FormaL
Matthew Piper 
United States
OpTic Gaming
More low-key than usual
April 21, 2018
FormaL was more of a support player than usual in the 3-1 loss to Ghost Gaming on Day 2 of CWL Seattle.
ANALYSIS
FormaL was not on the frontlines of their only round win of the match in Round 1 Hardpoint, but he was an important piece of the puzzle. They won the round with relative ease, and FormaL did a lot of work, especially on the objective, to reach that end. He had a modest 18/18 KD, but his 1:32 of objective time was second on both the team and in the lobby - he fell into more of a support role in this one, but it was certainly helpful. However, he did not have the best showing in the three losses they would suffer after this round. He did some good in Round 2 Search & Destroy, and was a strong support player behind Karma for large stretches of the round. Round 3 Capture the Flag, and Round 4 Hardpoint saw him suffer through his fair share of struggles. He had a sub-1.00 KD in each, as Ghost Gaming pitched a shutout in the former, and won with relative ease in the latter.
Some strong rounds in loss
April 21, 2018
FormaL played rather well despite the 3-1 loss to Team EnVyUs on Day 1 of the CWL Seattle Open.
ANALYSIS
FormaL did a lot of good things in this match, despite the fact that OpTic Gaming lost to Team EnVyUs. Round 1 Hardpoint, Round 2 Search & Destroy, and Round 3 Capture the Flag were all very good for FormaL - he picked up from a slow start in the first round to finish with a strong 39/29 KD in the round, but he could not overcome a strong game from EnVyUs. Round 2 Search & Destroy was similar, with FormaL playing well but OpTic Gaming falling to Team EnVyUs. Round 3 Capture the Flag was their only round win, and a lot of that fell on the back of an incredible performance by FormaL. He was all over the map, going 25/11 and netting three of his team's six flag caps. He was a strong force on both the offensive and defensive side of the map, and Team EnVyUs were powerless to stop him. He lost steam in Round 4 Hardpoint, however, limping to a 16/23 KD as Team EnVyUs took the round with ease.
Overcomes slow beginning
April 9, 2018
FormaL did not start well but ended well in the 3-1 winner's bracket final win over Luminosity Gaming on Day 3 of the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
FormaL had a rather inauspicious start to this match, but he more than made up for it. Round 1 Hardpoint was their sole round loss, and FormaL did them no favors. He struggled to a 22/33 KD and had just 35 seconds on the objective in the round. Luminosity were on the top of their game in the slaying department, and it gave them map control and a round win. He picked it up for Round 2 Search & Destroy, giving them a consistent slaying threat. He helped pick up Karma and Scump's early struggles and helped them rattle off three straight wins to win in game 11. He ended up with double-digit kills, none of which were bigger than the one on one win in game eleven. FormaL was not in the spotlight in Round 3 Capture the Flag, but he was a valuable support player behind Crimsix's excellent performance - especially in the first half. The second half saw them all play a strong defensive game to finish off the round win. FormaL finished the match with a very strong performance - he had a whopping 46 kills with over a minute on the objective. He did good work to help put them up 110-40 and had a hand in the big break at the end of the round to put the round, and the match, in OpTic Gaming's favor.
Saves a few maps in the CWL Stage 1 Championships
April 9, 2018
FormaL tried all he could in a double Grand Finals loss to FaZe Clan at CWL Stage 1 Playoffs, losing both series 3-2.
ANALYSIS
As OpTic Gaming's flex player, a lot of responsibility was laid down on FormaL's shoulders. FaZe Clan played a very chaotic game that forced FormaL to switch weapons almost constantly. Despite this, FormaL often found the perfect weapon for any given moment, but a few key mistakes lost the series. FormaL carried OpTic Gaming during respawn games modes where he could easily change tactics on a dime. This flexibility allowed him slay out in both series' Round 3 Capture the Flag as he could pin FaZe Clan back with an AR then take up an SMG to steal the flag. Search & Destroy was where FormaL had the most problems. This was due to FaZe Clan finding miraculous wins while FormaL failed to clean up fights.
