OpTic Gaming is an American organization known for its Call of Duty, DOTA 2, League of Legends, Gears of War teams. The organization is also involved in the Overwatch League with ownership of the Houston slot.
OpTic Gaming is one of the more storied organizations within the competitive side of the Call of Duty franchise. Established in 2006 by KR3W for the aspirations of becoming a Call of Duty sniping team, it has since then grown into a full-fledged gaming organization. Only leading OpTic for a short time, KR3W stepped down with Jon3S taking his place. Jon3S only lead the team for a very short time as well, stepping down in 2007 to then hand over the team to Hector "H3CZ" Rodriguez. H3CZ ran the team for two years before uploading their first video to YouTube in 2009. Making a name for himself as well as OpTic Gaming, H3CZ and his team are now staple names in the YouTube gaming community with over 1,000,000 channel subscribers. 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 fanbases and presence in the community to ever play the game. Throughout their history in Call of Duty, they have long held a rivalry with Team EnVyUs, this being dubbed 'eClassico'. Although the roots of this rivalry is in Call of Duty, it has now found its way into other esports including Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Gears of War, Overwatch and Dota 2.
First Roster (January 2016 - August 2017)
Optic Gaming started it's CS:GO roster by picking up the North American roster of Conquest ahead of ELEAGUE Road to Vegas, consisting of Damian "daps" Steele, William "RUSH" Wierzba, Keith "NAF" Markovic, Shazeeb "ShahZaM" Khan and Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz. The team would not disappoint winning and having the first shot at an international tournament ELEAGUE Season 1 later in the year. After the team lost to Splyce in MLG Columbus Minor and then failed to beat Winterfox in MLG Columbus last Chance Minor a roster move was inevitable. OpTic brought in Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas from gBots eSports Club. The Spanish FPL star replaced ShahZaM. The teams first ESL Pro League season under the OpTic banner was a success, making the Season 3 Finals and narrowly missing out on making the Playoffs losing narrowly to the eventual champions, Luminosity Gaming. Finally OpTic's group at ELEAGUE Season 1 would materialise. The team won only a third of that which they played being knocked out in 15th-16th. The team's disappointing ELEAGUE event was not to be a norm for the roster. With the Cologne Major looming and OpTic attending the minor, a loss here could be catastrophic. Luckily OpTic won the American Minor making their way to the offline qualifier for the German held major.
The Americans and their Lone Spaniard managed to make the major by beating FLuffy Gangsters, FlipSid3 Tactics and HellRaisers during their run at The Cologne Offline qualifier. Their major run was short with the team coming dead last managing only 4 rounds against NiP. A series of poor results where the team struggled against even their American rivals. Fractures began to emerge, stanislaw was the first to be released but was quickly brought back in replace of daps. Tarik "tarik" Celik was brought in for their replacement from Counter Logic Gaming. The team made Season 4 Finals but managed a 5th-6th losing again to the eventual champions, Cloud9. The result seemed to light a spark in the OpTic boys as their next event Northern Arena Montreal was a success. The team came second in their group making the playoffs and were tasked with taking on the Danish roster of Heroic. They beat them in a hard fought series taking it 2-1. In the final they were faced G2. Another long battle would break out with G2 taking the first. OpTic would fight back and win Northern Arena Montreal. The teams next tournament would be Dreamhack Winter where they would lose to their American counterparts Cloud9 and finish in last place. ELEAGUE Season 2 which they qualified for a few months earlier was the next international tournament. After the dismal performance in Sweden the team needed to bounce back on home soil down in Atlanta and rectify their results. A group with Swedish powerhouse Fnatic and EnVyUs seemed like a tough task for the boys in Green. This would not be the case as they managed to get out of their group with Dignitas. Their playoff’s run was smooth beating