NaDeSHoT

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NaDeSHoT
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Background Information
Name: Matthew Haag
Country of Birth: USA United States
Birthday: August 3, 1992(1992-08-03)
Competitive
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PSN ID: NadeshotNadeshot
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Alternate IDs: NaDe
Primary Role: OBJ
Previous Role(s):
Media
YouTube: OpTicNaDe
Livestream: Twitch
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Team History
 ??? 2009 - ??? 2010 Logo std2.png Genesis
 ??? 2010 - ??? 2011 OGlogo std.png OpTic Gaming
 ??? 2011 - June 2011 ONlogo std.png OpTic Nation
July 2011 - Sept 2011 NVlogo std.png Team EnVyUs
Sept 2011 - May 2012 OGlogo std.png OpTic Gaming
May 2012 - Oct 2012 JuKeDlogo std.png JuKeD
Nov 2012 - Apr 2015 OGlogo std.png OpTic Gaming
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Matt "NaDeSHoT" Haag is a retired veteran professional Call of Duty player from the United States. He is widely known for intermittently competing and being the captain for OpTic Gaming from 2009 to 2015. In April 2015, he announced that he would be taking a break from competitive Call of Duty to focus on YouTube and streaming. Karma was announced as his replacement on April 5th, 2015. Since retiring, NaDeSHoT has remained a co-owner of OpTic Gaming. Just one year after retiring from competing he became the founder of Hundred Thieves on April 18th, 2016.

Biography

Call of Duty 4 and Modern Warfare 2

Matt "NaDeSHoT" Haag, started his competitive Call of Duty career in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare with team Genesis. NaDeSHoT had his first top 8 placement at MLG National Championship 2009 during Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare season with the same team, finishing 4th. After Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, NaDeSHoT went to OpTic Gaming for the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 season. Here, Nade would find two 8th place finishes at MLG Online National Championship and MLG National Championship 2010.

Black Ops and Modern Warfare 3

Matt would stay on the Optic Gaming squad heading into the Call of Duty: Black Ops season. Here, he would find a 3rd place finish at MLG Dallas before being moved to OpTic Nation. After a 6th place finish at MLG Columbus, Nadeshot would be released from OpTic, and would find himself on Team EnVyUs. He would find two more Top 8 finishes while on EnVy as the Black Ops season came to a close. During the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 season, Matt would find himself back on Optic Gaming. Nadeshot and the squad of MerK, BigTymeR, and Vengeance would win Call of Duty XP, but after a 3rd place finish at UMG Classic, he was once again released from OG. At the UMG Invitational, he would find himself on JuKeD, where he would place 4th. Finally, he would place 3rd at the UMG Championships with a pick up team to finish the season.

Black Ops 2

NaDeSHoT would find himself back on OpTic once again for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 season. Here, along with Scump, MerK, and BigTymeR, they would find their highest placing early in the season, finishing 1st at UMG Chicago. The team would go on to place 3rd at the Call of Duty Championship, and would not place out of the top 10 for the rest of the season. However, many would begin to question why the team had dropped Rambo in favor of NaDeSHoT. Eventually, OpTic would replace MerK with JKap, and this line up would finish with a 2nd place finish at the MLG Fall Invitational.