Locks down the hardpoints against Team EnVyUs
April 8, 2018
FormaL had solid hardpoint rounds to help OpTic Gaming snag a 3-1 victory over Team EnVyUs on Day 1 of the CWL Pro League Stage 1 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
FormaL started the series as solid as a rock in Round 1 Hardpoint, for he got the most hardpoint control time of his team at 1:38 and a positive KD of 22/18 to boot. In Round 2 Search & Destroy, FormaL's performance was considerably understated in comparison to Round 1, but still beneficial to OpTic Gaming as a whole, for while his KD was a measly 3/2, it was still positive as OpTic swept aside EnVyUs that round. EnVyUs did have some form of revenge in Round 3 Capture the Flag, as FormaL failed to score a single flag capture all round and scored an abysmal KD of 15/24. FormaL did redeem himself in Round 4 Hardpoint, for when all was said and done that round, FormaL scored another positive KD of 20/17.
Lets Splyce take map control
April 2, 2018
FormaL slayed hard but neglected map control in a 3-2 loss to Splyce in the Loser's Bracket Semifinals at CWL Birmingham, placing 4th place overall.
ANALYSIS
FormaL proves he has the muscle to control a game, but not the tactics. Splyce played a map-focused game while OpTic Gaming focused on gaining Scorestreaks, only for those Scorestreaks to be dampened by Splyce's map choices. This was best seen in Round 2 Search & Destroy on USS Texas and Round 4 Hardpoint on Valkyrie, both maps with massive indoor spaces that can easily negate Scorestreaks. However, in Round 3 Capture the Flag on London Docks FormaL fared much better as he was able to grab a few kills and then snowball those kills into useful Scorestreaks.
An undeniably solid performance against Team EnVyUs
April 2, 2018
FormaL fired on all of his cylinders, becoming a dependable force to help OpTic Gaming seize a 3-1 victory over Team EnVyUs in the Losers Semifinals of CWL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
Even in the rounds where OpTic Gaming did poorly, FormaL still made himself look good. Case in point was Round 1 Hardpoint, where despite Team EnVyUs's victory which put OpTic Gaming in the 100-point club, FormaL got the best KD of his team at a barely negative 18/19. From Round 2 Search & Destroy onward, FormaL could only climb higher, and in Round 2 he did just that with a positive 8/5 KD. FormaL proceeded to earn a flag capture for OpTic in Round 3 Capture the Flag, and he went on a rampage at the end of the round to boost his KD to a positive 15/12 by round's end. FormaL closed out the eventual OpTic Gaming victory over Team EnVyUs with a beautiful flourish, scoring a cool 29/18 KD and getting the most hardpoint control time of his team at 1:54.
Great in loss
April 2, 2018
FormaL was great despite the 3-2 upper bracket semifinal loss to Luminosity Gaming on Day 3 of CWL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
FormaL had a great performance overall, but he was not without his down rounds. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him fall back into a support-based role in the round loss, and he limped to a sub-par 14/18 KD in the bad 5-0 Round 3 Capture the Flag loss. FormaL was strong outside of those two rounds, though. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him put together a strong 33 kill performance, and come up large when it mattered most. He had a few huge kills to put them over the 200 point mark, and put them on the road to a round win. He had another strong performance in Round 4 Hardpoint, putting together 25 kills in the dominating 250-103 win. He had a big six kill streak, as Scump had a five kill streak, which basically finished off Luminosity for the round. He was their only good player in their 6-1 Round 5 Search & Destroy loss, but they were still handled by Luminosity, as the one game win suggested.
Pins down his oppennents
March 30, 2018
FormaL played an aggressive game in a 3-1 win over Team EnVyUs on Friday of CWL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
Crimsix set an aggressive pace FormaL, and in typical fashion, was more than able to keep up thanks to his flexibility. FormaL bounced between an AR and an SMG as the situation demanded, which threw the rigid Team EnVyUs for a loop. Snapping with an AR in Round 3 Capture the Flag on Ardennes Forest, FormaL got his team rolling with a six-kill streak in the second half. This was thanks to FormaL taking the high ground in the ruins, allowing him to pick off Team EnVyUs while also pushing forward. Off of this, Crimsix and Scump pushed FormaL's picks to get a flag capture that flipped the map for OpTic Gaming.
Perfect Search & Destroy highlights win
March 30, 2018
FormaL was excellent from beginning to end in the 3-1 win over Evil Geniuses on Day 1 of the CWL Birmingham Open.
ANALYSIS
FormaL had an excellent showing in this one. He did not have a bad round in the match, even in their Round 3 Capture the Flag loss. He went 19/15 in that round, easily leading his team in kills and coming in second in the lobby. His Hardpoint performances were excellent, too. He had a solid 28/24 KD in Round 1 Hardpoint, with a strong late-game performance alongside Crimsix and Scump turned a 150-122 lead into a 250-129 win. Round 4 Hardpoint saw him explode to the tune of 41 kills. He was a consistent force throughout the round, but an equally good Aches made it a fight. They ended up outlasting them, due to a few key Crimsix kills. His best performance came in Round 2 Search & Destroy, however. He went an astonishing 11/0 in the round, and OpTic won 6-0. It was a perfect performance, and showed how on top of his game FormaL was.
