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Flamesword
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Background Information
Name Michael Chaves
Country USA United States
Home State New Jersey
Birthday October 25, 1989
Competitive
Region North America
Team OpTic Gaming
Xbox ID OpTic BEARD FS
Alternate IDs ASAP FS
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Team History
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Michael "FlamesworD" Chaves is an American player and former coach of OpTic Gaming. He is currently competing in UGC The Halo Classic with Status Quo. He is well known for his tenure as captain of OpTic Gaming and Status Quo.

Outside of Halo, Flamesword is well known in the Call of Duty community for his involvement with OpTic Gaming. He is a former coach of the main OpTic Gaming Call of Duty roster, and currently resides in the OpTic House.

Biography

Michael Chaves was born on October 25, 1989. He is from North Arlington, New Jersey.

Halo 3

Michael "Flamesword" Chavez started his career on Status Quo attending MLG Meadowlands 2008 with Brake, Prolific and S1y Fox, finishing 18th. S1y Fox was then swapped for Pilez before San Diego where the team managed a 20th place finish. The two would be swapped again for Orlando and Brake would be replaced with Elumnite for a 21st place finish.Toronto and Dallas would be played with Totz in place of Prolific and the squad would secure a 12th place, followed by a top 8 finish.

He and Totz then picked up Ace to form the unchanging core of Status Quo for 2009. They attended both Meadowlands and Columbus with Strongside placing 7th in both events. He was swapped for Clutch heading into Dallas where they finished 10th. They played the final two tournaments of the year in Anaheim and Orlando with LegendPimps, finishing top 8 and then 9th respectively.

2010 saw Totz leave for Team Enable and LegendPimps being swapped for Assault, to create a team that would last two full years. They came in 4th at Orlando, Columbus and Raleigh before placing 7th in D.C.. They would end the year with a 2nd place performance in Dallas.

Halo: Reach

The same roster played at MLG Dallas 2011 and won, netting Flamesword his first tournament victory. The roster then came in 7th at MLG Columbus 2011 before securing 2nd place in Anaheim. The group managed a 5th place showing in Raleigh and 4th in Orlando before ending the year with a 7th place finish in Providence.

2012 would see Ace and Assault depart, in favor of Snakebite and Royal 2 for MLG Columbus 2012 where Flamesword would net his second tournament victory.

Halo 2: Anniversary

Flamesword sporting the "OpTic Beard" in 2014.

On December 10, 2014, OpTic Gaming announced its official OpTic Halo roster of Flamesword, Ace, iGotUrPistola and Snipedown. This roster attended the ESL MCC Launch Invitational and placed 5-6th.

HCS Season 1

For the inaugural HCS season, Flamesword remained on OpTic, with a new roster of himself, Ace, Assault and Aries. They placed 3rd at Iron Games Columbus 2014, and 4th at UGC St. Louis 2015. Following UGC St. Louis, Aries was replaced with ContrA and OpTic placed 2nd in HCS Online Cups #6 and #7 before taking 3rd place at Gamers For Giving 2015. OpTic then competed in the season finals at PAX East 2015 as the #4 seed, taking a disappointing 7-8th place finish.

HCS Season 2

OpTic underwent a roster change in the offseason, replacing ContrA with Maniac. The new roster's first event together was Iron Games Atlanta 2015, where they finished 6th. They improved slightly on their placing at HCS Indianapolis, finishing 5th, but closed out the season with another 6th place finish at the HCS Season 2 Finals.

Halo 5

FlamesworD and OpTic were the only North American team invited to compete at the Gamescom Invitational 2015 four-team event. They were defeated in the first round by Supremacy, finishing in the bottom two. Ace left OpTic soon after to join Team Liquid, leaving OpTic to pick up StelluR in his place. After four online qualifiers with StelluR, he and Assault left the team and were replaced by Chaser and LifeStyle. The new roster qualified for the HWC 2016 NA Regional Finals as the 16th seed, with Flamesword's Twitch stream of the Last Chance Qualifier gaining over 20,000 viewers. At Regionals, OpTic finished top 16, failing to qualify for Worlds.

After Worlds ended, OpTic Gaming released Chaser and LifeStyle to ultimately end up with Brett "Naded" Leonard and a returning AcE to replace the. OpTic was then invited to PAX East 2016 where the HCS Pro League Invitational 2016 was being held to have all four former Allegiance members battle it out for the second spot in the Halo Championship Series Pro League 2016. Scottie "Cloud" Holste joined as OpTic's new coach a few days after they were invited to PAX. OpTic started off well as they 3-1 Enigma6, who was suppose to beat OpTic according to many in the community, but then lost eight straight maps to Evil Geniuses and then Team EnVyUs. They finished in 3rd place out of four teams.

Retirement; Move to Coaching

On April 26th, 2016, FlamesworD announced his retirement from competing in professional Halo. He remained on OpTic Gaming's roster as their coach.

Trivia

  • During 2014, Flamesword grew a beard that he referred to as the "OpTic Beard". He shaved it for charity at the beginning of 2015.

