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- 1 History
- 2 Timeline
- 3 Player Roster
- 4 Organization
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Team Achievements
- 7 Highlight Videos
- 8 Team Videos
- 9 Interviews
- 10 Articles & Videos
- 11 Gallery
- 12 See Also
- 13 External Links
- 14 References
OpTic Gaming is an American eSports 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 6, 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.
- January 5, BigTymeR retires.
- January 7, Scump leaves. Clayster and Parasite join.
- January 12, Parasite and Ricky leave. MBoZe and Saints join.
- January 18, Saints leaves.
- January 20, Scump rejoins.
- April 14, ProoFy joins. MBoZe leaves to reform OpTic Nation.
- November 6, Clayster and ProoFy are released. FormaL joins.
- November 14, Crimsix joins.
- June 5, 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.
|Scump||Seth Abner||SMG Slayer||2014-01-20|
|Crimsix||Ian Porter||SMG Slayer||2014-11-14|
|Octane||Sam Larew||AR Slayer||2018-05-06|
|Vengeance||Blake Campbell||Slayer||Scump||Call of Duty XP 2011|
|NaDeSHoT||Matthew Haag||Objective||Rambo||Call of Duty XP 2011|
|Enable||Ian Wyatt||Slayer||Karma||ESWC 2015|
|FormaL||Matthew Piper||AR Slayer||Luminosity Gaming||2014-11-06||2018-05-06|
|Clayster||James Eubanks||AR Slayer||Team Envy||2014-01-07||2014-11-06|
|ProoFy||Jordan Cannon||Support||OpTic Nation||2014-04-14||2014-11-06|
|MBoZe||Marcus Blanks||Objective||OpTic Nation||2014-01-13||2014-04-14|
|Saints||Renato Forza||Slayer||Strictly Business||2014-01-13||2014-01-18|
|Parasite||Chris Duarte||Objective||Curse LV||2014-01-07||2014-01-12|
|Ricky||Richard Stacy||Support||Curse LV||2013-12-11||2014-01-12|
|Scump||Seth Abner||Slayer||Team Envy||2012-05-??||2014-01-07|
|JKap||Jordan Kaplan||Support||FaZe Clan||2013-09-02||2013-12-10|
|MerK||Joey Deluca||Objective||Team Envy||2013-05-??||2013-09-01|
|NexXx||Jeremy Scarfino||Player||Team Obey||2012-04-??||2012-04-??|
|Scump||Seth Abner||Slayer||apeX eSports NA||2011-??-??||2012-??-??|
|BigTymeR||Will Johnson||Support||apeX eSports NA||2011-02-??||2012-03-??|
|MerK||Joey Deluca||Objective||apeX eSports NA||2010-10-??||2012-01-??|
|ProoFy||Jordan Cannon||Slayer||Team Envy||2011-10-??||2011-11-??|
|JKap||Jordan Kaplan||Support||Team Envy||2011-03-??||2011-11-??|
|NaDeSHoT||Matthew Haag||Objective||OpTic Nation||2011-03-??||2011-04-??|
|ProoFy||Jordan Cannon||Support||Team Obey||2011-??-??||2011-??-??|
|Rambo||Ray Lussier||Objective||OpTic Gaming||2011-??-??||2011-??-??|
|NaDeSHoT||Matthew Haag||Objective||OpTic Nation||2010-10-??||2011-04-??|
|Vengeance||Blake Campbell||Player||Next Threat||2010-10-??||2010-11-??|
|FLawLesS||Richard Ferreira||Slayer||Next Threat||2010-??-??||2010-11-??|
|H3CZ||Hector Rodriguez||Owner & CEO|
|J||Ryan Musselman||Founder & COO|
|TUMORS||Pedro Rodriguez||Team Manager|
|TeePee||Tyler Polchow||Head Coach|
|NaDeSHoT||Matthew Haag||Chief Operating Officer||100 Thieves|
|FlamesworD||Michael Chaves||Head Coach||Retired|
|BigTymeR||Will Johnson||Head Coach||Retired|
- Despite winning the majority of events in each Call of Duty title, the organization never won a Call of Duty Championship title. They finally won a Call of Duty Championship title by winning the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship.
- Ever since FaZe Clan's roster of Clayster, Enable, ZooMaa, and Attach has formed in June 2015, OpTic's roster of Scump, FormaL, Crimsix, and Karma weren't able to defeat them on LAN. The losing streak began at UMG Dallas 2015. The streak finally ended when they matched up against FaZe for the 5th time. They managed to beat FaZe 3-1 at 2017 CWL Atlanta Open.
- OpTic's former roster of Scump, FormaL, Crimsix, and Karma are the most winningest players in Call of Duty, with 31, 26, 23, and 20 championships respectively.