Nikola "NiKo" Kovač’s mousesports 2-0 and then defeating FaZe Clan decisively. The final was against Astralis whose recent resurgence was frightening, this was for all teams except OpTic. In a hard fought slog OpTic managed to beat the Danes in 3 including on their home map Overpass. With $400,000 in the bank and a huge tournament win in the bag the team laid eyes on ECS Season 2 Finals. Again OpTic managed to come out of a remarkably hard group along with Astralis who were the only team to beat OpTic. Their semifinal against the Boys in Blue was quick with a succinct 2-0 victory. A grand final rematch was to be had at ECS Season 2 Finals as OpTic were to be taking on the team they beat only a week ago at ELEAGUE. Astralis dominated the Americans in two maps showing who really is the boss of Overpass taking it 16-6. OpTic made the ELEAGUE 2017 Major but again lost in the groups. stanislaw left for Team Liquid soon after. OpTic saw constant replacements from here on out with Spencer "Hiko" Martin, Ryan "fREAKAZOiD" Abadir, Jason "jasonR" Ruchelski and James "hazed" Cobb all doing their part for the roster. Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu and hazed both tried out as coaches for the team though neither of them stayed in the team or in the role long term. It was to no avail as the team only managed to win the online tournament of CyberPowerPC Extreme Gaming Series in Spring 2017. In July of 2017, Chet "ImAPet" Singh joined as a coach but in August 2017, RUSH and tarik left for Cloud9, hazed was then released leaving only NAF and mixwell. The North American line up had run its course and a new line up needed to be curated.
Second Roster (August 2017 – February 2018)
With NAF being placed on the transfer list, where he would later join Renegades, H3CZ decided to create a European line up headlining this would be mixwell and former NiP veteran, Adam “friberg” Friberg acting as in-game leader. The roster brought in ex-FaZe AWPer Aleksi "allu" Jalli, ex-North rifler Emil "Magisk" Reif and PENTA Sports young up and comer Kevin "HS" Tarn. At the online event CyberPowerPC Extreme Gaming Series Fall 2017 they managed only a 3rd-4th place. Their online league results were promising but this did not lead to LAN success. The Boston European Minor was their first LAN Event but they failed to make it to the Boston Major, coming 3rd. The team managed to win the North American Qualifier for IEM Oakland but came 5th- 6th, losing 2-0 to SK Gaming. Due to impressive online results they showed up to Pro league Finals coming 5th-6th the same result at ECS Season 4 finals. These unsuccessful results lead to the dropping of the roster.
Third Roster (February 2018 - Present)
On the 7th of February OpTic announced a new Danish/North American roster that saw the return of ShahZaM and stanislaw, joined by former North duo Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke and René "cajunb" Borg. Rounding out the roster was Nicklas "gade" Gade, on loan from North Academy. ImAPet remained as the teams coach. The team failed to make any LAN appearances and had average online results leading to the roster going full Danish some two months after the roster was formed. ShahZaM, stanislaw and ImAPet were released from their contracts. OpTic acquired Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer and Jakob "JUGi" Hansen from Heroic and picked up ex-North coach Casper "ruggah" Due. For the first time, OpTic would have a single nationality lineup all consisting of Danes. In the following months the team struggled achieving no notable placings other than a second place at Dreamhack Summer where they lost to EspiranTo and The Imperial in the final. When the Faceit Minor came along optic were favourites to make the FACEIT Major.After a quick 2-0 in groups knocking over 3DMAX and ENCE respectively the team made it to the play-offs. Their first match-up was against Ninjas in Pyjamas who they bowled over in 3 maps including a 16-3 Victory on Inferno. They played ENCE in the next round where again they beat with a quick 2-1 Victory making the final of the minor qualifier and making the New challenger stage at the Major. The minor was not done as the Danish boys faced off against the Swedes again. They could not replicate their previous match as the Ninja’s took them down 2-0. A successful run lead them to the major but the elusive first LAN win again did not become reality.
