|Player has retired.|
|Country of Birth||United States|
|Birthday||August 3, 1992 (age 27)|
|XBL Gamertag||OpTic NaDeSHoT|
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Call of Duty 4 and Modern Warfare 2
Matt "NaDeSHoT" Haag, started his competitive Call of Duty career in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare with team Genesis. NaDeSHoT had his first top 8 placement at MLG National Championship 2009 during Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare season with the same team, finishing 4th. After Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, NaDeSHoT went to OpTic Gaming for the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 season. Here, Nade would find two 8th place finishes at MLG Online National Championship and MLG National Championship 2010.
Black Ops and Modern Warfare 3
Matt would stay on the Optic Gaming squad heading into the Call of Duty: Black Ops season. Here, he would find a 3rd place finish at MLG Dallas 2011 before being moved to OpTic Nation. After a 6th place finish at MLG Columbus 2011, Nadeshot would be released from OpTic, and would find himself on Team EnVyUs. He would find two more Top 8 finishes while on EnVy as the Black Ops season came to a close. During the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 season, Matt would find himself back on Optic Gaming. Nadeshot and the squad of MerK, BigTymeR, and Vengeance would win Call of Duty XP, but after a 3rd place finish at UMG Classic, he was once again released from OpTic Gaming. At the UMG Invitational, he would find himself on JuKeD, where he would place 4th. Finally, he would place 3rd at the UMG Championships with a pick up team to finish the season.
Black Ops 2
NaDeSHoT would find himself back on OpTic once again for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 season. Here, along with Scump, MerK, and BigTymeR, they would find their highest placing early in the season, finishing 1st at UMG Chicago. The team would go on to place 3rd at the Call of Duty Championship, and would not place out of the top 10 for the rest of the season. However, many would begin to question why the team had dropped Rambo in favor of NaDeSHoT. Eventually, OpTic would replace MerK with JKap, and this line up would finish with a 2nd place finish at the MLG Fall Invitational 2013.
Nadeshot and company would have a rough start to the Call of Duty: Ghosts season, finishing outside of the top 10 at the first 2 events they would attend. The team would go through a flurry of roster changes at one point, including Ricky, Saints, and Parasite, and the retirement of BigTymeR. Scump would leave the team for a week to join Team EnVyUs, siting a rivalry with Nadeshot as the reason. However, Scump would return, and the team would be complete with Nadeshot, Scump, MBoZe, and Clayster. Many doubted the team heading into the Call of Duty Championship 2014, especially after barely qualifying at the U.S. Regional tournament, but the team would make a strong run, finishing 3rd overall for the 2nd year in a row. After Champs, OpTic would make a surprise move by reviving OpTic Nation, with MBoZe as the captain. OpTic would bring on ProoFy to fill his spot, and the squad would head into UGC Niagara 2014 with high expectations. However, the squad would finish in 7th place, with many questioning why they made the change at all. Optic Gaming would then attend the MLG X Games Invitational 2014, where NaDeSHoT would show his Search and Destroy prowess, helping lead OpTic Gaming to a win over Team Kaliber in the Grand Finals, and becoming the first Call of Duty X Games gold medalists. Following this win, NaDeSHoT and the rest of the OpTic Gaming squad went into MLG Anaheim 2014 full of confidence and looked to turn their 2nd seed from Season 2 of the MLG CoD league into a victory. They would take out all opposition 3-0 until they faced Evil Geniuses who knocked them down into the losers bracket final. They went onto beat TCM-Gaming 3-0 in this series and faced Evil Geniuses again in the Championship final. However, the lost the continuation series and finished with a very convincing 2nd. OpTic Gaming would then look to carry this form over to London at Gfinity 3 but they were unable to, finishing with a disappointing 5th-8th with no-one really performing. Following this disappointment they looked to bounce back at UMG Dallas 2014, but only did so in part, finishing 4th and taking away $2,000 after crashing out at the hands of OpTic Nation who beat them with a convincing 3-0. NaDeSHoT and his teammates at OpTic Gaming finished 3rd in the Season 3 of the MLG CoD league, and secured the 3rd seed going into the Season 3 Playoff. In the Season 3 of the MLG league playoff they lost in the first round against Denial eSports, after beating both Rise Nation and OpTic Nation with a convincing 3-0, NaDeSHoT and his team lost 3-0 to Most Wanted, OpTic Gaming finished in 4th place to close out the Call of Duty: Ghosts season..
