Royal2

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Royal2
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Background Information
NameMathew Fiorante
Country of BirthCanada Canada
BirthdayMay 27, 1996 (age 22)
Residency
NA
 North America
Competitive
TeamTOX Gaming
Social Media & Links
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Team History
Aug 2010 - Sept 2010
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Apr 2011 - Jun 2011
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Swagger Like Uslogo std.png Swagger Like Us
Jul 2011 - Jul 2011
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Quantic Fallenlogo std.png Quantic Fallen
Aug 2011 - Aug 2011
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Quantic Fallenlogo std.png Quantic Fire
Dec 2014 - Dec 2014
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Shoot to Killlogo std.png Shoot to Kill
Nov 2014 - Sep 2016
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Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming
Sep 2016 - Mar 2018
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OpTic Gaminglogo std.png OpTic Gaming
Mar 2018 - Present
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TOX Gaminglogo std.png TOX Gaming
Mathew "Royal2" Fiorante is a Canadian player for TOX Gaming. A two-time Halo World Champion, he is the most successful Canadian player in Halo history. He and frequent teammate SnakeBite have had success with teams such as OpTic Gaming, Counter Logic Gaming, Status Quo, and Warriors.

Biography

Mathew Fiorante was born on May 27, 1996. He is from Regina, Saskatchewan.

Halo 3

Royal2 competed in his first professional tournament at only 14 years of age, attending MLG Columbus 2010 as a member of Young Money with teammates Homicide, Minority and Talent. Later that year he attended MLG Raleigh 2010 alongside Blaze, Jerawockee and Monix on Sicker Than Yo Average and placed 15th.

Halo: Reach

Royal2 started 2011 as a member of Swagger Like Us alongside Arkanum, Dersky and Thrust and got 7th place at MLG Dallas 2011 with the lineup. They then swapped Dersky for Soldier187 and placed 9th at MLG Columbus 2011. Royal2 then became a member of Quantic Fallen with Arkanum, Brake and Goofy and placed 13th with them at MLG Anaheim 2011. He and Arkanum competed at the next event alongside Bestman and Clutch under the banner Quantic Fire and placed 13th at MLG Raleigh 2011. His next two events would see him as a member of Warriors with Clutch, Dersky and SnakeBite. The roster would go on to place 3rd in MLG Orlando 2011 and 2nd in MLG Providence 2011. For the final MLG Reach tournament Royal2 and SnakeBite would join Enable and Flamesword as members of Status Quo. The roster took home first place at the MLG Winter Championship 2012.

Halo 4

Royal2 remained a member of Status Quo for the MLG Fall Championship 2012 where they placed 3rd. This would be Royal2's only major Halo 4 tournament.

Halo 2: Anniversary

When the MCC launched, he became a member of Shoot to Kill alongside OGRE2, Heinz and SnakeBite. They finished 3rd at the MCC Launch Invitational. For HCS Season 1, Counter Logic Gaming announced the acquisition of StK.[1][2] They proceeded to win Iron Gaming Columbus 2014 and finish 2nd at both UGC St. Louis 2015 and Gamers For Giving 2015, before repeating the 2nd placing in the season finals at PAX East 2015. Royal2 was one of the standout slayers in season 1, providing many highlights throughout the season.

CLG underwent a roster change during the offseason, with Heinz being released and Cloud being brought in. The new roster finished 5th at Iron Games Atlanta 2015, the first time Royal2 and SnakeBite had placed below 3rd together. The CLG duo returned to form at HCS Indianapolis however, finishing in 2nd place. CLG again fell to EG in the finals at the HCS Season 2 Finals, ending the season with a 2nd place finish.

Royal2 with the Halo World Championship trophy in 2016.

