FormaL
Matthew Piper 
United States
OpTic Gaming
Struggles to put a winning strategy into action
January 23, 2018
FormaL pins down and buries Team Kaliber in a 3-1 win on Day 1 of Week 1 of the Stage 1 CWL Pro League.
ANALYSIS
Team Kaliber proved to be an impressive opponent for FormaL, who clearly came into this match prepared with a strategy. FormaL knew that he could outslay Team Kaliber thanks to OpTic Gaming being one of the "winningest" teams in Call of Duty, but actually getting the new-found rivals to stay down proved to be difficult. For example, in Round 4 Hardpoint on London Docks FormaL had to drop forty-nine kills to win the map by fourteen points. FormaL could slay but Team Kaliber often positioned for spawns close by. Trades simply went back and forth as his enemies rushed the hill at every instant. Luckily, the superior gunplay of FormaL allowed him to edge out the win.
Puts the team on his back in loss
January 13, 2018
FormaL was on fire in this series against Echo Fox, but his play alone didn't stop OpTic Gaming from taking a 1-3 loss on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Try as he might have, FormaL simply couldn't get OpTic Gaming this win on his own. In just about every round, he was on top of his game and leading the charts for his team. He started Search & Destroy with a 10/2 KD, but even that couldn't prevent his team's demise in the round. He and Karma were pretty much the only ones showing up with any consistency, and with Echo Fox showing up ready to play, Optic was sent to the Losers Bracket.
Loses series with map picks
December 11, 2017
FormaL gets arrogant with map picks and loses 0-3 to Splyce, dropping out of CWL Dallas in the losers' finals.
ANALYSIS
For some strange reason, FormaL picked the exact same maps he played Splyce against early that day. And while FormaL may have been hoping for a guaranteed win, having beaten Splyce earlier on those same maps, Splyce is the kind of team that never plays the same way twice. FormaL had a strong start but relied too heavily on the old OpTic strategy of heavy slaying and early streaking. While FormaL was able to streak midway through Round 1 Hardpoint, it was a little too late for him and his team. Splyce knew they had to take their advantages early and were able to establish streaks early on. In subsequent rounds, FormaL struggled to find his tempo as Splyce blitzed him with SMGs in Round 2 Search and Destroy and Round 3 Capture the Flag.
Blinded by smoke
December 11, 2017
FormaL fell into the losers' bracket in a devastating 0-3 defeat to Team Kaliber on Day 3 of CWL Dallas.
ANALYSIS
Though Team Kaliber brought a surprising long-range focused strategy, FormaL couldn't make much impact on the game outside of Round 2 Search & Destroy on Ardennes Forest. This was because of the smoke and stun grenades Team Kaliber used to stall out OpTic Gaming. The smoke grenades were especially harmful to FormaL as they blocked his sights, which also meant he was forced into unfavorable positions just to get see onto Team Kaliber. Surprisingly, FormaL also largely stayed away from the sniper during Round 2 Search and Destroy. However, FormaL still was able to clutch the early game of Round 2 Search and Destroy, only to fall of late-game when smoke grenades became common.
A lot of good in win
December 10, 2017
FormaL did a lot of good things in the 3-2 win over Splyce on the third day of CWL Dallas. The win put OpTic Gaming into the final of the winner's bracket.
ANALYSIS
FormaL was the only member of OpTic Gaming to show up in Round 1 Hardpoint. He played rather well, but they were blown out 250-63 -- he could not make a dent in the explosive Splyce attack. He had another quick start in Round 2 Search & Destroy, and was a game-changer with his sniping ability. He tilted the map in OpTic Gaming's favor on more than one occasion, and they evened up the series. Round 3 Capture the Flag was similar to the opening round because of Splyce's dominance, but this time FormaL struggled alongside his teammates. Round 4 Hardpoint saw FormaL play well and provided a solid base for his team to build upon. FormaL struggled some in Round 5 Search & Destroy, but it did not really matter -- his teammates did the heavy lifting in the round, and they won what was an entertaining match.
More support in win
December 10, 2017
FormaL was not in the spotlight of the 3-1 win over Red Reserve on Day 3 of CWL Dallas, The win put OpTIc Gaming into the winner's bracket semifinals.
