OpTic Gaming

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OpTic Gaming
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Team Information
Org LocationUnited States United States
Region
NA
 North America
Owner(s)Hector "H3CZ" Rodriguez
Head CoachTyler "TeePee" Polchow
Sponsor(s)Turtle Beach
DXRacer
Sector Six
Third Label
SCUF Gaming
Mountain Dew
History
Created2006-??-??
Social Media & Links
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OpTic Gaming is an American esports organization currently fielding teams in League of Legends, Overwatch, Gears of War, and Fortnite.

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 2

OpTic Gaming was consistently one of the top teams during the Black Ops 2 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 3

The roster would stay the same going into the Black Ops 3 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

Initially, the roster would stay the same going into the WWII season. However, with inconsistent placings at the first five Majors, with the most notable placing 13-16th at the 2018 CWL Seattle Open, plus placing 2nd at the Stage 1 playoffs in what will be known as one of the greatest grand finals chokes of all time, the highly decorated roster that were the best team in the world for nearly 3 1/2 years split up. Kicking FormaL and Karma and picking up Octane and Methodz didn't solve their tournament drought though. Their end of WWII saw them place 5-6th at the 2018 CWL Anaheim Open, 7-8th at the Stage 2 playoffs, and a shocking 17-24th at the 2018 CWL Championship. This was the first time since MW2 where OpTic failed to win a single championship title throughout a season.

Timeline

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

Player Roster

Active

C ID Name Role Joined
United States Scump Seth Abner 59SMG Slayer 2014-01-20
United States Crimsix Ian Porter 62Main AR 2014-11-14
Canada Karma Damon Barlow 68Flex 2018-09-27
Canada Dashy Brandon Otell 65AR Slayer 2018-09-27
United States TJHaLy Thomas Haly 59SMG Slayer 2018-09-27

Temporary Subs

C ID Name Role Replacing Tournament
United States Vengeance Blake Campbell 51Slayer United States Scump Call of Duty XP 2011
United States NaDeSHoT Matthew Haag 50Objective Canada Rambo Call of Duty XP 2011
United States Enable Ian Wyatt 51Slayer Canada Karma ESWC 2015
Gfinity Spring Masters