|k0nfig||Kristian Wienecke||2018-02-07 |
|Snappi||Marco Pfeiffer||2018-04-24 |
|refrezh||Ismail Ali||2018-12-31 |
|MSL||Mathias Sommer Lauridsen||2019-03-28 |
|niko||Nikolaj Kristensen||2019-03-28 |
|ruggah (Coach)||Casper Due||2018-04-24 |
||Inactive Date||Leave Date||New Team|
|JUGi||Jakob Hansen||2018-04-24 ||2019-05-02 ||North|
|cajunb||René Borg||2018-02-07 ||2019-03-28 ||2019-04-01 ||Cloud9|
|niko||Nikolaj Kristensen||2018-09-28 ||2018-12-31 ||2019-01-31 ||Rogue|
|gade (Loan)||Nicklas Gade||2018-02-07  ||2018-09-27 ||North|
|stanislaw||Peter Jarguz||2018-02-07 ||2018-04-24 ||compLexity Gaming|
|ShahZaM||Shahzeeb Khan||2018-02-07 ||2018-04-24 ||compLexity Gaming|
|ImAPet (Coach)||Chet Singh||2017-07-07 ||2018-04-24 ||NRG Esports|
|/ 2017 Squad|
|ID||Name||Join Date||Leave Date||New Team|
|allu||Aleksi Jalli||2017-08-21 ||2018-03-12 ||ENCE eSports|
|HS||Kevin Tarn||2017-08-29 ||2018-02-16 ||Tempo Storm|
|friberg||Adam Friberg||2017-08-21 ||2018-02-11||Heroic|
|Magisk||Emil Reif||2017-08-21 ||2018-02-07 ||Astralis|
|mixwell||Óscar Cañellas||2016-04-13 ||2018-02-06 ||G2 Esports|
|ID||Name||Join Date||Leave Date||New Team|
|NAF||Keith Markovic||2016-01-04 ||2017-09-01 ||Renegades|
|tarik||Tarik Celik||2016-08-20 ||2017-08-15 ||Cloud9|
|RUSH||Will Wierzba||2016-01-04 ||2017-08-15 ||Cloud9|
|jasonR (Stand-in)||Jason Ruchelski||2017-03-28 ||2017-06-14 |
|stanislaw||Peter Jarguz||2016-09-14 ||2017-02-01 ||Team Liquid|
|daps||Damian Steele||2016-01-04 ||2016-09-27 ||NRG eSports|
|Devilwalk (Coach)||Jonatan Lundberg||2016-06-21 ||2016-08-25 ||Epsilon eSports|
|stanislaw||Peter Jarguz||2016-01-04 ||2016-08-20 ||OpTic Gaming|
|ShahZaM||Shahzeeb Khan||2016-01-04 ||2016-04-13 ||Echo Fox|
|J||Ryan Musselman||Founder & COO|
|H3CZ||Hector Rodriguez||Owner & CEO|
|Maelk||Jacob Toft-Andersen||Chief Gaming Director||2018-01-06 |
|Pterodactylsftw||Sheila Weidman||Streamer||2018-04-26 |
|ID||Name||Position||Join Date||Leave Date||New Organization|
|2018-11-04||2nd||Major||Offline||cs_summit 3||1 : 3||$33,750|
|2018-10-14||3rd - 4th||Premier||Offline||StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 6||0 : 2||$25,000|
|2017-12-16||5 - 6th||Premier||Offline||Esports Championship Series Season 4 - Finals||0 : 2||$45,000|
|2017-12-08||5 - 6th||Premier||Offline||ESL Pro League Season 6 - Finals||1 : 2||$45,000|
|2016-12-11||2nd||Premier||Offline||Esports Championship Series Season 2 - Finals||0 : 2||$120,000|
|2016-12-03||1st||Premier||Offline||ELEAGUE Season 2||2 : 1||$400,000|
|2016-11-13||1st||Major||Offline||Northern Arena 2016 - Montreal||2 : 1||$50,000|
|2016-05-22||1st||Major||Offline||Americas Minor Championship - Cologne 2016||2 : 1||$30,000|
|2016-05-12||5 - 6th||Premier||Offline||ESL Pro League Season 3 - Finals||0 : 2||$36,000|
|2016-01-07||1st||Major||Offline||ELEAGUE Road to Vegas||2 : 0||$35,000|
|About achievementsComplete Results in any Tournament|
- OpTic Gaming was the second team to form a European lineup also comprising of North American players in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive after NRG Esports.