Can't figure out Red Reserve
March 11, 2018
FormaL fell apart in a 3-0 stomp from Red Reserve and gets knocked out of CWL Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
FormaL didn't have a stand-out slaying performance this time around, nor was he able to counter Red Reserve's strategies. FormaL played the same tactic as the previous series: securing Scorestreaks. While this works against teams like Team Kaliber and Luminosity Gaming, it doesn't work against the sly Red Reserve, a team that plays around with classes and map control. Because of Red Reserve's map presence, FormaL had to deal with wave after wave of players until he eventually fell. This was seen in Round 3 Capture the Flag when, in the second half, FormaL got easily boxed into poor spawns in the middle of the map.
Smoothly leads his team
March 10, 2018
FormaL controlled objectives with ease in a 3-0 sweep against the Lightning Pandaz on Day 2 of CWL Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
FormaL didn't have to do too much as Scump went nuclear on Lightning Pandaz. Instead, all he had to do was play smart in order to secure Scump's advantages. In Round 1 Hardpoint, this involved FormaL securing rotations with his team alongside Karma. The two of them played far from the point to pick off Lightning Pandaz as they attempted early rotations, such as in a fight for the first Turret hill where FormaL held the cavern with a double kill. In Round 2 Search & Destroy on Saint Marie Du Mont, FormaL wisely flushed Bomb B with grenades before attempting to attack the site. This allowed FormaL and his team to take out a dazed Lightning Pandaz with ease. Finally, Round 3 Capture the Flag saw FormaL play aggressively for the objective, always pushing forward with Crimsix and Scump to pressure his opponents' flag.
Gets by on the skin of his teeth
March 10, 2018
FormaL, like the rest of OpTic Gaming, had some clutch moments to seal a 3-1 victory over FaZe Clan on Day 1 of CWL Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
FormaL was barely scraping by this series, but he scraped enough to secure a victory against FaZe Clan nonetheless. Round 1 Hardpoint was evidence of this, where he and Karma held down the hardpoints late game to get a comeback victory against FaZe Clan, and FormaL barely notched a positive KD of 24/23. FormaL had an incredibly bad Round 2 Search & Destroy, where he was only able to get a single kill the entire round, ending the round with an abysmal 1/6. But Round 3 Capture the Flag was where he became Mr. Clutch, as a last second flag steal after Crimsix's last minute flag capture sealed OpTic's dominance that round with a 3-1 score victory, as FormaL went positive in KD with 18/15. Finally, FormaL would get the most hardpoint control time of his team in Round 4 Hardpoint with a whopping 2:20, and with a barely negative KD of 30/31, clutch Round 4 by a mere 10 seconds to get a 3-1 series victory over FaZe Clan.
Average at best in loss
March 2, 2018
FormaL faced a multitude of struggles in the sweep loss to Rise Nation, finishing off the Thursday portion of Week 6, CWL Global Pro League Stage 1.
ANALYSIS
FormaL was hardly at the top of this game in this match, and OpTic Gaming were thoroughly outclassed by Rise Nation in this one. His best round came in Round 3 Capture the Flag, and it was a completely vanilla performance by FormaL. He went 14/14 in the round, making him the only player on OpTic Gaming to hit a 1.00 KD (the rest of his team were below the mark). Those 14 kills were joint highest for his team, as well. The rest of his performance was riddled with below-average slaying. OpTic Gaming clearly as the talent to succeed, but they will need to perform better going forward.
Opens the map up for his team
February 28, 2018
FormaL gave his team some sorely needed momentum in a 3-1 win over Red Reserve on Wednesday of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 1, Division A.
ANALYSIS
FormaL made the small, but important, plays that gave his team something to build off of. In Round 1 Hardpoint, FormaL began the map with a five-kill streak by the second Hardpoint. Because of this, OpTic Gaming snowballed a minor, early lead into a dominant map win by keeping FormaL long enough for him to gain streaks. The lead also gave OpTic the room to play the kind of aggressive game they wanted. Then, in Round 3 Capture the Flag, started a train of three flag captures thanks to a bold counter-capture after Red Reserve burned their supply of Scorestreaks.
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