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OpTic Gaming
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Location USA.png United States
Coach Chris "Royal1" Fiorante
Manager Hector "H3CZ" Rodriguez
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Captain Paul "SnakeBite" Duarte
Website optic.tv
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Sponsor(s) Scuf Gaming
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Created Organization 2006
Halo Division May 16th, 2014
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OpTic Gaming is an American eSports organization. Founded in the summer of 2006, OpTic Gaming currently fields teams in Call of Duty, Halo, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and Gears of War.


OpTic Gaming was founded in the summer of 2006 by "OpTic KR3W" and Ryan "OpTic Jon3s" Musselman (OpTicJ) as an online Call of Duty team. In 2007, Hector "H3CZ" Rodriguez took over leadership of the brand, and OpTic began producing content in 2009. In 2010, OpTic's fielded its first professional gaming team, a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 roster at the MLG Dallas National Championships. In 2011 at the Call of Duty XP 2011 Modern Warfare 3 tournament, OpTic finished 1st, netting themselves a $400,000 prize. In the ensuing years, OpTic's brand would expand exponentially, as they became a dominant force in the competitive scene and one of the leading sources of Call of Duty content on YouTube. Former Halo players FormaL and Crimsix would find post-Halo success as a part of OpTic's Call of Duty team as well.

Halo History

Halo 4

OpTic Gaming's first venture into Halo came at the 2012 MLG Fall Championship, where OpTic's Call of Duty team of Matt "NaDeSHoT" Haag, Seth "Scump" Abner, Joey "MerK" Deluca and Brian "Saint" Baroska competed in the Halo 4 event. OpTic made it to Winners Round 3 before being taken out 2-1 by Rebellion. OpTic was ultimately knocked out in Losers Round 5 by Synergy Gaming, and finished in the top 64.

In November 2013, professional Halo player Michael "FlamesworD" Chaves was recruited as OpTic's Call of Duty coach.[1] This eventually lead to FlamesworD forming an OpTic Halo team with the intention of competing at RTX 2014. The roster was made up of FlamesworD, Aaron "Ace" Elam, Justin "iGotUrPistola" deese and Eric "Snip3down" Wrona, with former pro player Michael "StrongSide" Cavanaugh as coach.[2] OpTic did not end up attending a Halo 4 event, but the roster stuck together for the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

Halo 2: Anniversary

The OpTic Halo squad attended their first Halo event at the ESL MCC Launch Invitational, where they took a 5th-6th placement out of 8 invited teams. Shortly after the Invitational, Pistola and Snipedown left OpTic to join Evil Geniuses.[3] On November 23rd, FlamesworD announced the first addition to the roster - Clete "Assault" LoRusso.[4] On December 3, FlamesworD announced the finalization of the roster on YouTube, confirming the addition of Mason "Aries" Miller to the main roster, as well as the addition of Ian "Enable" Wyatt as a sub and Kyle "Elamite" Elam as the new coach, replacing StrongSide.[5] At the first LAN event of HCS Season 1, Iron Games Columbus 2014, OpTic placed 3rd, defeating Cloud9 in a controversial series to eliminate them. At the second LAN event of the season, UGC St. Louis 2015, OpTic took 4th.

On January 10th, OpTic announced that they were parting ways with Aries and picking up Bradley "APG" Laws.[6] APG's tenure on OpTic was short however, as he soon departed in favor of Noble Black, citing lack of practice due to Ace being sick as the catalyst. In response, OpTic picked up Cody "ContrA" Szczodrowski, who APG had replaced on Noble Black.[7] With ContrA on board, OpTic took second place in the last two HCS Cups of the season. At the third LAN event of the season, Gamers For Giving 2015, OpTic defeated Cloud9 in a close 3-2 series in Winners Round 3. They then pulled off a big upset on the heavily favored Counter Logic Gaming in Round 4, sweeping them 3-0 and sending them to the Losers Bracket. On Sunday, OpTic faced off against Evil Geniuses and was swept 3-0 and knocked into the Losers Bracket, where they would once again face Counter Logic Gaming. CLG avenged their earlier loss, defeating OpTic 3-1 and ending their tournament with a 3rd place finish. OpTic Halo entered the HCS Season 1 Finals as the #4 seed. They faced off against season-long rivals Cloud9 in WB Round 1, and were defeated 3-2. OpTic's first LB match was against Noble Black, featuring APG and Aries. Despite rallying back to win game 3, OpTic was defeated 3-1 by Noble Black, ending their tournament and their season with a season-worst 7-8th placing.

