Thomas Haly 
OpTic Gaming
Aligns with OpTic Gaming
September 28, 2018
TJHaLy will team with OpTic Gaming to begin Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, the organization confirmed on Thursday.
TJHaLy was arguably the most exciting young player to enter the competitive scene for Call of Duty: World War II, and for awhile he lived up to the vaunted reputation with Rise Nation including multiple Open major wins. However, a disappointing finish at the 2018 Call of Duty World Championships was evidently enough for Rise Nation to consider letting TJHaLy leave for "greener" pastures, prompting OpTic Gaming to purchase the promising young player. TJHaLy probably won't slay to the same extent that the since departed Octane was known to do, but the potential for HaLy to build into the same type of player under the tutelage of Scump and Crimsix is intriguing to say the least. Alongside new addition Dashy, OpTic Gaming is blessed with one of the highest upside teams in the pro scene, but it remains to be seen if the intense expectations of the organization will allow the team to grow together organically.
Takes control in the early game
August 18, 2018
TJHaLy attempted to lead in slaying in a 3-2 lost to Luminosity Gaming, getting knocked out of the tournament on Day 3 of the Call of Duty World League Championships.
After a stunning defeat by Team Kaliber, where TJHaLy was able to drop 58 kills in a single round and still lose, TJHaLy didn't slow down an inch. He was able to fast and furiously in Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 2 Search & Destroy. His strong AR presence was easily able to pin Luminosity Gaming down into their spawns in Round 1 Harpdoint, while his Round 2 Search & Destroy offense was nearly flawless. However, TJHaLy stumbled in Round 3 Capture the Flag as his opponents played slowly and patiently. Rise Nation, far from a patient team, exposed themselves trying to force plays.
Down but never out
August 15, 2018
TJHaLy never let himself get down during a 3-1 win over Tainted Minds on Day 1 of CWL Champs.
TJHaLy may not have been the most electric player in this series, but you could never count him out. Anytime it looked like he was about to flounder under the weight of Tainted Minds, he bounced back with ruthless aggression that pushed Rise ahead. This was best seen during the final Hardpoint where he started out 9/22 but ended the round at 24/25. He may not have crossed into positive territory for the round, but a 15/3 KD stretch to end the game is nothing to scoff at and was a big reason why this team secured the 3-1 win here.
Slow to step up
July 30, 2018
TJHaLy turned up late in a double Grand Finals loss to Team Kaliber, winning the first series 3-2 and losing the second series 3-1, at the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2 Playoffs.
TJHaLy simply failed to turn up in time to help his teammates in this series. Team Kaliber forced long, scrappy fights that put TJHaLy into awkward positions where he struggled to find picks. This wasn't helped by Rise Nation running a triple SMG composition for most of the series, while Rise Nation stuck with two SMGs and two ARs. In the first series, TJHaLy attempted to support SlasheR in long-range battles. However, with Team Kaliber forcing close-range fights in respawn rounds, TJHaLy's shots struggled to find value. The second series didn't see TJHaLy improve as morale slowly grew thin for Rise Nation as Team Kaliber stole round after round.
Steps up for his team
July 30, 2018
TJHaLy tore through Red Reserve in a 3-1 win in the Losers Final at the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2 Playoffs.
Despite a debilitating defeat to Team Kaliber in the Winners Final, TJHaLy was able to make a dramatic rebound against Red Reserve. After a slow start, TJHaLy decimated a disorganized Red Reserve in Round 2 Search & Destroy for six straight games to win the round. He did this by simply hiding behind corners in lane to ambush and pick off lone players. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him pop off again, this time in the second half. By using Loony's Scorestreaks as a distraction, TJHaLy was able to play in Red Reserve's face with little punishment.
Starts off strong before tapering off
July 29, 2018
TJHaLy's two good rounds were the first two rounds in a 3-1 loss to Team Kaliber in the Winner's Bracket Final on Day 3 of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2 Playoffs, knocking them to the loser's bracket.
