OpTic MaNiaC is returning to competitive Halo - Dexerto

OpTic MaNiaC is returning to competitive Halo

Published: 12/Sep/2018 11:26 Updated: 22/Jan/2020 13:09

by Matt Porter


OpTic Gaming’s Nick ‘MaNiaC’ Kershner has announced that he will be returning to competitive Halo as Excelerate Gaming’s new coach.

Kershner will be reunited with former Believe The Hype teammate Daniel ‘Demon D’ Yakovleff and long-time friend Aaron ‘Ace’ Elam, who MaNiaC said he “would have to be with” if he was to ever “touch the mainstage again”.

He will also be working with two of Halo’s rising stars – former eLevate player Uriah ‘Artic’ Legorreta and Jesse ‘Bubu Dubu’ Moeller, who finished third at the 2018 Halo World Championship with Team Envy.


MaNiaC will begin his coaching duties on Friday, September 14 as Excelerate fly out to London to compete in the Halo Championship Series event, which takes place at the Gfinity Arena.

The 27-year-old last appeared at a Halo event back in 2016, when he competed as part of an OpTic squad that finished 9-16th at the North American Regional Qualifier for the Halo World Championship.

Since he retired from playing professional Halo, MaNiaC has focused on content creation, regularly streaming Fortnite gameplay on his Twitch account. He has become one of the most popular members of the OpTic organization, garnering over 200,000 subscribers on YouTube, and appearing in numerous videos on OpTic Gaming’s YouTube channel.

Excelerate Gaming have been drawn in Group B at HCS London, and will take on Radiance Esports and TOX Gaming when the action begins on September 14.


Cloud9 return to competitive Halo with star championship roster

Published: 5/Oct/2020 20:13 Updated: 5/Oct/2020 20:37

by Albert Petrosyan


Cloud9 have announced that they are re-entering the Halo competitive scene with a new roster stacked with experienced, veteran talent that has won it all.

The prominent esports organization had been absent from competitive Halo since 2016, as their third tenure in the scene was ended after several players left for Team Liquid.

Now, C9 are back in the fold, announcing a new, veteran lineup that’ll lead them back into the esport as the series’ next major title – Halo Infinite – is set to release in early 2021.

Cloud9 Halo roster:

  • Braedon ‘StelluR’ Boettcher
  • Zane ‘Pznguin’ Hearon
  • Kevin ‘Eco’Smith
  • Jonathan ‘Renegade’ Willette
  • Emanuel ‘Hoaxer’ Lovejoy (coach)

All four players formerly featured for the North American-based team Turning Point, which disbanded after all four left in May/June of 2020. The only player who was part of that lineup that’s not been included in C9’s new roster is Swift Kill.

StelluR and Eco, formerly of Splyce and Team Liquid, bring valuable championship experience to the squad after winning the Halo World Championship in 2018 and finishing third the year prior.

Renegade was also part of that Splyce team that won it all in 2018, and he holds the distinction of being the only player ever to have championships in both 2v2 and 4v4 Free-For-All. Last but not least, there’s Pznguin, who rejoins StelluR and Eco after the trio achieved strong success with Team Liquid in 2017.

Kevin ‘Eco’ Smith said in a video released by Cloud9 that he’ll be acting as In-Game Leader.

The team will be coached by Hoaxer, who’s been around competitive Halo since 2011. His coaching accolades include a third-place finish at the HCS Finals in 2018 and fourth-place at the 2018 Halo World Championship.

Cloud9 have yet to reveal the details of their plans to ease back into the Halo scene, so it’s unclear when this new roster will make its debut. But with Infinite set to release in 2021, following a delay, it’ll be exciting to see this championship lineup flex its muscles sooner or later.

Written with contributions from Tanner Pierce.