Ghosts

Nadeshot and company would have a rough start to the Call of Duty: Ghosts season, finishing outside of the top 10 at the first 2 events they would attend. The team would go through a flurry of roster changes at one point, including Ricky, Saints, and Parasite, and the retirement of BigT. Scumpii would leave the team for a week to join EnVyUs, siting a rivalry with Nade as the reason. However, Scump would return, and the team would be complete with Nade, Scump, MBoZe, and Clayster. Many doubted the team heading into the Call of Duty Championship 2014, especially after barely qualifying at the U.S. Regional tournament, but the team would make a strong run, finishing 3rd overall for the 2nd year in a row. After Champs, Optic would make a surprise move by reviving Optic Nation, with MBoZe as the captain. Optic would bring on Proofy to fill his spot, and the squad would head into UGC Niagara with high expectations. However, the squad would finish in 7th place, with many questioning why they made the change at all. Optic Gaming would then attend the MLG X Games Invitational, where NaDeSHoT would show his Search and Destroy prowess, helping lead OpTic Gaming to a win over Team Kaliber in the Grand Finals, and becoming the first Call of Duty X Games gold medalists. Following this win, NaDeSHoT and the rest of the Optic Gaming squad went into MLG Anaheim full of confidence and looked to turn their 2nd seed from Season 2 of the MLG CoD league into a victory. They would take out all opposition 3-0 until they faced Evil Geniuses who knocked them down into the losers bracket final. They went onto beat TCM 3-0 in this series and faced Evil Geniuses again in the Championship final. However, the lost the continuation series and finished with a very convincing 2nd. Optic Gaming would then look to carry this form over to London at Gfinity III but they were unable to, finishing with a disappointing 5th-8th with no-one really performing. Following this disappointment they looked to bounce back at UMG Dallas, but only did so in part, finishing 4th and taking away $2,000 after crashing out at the hands of Optic NaTion who beat them with a convincing 3-0. NaDeSHoT and his teammates at Optic Gaming finished 3rd in the Season 3 of the MLG CoD league, and secured the 3rd seed going into the Season 3 Playoff. In the Season 3 of the MLG league playoff they lost in the first round against Denial, after beating both Rise and OpTic Nation with a convincing 3-0, NaDeSHoT and his team lost 3-0 to Most Wanted, OpTic finished in 4th place to close out the Call of Duty: Ghosts season..

Advanced Warfare

Nadeshot and company began the Advanced Warfare season well at MLG Columbus Open 25k as they placed second, losing out to FaZe Clan in the Grand Final after OpTic Gaming released Clayster and ProoFy for FormaL and Crimsix. OpTic Gaming went on to win three consecutive tournaments: UMG Orlando 2015, MLG Pro League Season 1 Playoffs, and the Call of Duty Championship 2015: NA Regional Finals. However, at the Call of Duty Championship 2015, OpTic Gaming got a disappointing 7th place finish, shocking everyone involved. On 04/04/2015, feeling that he was the reason for his team's poor performance at CoD Champs 2015, Nadeshot announced that he would be "taking a break" from competitive Call of Duty, and would be focusing more on his YouTube channel and live streaming. This shocked all the competitive Call of Duty community, as well as most of the pros. It was later announced that Karma would replace him on OpTic Gaming.

Post Retirement

Black Ops 3

On April 18th, 2016, NaDeSHoT announced on his YouTube channel that he created his own organization known as "Hundred Thieves." He had acquired a team that had recently qualified for Stage 2 of the 2016 COD World League North America Pro Division that went by the name of, "King Papey," to be the first team in any eSports to represent his organization. He also announced that this organisation will not be limited to Call of Duty eSports and is interested in the idea of picking up teams in games like Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Dota, and others.

Trivia

  • NaDeSHoT worked as a drive thru guy at McDonald's before making it big in the competitive Call of Duty scene.
  • During NaDeSHoT's playing career he was often referred as "America's Favorite Gamer."
  • With OpTic Gaming in 2014, NaDeSHoT took home 1 of the first 4 XGAMES Gold Medals in all of eSports.
  • At the 2014 Game Awards in Las Vegas, NaDeSHoT won the eSports Player of the Year, going up against pros from Dota 2, League of Legends, CS:GO and Hearthstone.
  • NaDeSHoT has over 2 million subscribers on YouTube, and 1.4M followers on Twitter.
  • NaDeSHoT is sponsored by Red Bull.
  • In 2012, NaDeSHoT competed in a Halo 4 event alongside Scump, MerK, and Saintt. They competed under the OpTic Gaming name and placed in the top 64 (49th-64th).
  • NaDeSHoT is one of the few pro players to become the owner of an organization after retiring from competing in Call of Duty at the professional level.

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