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Matt “FormaL” Piper, arguably the best assault rifle player in Call of Duty history, has announced he won’t be competing with OpTic Chicago, or at all, in 2022. This decision is mainly focused around FormaL wanting to pursue content creation. However, the OpTic Chicago member also stated that he didn’t believe he could give “his all” next season if he did compete.
In a podcast with OpTic owner Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez, FormaL said he would hang up his controller when he felt he was a detriment to his team. After a rocky season in 2021 and looking ahead to 2022, it’s clear FormaL thinks his time has come. Moving forward, one-half of “T2P” will be on the sidelines for the first time in his career.
FormaL stepping down from OpTic roster
Hey, read if you're H4F
— OpTic FormaL (@FormaL) August 28, 2021
This is the end of an era for FormaL. He won 23 tournaments in his Call of Duty career, including a world championship with OpTic in 2017. After 10 years of competing, though, he feels it’s time to tackle another challenge.
FormaL’s desire to enter content creation has been evident for some time. He’s appeared in more OpTic content videos this year than ever before, being a regular part of the OpTic podcast.
“I’d like to see where creating content might take me,” FormaL said in his announcement. “It’s definitely grown on me throughout this year through the podcasts and other videos we made at the HQ [Heczquarters].”
Moving forward, FormaL will start to stream regularly on Twitch. He’s booted up a few VALORANT streams since Champs ended and had some decent success in terms of viewership. Though, with all of his time dedicated to it, he could see a rise in popularity. This is similar to a path that former pro Tommy “ZooMaa” Paparatto went down prior to the 2021 season.
As for what this means for the OpTic Chicago roster, moves are coming. The other half of T2P, Seth “Scump” Abner, tweeted that “everything will make sense soon” after dropping Dylan “Envoy” Hannon. As for what those moves are, no one quite knows as of yet, but Upcomer will keep track of any and all roster moves for the entire CDL.
Sunday, Aug. 29, players will know if their team has extended them a contract. If teams don’t, then that player becomes a restricted or unrestricted free agent. Players can’t sign a new contract with a team until Sept. 5.
Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.