OpTic Gaming

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Introduction

      OpTic Gaming, LLC., also referred to as the The Green Wall, is a professional American eSports team and competitive gaming company. OpTic currently has teams playing Call of Duty, Halo, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It was founded in 2006 by Ryan “OpTic J” Musselman and “OpTic KR3W”. The company is owned by Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez. The OpTic Halo team is coached by Mike “Flamesword” Chavez. OpTic Gaming is the most known Call of Duty e-sports team currently ahead of 2nd place FaZe Black. OpTic Gaming are two time X Games champions, winning in 2014 and 2015 respectively. On 3 December 2015, OpTic Gaming won the Best E-Sports Team of the Year at The Game Awards 2015.

History

In 2006 Ryan “OpTic J” Musselman and “OpTicKR3W” developed OpTic Gaming. The team played Call of Duty 2 for the Xbox 360. In 2007, OpTic Gaming being owned by Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009-2010 season)

OpTic took 8th in the Online Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 National Championships before placing 4th at the MLG National Championships 2010 and picking up $500 before the start of the next Call of Duty: Black Ops season.

Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010-2011 season)

Maat Haag was dropped from the team for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2011 season which was the first season of Call of Duty on the Major League Gaming since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. He briefly returned to the OpTic Competitive team, replacing a player who felt ill, at MLG Dallas where OpTic Gaming finished 3rd with virtually no practice as a squad. Subsequently, after mentioning the possibility of replacing the team mate that had fallen sick he did not get picked up. Haag played on several different teams in the professional scene and created his own OpTic Nation competitive team and started making videos and streaming footage. For the next two events he played for Team EnVyUs finishing 8th at MLG Anaheim and then 3rd at MLG Raleigh before playing on Surreal Legacy for the final two events of the year placing 7th at MLG Orlando and then finishing in 15th at the MLG Providence national championships to finish off the Call of Duty: Black Ops Major League Gaming season.maxresdefault (3)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011-2012 season)

With Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 looming, Call of Duty announced Call of Duty XP where Activision hosted a $1 million tournament to showcase the newest edition of the franchise. With 2 members of the OpTic Gaming team not being available to play, Haag was picked up again. They made it to the Grand Final. They took the series 3-1 and the team won $400,000 and the trophy. Again, Matt ‘NaDeSHoT’ Haag was not picked up for the main OpTic Gaming team and instead created his own OpTic team under the OpTic Nation brand, which did not go on to win any events. MW3 did not make the MLG 2012 season, reportedly due to the absence of a LAN function in the game

  Team Evil Geniuses

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (2012-13 season)

Treyarch were to make Call of Duty: Black Ops II which was the second game in the Black Ops franchise. The game was a success competitively and attracted a bigger audience through the season. With Frag Cup 4, an annual online tournament at the start of a new Call of Duty title, coming up a member of the OpTic Gaming competitive team was unable to play due to gambling restrictions in his province, and after impressing early on in the game, OpTic Gaming picked up NaDeSHoT, who rejoined the OpTic Gaming competitive team on a permanent basis. They finished in the 7th/8th position in Frag Cup 4 before going to the first LANevent which was UMG Chicago. OpTic Gaming started the tournament strong, making their way to the finals without losing. The team then lost the first series in the final. However, because they were the winners of the “winners final” the match went into a final and decisive series, in which they were able to win 3-2 and become the first Call of Duty: Black Ops II champions.

The next tournament was MLG Dallas. Here, the top 8 teams qualified to compete at that year’s Call of Duty Championships, which was an annual $1,000,000 event. OpTic Gaming went on to finish in the 5th/6th position. At the Call of Duty Championships, OpTic Gaming finished in third place losing to the eventual winners of the tournament.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts (2013-14 season)

The next title of the Call of Duty franchise was Call of Duty: Ghosts which MLG announced that it would be their featured FPS title for the upcoming season again. OpTic Gaming disappointed at both of their first two events which were to be MLG Columbus (13-16th place) and UMG Philadelphia (9-12th place) before a roster change occurred with one player retiring, two leaving and one later rejoining. During this time Haag teamed with Christopher Duarte, who goes by the name of ‘Parasite’. At this time, the team consisted of “NaDeSHoT”, “Clayster”, “Ricky” and “Parasite”. However, after only a handful of days, ‘Parasite’ and ‘Ricky’ left OpTic to join Curse Las Vegas. OpTic then picked up ‘Saints’ and ‘MBoZe’, before ‘Scumpii’ rejoined OpTic to replace the departing ‘Saints’, who returned to Strictly Business. After the retirement of ‘BigTymer’ following UMG Philadelphia, NaDeSHoT became the captain of OpTic Gaming.

OpTic qualified for the Call of Duty: Ghosts national qualifiers for the annual Call of Duty Championship $1,000,000 tournaments after qualifying via MLG’s online qualifying tournament. At the US Championship Finals OpTic Gaming finished in 7th place to qualify for the Call of Duty World Championship, after eliminating Curse New York in an elimination game in a best of 5 series. This allowed the team to qualify for the annual $1 million tournament. The OpTic Gaming squad played in the MLG Pro Circuit Season 1 online league where after a promising start they suffered problems online and were not able to qualify for the MLG PAX East Championship; eventually OpTic Gaming finished bottom of the league in 10th place. OpTic Gaming later announced they were hosting the winners of the US Regional finals, Strictly Business Gaming for a pre-LAN event for the World Championships.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014-15 season)

Advanced Warfare was the next installment in the Call of Duty Franchise for the e-sports circuit. The season began in November 2014. On October 28, 2014 OpTic Gaming, participated in an exclusive Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare streaming event at the so-called ‘OpTic House’ in Chicago, in order to promote the new edition in the franchise for its creators, Sledgehammer Games.

