OpTic Gaming

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OpTic Gaming
OpTic Gaming logo.png
Nickname Green Wall
Founded 2006; 12 years ago (2006)
Location Dallas, Texas, United States
Owner Hector Rodriguez (CEO)
Partners Turtle Beach Corporation
Parent group Infinite Esports & Entertainment
Website greenwall.gg

OpTic Gaming, LLC. is a professional American eSports organization, who have teams competing in Call of Duty, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Gears of War, League of Legends, Overwatch and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. It was founded in 2006 by Ryan "OpTic J" Musselman and "OpTic KR3W". The company is owned by Texas Rangers co-owner Neil Leibman and Hector "H3CZ" Rodriguez.[1]

History[edit]

OpTic Gaming was established in 2006 by OpTic "Kr3w" and Ryan "J" Musselman as a Call of Duty sniping team. In 2007, Musselman stepped down to hand over the team to Hector "H3CZ" Rodriguez. The team made its beginnings in the competitive scene starting in 2010 with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on the Xbox 360.

In 2017, Texas Rangers co-owner Neil Leibman and co-investor Chris Chaney were sold a majority interest in the organization. They created Infinite Esports & Entertainment, a holding company that includes OpTic Gaming and Houston Outlaws as well as other esports verticals operating out of a new Dallas headquarters[2].

Call of Duty[edit]

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009–10 season)[edit]

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 (2010–11 season)[edit]

Matt 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 teammate 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.[3]

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011–12 season)[edit]

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.[4] 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.[citation needed] Because of this, only a few tournaments were held (notably 360 iCoNs and EGL) in North America. However, at Blackpool's EGL 8 Haag placed 7/8th playing under Leverage with notable players TeePee, ACHES and John.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (2012–13 season)[edit]

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 LAN event 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 onto finish in the 5th/6th position.[5]

At the Call of Duty Championships, OpTic Gaming finished in third place losing to the eventual winners of the tournament. They then played in Gfinity 1 (G1) in London, United Kingdom and MLG Anaheim in Anaheim, California where were placed in third respectively at both events.[6] The next event OpTic attended was Gfinity (G2) in London. However, their new roster finished 9th–12th.[6] Their performance at the MLG Fullsail Invitational, where the four highest ranked Black Ops II teams competed, (and which was to be OpTic Gaming and MLG's final event of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 competitive season) was much improved, finishing in second place.[5]

Call of Duty: Ghosts (2013–14 season)[edit]

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.[5]

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.

At the Call of Duty World Championships, OpTic were placed in a group with Epsilon eSports, NSP, and SSOF. Controversy was caused when 'SSOF' were disqualified and OpTic only had two teams in their group. OpTic first played 'NSP' and beat them 3-0 leading to a group decider against Epsilon where OpTiC Gaming lost 3–0. However they advanced as the second seed and faced tK in the first round of the winners bracket. OpTic had a 3-0 victory against a team considered to be a top three team by many. In the second round OpTic was to come up against Strictly Business Gaming who they had hosted in a pre-LAN event, however, they won 3–2 and played Australian team Trident T1 Dotters for a guaranteed top three finish. OpTic Gaming won the series 3–1 and guaranteed themselves 3rd and $120,000. OpTic were then to face CompLexity who were undefeated on Call of Duty: Ghosts and came up short in the winners bracket finals losing 3-2. OpTic then lost to Team EnVyUs in the losers bracket finals, finishing with a top three finish and winning $30,000.[7]

On the April 15, 2014, OpTic Gaming announced that Marcus 'MBoZe' Blanks would be leaving the team in order for Jordan 'ProoFy' Cannon to join the team. The OpTic Gaming roster for UGC Niagara and for the 2014 season Call of Duty: Ghosts season was Seth "Scump" Abner, James 'Clayster' Eubanks and Jordan 'ProoFy' Cannon.[8]

At the new roster's first tournament together, a disappointing first day led to them having to play the worlds best team, and eventual winners of UGC Niagara, CompLexity Gaming, who proved too strong for OpTic team. They narrowly won every map to take a 3–0 series win and knock Haag and his OpTic Gaming team out of the tournament. Before and after UGC Niagara OpTic competed at the MLG Pro Circuit Season 2 in order to qualify for MLG Anaheim's pro team tournament to contest for a $70,000 prize pool. OpTic qualified, being second place in the league.

OpTic Gaming team were invited to the MLG X Games[9] on the Xbox One after finishing in the top 3 at the Call of Duty World Championships. They went into the event as underdogs after a disappointing tournament at UGC Niagara, however Haag and his team were able to win their group after beating Team EnVyus and FaZe Red 3–1 to set up a semi-final match against Evil Geniuses,(formerly known as CompLexity). Evil Geniuses were favorites to win the event after a dominant year at LAN events, but OpTic were able to beat them 3–1 to face Team Kaliber in the Grand Finals. They managed to beat Team Kaliber in a match that came down to a Game 5, Round 10 in Search & Destroy, and Haag was able to win a Gold Medal and his first MLG Championship at the X Games in Austin,[10] Texas.[11]

NaDeSHoT was voted by fans as The Game Awards 2014 eSports Player of the Year.[12] He took a trip out to Las Vegas with some of his teammates and sponsors to accept this award.[13]

Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014–15 season)[edit]

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.[14]

In season opening competition, MLG Columbus on November 28–30, OpTic achieved second place, losing out to FaZe in the Grand Final.[15] They hadn't dropped a map all day until the grand finals.[16] Faze narrowly took the victory, going all the way to a second best of five series.[16]

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.