OpTic's average LAN placing in HCS Season 1 was 4.38. Their total winnings amounted to $6,050.

Shortly after PAX East, Contra confirmed his departure from OpTic on Twitter.[8] Days later, Nick "MaNiaC" Kershner confirmed that he was leaving Noble Black to join OpTic.[9] Despite a contract dispute with Noble, Maniac joining OpTic became official later that night.[10] At Iron Games Atlanta 2015, OpTic came out strong, upsetting the #1 seeded Winterfox in 4 games. They were then defeated by Denial eSports in 3 games, sending them to the losers' bracket where they were defeated in 4 games by Cloud9. They lost 3-0 to Counter Logic Gaming in consolation, taking 6th place as a result.

OpTic had inconsistent results in the first half of the online cups for Season 2, starting off on a low note with a top 8 finish in Cup 1 before rebounding with two 4th place finishes in Cups 2 and 3. However, they would follow these up with a top 16 finish in Cup 4. After skipping Cup 5, they closed out the online cups with two top 8 finishes. At HCS Indianapolis, OpTic started off strong, defeating Vanquish Gaming 2-0 and Winterfox 3-2 before falling 3-2 in a very close Winners Semifinals series with Denial eSports. They were then defeated in their first LB match by Counter Logic Gaming. They defeated Cloud9 in consolation to finish 5th.

OpTic went into the HCS Season 2 Finals as the #6 seed. Their first opponents were Winterfox, a familiar opponent. This time however, Winterfox defeated OpTic for the first time at a tournament, 3-1, sending OpTic to the LB early. In the LB, OpTic defeated Team Liquid 3-2 in a very close series to stay alive. Their next opponents were Counter Logic Gaming, and in a series plagued by multiple disconnections, OpTic were defeated 3-1 and sent home with a top 6 finish.

OpTic's average placing in HCS Season 2 was 5.50. Their total winnings amounted to $10,600.

Halo 5: Guardians

OpTic was the only North American team invited to the Gamescom Invitational 2015 prerelease Halo 5 tournament. They lost to Supremacy in the first round, winning no prize money. Not long after the Gamescom tournament, Ace left OpTic to join Team Liquid.[11] It wasn't until December 7th that OpTic would announce a replacement. Their new fourth was officially confirmed to be Brandon "StelluR" Boettcher.[12] After four online qualifiers with no placings higher than top 16, StelluR left OpTic to join Leftovers.[13] OpTic was caught in the middle of a roster change frenzy leading up to the final qualifier. Assault left to join Triggers Pound, leaving FlamesworD and Maniac to recruit Shane "Posey xR" Posey and Justin "FearItSelf" Kats to round out the roster. The team failed to acquire enough points to qualify in the final cup. Over the next two weeks, FlamesworD and Maniac parted ways with Posey and FIS in a last ditch effort to qualify for NA Regionals through the Last Chance Qualifier. They eventually picked up Garrett "LifeStyle" Miller and Ian "Chaser" Contorelli. They won the LCQ in dramatic fashion, with FlamesworD's Twitch stream accumulating viewership higher than that of the official Halo stream. At NA Regionals, OpTic went 1-2 in their group, losing to Team Allegiance and Triggers Pound and beating Dream Team. Thus, they finished top 16 and did not qualify for Halo World Championship 2016.

On March 24th, 2016, FlamesworD posted a video confirming that Chaser and LifeStyle had been released from OpTic and that he and Maniac were the only members of OpTic's Halo team presently.[14] On April 5th, 2016, Naded announced on twitter that he joined the OpTic roster alongside FlamesworD and Maniac.[15] Five days later, the roster was finalized as OpTic confirmed the return of Ace.[16] With the announcement of OpTic being invited to the HCS Pro League Invitational 2016, MaNiaC announced that Cloud will be coaching the team for the event.[17] OpTic started off at PAX strong as they beat Enigma6 Group 3-1, defying the expectations of many in the community. After their series against E6, OpTic faced the tall task of defeating Evil Geniuses. EG dominated the series, winning the first map by a score of 100-18 before going up 21-0 in the Slayer game. EG would take the series by a score of 4-0. OpTic then faced elimination against organizational rivals Team EnVyUs. Despite a much closer series, score-wise, OpTic were still swept 4-0 and eliminated from the tournament with a 3rd place finish.