Nadeshot and company began the Advanced Warfare season well at MLG Columbus Open 2014 as they placed second, losing out to FaZe Clan in the Grand Final after OpTic Gaming released Clayster and ProoFy for FormaL and Crimsix. OpTic Gaming went on to win three consecutive tournaments: UMG Orlando 2015, MLG Pro League Season 1 Playoffs, and the Call of Duty Championship 2015: NA Regional Finals. However, at the Call of Duty Championship 2015, OpTic Gaming got a disappointing 7th place finish, shocking everyone involved. On 04/04/2015, feeling that he was the reason for his team's poor performance at CoD Champs 2015, Nadeshot announced that he would be "taking a break" from competitive Call of Duty, and would be focusing more on his YouTube channel and live streaming. This shocked all the competitive Call of Duty community, as well as most of the pros. It was later announced that Karma would replace him on OpTic Gaming.
On April 18th, 2016, NaDeSHoT announced on his YouTube channel that he created his own organization known as "Hundred Thieves." He had acquired a team that had recently qualified for Stage 2 of the 2016 COD World League North America Pro Division that went by the name of, "King Papey," to be the first team in any eSports to represent his organization. He also announced that this organisation will not be limited to Call of Duty eSports and is interested in the idea of picking up teams in games like Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Dota, and others.
- He worked at McDonald's drive thru before making it big in the competitive Call of Duty scene.
- Was referred to as "America's Favorite Gamer" during his playing career.
- He took home 1 of the first 4 X Games Gold Medals in all of eSports in 2014.
- Won the eSports Player of the Year at the 2014 Game Awards.
- Has over 3 million subscribers on YouTube and 2.4M followers on Twitter.
- Competed in a Halo 4 event alongside Scump, MerK, and Saint under OpTic Gaming in 2012. They placed top 64.
- He created his own organization, 100 Thieves, after retiring from competing.
|Recent Tournament Results (View All)|
|2015-03-29||7||$ 35,000||Call of Duty Championship 2015||OG|
|2015-03-08||1||$ 5,000||Call of Duty Championship 2015 North America Regional Final||OG|
|2015-02-22||1||$ 30,000||MLG Pro League 2015 Season 1 Playoffs||OG|
|2015-01-04||1||$ 15,000||UMG Orlando 2015||OG|
|2014-11-30||2||$ 6,000||MLG Columbus Open 2014||OG|
- February 20, Major League Gaming "Nadeshot Interview Post WR1 Victory AW Pro League Season 1 Championship" - with MajorLeagueGaming
- May 17, OpTic Nadeshot UMG Cali 2015 Interview - with Dexerto
- May 17, OpTic Nadeshot 1 Min Interview @ UMG Cali 2015 - with Dexerto
- January 8, Major League Gaming "Young "Esports Report - Nadeshot interview Roster Changes" - with MajorLeagueGaming
- January 26, Chicago Tribune "Young 'Call of Duty' player builds a career from gaming" - with Chicago Tribune
- April 7, Red Bull eSports "Nadeshot Sounds Off on Call of Duty Ghosts" - with Red Bull
- November 15, The New York Times "No. 1 With a Bullet: ‘Nadeshot’ Becomes a Call of Duty Star" - with The New York Times
- November 27, ABC News "Million-Dollar Video Game Habit" - with ABC News
- November 30, Major League Gaming "OpTic NaDeSHoT Interview After Win Over Team EnvyUs At MLG Columbus 2014" - with MajorLeagueGaming
- December 6, The Game Awards "Matt Haag "Nadeshot" wins Esports Player of the Year 2014" - with The Game Awards
- December 14, CBS News "How video games became a spectator sport" - with CBS News
- July 13, SBTV Games & Gadgets "OpTic Gaming talk Spanking and Famine" w/ OpTic Gaming - with SBTC Games & Gadgets
- October 24, Major League Gaming "Player Profile: Optic Nadeshot (Call of Duty)" - with MajorLeagueGaming
- October 23, The Juice - By Matthew 'Nadeshot' Haag theplayerstribune.com
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