TJHaLy had a really nice start to this match, but it did not last. Round 1 Hardpoint was his best round, by far. He and Gunless were the two best players on Rise Nation in that first round, especially early on. The duo paced them to an early lead, and they never really let up from there, making quick work of Team Kaliber. He had 34 kills and 1:36 on the objective, putting in a good shift in every part of the win. Round 2 Search & Destroy was not as good as the first round, but he still was a solid player in support of Gunless. Despite some strong play from everyone, they lost 6-5. He began to fall off in Round 3 Capture the Flag, as he went 17/19 in the loss. He never really found the slaying that he had in the previous rounds, and it hurt their comeback attempt. Round 4 Hardpoint was the bottom of the barrel for him and for Rise Nation as a whole. They tallied 102 points, as everyone on Team Kaliber outplayed all of Rise Nation in the blowout.
Solid showing in win
July 27, 2018
TJHaLy put in a good performance throughout the 3-1 win over Red Reserve on Day 1 of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2 Playoffs.
TJHaLy did not have the best start to Round 1 Hardpoint, and he kind of limped through the majority of it. He did, however, go off late in the round, as a five-killstreak helped really put the nail in Red Reserve's coffin. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him pick up from where he left Round 1 Hardpoint, as he had a solid and reliable performance in the 6-3 win. Round 3 Capture the Flag was a tough, 3-2 overtime loss, though TJHaLy performed rather well. He went 22/19 in the loss, as he was the clear second-best player on the team behind Gunless. Round 4 Hardpoint saw TJHaLy, Gunless, and SlasheR dominate to a 250-98 win. It was as lopsided as the score suggest. The trio took control in the early going, and refused to let it go.
Dominant respawn player in win
July 19, 2018
TJHaLy put together a dominant display in the three respawn rounds of the 3-1 win over Luminosity Gaming on Day 2, Week 8 of CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
TJHaLy's performance in the respawn rounds of this win. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him play the role of entry man for Rise Nation, and it worked to perfection for them. He got the kills that got them into the hill time and time again, and made the round win rather easy for Rise Nation. Round 3 Capture the Flag was a close 2-1 win, and TJHaLy's slaying was a big reason why their defense was so stringent against the Luminosity attack. He ended up with 30 kills in the round, providing a consistent slaying attack for Rise Nation. He also had a brilliant use of multiple Scorestreaks at the end of the round to preemptively prevent any possible Luminosity push. Round 4 Hardpoint saw TJHaLy play a versatile game. In the early stages of the round, he laid off his slaying duties to focus on the objective; however, he picked it up in the slaying department in the latter stages of the round, as Luminosity took a (short-lived) lead. His Round 2 Search & Destroy showing (their only loss) was his weakest round. He was rather inconsistent in the loss, as Luminosity did a good job of keeping him off balance.
Plays best in Round 2
July 18, 2018
TJHaLy's best round was the second round of their 3-1 loss to OpTIc Gaming on Day 1, Week 8 of CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
TJHaLy's most consistent round was Round 2 Search & Destroy (their only win of the match), and he did not really start that one on fire. He ended up turning up as the round got going, and really put together a strong round when it was all said and done. He had back-to-back game wins with kills in Games 6 and 7, and was on fire from then on. Outside of that, TJHaLy saw some struggles, and Round 3 Capture the Flag was the worst of the bunch, as he went 17/28 in a round where they were out of contention almost immediately. They fell behind 4-0 in the first, and their offense was absolutely locked up by OpTic Gaming. His two Hardpoint rounds were inconsistent at best, though he picked it up later on in Round 1 Hardpoint after a slow start, and Round 4 Hardpoint was the opposite, as he faded after a hot start. Overall, outside of the second round, TJHaLy just could not find stable ground in the loss to OpTic Gaming.
Slays well only in Serach & Destroy
July 12, 2018
TJHaLy struggled to find respawn success in a 3-2 win over Mindfreak on Thursday of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
TJHaLy's woes only continues this series as he struggled to break out of Search & Destroy rounds, his best known rounds. Unfortunately, his flat slaying had a ripple effect on the rest of his team as he was unable to secure kills in key rounds like Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 4 Hardpoint. Rise Nation would find success despite TJHaLy in respawn rounds thanks to SlasheR and Gunless. However, TJHaLy was key in Round 2 and Round 5 Search & Destroy thanks to his natural map awareness. This was especially true in Round 5 Search & Destroy where he was able to find openings in Game 8 and Game 9 thanks to his sheer aggression.
