th again.

Infinite Warfare

Infinite Warfare started slowly with the team placing 5-6th at the 2017 CWL Las Vegas Open. OpTic placed second at the 2017 CWL Atlanta Open and then won the 2017 CWL Paris Open and the 2017 CWL Dallas Open. These strong placements qualified them for the 2017 CWL Global Pro League Stage 1. The team placed 4th in the playoffs and 7-8th at the 2017 CWL Anaheim Open. With fans skeptical about the strength of the roster, OpTic Gaming finished the year as the undisputed best team by winning the 2017 CWL Global Pro League Stage 2 and finally claiming victory at the elusive Call of Duty Championship.

WWII

Heading into the 2018 CWL season, OpTic were heavily anticipated to have an even more dominant era entering the boots-on-the-ground realm with WWII. They won 3 out of the 4 2K online tournaments, giving OpTic a lot of confidence going into the 2018 CWL Dallas Open. Unfortunately, OpTic didn't have the start they wanted, finishing 3rd at the tournament, most notably losing 0-3 series to Team Kaliber and Splyce. Their winning struggles continued in the later 2K online tournaments after Dallas. However, it was most apparent at the 2018 CWL New Orleans Open where losses to Echo Fox and a surprise Red Reserve EU team gave OpTic a 9-12th finish, their worst tournament placing with this roster as well as the worst tournament placing OpTic has had since UMG Philadelphia 2014 where they finished 13-16th. During Stage 1 regular season matches of the 2018 CWL season, OpTic delivered better performances than their Major results, ultimately finishing 2nd in their division, and securing a spot in the Stage 1 playoffs. However, at the 2018 CWL Atlanta Open, their drought of tournament wins for WWII continued, as 0-3 series losses to both Luminosity and Red Reserve EU in the championship bracket sent OpTic home with a 5-6th place finish.

In the aftermath of Atlanta, the team decided once again to switch roles on the team, with FormaL returning to playing the main AR role, Crimsix playing an aggressive SMG role in tandem with Scump, and Karma returning to playing the flex role. Initially, the role change looked to benefit the team massively as at the 2018 CWL Birmingham Open they had a strong start to the tournament, finishing 4-0 in the group stage. In bracket play, they managed to 3-0 Echo Fox albeit with a stand-in, and rematched against Luminosity Gaming in the winners semifinals. Although the team put up a much better fight than their matchup in Atlanta, they lost the series 2-3. In the losers bracket, they managed to beat Team Envy 3-1 and played against Splyce in Losers Round 6. OpTic looked poised to take the victory over the European powerhouse as they were up 2-1 in the series, but a massive comeback from Splyce in the last minute of the Game 4, Valkyrie Hardpoint killed OpTic's momentum and Splyce managed to narrowly defeat OpTic in Game 5, Round 11 to win the series 3-2, and sent OpTic home with a 4th place finish. Although OpTic looked very much improved from their performances in New Orleans and Atlanta, their 2018 CWL Season drought continued on.

Right after Birmingham, the team looked to find their first big tournament victory of the 2018 season at the Stage 1 Playoffs. OpTic beat Team Envy and Team Kaliber easily in 3-1 and 3-0 series victories respectively. In the Winners Finals, they faced against Luminosity yet again and got their revenge from their previous two encounters, winning the series 3-1, and OpTic made it to their first grand finals of the 2018 season. However, in a cruel twist of fate, in one of the biggest grand finals chokes of all time, a surprisingly hot FaZe Clan (who completed one of the toughest losers bracket runs ever), beat OpTic in two best-of-5 series, winning 3-2 in both series, to send OpTic home in 2nd place.

An All-Time Low

Immediately after their Stage 1 finals choke, many speculated this would be the last straw for this OpTic lineup. However, many believed, because of their steady upward trajectory in terms of their timeline of tournament placings throughout 2018, that OpTic could win Seattle. However, that was far from the case, as a 2-2 finish in their group, caused them to fall in the losers bracket early. This was the first time OpTic have failed to make it out of groups into the Winners Bracket since CWL Las Vegas 2016. In the losers bracket, OpTic couldn't even start to gain momentum as they faced Luminosity, where Luminosity won the series in a dominant 3-0 fashion, sending OpTic home with a 13-16th place finish, their worst placing ever with this roster as well as tying the organization's all-time-low tournament finish all the way back at MLG Fall Championship 2013.

