FormaL
Matthew Piper 
United States
Luminosity Gaming
Doesn't bring the thunder
June 18, 2018
FormaL fell slightly short in a 3-1 loss to Red Reserve in a 3-1 loss in the Losers Final at CWL Anaheim, placing Luminosity Gaming in third place for the weekend.
ANALYSIS
FormaL may have been Luminosity Gaming's X-Factor all weekend, but he seemed unable to bring that fire in this series. This was despite FormaL's teammates creating a fast and aggressive environment that he could thrive in. Sticking close to his classic AR role, FormaL had to go toe-to-toe with Red Reserve's Rated and Zer0. He gave a solid performance, but he was never able to push out his opponents' spawns across to win control of objectives. While far from sacking his team, FormaL just needed to bring that extra mile to help Luminosity Gaming win the series.
Hot start is inconsequential
June 17, 2018
FormaL came out on fire in the 3-1 loss to Red Reserve on Day 3 of CWL Anaheim, as Luminosity Gaming were relegated into the loser's bracket.
ANALYSIS
FormaL had an incredible start to this match, putting in an excellent performance in their sole round win - Round 1 Hardpoint. He notched 38 kills in the round, leading the lobby, and added a strong 1:39 of Hardpoint time to his team's efforts. They needed every second of Hardpoint time in the 250-248 win, and FormaL's strong two-way performance was a big catalyst in the win. Round 2 Search & Destroy was a 6-2 loss, and FormaL was the only solid player for Luminosity in the round. They really could not do much of anything in that round, as a whole, despite FormaL's solid play. He continued his solid play in Round 3 Capture the Flag, but Red Reserve were firing on all cylinders, and their depth was far better than the depth of Luminosity. Luminosity just could not get their offense going in a consistent manner. Round 4 Hardpoint saw he, Slacked and John led them to a 153-107 lead, but they could not hold it, as impressive late pushes by Red Reserve dropped them to the loser's bracket.
Hot start to win
June 17, 2018
FormaL's best round was the first round of the sweep win over Enigma6 Group on Day 2 of CWL Anaheim, securing their spot in the winner's bracket.
ANALYSIS
FormaL did not have the best start to Round 1 Hardpoint, as Enigma6 shocked Luminosity and ran out to an early lead. Enigma6 hit the 100 point mark first, but that is when FormaL began to wake up and play well. He helped lead them to a 135-100 lead, though they would fall back down to lose their lead. That would not last, as FormaL and Luminosity won the round, as FormaL had an incredible end of the round to help secure the win. He went 30/23 with an impressive 1:43 on the objective in the win. Round 2 Search & Destroy was another close win, as they won in eleven games, and FormaL was a key part of that - as a support player. He was a solid and stable third wheel behind JKap and John. Round 3 Capture the Flag was, again, a close 4-3 win for Luminosity, but FormaL was inconsistent in this one. He went kist 14/16 in the round, struggling to consistently do damage against Enigma6.
Gets revenge against OpTic Gaming
June 17, 2018
FormaL took his former teammates for a ride in a 3-1 win over OpTic Gaming on Saturday at CWL Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
FormaL finally got to face off against his former teammates in OpTic Gaming. While he didn't drop massive numbers, he more than performed his role to slow down the game by shutting down long-range battles with his AR. After a sloppy Round 1 Hardpoint, FormaL and Luminosity Gaming stuck together in order to beat out a scattered OpTic Gaming. This strategy didn't truly payoff until Round 3 Capture the Flag on Ardennes Forest for FormaL. There, the map's long lanes provided decent sight lines for FormaL to spot out targets for his team. By watching lanes, he could also harass AR players like Methodz and Octane in long-range engagements.
Struggles to replicate first round performance
June 16, 2018
FormaL game out of the gates flying, but never found that level again in the 3-1 loss to Rise Nation on Day 1 of CWL Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
FormaL really had one good round in this match, and that came right away in Round 1 Hardpoint. He went 20/19, though the kills he provided were big. He was a key part of an early comeback, as Rise Nation actually held the lead in the early stages of the match. However, Luminosity really poured it on to run away with it. They would not have been in a position to win the round without him. He really struggled throughout the rest of the match and was not able to get a 1.00 KD in either Round 3 Capture the Flag and Round 4 Hardpoint. Round 2 Search & Destroy was a devastating 6-0 sweep loss. Overall, he and Luminosity really fell apart after Round 1 Hardpoint.
Slots himself into Luminosity's playstyle
June 8, 2018
FormaL finds his place in a 3-0 win over compLexity on Thursday of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
FormaL and Luminosity Gaming have struggled across Stage 2. Luminosity's gameplay of out-gunning the oppenent hasn't worked despite FormaL's best efforts. However, this series saw that FormaL and Luminosity Gaming are quite good at map and spawn control. In Round 1 Hardpoint, FormaL was able to clutch up the late game thanks to a strong seven killstreak, built largely off of the back of Slacked's mid-game killstreak. The killstreak allowed FormaL to pin down compLexity's scattered spawns. From there, all FormaL had to do was hold a corner to score a round-ending set of Scorestreaks.
Can't find way to overcome former team
June 1, 2018
FormaL never got on stable ground against his old team in the sweep loss to OpTic Gaming on Day 3, Week 3 of CWL Global Pro League, Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
FormaL never really found his footing in his first game against his former team. He struggled pretty much from the get go, getting off to a 0/7 start in Round 1 Hardpoint before finishing 13/22. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him struggle to slay with any consistency, and Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him go 15/21. It was an uncharacteristically poor slaying performance for FormaL, as OpTic Gaming put together three near-perfect rounds.
Hot after cold start
May 31, 2018
FormaL was great after a subpar first round in the 3-1 loss to Rise Nation on Day 2, Week 3 of CWL Global Pro League, Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
FormaL started off this match slowly, going just 22/28 in Round 1 Hardpoint, with 40 seconds on the objective. He did, however, pick it up after that and put in three strong rounds. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him go off early, netting the first blood and final kill in Game 1, and an ace in Game 2. He ended up with 11 kills in the round, although they would not be able to get a win. Round 3 Capture the Flag, their only round win, saw FormaL play well, too, going 23/21. He was not in the spotlight much at all, but his very stable slaying was important for keeping Rise Nation's offense at bay. Round 4 Hardpoint saw him limp to a slow start, akin to Round 1 Hardpoint, but he had a strong end to nearly pull out a win, just barely missing out on forcing a fifth round. He went 29/21 with 1:35 on the objective, putting in three strong rounds despite the loss.
Announced alongside Luminosity Gaming
May 7, 2018
FormaL will join Luminosity Gaming, the organization confirmed on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
While the trade to send Octane to OpTic Gaming surely hurts, the loss should become with a little less sting after gaining FormaL. While it's clear personality issues eventually hindered FormaL's run with OpTic Gaming, it's misguided to assume the veteran player has lost a step, as he's still one of the more capable dual slayers in the entire game. It's unlikely FormaL will be able to reprise a similar role to that of Octane, simply because he did practically everything in terms of an AR presence, freeing up Slacked and John to get up close and personal with its opposition. But what FormaL lacks in skill he certainly makes up for in knowledge and experience. Luminosity Gaming isn't expected to lose much of a step in the competitive circuit with the addition of FormaL.
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. 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.
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