- OpTic was highly considered the best team in the Jetpack era of Call of Duty esports.
|2018-06-17||5 - 6||2018 CWL Anaheim Open||$8,000 USD||Scump • Crimsix • Octane • Methodz|
|2018-04-22||13 - 16||2018 CWL Seattle Open||Scump • FormaL • Crimsix • Karma|
|2018-04-08||2||2018 CWL Pro League Stage 1||$132,500 USD||Scump • FormaL • Crimsix • Karma|
|2018-04-01||4||2018 CWL Birmingham Open||$16,000 USD||Scump • FormaL • Crimsix • Karma|
|2018-03-11||5 - 6||2018 CWL Atlanta Open||$8,000 USD||Scump • FormaL • Crimsix • Karma|
- OpTic Gaming: Defending the Throne - mlg.com
- January 18, Vision - Season 4: Episode 11 - "Clash" by OpTicNation
- January 25, Vision - Season 4: Episode 12 - "Full Circle" by OpTicNation
- March 12, Vision - Season 4: Episode 13 - "Familia" by OpTicNation
- March 21, Vision - Season 4: Episode 14 - "Enough" by OpTic Gaming
- May 6, Vision - Season 4: Episode 15 - "Finale IV" by OpTic Gaming
- February 1, Vision - Season 3: Episode 13 - "Change" (Pt. 1) by OpTicNation
- February 4, Vision - Season 3: Episode 13 - "Change" (Pt. 2) by OpTicNation
- February 16, Vision - Season 3: Episode 14 - "Twenty-Nine" by OpTicNation
- March 1, Vision - Season 3: Episode 15 - "Cinq" by OpTicNation
- March 9, Vision - Season 3: Episode 16 - "No Joke" by OpTicNation
- March 16, Vision - Season 3: Episode 17 - "The Grape Vine" by OpTicNation
- March 23, Vision - Season 3: Episode 18 - "Hype" by OpTicNation
- March 30, Vision - Season 3: Episode 19 - "Repeat" by OpTicNation
- April 7, Vision - Season 3: Episode 20 - "3-Peat" by OpTicNation
- April 27, Vision - Season 3: Episode 21 - "Back In Form" by OpTicNation
- May 23, Vision - Season 3: Episode 22 - "The Loop" by OpTicNation
- June 6, Vision - Season 3: Episode 23 - "Business as Usual" by OpTicNation
- June 14, Vision - Season 3: Episode 24 - "No Mercy" by OpTicNation
- June 27, Vision - Season 3: Episode 25 - "Vibe" by OpTicNation
- July 4, Vision - Season 3: Episode 26 - "Welcome Back" by OpTicNation
- August 8, Vision - Season 3: Episode 27 - "Finale III" by OpticNation
- August 29, Vision - Season 4: Episode 1 - "Seven" by OpTicNation
- September 12, Vision - Season 4: Episode 2 - "Foundation" by OpTicNation
- September 20, Vision - Season 4: Episode 3 - "Nerf This" by OpTicNation
- September 26, Vision - Season 4: Episode 4 - "Take Off" by OpticNation
- October 10, Vision - Season 4: Episode 5 - "Double Elimination" by OpTicNation
- October 31, Vision - Season 4: Episode 6 - "Outlaws" by OpTicNation
- November 7, Vision - Season 4: Episode 7 - "The Grind" by OpTicNation
- November 21, Vision - Season 4: Episode 8 - "The Jungle" by OpTicNation
- December 6, Vision - Season 4: Episode 9 - "The Move III" by OpTicNation
- December 19, Vision - Season 4: Episode 10 - "New Addition" by OpTicNation
- January 3, Vision - Episode 7 - "A New Year" by OpTicNation
- January 11, Vision - Episode 8 - "Counter-Terrorists Win" by OpTicNation
- January 19, Vision - Episode 9 - "Patience" by OpTicNation
- January 25, Vision - Episode 10 - "Last Chance" by OpTicNation
- February 1, Vision - Episode 11 - "Wake Up Call" by OpTicNation
- February 8, Vision - Episode 12 - "Overtime" by OpTicNation
- February 15, Vision - Episode 13 - "Technical Difficulties" by OpTicNation
- February 22, Vision - Episode 14 - "Backs Against The Wall" by OpTicNation
- February 29, Vision - Episode 15 - "Back to Back" by OpTicNation
- March 7, Vision - Episode 16 - "Secrets" by OpTicNation
- March 14, Vision - Episode 17 - "New Roommate" by OpTicNation
- March 21, Vision - Episode 18 - "Tribe" by OpTicNation
- April 5, Vision - Episode 19 - "Finale" by OpTicNation
- April 18, Vision - Season 2: Episode 1 - "Crown" by OpTicNation
- April 26, Vision - Season 2: Episode 2 - "Fifth Man" by OpTicNation
- May 3, Vision - Season 2: Episode 3 - "Full House" by OpTicNation
- May 10, Vision - Season 2: Episode 4 - "Premier" by OpTicNation
- May 17, Vision - Season 2: Episode 5 - "Underdogs" by OpTicNation
- May 31, Vision - Season 2: Episode 6 - "Qualified" by OpTicNation