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.[17] 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.[18] This was OpTic's first win of an MLG event since winning previously at X Games during the Call of Duty: Ghosts season.

At the Call of Duty Championships on March 27–29, Optic announced their official long-awaited sponsorship with RedBull, after only Matt"NaDeSHoT"Haag, and Michael"FlameSword"Chavez were the only ones sponsored. Unfortunately Optic placed a heartbreaking 7th-place finish after being eliminated by FaZe Clan in losers bracket. Denial eSports ended up winning Call of Duty Championships.

On April 4, 2015, NaDeSHoT announced that he was stepping down as captain and member of the OpTic Gaming pro-team, partially due to disappointment from OpTic's CoD Championships placement. He said that he will become a full-time content creator as well as co-owner of the OpTic organization.[19] He was replaced on the lineup by Damon "Karma" Barlow.[20] However, Karma missed ESWC 2015 and the Gfinity Spring Masters competitions because of a pending United States citizenship application.[21] He was replaced by Ian "Enable" Wyatt.

Rosters[edit]

Call of Duty[edit]

Nationality Alias Name Role Join Date
 United States Scump Seth Abner SMG Slayer/Captain 2014-01-20
 United States Crimsix Ian Porter SMG Slayer 2014-11-14
 United States Methodz Anthony Zinni Flex 2018-05-06
 United States TeePee Tyler Polchow Coach 2017-12-19

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive[edit]

Nationality Alias Name Role Join Date
 Denmark JUGi Jakob Hansen AWPer 2018-04-24
 Denmark k0nfig Kristian Wienecke Rifler 2018-02-07
 Denmark gade (Loan) Nicklas Gade Rifler 2018-02-07
 Denmark cajunb René Borg Rifler 2018-02-07
 Denmark Snappi Marco Pfeiffer IGL 2018-04-24
 Denmark ruggah Casper Due Coach 2018-04-24

Gears of War[edit]

Nationality Alias Name Role
 United States SoLuRs Brian Valenzuela Starter
 Philippines Xplosive Gilbert Rojo Captain/Starter
 United States MentaL ? Starter
 United States SuMuNs Alex Ascencion Starter
 United States Praized Arody Dipre Starter
 United States Ashes Nicholas Ridgeway Coach

Gears of War Mexico[edit]

Nationality Alias Name Join Date
 Mexico Dezonide Héctor Becerra 2018-07-09
 Mexico ChaoZ Reynaldo Tosado 2018-07-09
 Mexico Addvers Carlos Navarro 2018-07-09
 Mexico Sleeafer Rogelio Rojo 2018-07-09
 Mexico Monkyz Carlos Minguez 2018-07-09

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds[edit]

Nationality Alias Name
 United Kingdom hypoc Michael Robins
 United States Bahawaka Ian Crowe
 United States Hetror John Bent
 United States Valliate Keane Alonso

League of Legends[edit]

Nationality Alias Name Role
 United States Dhokla Niship Doshi Toplane
 United States Akaadian Mathew Higginbotham Jungle
 Germany PowerofEvil Tristan Schrage Midlane
 South Korea Arrow Dong-hyeon Noh AD Carry
 United States Big Terry Chuong Support
 France Zaboutine Thomas Si-Hassen Coach

Overwatch[edit]

Team: Houston Outlaws

Nationality Alias Name Position
 United States Clockwork Matt Dias DPS
 Finland LiNkzr Jiri Masalin DPS
 United States JAKE Jake Lyon DPS
 Sweden Mendokusaii Lucas Håkansson DPS
 United States Coolmatt Matt Iorio Flex
 Belgium SPREE Alexandre Vanhomwegen Terrace
 United States Muma Austin Wilmot Tank
 United States FCTFCTN Russell Campbell Tank
 United States Boink Daniel Pence Support
 Canada Bani Christopher Benel Flex Support
 United States Rawkus Shane Flaherty Flex Support

Fortnite Battle Royale[edit]

Nationality Alias Name
 United States BaldyKun Kenneth Anderson
 United States WizKay Robert Simone
 United States MarkyWap Marko Soto
 United States Dramas Dade Lesch

Controversies[edit]

During a PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds tournament in March 2018, OpTic Bahawaka was found guilty of exploiting a glitch in the game that allowed him to see through walls. Because of the ruling, OpTic had to retroactively forfeit the match where the glitch was exploited. The forfeit moved OpTic from 2nd place down to 5th meaning they had to forfeit US$12,000 in winnings.[22]

References[edit]

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