- OpTic Gaming (2016-01-04). "INTRODUCING: OpTic Gaming CS:GO".
- "OpTic CS:GO Roster Change - ShahZaM leaves, mixwell joins". OpTic Gaming. 2016-04-13.
- Damian "daps" Steele (2016-06-21). "Devilwalk will be our new coach going forward".
- "OpTic Gaming Welcomes Tarik". OpTic Gaming. 2016-08-20.
- Michal "stich" Malachowski (2016-08-25). "daps: "Wanted better role identity"". HLTV.
- OpTic Gaming (2016-09-14). "Vision - Season 3: Episode 1 - "Crossroads"".
- Damian "daps" Steele (2016-09-27). "Parting ways with OpTic Gaming".
- OpTic Gaming (2017-02-01). "Vision - Season 3: Episode 13 - "Change"".
- LucasAM (2017-03-28). "jasonR to stand-in for OpTic". HLTV.
- Professeur (2017-06-14). "jasonR leaves OpTic, hazed steps in". HLTV.
- Kienan Osborne (2017-07-07). "OpTic Welcomes ImAPet". OpTic Gaming.
- John Nomis (2017-08-15). "Cloud9 Acquires RUSH, tarik as ESL One: NY Qualifiers Begin". Cloud9.
- OpTic Gaming (2017-08-21). "Welcome Allu, Magisk and Friberg!".
- LucasAM (2017-08-29). "Official: HS signs for OpTic". HLTV.
- "Welcome NAF-FLY to Renegades". Renegades. 2017-09-01.
- OpTic Gaming (2018-02-06). "It is an incredibly sad day for the OpTic family as we must wish Oscar “Mixwell” Cañellas farewell. Best of luck, friend.".
- OpTic Gaming (2018-02-07). "We must announce another departure. We wish Emil "Magisk" Reif the best in his future endeavors and thank him for being a valuable part of our organization.".
- OpTic Gaming (2018-02-07). "It is our pleasure to announce our 2018 OpTic Counter Strike roster!".
- "Following a strong end to 2017, Nicklas “gade” Gade will be joining OpTic Gaming on loan in time for EPL Season 7.". North. 2018-02-07.
- Milan "Striker" Švejda (2018-02-11). "friberg announces free agency". HLTV.
- Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2018-02-16). "HS to play for HellRaisers at StarSeries iLeague S4". HLTV.
- Andrew "Fevron" Donnell (2018-03-12). "ENCE returns to CS:GO with Aleksi “allu” Jalli". ENCE eSports.
- "OpTic CSGO welcomes Snappi and JUGI". OpTic Gaming. 2018-04-24.
- "North welcomes cadiaN - gade returns from loan". North. 2018-09-27.
- "We've agreed to transfer @OfficialnikoCS to @OpTicGaming". Heroic. 2018-09-28.
- OpTic Gaming (2018-12-31). "Please welcome Ismail "@RefrezhCS" Ali to our #OpTicCSGO squad on a 2 year contract".
- Rogue (2019-01-31). "Please join us in welcoming @OfficialnikoCS 🇩🇰 to the #RogueCS squad!".
- OpTic Gaming (2019-03-28). "Today we wish @CajunBCS well as he makes his departure from our CSGO roster.".
- OpTic Gaming (2019-03-28). "We are pleased to announce the addition of Mathias "@MSLcsgo" Lauridsen and Nikolaj "@OfficialnikoCS" Kristensen to our CSGO roster.".
- cajunb (2019-04-01). "My contract also expires 1/4, which means im a free agent so feel free to contact me if interested.".
- "valde new team captain, JUGi joins the ranks". North. 2019-05-02.
- Lucas "LucasAM" Aznar Miles (2018-01-27). "North announce new Director of Esports". HLTV.
- "We are pleased to announce our newest content creator: Sheila "PterodactylsFTW" Weidman". OpTic Gaming. 2018-04-26.
- Hector "H3CZ" Rodriguez (2017-03-15). "BIG T'S DRAFT FOR BOOTS ON THE GROUND TEAM!". OpTic Gaming.