ANALYSIS
FormaL did not shine in every round, but he was a consistent and stable presence at the base of OpTic Gaming's attack. Round 1 Hardpoint was OpTic Gaming's only poor round, with FormaL and everyone (but Crimsix) hovering around a KD ratio of 1.00. They had trouble stringing any kills together, and Red Reserve did a great job of taking advantage of that. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw OpTic Gaming wake up and put together a strong game, with FormaL playing excellently. He steadily won gunfights and put OpTic at an advantage more often than not. He continued his support-based play in the next two rounds as OpTic coasted to a win. FormaL's solid play allowed for his teammates to take more risks, and that helped OpTic as a whole.
On the outskirts of win
December 9, 2017
FormaL certainly played well, but was in more of a support role, in the 3-1 win over Team EnVyUs in Group Play on Day 2 of CWL Dallas.
ANALYSIS
FormaL was not on the front lines of this match like he usually is, but he provided solid slaying behind his teammates in this match. Round 1 Hardpoint belong to Crimsix and Karma, with FormaL being the third offensive option behind them. He legitimately struggled in Round 2 Search & Destroy, and Team EnVyUs played a stellar game in the round -- they were well organized and were impossible to stop. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw FormaL back up his teammates yet again, as he did in Round 4 Hardpoint. Games like this are a testament to how strong OpTic Gaming are -- FormaL was largely the third option for the Green Wall.
Has reflexes faster than light
August 19, 2017
FormaL went huge in a tight series against Splyce on Day 4 of the 2017 CWL Championships, putting in the clutch factor as he scored an overall KD of 80/65.
ANALYSIS
Despite some rough spots where OpTic Gaming lost to Splyce in a couple of rounds, FormaL's performance was nothing short of exemplary in all five rounds. In Round 1 Hardpoint, for example, he would expertly use FTL Jump to go double-positive with a KD of 20/10. Even when Splyce would win Round 2 Search & Destroy by three games, FormaL still found a way to contribute with his KD of 7/5. Round 3 Uplink saw a toss on the board from FormaL and a KD of 23/23, arguably FormaL's weakest round as Splyce won the Uplink round. However, Round 4 Hardpoint saw FormaL go huge. Near the end, FormaL's seemingly inhuman reflexes allowed him to use an FTL Jump to counter an Active Camo usage from Splyce's Bance and eliminate him and hold onto the Hardpoint for those crucial last few seconds. FormaL also scored a KD of 23/20 for the match. Finally, FormaL again scored a strong 7/5 KD in Round 5 Search & Destroy, helping OpTic secure a 3-2 series win over Splyce.
Finds first championship win
August 14, 2017
FormaL wins his first championship ring with a 60/57 KD in the first series and a 69/46 KD in the second series by chewing through Team EnVyUs at the 2017 CWL Championships Grand Finals.
ANALYSIS
Not only has FormaL scored his first championship ring, but he was also rewarded the MVP of OpTic Gaming. While his stats don't reflect it for these two series, FormaL was fundamental in OpTic Gaming's run all the way up to the Grand Finals. But that's not to say he wasn't great here. FormaL's best round was easily the second Round 1 Hardpoint on Throwback where he dropped a 35/21 KD. The strong score was thanks to FormaL locking down mid-map, stomping on the Bike Path hills. On the second Bike Path hill, FormaL was able to get a key kill onto JKap that flipped spawns into OpTic Gaming's favor. This allowed FormaL and his teammates to easily rotate to the second Baseball Filed hill, a key hill on this map, where OpTic Gaming began to run away with the game. He'd also blow out Round 2 Search & Destroy on Crusher with a 9/5 KD thanks to FormaL forcing every fight possible, playing the map to just slam Team EnVyUs.
Dominant in Losers Bracket Finals win
August 13, 2017
FormaL had an excellent match in the sweep win over Luminosity Gaming. The win secured OpTic Gaming's spot in the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship Grand Finals.
ANALYSIS
FormaL was the leader for OpTic Gaming in the Losers Bracket Finals win, starting from Round 1 Hardpoint. OpTic comfortably led from their strong start to their 250-107 round win. FormaL paced his team in both kills (26) and Hardpoint time (2:07). Round 2 Search & Destroy was a comfortable 6-3 win for OpTic Gaming, and FormaL won two of those games with final kills in Games 5 and 7. Round 3 Uplink was a dominant 11-2 win, another round that was never in doubt for the Green Wall. FormaL was a monster in the round, going 36/19 with two points in the round. He was a huge reason why OpTic Gaming got into the Grand Finals.