Halo 5: Guardians

CLG made roster changes going into Halo 5, replacing Cloud with Frosty and, controversially, OGRE2 with Lethul. The new roster's first tournament was the X Games Aspen 2016 invitational, where they again fell in the finals to EG, earning silver medals. At HWC NA Regionals, CLG dominated the event, sweeping EG in the semifinals and defeating Denial eSports 4-2 in the finals. Heading into the the Halo World Championship 2016 with an unprecedented scrim record of 240-31, Royal2 and the #1 seeded Counter Logic Gaming squad looked completely dominant. During pool play the team played as expected, only dropping 1 game to Epsilon eSports, and headed into bracket play with ease. An early bracket matchup against rivals Evil Geniuses spelled trouble for CLG, but they dealt with it handily, sweeping EG 3-0. In the semifinals, they faced the most adversity they would see in the tournament, needing 6 games to take out Denial eSports once again. In the finals, Royal2 and crew rocketed past Naded and his Team Allegiance squad in 4-0 fashion, proving his worth once again on Counter Logic Gaming and securing the $1,000,000 1st place prize at the Halo World Championship. Throughout the season, including HWC, Royal2 showed immense skill and was regarded by fans and fellow players as one of the best players, and best snipers, in the game. This showed when soon after the event it was revealed that Royal2 finished the season with a kill/death ratio second only to Penguin.

Following Worlds, CLG were the first team to qualify for the Summer 2016 Pro League. Posting a 13-1 record, with their only loss being to Enigma6 Group, CLG went into the Season Finals as the #1 seed. They went 3-0 at the event, taking 1st place after defeating Enigma6 in the finals.

On September 14, the first day of the Fall 2016 Pro League, the CLG roster was acquired by OpTic Gaming. After early losses to Evil Geniuses and Team EnVyUs in the season, the OpTic roster showed that it was still the team to beat on LAN by winning its fourth straight event - HCS Orange County 2016. A few weeks later, LethuL opted to fill in for Team EnVyUs captain Mikwen, who was unable to attend UGC St. Louis 2016 with the squad. Under the team name Truce, referencing the former bad blood between LethuL and EnVyUs member Snip3down, the roster took 1st place at the event. OpTic ended up finishing the season with an 11-3 record, good enough for 2nd place. At the Season Finals, OpTic came out strong with victories over Team Liquid and Team EnVyUs, but in the Grand Finals, it was EnVyUs that won two straight best-of-7 matches to steal the throne from OpTic.

At the first event of the Halo World Championship 2017 qualifying season, UGC St. Louis 2017, OpTic defeated Team EnVyUs in the Winners' Finals and took out Team Liquid in the Grand Finals to reclaim 1st place. At ME Las Vegas 2017, OpTic dominated the competition, sweeping Splyce to qualify for Worlds, sweeping Str8 Rippin and defeating Team Liquid twice (4-2 and 4-1) to take 1st place and solidify themselves as the team to beat going into the biggest event of the year. At Worlds, OpTic dominated their pool to earn a top seed going into the Championship Bracket. In the bracket, OpTic swept through FAB Games eSports and Luminosity Gaming before dismantling Team Liquid 4-1 to earn a spot in the Grand Finals. In the finals, they met Team EnVyUs, who were coming off of a run from all the way back in LB Round 1. OpTic made a statement, taking a 4-0 victory and securing their second straight World Championship.

At the first event on the 2017 settings, UMG Daytona, OpTic won its pool decisively and moved onto the Championship Bracket, where they swept Evil Geniuses before winning a 3-2 series over Team Liquid. In the Winners Finals, they beat Team EnVyUs 4-2 in their first match on the new settings. Not done, EnVyUs came back through the Losers Bracket and won two straight game sevens to steal the event from OpTic's hands. The OpTic roster returned unchanged for the Summer 2017 Pro League season. They finished in first place with a record of 6-0, their only loss coming to Team Liquid in the final week of the season. OpTic came out hot at the DreamHack Atlanta Finals, sweeping EnVyUs in the third round. In the Winners Finals, OpTic were beaten 4-1 by Splyce, the second place team from the Pro League. After handily 4-0ing EnVyUs in the Losers Finals, OpTic had a chance at redemption against Splyce in the Grand Finals. Unable to even force a second series, OpTic were beaten 4-2 and had to settle for 2nd once again.