- June 7, Vision - Season 2: Episode 7 - "League Play" by OpTicNation
- June 16, Vision - Season 2: Episode 8 - "WorldWide" by OpTicNation
- June 28, Vision - Season 2: Episode 9 - "Bootcamp" by OpTicNation
- July 12, Vision - Season 2: Episode 10 - "2 Down" by OpTicNation
- July 19, Vision - Season 2: Episode 11 - "Wake Up Call" by OpTicNation
- July 26, Vision - Season 2: Episode 12 - "The Calm" by OpTicNation
- August 11, Vision - Season 2: Episode 13 - "The Storm" by OpTicNation
- August 16, Vision - Season 2: Episode 14 - "The Move II" NEW CSGO HOUSE by OpTicNation
- August 23, Vision - Season 2: Episode 15 - "Finale II" by OpTicNation
- September 14, Vision - Season 3: Episode 1 - "Crossroads" by OpTicNation
- September 20, Vision - Season 3: Episode 2 - "Moving Forward" by OpTicNation
- October 5, Vision - Season 3: Episode 3 - "The Distance" by OpTicNation
- October 12, Vision - Season 3: Episode 4 - "Front and Center" by OpTicNation
- October 26, Vision - Season 3: Episode 5 - "Four Straight" by OpTicNation
- November 9, Vision - Season 3: Episode 6 - "The Race" by OpTicNation
- November 16, Vision - Season 3: Episode 7 - "Survival" by OpTicNation
- November 23, Vision - Season 3: Episode 8 - "Focused" by OpTicNation
- November 30, Vision - Season 3: Episode 9 - "Huddle Up" by OpTicNation
- December 7, Vision - Season 3: Episode 10 - "Trust The Process" by OpTicNation
- December 15, Vision - Season 3: Episode 11 - "Finals" by OpTicNation
- December 22, Vision - Season 3: Episode 12 - "No Limit" by OpTicNation
- October 23, WORLDS: A JOURNEY WITH OpTic "ONE MORE" by OpTicNation
- October 24, WORLDS: A JOURNEY WITH OpTic "MOMENTUM" by OpTicNation
- October 27, WORLDS: A JOURNEY WITH OpTic "FINALE" by OpTicNation
- November 9, Vision - Episode 1 - "The Move" by OpTicNation
- November 16, Vision - Episode 2 - "Invite Only" by OpTicNation
- November 23, Vision - Episode 3 - "Settling In" by OpTicNation
- November 30, Vision - Episode 4 - "The Visit" by OpTicNation
- December 7, VISION - Episode 5 - Team of The Year by OpTicNation
- December 14, Vision - Episode 6 - "The Accident" by OpTicNation
- January 14, OpTic Gaming - Call of Duty® World League - with Call of Duty
- January 3, No More Death Threats - Interview with OpTic Nadeshot - with OpTic Intel
- April 4, Optic Gaming Matt NaDeSHoT Haag Talks ESports - with GamerHubTV
- December 4, Interview with OpTic Scumper from the MLG 25k Open - with OpTic Intel
- August 4, EGL7 OpTic Interview - with Dexerto
- August 6, EGL7 Optic Gaming Post Event Win Interview - with Dexerto
- August 10, EGL7 Call of Duty Winners OpTic Gaming Exclusive ESPL Interview - with eSportsLive
- August 18, Gamescom Optic Gaming Interviewed about Black Ops 2 - with Dexerto
- October 13 EGL8 Day 1 Interview with OpTic Gaming - with Dexerto
Articles & Videos
- January 16, The Story of OpTic Gaming vs. FaZe Clan - by theScore esports
- April 26, What's next for OpTic Gaming? - by FoxTheDon
- May 7, OpTic Gaming - The End of a Dynasty - by FoxTheDon
- May 9, Reflecting on OpTic Gaming: The Greatest CoD Team of All Time - by DBLTAP
- March 26, OpTic Gaming Gets Wings from Red Bull in Official Partnership with OpTic.tv
- [Gear up 👊🏽 @Sector_Six] - twitter.com
- WELCOME FORMAL TO LG CALL OF DUTY! - luminosity.gg
- We would like to officially welcome @Methodz and @Octane_ to our Call of Duty roster. - twitter.com
- @OpTic_DKarma My side - twitch.tv
- OpTic Gaming's Tweet - twitter.com
- Turtle Wax's Tweet - twitter.com
- OpTic Gaming Now Sponsored by Brisk - optic.tv
- Twitch's Tweet - twitter.com
- Vision - Season 4: Episode 10 - "New Addition" - youtube.com
- Brisk® Iced Tea Introduces Brisk Mate optic.tv
- TURTLE WAX TEAMS UP WITH OPTIC GAMING FOR NEW PARTNERSHIP, PAVES THE WAY FOR CAR CARE CATEGORY TO ENTER ESPORTS optic.tv
- TURTLE BEACH REINVENTS ESPORTS GAMING HEADSETS WITH THE ELITE PRO – A NEW BENCHMARK FOR COMPETITIVE GAMING AUDIO PERFORMANCE AND COMFORT optic.tv
- OpTic J's YouTube Video youtube.com