Fails to step up with the rest of the team
July 12, 2018
TJHaLy stumbled over himself in a 3-0 loss to compLexity Gaming on Wednesday of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
TJHaLy was shockingly limp this series. Running as the main engagement SMG player, TJHaLy just couldn't find any openings for his team, either in 1-vs-1's or in teamfights. His lack of slaying had a ripple effect on the rest of his team through out the series as his team struggled to get onto objectives, especially in Round 1 Hardpoint. TJHaLy would find ways to rebound in Round 2 Search & Destroy and Round 3 Capture the Flag as his gunplay stabilized. However, TJHaLy would still struggle in Round 2 Search & Destroy as he was often picked off.
Solid play despite loss
July 11, 2018
TJHaLy played well, but Rise Nation still fell victim to eUnited, and were reverse swept by them in their Day 1, Week 7 match in CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
Round 1 Hardpoint saw TJHaLy, Gunless , and SlasheR provided a three-man attack that was just enough to edge out eUnited. They needed everything they got out of TJHaLy; he netted 33 kills and 50 seconds of Hardpoint time in the 250-232 win. He provided solid support in the Round 2 Search & Destroy win. He was not in the spotlight as he was in the previous round, but his support helped keep Rise Nation one step ahead of eUnited. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw TJHaLy struggle mightily as Rise Nation began to unravel. They lost 2-1, and push after push was pushed back by an excellent eUnited defense. TJHaLy really struggled, going just 12/23 in the round. He turned it around on an individual level in Round 4 Hardpoint. He was excellent from the beginning, but he was the only guy for Rise Nation for the beginning of the round. He eventually got help, as he and SlasheR went off to get them in striking distance of a win. They used a multitude of Scorestreaks to get over the 200 mark, but they still fell 250-207. Round 5 Search & Destroy saw him fall into a support role, but their depth could not overcome United's in the nine-game loss.
Improves in the second series
June 18, 2018
TJHaLy showed up in the second series of the Grand Finals win at CWL Anaheim, winning the first series 3-1 and the second series 3-1.
TJHaLy had some minor problems in the first series as he struggled to play against Red Reserve's spawn control and to slay out. However, he was able to flip this around in the second series. As fatigue set into Red Reserve's line-up, TJHaLy was able to force the Europeans into poor gunfights such as in the second Round 2 Search & Destroy. The young master of Search & Destroy was able to rush down Red Reserve's weak gunplay to pick off players in 1-vs-1's. Despite his successes in Search & Destroy, TJHaLy generally had problems keeping even in respawn rounds.
More good than bad in win
June 16, 2018
TJHaLy was excellent after the first round of the 3-1 win over Luminosity Gaming on Day 1 of CWL Anaheim.
Round 1 Hardpoint was not particularly positive for Rise Nation as a whole, or for TJHaLy on an individual level. Rise Nation held on for the first half of the match as it was back and forth for a while. Luminosity would run away with it, though, as their slaying advantage finally gave them a big lead. The rest of this match was easily won by Rise Nation, however, and TJHaLy was a big part of that. He was excellent in every game of the 6-0 Round 2 Search & Destroy win - he paced their attack, leading them to a decisive win. Round 3 Capture the Flag was a 2-1 win for them, but they routinely outslayed Luminosity. They went into the second half with a 2-0 lead, and their slaying shut down Luminosity for nearly the entire half. TJHaLy was a solid piece of the puzzle, as his 24 kills made him a key part of the three-headed slaying attack alongside Gunless and SlasheR. Round 4 Hardpoint put the nail in the coffin, as they coasted to a 250-100 win, never really facing much pressure from Luminosity. TJHaLy continued his solid run, netting 23 kills in the easy win.
Gives only a strong start
June 15, 2018
TJHaLy scored a hot start in a 3-0 loss to Team Kaliber on Friday of CWL Anaheim.
TJHaLy did well in Round 1 Hardpoint, but little anywhere else. The hot start from TJHaLy did help Rise Nation keep the first map close, but in the end neither him or his teammates could clutch the map win. This caused a bit of a downward spiral for Rise Nation as Team Kaliber used the win to cause a lightning-fast Round 2 Search & Destroy. TJHaLy would even out in Round 3 Capture the Flag, but he could do little against a fiery opponent.
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