December 14, Brand officially reestablished as an organization by Flamesword.
Michael Chaves was born on October 25, 1989. He is from North Arlington, New Jersey. 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 and Halo roster.
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.
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 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. Cloud 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.
On April 26th, 2016, FlamesworD announced his retirement from competing in professional Halo. He remained on OpTic Gaming's roster as their coach for a few months before eventually moving on. FlamesworD briefly came out of retirement in March 2017 for ME Las Vegas 2017, teaming with Hunter Jjx (also coming out of retirement), Claim and King Nick as Here 4 Fun. They placed top 24 overall.
During 2014, Flamesword grew a beard that he referred to as the "OpTic Beard". He shaved it for charity at the beginning of 2015.
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