In Call of Duty esports, Formal is indisputably one of the top 5 players of all time. His accomplishments in the title are too long to list but a few that stand out are World Champion, over $800,000 in tournament earnings, and the 4th most Major LAN wins. However before all that, he was a Halo competitor, and he’s set to return this weekend at HCS Raleigh, his first Halo LAN in over seven years.
While Formal didn’t make the HCS Top 25 list, given the opportunity, he’s proven himself as one of the best Halo players ever. His resume on paper is quite impressive:
One of the most feared snipers during Halo Reach and Halo 4, his seven LAN wins during that period are good enough for 17th best all time. In Reach, he found late-season success in 2011, where his BtH squad placed 3rd at MLG Raleigh. Formal followed up that event with an event win at MLG Orlando and a disappointing 5th place finish at the MLG Providence Championships.
From that point on he would never place lower than 4th for the rest of his Halo career, racking up a few AGL victories, and a win at the Halo MCC Launch Invitational before eventually retiring from Halo to focus on Call of Duty. His first Call of Duty LAN win would come at Gfinity 3 in 2014, making him the first competitive FPS player to win a major LAN event in both Halo and CoD.
Formal made the most of his Halo Grand Finals appearances, taking home the trophy in seven out of eight attempts, the highest percentage in halo esports history.
Halo esports decline after Reach forced many competitors to switch games to keep their pro gaming dreams alive, and Formal was one of the casualties. As a result, we never got to experience Formal in his prime, his career is one of the biggest what-ifs in Halo esports history.
Now retired from Call of Duty, he's returned to the game that first put him on the map. After initially being dropped from Inconceivable for Snip3down he's found himself on a Spacestation Gaming squad with lots of unrealized potential. Despite being one of the best teams in the game, they failed to earn a spot in the group stage at Raleigh. Scheduling conflicts caused Formal to miss the final kickoff qualifier and the team had to substitute Elamite in his place, where they finished in a disappointing 9th place.
Formal, one of the best console FPS players ever, will begin his tournament life in the open bracket, something he hasn't done since 2014. Good luck to the amateur competitors who will inevitably get matched up against him on Friday, you're gonna need it.