Former

C ID Name Role Next Team Joined Left
United States Methodz Anthony Zinni 68Flex FaZe Clanlogo std.png FaZe Clan 2018-05-062018-05-06 2018-10-082018-10-08
United States Octane Sam Larew 65AR Slayer 100 Thieveslogo std.png 100 Thieves 2018-05-062018-05-06 2018-08-312018-08-31
Canada Karma Damon Barlow 68Flex Casterlogo std.png Streamer 2015-04-052015-04-05 2018-05-062018-05-06
United States FormaL Matthew Piper 65AR Slayer Luminosity Gaminglogo std.png Luminosity Gaming 2014-11-062014-11-06 2018-05-062018-05-06
United States NaDeSHoT Matthew Haag 50Objective Retiredlogo std.png Retired 2012-10-112012-10-?? 2015-04-042015-04-04
United States Clayster James Eubanks 65AR Slayer Team Envylogo std.png Team Envy 2014-01-072014-01-07 2014-11-062014-11-06
United States ProoFy Jordan Cannon 52Support OpTic Nationlogo std.png OpTic Nation 2014-04-142014-04-14 2014-11-062014-11-06
United States MBoZe Marcus Blanks 50Objective OpTic Nationlogo std.png OpTic Nation 2014-01-132014-01-13 2014-04-142014-04-14
United States Saints Renato Forza 51Slayer Strictly Business Gaminglogo std.png Strictly Business 2014-01-132014-01-13 2014-01-182014-01-18
United States Parasite Chris Duarte 50Objective Team Curselogo std.png Curse LV 2014-01-072014-01-07 2014-01-122014-01-12
United States Ricky Richard Stacy 52Support Team Curselogo std.png Curse LV 2013-12-112013-12-11 2014-01-122014-01-12
United States Scump Seth Abner 51Slayer Team Envylogo std.png Team Envy 2012-05-112012-05-?? 2014-01-072014-01-07
United States BigTymeR Will Johnson 52Support Coachlogo std.png Coach 2012-05-112012-05-?? 2014-01-052014-01-05
United States JKap Jordan Kaplan 52Support FaZe Clanlogo std.png FaZe Clan 2013-09-022013-09-02 2013-12-102013-12-10
United States MerK Joey Deluca 50Objective Team Envylogo std.png Team Envy 2013-05-112013-05-?? 2013-09-012013-09-01
United States NaDeSHoT Matthew Haag 50Objective Logo std.png vD 2012-01-112012-01-?? 2012-05-112012-05-??
United States Saints Renato Forza 51Slayer IcoNslogo std.png IcoNs 2012-04-112012-04-?? 2012-04-112012-04-??
United States Krump unknown 1Player Logo std.png Dream Chasers 2012-04-112012-04-?? 2012-04-112012-04-??
United States NexXx Jeremy Scarfino 1Player Team Obeylogo std.png Team Obey 2012-04-112012-04-?? 2012-04-112012-04-??
United States SiDRoC Joseph Rauth 51Slayer DeathWisHlogo std.png DeathWisH 2012-03-112012-03-?? 2012-03-112012-03-??
United States IntaKe unknown 1Player RoughNeXlogo std.png RoughNeX 2012-03-112012-03-?? 2012-03-112012-03-??
United States Scump Seth Abner 51Slayer ApeX eSports NAlogo std.png apeX eSports NA 2011-11-112011-??-?? 2012-11-112012-??-??
United States BigTymeR Will Johnson 52Support ApeX eSports NAlogo std.png apeX eSports NA 2011-02-112011-02-?? 2012-03-112012-03-??
United States MerK Joey Deluca 50Objective ApeX eSports NAlogo std.png apeX eSports NA 2010-10-112010-10-?? 2012-01-112012-01-??
United States ProoFy Jordan Cannon 51Slayer Team Envylogo std.png Team Envy 2011-10-112011-10-?? 2011-11-112011-11-??
United States JKap Jordan Kaplan 52Support Team Envylogo std.png Team Envy 2011-03-112011-03-?? 2011-11-112011-11-??
Canada Rambo Ray Lussier 50Objective HSG Xtravagantlogo std.png Xtravagant 2011-05-112011-05-?? 2011-08-112011-08-??
United States NaDeSHoT Matthew Haag 50Objective OpTic Nationlogo std.png OpTic Nation 2011-03-112011-03-?? 2011-04-112011-04-??
United States ProoFy Jordan Cannon 52Support Team Obeylogo std.png Team Obey 2011-11-112011-??-?? 2011-11-112011-??-??
Canada Rambo Ray Lussier 50Objective OpTic Gaminglogo std.png OpTic Gaming 2011-11-112011-??-?? 2011-11-112011-??-??
United States NaDeSHoT Matthew Haag 50Objective OpTic Nationlogo std.png OpTic Nation 2010-10-112010-10-?? 2011-04-112011-04-??
United States Vengeance Blake Campbell 1Player Next Threatlogo std.png Next Threat 2010-10-112010-10-?? 2010-11-112010-11-??
United States FLawLesS Richard Ferreira 51Slayer Next Threatlogo std.png Next Threat 2010-11-112010-??-?? 2010-11-112010-11-??
United States MoonstruK Nicholas Peraza 52Support Retiredlogo std.png Retired 2010-11-112010-??-?? 2010-11-112010-11-??
United States Gundeezy unknown 1Player Retiredlogo std.png Retired 2010-11-112010-??-?? 2010-11-112010-??-??
United States Di3seL Mike Carr 1Player Retiredlogo std.png Retired 2010-11-112010-??-?? 2010-11-112010-??-??
United States Eaton unknown 1Player Retiredlogo std.png Retired 2010-11-112010-??-?? 2010-11-112010-??-??
United States Nerve unknown 1Player Retiredlogo std.png Retired 2010-11-112010-??-?? 2010-11-112010-??-??

Organization

Active

C ID Name Position
United States H3CZ Hector Rodriguez 70Owner & CEO
United States J Ryan Musselman Founder & COO
United States TUMORS Pedro Rodriguez Team Manager
United States TeePee Tyler Polchow 70Head Coach

Former

C ID Name Position Next Team
United States NaDeSHoT Matthew Haag 70Chief Executive Officer 100 Thieveslogo std.png 100 Thieves
United States FlamesworD Michael Chaves Head Coach Retiredlogo std.png Retired
United States BigTymeR Will Johnson 70Head Coach Retiredlogo std.png Retired

Trivia

Team Achievements

Recent Tournament Results (View All)
GameDatePlacePrizeEventRoster
GameIcon BO4.png2018-12-09A11$ 100,000CWL2018logo small.png CWL Las Vegas Open 2019Scump • Crimsix • Karma • Dashy • TJHaLy
GameIcon WWII.png2018-08-19B717 - 24$ 12,500Champs2018logo small.png Call of Duty World League Championship 2018Scump • Crimsix • Octane • Methodz
GameIcon WWII.png2018-07-29A77 - 8$ 22,500CWL2018logo small.png CWL Pro League 2018 Stage 2Scump • Crimsix • Octane • Methodz
GameIcon WWII.png2018-06-17A55 - 6$ 8,000CWL2018logo small.png CWL Anaheim Open 2018Scump • Crimsix • Octane • Methodz
GameIcon WWII.png2018-04-22B313 - 16CWL2018logo small.png CWL Seattle Open 2018Scump • FormaL • Crimsix • Karma

Media

Gallery

Articles

  • 2018

Interviews

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012

Videos

  • 2015

Vision - Documentary Series

  • Season 6
  • Season 5
  • Season 4
  • Season 3
  • Season 2
  • Season 1

External Links

References