The Breakup of a Dynasty

It was heavily anticipated by the community, after their 13-16th place finish at Seattle, that the roster of Scump, FormaL, Crimsix, and Karma was going to implode. Weeks of speculation rose about FormaL and Karma being the ones removed from the lineup. It was made official on May 6th, 2018 that OpTic Gaming and Luminosity Gaming made a trade between FormaL and Octane, with FormaL joining Luminosity and Octane joining OpTic. In addition, OpTic bought out Methodz's contract from Rise Nation (albeit he was on Team Kaliber). As for Karma, he announced on his stream that he will be taking a break from competing for the rest of the 2018 CWL season. Whether he would return to compete in the future is unknown nor official.

This marks the end of one of, if not, the greatest dynasty in the history of Call of Duty esports, in which this roster stuck together for nearly 3 and 1/2 years, and won 18 championships. OpTic's new roster of Scump, Crimsix, Octane, and Methodz will hope to return to their former glory at Stage 2 of the 2018 CWL season.

Timeline

  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • January 23rd, DXRacer sponsors OpTic Gaming. [4]
  • March 16th, Turtle Wax re-sponsors OpTic Gaming for 2017. [5]
  • April 27th, Brisk sponsors OpTic Gaming. [6]
  • June 6th, Twitch sponsors OpTic Gaming. [7]
  • December 19th, TeePee joins as coach. [8]
  • March 16, Brisk Mate sponsors OpTic Gaming. [9]
  • April 18, Turtle Wax sponsors OpTic Gaming. [10]
  • May 3rd, Turtle Beach sponsors OpTic Gaming. [11]
  • July 1st, J joins as Chief of Operations. [12]
  • June 5th, OpTic Nation is created but disbands after event.
  • H3CZ becomes owner.
  • Summer, team is founded by OpTic Jon3s and OpTic KR3W. Prestige joins and changes his name to H3CZ.

Player Roster

Active

C ID Name Role Joined
USA Scump Seth Abner 29 SMG Slayer 2014-01-20
USA Crimsix Ian Porter 29 SMG Slayer 2014-11-14
USA Octane Sam Larew 29 AR Slayer 2018-05-06
USA Methodz Anthony Zinni 29 Flex 2018-05-06

Temporary Subs

ID Name Role Replacing Tournament
USA Vengeance Blake Campbell 29 Slayer USA Scump Call of Duty XP 2011
USA NaDeSHoT Matthew Haag 29 Objective Canada Rambo Call of Duty XP 2011
USA Enable Ian Wyatt 29 Slayer Canada Karma ESWC 2015