  Team Secret

In season opening competition, MLG Columbus on November 28–30, OpTic achieved second place, losing out to FaZe in the Grand Final. They hadn’t dropped a map all day until the grand finals. FaZe narrowly took the victory, going all the way to a second best of five series.

The second tournament of the year was UMG Orlando on January 1–2. OpTic achieved first place this time around. They went 0-2 in the first day of competition but his team managed to bounce back and with their other two games in pool play on the second day of competition. On Championship Sunday OpTic beat a young team called Stunner Gaming 3-1 in the grand finals.

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OpTic was one of twelve teams to qualify for Pro League Season 1, the others being Prophecy, FaZe, Justus, Aware, Automatic Reload, EnVyUs, Denial, eLevate, Rise Nation, Team KaLiBeR, OpTic Nation, and OpTic Gaming. The Pro League ran from December 8 through February 28. The team now consists of Ian “Crimsix” Porter, Seth “Scump” Abner, and Matthew “Formal” Piper. OpTic Gaming went 38-6 in the MLG Season 1 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and qualified with the number one seed for the playoffs which they completed at with a $75,000 prize pool. OpTic Gaming went into the event led by NaDeSHoT and hoped to become the first team to win a LAN tournament without dropping a map. They went on to beat Rise Nation 3-0, they then came up against a team with young players called Aware Gaming who they beat 3-1 however this meant they did not become the first team to win an event without dropping a map. They then faced Team Kaliber in the winners bracket final who they narrowly beat 3-2 before progressing to the grand finals where they beat Denial eSports 3-0 to win their second event in a row. This was OpTic’s first win of an MLG event since winning previously at X Games during the Call of Duty: Ghosts season.

Black Ops III (2015-2016)

Heading into the Call of Duty: Black Ops III season, many teams were looking to make roster changes, while OpTic Gaming was going in as the most dominant team in the previous title and season. After winning 9 championships in AW, many people still asked whether or not OpTic Gaming would be making any roster changes for the new game. It was confirmed by the captain of the team, Scump, on stream and in some of his videos that they would not be making any changes to their roster because of their recent and past success. The first live LAN event was announced on November 11, 2015. It was the Totino’s Invitational 2015 and it would be a one-day event that would be streamed on Twitch and hosted on November 14. The team traveled to Columbus, Ohio, and their first match was against the former Team Revenge, now playing under Team eLevate.codinvitational_DSC7546

OpTic took the Hardpoint on Breach with ease, winning with a score of 250-148, then lost the Uplink on Evac 6-13, and finally took the Search and Destroy 6-3 to take the series 2-1. They then advanced to the semi-finals to play the returning organization of compLexity. The Hardpoint on Fringe was a little bit closer with OG winning 250-185, lost Stronghold CTF 1-2, and then winning the Search and Destroy in a dominating fashion with a score of 6-1. With the 2-1 victory over coL, OpTic Gaming advanced to another grand final with their opponent being Rise Nation this time. Rise put up a fight that most people didn’t see coming, they dominated OpTic on Combine Hardpoint with a score of 250-136. OG bounced right back by taking both the Search and Destroy on Evac and the Uplink on Stronghold with scores of 6-1 and 9-4 before dropping the Capture the Flag on Fringe 1-3. The game 5, Breach Search and Destroy went the distance as the two teams battle back and forth to round 11. Slacked ended up getting a very important 2 piece with his specialist that ultimately left Karma in a tough situation. The clock ended up running out, thus meaning that Rise Nation were victorious and giving OpTic their first second place finish in the Call of Duty: Black Ops III season.

  • 3rd – Call of Duty Championship 2013
  • 3rd – Call of Duty Championship 2014
  • 7th – Call of Duty Championship 2015
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Counter-Strike

On January 4, 2016 OpTic Gaming announced that they had signed the former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team of Conquest. The new roster consists of Shazheb “ShahZaM” Khan, Damian “daps” Steele, Will “RUSH” Wuerzba, Keith “NAF” Markovic, and Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz. OpTic announced that Óscar “mixwell” Cañellas would be replacing ShahZaM on April 13, 2016. OpTic qualified for ESL One Cologne 2016 after defeating FLuffy Gangsters, Flipsid3 Tactics and HellRaisers in the offline qualifiers. On June 21, 2016 Jonatan “Devilwalk” Lundberg was announced as the team’s new coach.

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Rosters

Call of Duty

OpTic Gaming

  • Jordan cannon (USA)
  • James Eubanks (USA)
  • Jordan Kaplan (USA)
  • Richard Stacy (USA)
  • Marcus Blanks (USA)
  • Joey Deluca (USA)
  • Ray Lussier (Canada)
  • Richard Ferreira (Canada)
  • Will Johnson (USA)

OpTic Nation

  • Matthew Hagg (USA)
  • Chris Bricker (USA)
  • Jake Sabo (USA)
  • Jordan Cannon (USA)
  • Callum Swan (UK)
  • Damon Barlow (Canada)
  • Tyler Polchow (USA)
  • Adam Sloss (USA)
  • Steve Canle (USA)

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Halo

  • Cody Szczodrowski (USA)
  • Mason Miller (USA)
  • Justin Deese (USA)
  • Eric Wrona (USA)
  • Garret Miller (USA)
  • Brett leonard (USA)
  • Mike Chaves (USA)
  • Clete LoRusso (USA)
  • Braedon Boettcher (USA)

Counter Strike: Global Offensive

  • Shahzeb Khan (USA)

Achievements

OG is currently ranked no.1 in the world and in the Europe in various divisions. The team has earned its reputation worldwide. The organization is also the sponsor of UFC fighter “Joe Lauzon”.

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