In the week following PAX, Flamesword announced his retirement from Halo competition, choosing to shift into a new role as OpTic's head coach.[18] In Flamesword's absence, MaNiaC was named captain of the team. Later that night, OpTic announced the acquisition of Cory "Str8 SicK" Sloss.[19] The roster's first tournament together was an Online Invitational Qualifier, in which they earned an invite to the HCS Pro League Summer Qualifier 2016, upsetting the favored Renegades in the process. At the Qualifier, OpTic failed to make it out of their group, forcing them to play in the Last Chance Qualifier to compete for a spot in the Pro League. In the LCQ, OpTic finished 2nd, losing only to Team Liquid in their successful bid to earn a spot. On May 31st, shortly after OpTic qualified, Naded made a forum post announcing that he was leaving the roster.[20], leaving OpTic a player short with the Pro League kicking off in less than 48 hours. For the first two weeks of Pro League play, they brought in a returning APG as a sub. On June 13th, OpTic announced the official acquisition of APG.[21] OpTic's Pro League season was a rough one, finishing in 8th place with only two wins, not enough to qualify for Finals or the Fall Season. OpTic kept their spot in the season by finishing 2nd in the Relegation tournament.

Shortly following the conclusion of the season, OpTic released Str8 SicK.[22] On the final day of the roster transfer period, OpTic settled on Richie "Heinz" Heinz as the team's new fourth, confirmed in an article on ESL's website shortly after roster lock occurred for the Fall Season.[23]

On September 14th, OpTic announced in the new episode of Vision that they were releasing the Halo roster, keeping only MaNiaC as a content creator.[24] The same day, it was revealed that OpTic had acquired the former Counter Logic Gaming roster of Tony "LethuL" Campbell, Jr, Paul "SnakeBite" Duarte, Mathew "Royal2" Fiorante, Bradley "Frosty" Bergstrom and coach Chris "Royal1" Fiorante.[25] The ex-CLG roster was coming off of a streak of tournament wins, including the Summer Pro League Finals and the Halo World Championship 2016 having lost only one match in the entire HCS since January. OpTic came out to a rocky start in Week 1 of the season, losing 3-1 in their second match against Evil Geniuses, only the roster's second loss since January. They were again defeated in Week 3 by Team EnVyUs, a team many fans and analysts saw as having the potential to overcome OpTic as the #1 team in the world. OpTic attended HCS Orange County 2016 and came out strong, defeating EnVyUs 3-1 in the Pro Bracket to secure the 1st seed in the Championship Bracket. In the Championship Bracket, OpTic defeated EnVyUs twice more, resulting in a 10-2 overall map count over the course of the event en route to winning the roster's fourth straight event and first under the OpTic banner. OpTic ultimately finished the Fall Pro League season with a 11-3 record, good enough for 2nd place. At the Season Finals, things looked good for OpTic as they dismantled Team Liquid and took out Team EnVyUs 4-1 in the Winners Finals. In the Grand Finals, EnVyUs fought back with two straight victories to dethrone OpTic.

During the offseason, OpTic was one of two pro teams (the other being EnVyUs) to not make any roster changes. At the first event of Halo World Championship 2017 season - UGC St. Louis 2017, OpTic came out hot, sweeping their way through Primal and SetToDestroyX. In their third match, they won a close 3-2 series over Team Liquid and moved on to face Team EnVyUs in a Fall Finals rematch. OpTic came out in top in a close 3-2 victory. This time, EnVyUs wouldn't get a second chance, as they were eliminated by Team Liquid in the Losers Finals. In the Grand Finals, Liquid made a series out of it, taking OpTic all the way to seven games before being sent home in 2nd place. At ME Las Vegas 2017, OpTic came out as strong as ever, sweeping through ImPerium and Splyce to qualify for Halo World Championship 2017. As the tournament continued, they swept Str8 Rippin and defeated Team Liquid 4-2 in the Winners Finals. In the Grand Finals, they again met Liquid, who they decisively beat 4-1, solidifying themselves as the team to beat going into Worlds. At Worlds, OpTic were placed in Group A with TMMT Crowd Pleasers and Supremacy. OpTic dominated its pool, dropping only a single game to Supremacy. In the main bracket, OpTic swept FAB Games eSports and Luminosity Gaming to earn a spot in the Winners Finals, where they made short work of Team Liquid with a 4-1 victory. In the Grand Finals, they met a resurgent Team EnVyUs, who were just coming off of their first victory over the Liquid roster. OpTic made a statement, sweeping EnVyUs and solidifying themselves as a legendary Halo team with their second straight World Championship.