Gfinity Spring Masters

Former

C ID Name Role Next Team Joined Left
Canada Karma Damon Barlow 29 Flex Casterlogo std.png Streamer 2015-04-05 2018-05-06
USA FormaL Matthew Piper 29 AR Slayer Luminosity Gaminglogo std.png Luminosity Gaming 2014-11-06 2018-05-06
USA NaDeSHoT Matthew Haag 29 Objective Retiredlogo std.png Retired 2012-10-?? 2015-04-04
USA Clayster James Eubanks 29 AR Slayer Team Envylogo std.png Team Envy 2014-01-07 2014-11-06
USA ProoFy Jordan Cannon 29 Support OpTic Nationlogo std.png OpTic Nation 2014-04-14 2014-11-06
USA MBoZe Marcus Blanks 29 Objective OpTic Nationlogo std.png OpTic Nation 2014-01-13 2014-04-14
USA Saints Renato Forza 29 Slayer Strictly Business Gaminglogo std.png Strictly Business 2014-01-13 2014-01-18
USA Parasite Chris Duarte 29 Objective Team Curselogo std.png Curse LV 2014-01-07 2014-01-12
USA Ricky Richard Stacy 29 Support Team Curselogo std.png Curse LV 2013-12-11 2014-01-12
USA Scump Seth Abner 29 Slayer Team Envylogo std.png Team Envy 2012-05-?? 2014-01-07
USA BigTymeR Will Johnson 29 Support Coachlogo std.png Coach 2012-05-?? 2014-01-05
USA JKap Jordan Kaplan 29 Support FaZe Clanlogo std.png FaZe Clan 2013-09-02 2013-12-10
USA MerK Joey Deluca 29 Objective Team Envylogo std.png Team Envy 2013-05-?? 2013-09-01
USA NaDeSHoT Matthew Haag 29 Objective Logo std.png vD 2012-01-?? 2012-05-??
USA Saints Renato Forza 29 Slayer IcoNslogo std.png IcoNs 2012-04-?? 2012-04-??
USA Krump unknown 29 Player Logo std.png Dream Chasers 2012-04-?? 2012-04-??
USA NexXx Jeremy Scarfino 29 Player Team Obeylogo std.png Team Obey 2012-04-?? 2012-04-??
USA SiDRoC Joseph Rauth 29 Slayer DeathWisHlogo std.png DeathWisH 2012-03-?? 2012-03-??
USA IntaKe unknown 29 Player RoughNeXlogo std.png RoughNeX 2012-03-?? 2012-03-??
USA Scump Seth Abner 29 Slayer ApeX eSports NAlogo std.png apeX eSports NA 2011-??-?? 2012-??-??
USA BigTymeR Will Johnson 29 Support ApeX eSports NAlogo std.png apeX eSports NA 2011-02-?? 2012-03-??
USA MerK Joey Deluca 29 Objective ApeX eSports NAlogo std.png apeX eSports NA 2010-10-?? 2012-01-??
USA ProoFy Jordan Cannon 29 Slayer Team Envylogo std.png Team Envy 2011-10-?? 2011-11-??
USA JKap Jordan Kaplan 29 Support Team Envylogo std.png Team Envy 2011-03-?? 2011-11-??
Canada Rambo Ray Lussier 29 Objective HSG Xtravagantlogo std.png Xtravagant 2011-05-?? 2011-08-??
USA NaDeSHoT Matthew Haag 29 Objective OpTic Nationlogo std.png OpTic Nation 2011-03-?? 2011-04-??
USA ProoFy Jordan Cannon 29 Support Team Obeylogo std.png Team Obey 2011-??-?? 2011-??-??
Canada Rambo Ray Lussier 29 Objective OpTic Gaminglogo std.png OpTic Gaming 2011-??-?? 2011-??-??
USA NaDeSHoT Matthew Haag 29 Objective OpTic Nationlogo std.png OpTic Nation 2010-10-?? 2011-04-??
USA Vengeance Blake Campbell 29 Player Nex-TT-hreatlogo std.png Nex-TT-hreat 2010-10-?? 2010-11-??
USA FLawLesS Richard Ferreira 29 Slayer Nex-TT-hreatlogo std.png Nex-TT-hreat 2010-??-?? 2010-11-??
USA MoonstruK Nicholas Peraza 29 Support Retiredlogo std.png Retired 2010-??-?? 2010-11-??
USA Gundeezy unknown 29 Player Retiredlogo std.png Retired 2010-??-?? 2010-??-??
USA Di3seL Mike Carr 29 Player Retiredlogo std.png Retired 2010-??-?? 2010-??-??
USA Eaton unknown 29 Player Retiredlogo std.png Retired 2010-??-?? 2010-??-??
USA Nerve unknown 29 Player Retiredlogo std.png Retired 2010-??-?? 2010-??-??

Organization

Active

C ID Name Position
USA H3CZ Hector Rodriguez 29 Owner & CEO
USA J Ryan Musselman Founder & COO
USA TUMORS Pedro Rodriguez Team Manager
USA TeePee Tyler Polchow 29 Head Coach

Former

C ID Name Position Next Team
USA NaDeSHoT Matthew Haag 29 Chief Operating Officer 100 Thieveslogo std.png 100 Thieves
USA FlamesworD Michael Chaves Head Coach Retiredlogo std.png Retired
USA BigTymeR Will Johnson 29 Head Coach Retiredlogo std.png Retired

Trivia

Team Achievements

Recent Achievements (full list)
Game Date Place Event Winnings Roster
GameIcon WWII.png 2018-04-22 B313 - 16th 2018 CWL Seattle Open ScumpFormaLCrimsixKarma
GameIcon WWII.png 2018-04-08 A22nd 2018 CWL Pro League Stage 1 $132,500 USD ScumpFormaLCrimsixKarma
GameIcon WWII.png 2018-04-01 A44th 2018 CWL Birmingham Open $16,000 USD ScumpFormaLCrimsixKarma
GameIcon WWII.png 2018-03-11 A55 - 6th 2018 CWL Atlanta Open $8,000 USD ScumpFormaLCrimsixKarma
GameIcon WWII.png 2018-01-14 A99 - 12th 2018 CWL New Orleans Open ScumpFormaLCrimsixKarma

Highlight Videos

Team Videos

  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015

Interviews

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012

Articles & Videos

  • 2018
  • 2015

Gallery

See Also

External Links

References

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