Team and Tournament History

Team Competition

Game Event Place Team Teammates (Coach)
Halo 5 logo.png HCS Pro League Invitational 2016 A33rd OpTiclogo std.png OpTic Gaming MaNiaCNadedAceCloud
Halo 5 logo.png HWC NA Regional Finals 2016 A99 - 16th OpTiclogo std.png OpTic Gaming MaNiaCChaserLifestyleBigTymeR
Halo 5 logo.png Gamescom Invitational 2015 A33 - 4th OpTiclogo std.png OpTic Gaming AceAssaultMaNiaC
Halo 2a logo.png HCS Season 2 Finals A55 - 6th OpTiclogo std.png OpTic Gaming AceAssaultMaNiaCClutch
Halo 2a logo.png HCS Indianapolis A55th OpTiclogo std.png OpTic Gaming AceAssaultMaNiaCClutch
Halo 2a logo.png Iron Games Atlanta 2015 A66th OpTiclogo std.png OpTic Gaming AceAssaultMaNiaC
Halo 2a logo.png PAX East 2015 A77 - 8th OpTiclogo std.png OpTic Gaming AceAssaultContrAJoe Fries
Halo 2a logo.png Gamers For Giving 2015 A33rd OpTiclogo std.png OpTic Gaming AceAssaultContrAElamite
Halo 2a logo.png UGC St. Louis 2015 A44th OpTiclogo std.png OpTic Gaming AceAriesAssaultElamite
Halo 2a logo.png Iron Games Columbus 2014 A33rd OpTiclogo std.png OpTic Gaming AceAriesAssaultElamite
Halo 2a logo.png ESL MCC Launch Invitational A55 - 6th OpTiclogo std.png OpTic Gaming iGotUrPistolaAceSnipedownElamite
Halo 4 logo.png AGL 8 Knoxville A33rd SQlogo std.png Status Quo EnableBest ManNeighbor
Halo 4 logo.png UMG Chicago 2013 A44th SQlogo std.png Status Quo EnableAceDersky
Halo 4 logo.png AGL 7 Knoxville A22nd SQlogo std.png Status Quo EnableAceDersky
Halo 4 logo.png AGL 5 Nashville A44th SQlogo std.png Status Quo EnableSnakeBitea Pure Gangster
Halo 4 logo.png AGL 3 Chicago A55th SQlogo std.png Status Quo EnableFearitSelfVictory X
Halo 4 logo.png MLG Fall Championship 2012 A33rd SQlogo std.png Status Quo EnableSnakeBiteRoyal 2
Halo reach logo.png AGL 1 Chicago A11st SQlogo std.png Status Quo EnableSnakeBiteRoy
Halo reach logo.png MLG Winter Championship 2012 A11st SQlogo std.png Status Quo EnableRoyal 2SnakeBite
Halo reach logo.png MLG Providence 2011 A77th SQlogo std.png Status Quo AceAssaultEnable
Halo reach logo.png MLG Orlando 2011 A44th SQlogo std.png Status Quo AceAssaultEnable
Halo reach logo.png MLG Raleigh 2011 A55th SQlogo std.png Status Quo AceAssaultEnable
Halo reach logo.png MLG Anaheim 2011 A22nd SQlogo std.png Status Quo AceAssaultEnable
Halo reach logo.png MLG Columbus 2011 A77th SQlogo std.png Status Quo AceAssaultEnable
Halo reach logo.png MLG Dallas 2011 A11st SQlogo std.png Status Quo AceAssaultEnable
Halo 3 logo.png MLG Dallas 2010 A22nd SQlogo std.png Status Quo AceAssaultEnable
Halo 3 logo.png MLG Washington, D.C. 2010 A77th SQlogo std.png Status Quo AceAssaultEnable
Halo 3 logo.png MLG Raleigh 2010 A44th SQlogo std.png Status Quo AceAssaultEnable
Halo 3 logo.png MLG Columbus 2010 A44th SQlogo std.png Status Quo AceAssaultEnable
Halo 3 logo.png MLG Orlando 2010 A44th SQlogo std.png Status Quo AceAssaultEnable
Halo 3 logo.png MLG Orlando 2009 A99th SQlogo std.png Status Quo Ace[AsK]LegendPimpsTotz
Halo 3 logo.png MLG Anaheim 2009 < 8 SQlogo std.png Status Quo Ace[AsK]LegendPimpsTotz
Halo 3 logo.png MLG Dallas 2009 B010th SQlogo std.png Status Quo AceClutchTotz
Halo 3 logo.png MLG Columbus 2009 A77th SQlogo std.png Status Quo AceStrongSideTotz
Halo 3 logo.png MLG Meadowlands 2009 A77th SQlogo std.png Status Quo AceStrongSideTotz
Halo 3 logo.png MLG Dallas 2008 < 8 SQlogo std.png Status Quo Elumnites1yTotz
Halo 3 logo.png MLG Toronto 2008 B212th SQlogo std.png Status Quo Elumnites1yTotz
Halo 3 logo.png MLG Orlando 2008 C121st SQlogo std.png Status Quo ElumniteProlifics1y
Halo 3 logo.png MLG San Diego 2008 C020th SQlogo std.png Status Quo BrakePiLEZProlific
Halo 3 logo.png MLG Meadowlands 2008 B818th SQlogo std.png Status Quo BrakeProlifics1y fox

Coach

Game End Date Event Place Team Prize Team Roster
Halo 5 logo.png May 8, 2016 HCS Pro League Summer Qualifier 2016 A55 - 6th - OpTiclogo std.png OpTic Gaming MaNiaCNadedAceStr8 SicKFlamesworD

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