Builds up the momentum
August 13, 2017
FormaL sweeps and smashes FaZe Clan with a 42/35 KD on Day 4 of the CWL Championships.
ANALYSIS
FormaL made a statement by utterly stomping FaZe Clan. Interestingly, FormaL was the only one on OpTic Gaming not to make any noise. But with Scump, Crimsix, and Karma all slaying, there was actually very little for FormaL to do. Round 1 Hardpoint on Breakout was a steamroll thanks to Crimsix and Scump getting early streaks and absolute map control. Round 2 Search & Destroy was Karma's round with Scump cleaning up the late game. FormaL, in both rounds, only had to hold spawns for his team and pick off a battered FaZe Clan. The only problems occurred in Round 3 Uplink due to a weak defense, but FormaL quickly changed to offense to make back lost points.
Objective master in lopsided win
August 11, 2017
FormaL tallied a stellar 66/33 KD in OpTic Gaming's win over Mindfreak Black in the Round of 16 at Call of Duty Champs 2017.
ANALYSIS
FormaL continues be having himself quite the tournament here in Orlando. From start to finish, he's been playing on another level and this series was no different. Not only was he slaying with impunity, but he was owning the objectives as well. Round 1 Hardpoint was a ridiculous showing of 2:30 on the point and a 26/11 KD. He was a bit more subdued with a 7/5 KD in Round 2 Search & Destroy, but he was back on his game in the final round. He put together a blistering 33/17 KD in Round 3 Uplink to go along with his game-high seven points. The scariest part of all is that while FormaL was doing all of this, Scump was right there keeping pace with even more kills. OpTic is certainly looking like the team to be once again.
Falls into some obvious traps
August 10, 2017
FormaL got slightly outplayed in a win over Echo Fox in Group A on Day 2 of the CWL Championships.
ANALYSIS
OpTic Gaming showed some chinks in their armor even as they qualified for playoffs off of the backs of Echo Fox. FormaL, in particular, seemed bamboozled by Echo Fox's strategies. Round 1 Hardpoint on Scorch saw FormaL clean up in the wake of Karma's and Scump's rampage, simply making sure to secure Hardpoints as Echo Fox attempted retakes. But Round 2 Search & Destroy and Round 3 Uplink were odd rounds where FormaL played into Echo Fox's hands. FormaL's aggressive gameplay saw him fall straight into Echo Fox's flanks and ambushes. This was best seen in Game 9 when Echo Fox used their smoke grenades to force FormaL into a dizzying and cramped teamfight he quickly lost.
Strong slaying in sweep win
August 9, 2017
FormaL had an unbelievable slaying performance in the sweep over Epsilon eSports on Day 1 of the 2017 Call of Duty World Championship.
ANALYSIS
FormaL had a solid showing early in the match, but blew up in the last round. Round 1 Hardpoint saw OpTic Gaming dominate 250-96, and FormaL played a role there. He went 19/11, with 1:06 on the objective. While he did not light the world on fire, it was certainly a solid performance. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw FormaL open the round with a final kill in Game 1, but Scump and Karma largely carried them to their 11-game victory. Round 3 Uplink was a blowout like Round 1 Hardpoint, with OpTic Gaming clinching the round with an 11-2 win. FormaL was incredible. He had a record-setting 43 kills -- the most kills on a Precinct Uplink to date. He was unstoppable, to put it simply.
Playing with a vengeance in Orlando
August 9, 2017
FormaL clutched up with a 69/40 KD in OpTic Gaming's win over 3sUP on Day 1 of the 2017 Call of Duty World Championship.
ANALYSIS
FormaL and OpTic clearly had something to prove here in this series, and it all started with Round 1 Hardpoint where he and Scump absolutely went off. There was simply nothing at all that 3sUP could do to stop this onslaught. FormaL not only slayed with a 29/10 KD, but managed to get 2:07 of time on the point, as well. He then continued this performance on into Round 2 Search & Destroy, where he went 12/3 to again dismantle 3sUP. He was doing it all with flanks and multi-kills galore to pick up the 6-2 win. Continuing the trend, FormaL again was on top of his game in the final game with his 28/27 KD and six points in the Uplink round. If FormaL keeps playing like this, OpTic will be tough to stop this week.
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