At the first event on the 2017 settings, UMG Daytona, OpTic won its pool with victories over Evil Geniuses and Luminosity Gaming. In the Championship Bracket, they swept Empowered and Evil Geniuses before winning a 3-2 series over Team Liquid. In the Winners Finals, they beat Team EnVyUs 4-2 in their first match on the new settings. Not done, EnVyUs came back through the Losers Bracket and won two straight game sevens to steal the event from OpTic's hands.


  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • Call of Duty team of NaDeSHoT, Scump, MerK and Saint announces intention to compete in Halo.
  • November 4th, 49th - 64th place at MLG Fall Championship 2012
  • Roster retires from Halo.

Player Roster


ID Name Position
USA SnakeBite Paul Duarte Captain
Canada Royal2 Mathew Fiorante Player
USA Frosty Bradley Bergstrom Player
USA Lethul Tony Campbell, Jr. Player
Canada Royal1 Chris Fiorante Head Coach


ID Name Next Team
USA Heinz Richie Heinz Logo std2.png LOL
USA aPG Bradley Laws Logo std2.png LOL
USA AcE Aaron Elam Logo std2.png LOL
USA MaNiaC Nick Kershner Retired.png Retired
USA Str8 SicK Cory Sloss Logo std2.png Elite Four
USA Naded Brett Leonard LGlogo std.png Luminosity Gaming
USA FlamesworD Michael Chaves Retired.png Retired
USA Chaser Ian Contorelli Logo std2.png Indecisive
USA LifeStyle Garrett Miller Logo std2.png Indecisive
USA FearItSelf Justin Kats Logo std2.png Laser Focused
USA Posey xR Shane Posey Logo std2.png 2mil or Windmill?
USA Assault Clete LoRusso Logo std2.png Triggers Pound
USA StelluR Braedon Boettcher Logo std2.png Leftovers
USA ContrA Cody Szczodrowski TRlogo std.png Team Randa
USA Aries Mason Miller NBL Blogo std.png Noble Black
USA iGotUrPistola Justin Deese EGlogo std.png Evil Geniuses
USA Snip3down Eric Wrona EGlogo std.png Evil Geniuses
USA Saint Brian Baroska
USA Scump Seth Abner
USA NaDeSHoT Matt Haag
USA MerK Joey Deluca

Temporary Subs

ID Name Replacing Tournament
USA APG Bradley Laws United States Naded HCS Pro League - Summer 2016 - Weeks 1 - 3



ID Name Position
USA H3CZ Hector Rodriguez Owner
USA J Ryan Musselman Founder & COO


ID Name Position Next Team
USA Clutch Wes Price Head Coach Str8logo std.png Str8 Rippin
USA FlamesworD Michael Chaves Head Coach Retired.png Retired
USA Cloud Scottie Holste Head Coach
USA BigTymeR Will Johnson Head Coach
USA Clutch Weston Price Head Coach Logo std2.png Liquid Vibe
USA Elamite Kyle Elam Head Coach TLlogo std.png Team Liquid
USA Joe Fries Joey Pennacchio Head Coach
USA StrongSide Michael Cavanaugh Head Coach

Tournament History

End Date Game Place Prize Event Players (Coach)
May 14, 2017 Halo 5 logo.png A22nd $24,000 UMG Daytona 2017 SnakeBiteRoyal2FrostyLethuLClutch
March 26, 2017 Halo 5 logo.png A11st $500,000 Halo World Championship 2017 SnakeBiteRoyal2FrostyLethuLRoyal1
March 5, 2017 Halo 5 logo.png A11st $20,000 ME Las Vegas 2017 SnakeBiteRoyal2FrostyLethuLRoyal1
January 22, 2017 Halo 5 logo.png A11st $20,000 UGC St. Louis 2017 SnakeBiteRoyal2FrostyLethuLRoyal1
December 11, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A22nd $35,000 HCS Pro League - Fall 2016 Season Finals SnakeBiteRoyal2FrostyLethuLRoyal1
November 10, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A22nd $12,000 HCS Pro League - Fall 2016 Season SnakeBiteRoyal2FrostyLethuL
October 9, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A11st $7,000 HCS Orange County 2016 SnakeBiteLethuLRoyal2FrostyRoyal1
July 30, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A22nd I1Q HCS Pro League - Summer 2016 Relegation MaNiaCAcEStr8 SicKaPGFlamesworD
July 15, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A88th $6,000 HCS Pro League - Summer 2016 Season MaNiaCAcEStr8 SicKaPG
May 22, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A22nd I1Q HCS Pro League - Summer 2016 LCQ MaNiaCStr8 SicKNadedAce
May 8, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A33rd I1NQ HCS Pro League Summer Qualifier 2016 - Group A MaNiaCNadedAcEStr8 SicKFlamesworD
April 24, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A33rd I1NQ HCS Pro League Invitational 2016 FlamesworDMaNiaCNadedAcECloud
February 21, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A99 - 16th - HWC NA Regional Finals 2016 FlamesworDMaNiaCChaserLifestyleBigTymeR
February 6, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A11st I1Q HWC NA LCQ 2016 FlamesworDMaNiaCChaserLifestyle
August 7, 2015 Halo 5 logo.png A33 - 4th Gamescom Invitational 2015 FlamesworDAcEAssaultMaNiaC
July 26, 2015 Halo 2a logo.png A55 - 6th $6,000 HCS Season 2 Finals FlamesworDAcEAssaultMaNiaCClutch
June 28, 2015 Halo 2a logo.png A55th $3,000 HCS Indianapolis FlamesworDAcEAssaultMaNiaCClutch
April 19, 2015 Halo 2a logo.png A66th $1,000 Iron Games Atlanta 2015 FlamesworDAcEAssaultMaNiaC
March 6, 2015 Halo 2a logo.png A77 - 8th $2,000 HCS Season 1 Finals FlamesworDAcEAssaultContrAJoe Fries
February 22, 2015 Halo 2a logo.png A33rd $1,000 Gamers For Giving 2015 FlamesworDAcEAssaultContrAElamite
January 4, 2015 Halo 2a logo.png A44th $550 UGC St. Louis 2015 FlamesworDAcEAriesAssaultElamite
December 14, 2014 Halo 2a logo.png A33rd $2,000 Iron Games Columbus 2014 FlamesworDAceAriesAssaultElamite
November 9, 2014 Halo 2a logo.png A55 - 6th $2,500 ESL MCC Launch Invitational FlameswordAceiGotUrPistolaSnip3downElamite
November 4, 2012 Halo 4 logo.png E949 - 64th - MLG Fall Championship 2012 NaDeSHoTMerKSainttScump




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Highlight Videos



See Also

External Links


  1. 1.0 1.1 OpTic Gaming Coach FlamesworD Intro - youtube.com
  2. 2.0 2.1 Optic Gaming Halo Roster - youtube.com
  3. 3.0 3.1 Snip3down's tweet - twitter.com
  4. 4.0 4.1 HCS Preseason Cup & OpTic Halos 3rd - youtube.com
  5. 5.0 5.1 OpTic Gaming's New Halo Roster - youtube.com
  6. 6.0 6.1 OpTic Halo Change - youtube.com
  7. 7.0 7.1 Dealing with Team Changes - youtube.com
  8. 8.0 8.1 ContrA's tweet - twitter.com
  9. 9.0 9.1 MaNiaC's tweet - twitter.com
  10. FlamesworD's tweet - twitter.com
  11. 11.0 11.1 Changes to Liquid Halo - teamliquidpro.com
  12. 12.0 12.1 FlamesworD's Video
  13. 13.0 13.1 Spartan's tweet - twitter.com
  14. 14.0 14.1 FlamesworD's video - youtube.com
  15. 15.0 15.1 Naded's tweet - twitter.com
  16. 16.0 16.1 Flamesword's tweet - twitter.com
  17. 17.0 17.1 MaNiaC's video - youtube.com
  18. 18.0 18.1 Flamesword Retires - youtube.com
  19. 19.0 19.1 Str8 SicK's Tweet - twitter.com
  20. 20.0 20.1 Naded's post - teambeyond.net
  21. 21.0 21.1 OpTic Gaming's tweet - twitter.com
  22. 22.0 22.1 Str8 SicK's tweet - twitter.com
  23. 23.0 23.1 The final rosters for the North American Halo Championship Series: Pro League Fall 2016 Season are set! - eslgaming.com
  24. 24.0 24.1 Vision - Season 3: Episode 1 - "Crossroads" - youtube.com
  25. 25.0 25.1 OpTic Gaming's tweet - twitter.com