In the Fall 2017 season, OpTic finished in second with a record of 6-1, with their single loss coming against 1st place Team EnVyUs. OpTic came out strong early at the DreamHack Denver Finals, taking out Ronin Esports and Team Liquid with little resistance. In the Winners Finals, OpTic got revenge on Splyce with a 4-2 victory. In the Grand Finals, they were met by Team Liquid, coming off dominating performances against Splyce and Team EnVyUs. OpTic were able to reverse Liquid's momentum however, winning the series 4-1 and reclaiming their spot on top of the league.

Going into Halo World Championship 2018 season, OpTic, now the longest tenured Halo team of all time, predictably stuck together. They went into MLG Orlando as the second seed. For the first time ever, they were not only beaten in the Winners Semifinals, but in a 3-0 sweep by Team EnVyUs. OpTic steamrolled through the Elimination Bracket, sweeping Renegades and Team Reciprocity before taking out Team EnVyUs in a rematch to secure a top two finish. In the Grand Finals, OpTic's comeback was halted by Splyce, who took out the Green Wall 4-2.

On March 8, the OpTic roster was unexpectedly released by the organization as they exited Halo. The orgless roster eventually settled on Tox as a new name. In Columbus, things started out well for Tox as they won their pool with ease, swept Str8 Rippin, and took out Orlando champions Splyce in the winners semifinals. This was followed by a win over Team Reciprocity which put them in the finals against Splyce. Splyce got their revenge, defeating Tox 4-0 and 4-1 to take their second straight event over Tox/OpTic.

Over the course of the next month, Tox rebranded into TOX Gaming, with multiple sponsors including GameStop jumping on board.[3] At Worlds, TOX won their pool over Renegades before taking out Elevate 4-1 and Team Reciprocity 4-2. In the Winners Finals, TOX were again soundly defeated by Splyce, this time 4-1. In a high-stakes match-up against Team EnVyUs, TOX were able to pull through in a game seven to earn one last shot at stealing the season from Splyce and keep their Championship streak going. There was no miracle however, and TOX were soundly defeated 4-0 by the dominant Splyce roster, taking second place at Worlds for the first time.

Trivia

  • He is the only Canadian player on a top 8 HCS team.
  • He is the only Canadian to ever win an MLG Halo championship (MLG Winter Championship 2012).
  • His older brother Chris (Royal1) frequently coaches his teams.
  • Frequent teammate of SnakeBite, has teamed with him consistently since 2011. They have only placed outside of the top 3 once together, at Iron Games Atlanta 2015.

Team and Tournament History

Game End Date Event Place Team Prize Team Teammates (Coach)
Halo 5 logo.png April 15, 2018 Halo World Championship 2018 A22 $200,000 TOX Gaminglogo std.png TOX Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png March 25, 2018 MLG Columbus 2018 A22 $10,000 TOX Gaminglogo std.png TOX Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png February 10, 2018 HaloWC 2018 - NA 2000 Series Cup #7 A22 $500 OpTic Gaminglogo std.png OpTic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png February 10, 2018 HaloWC 2018 - NA 2000 Series Cup #6 A22 $500 OpTic Gaminglogo std.png OpTic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png February 18, 2018 MLG Orlando 2018 A22 $10,000 OpTic Gaminglogo std.png OpTic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png February 10, 2018 HaloWC 2018 - NA 2000 Series Cup #5 A11 $1,500 OpTic Gaminglogo std.png OpTic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png February 03, 2018 HaloWC 2018 - NA 2000 Series Cup #4 A22 $500 OpTic Gaminglogo std.png OpTic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png January 27, 2018 HaloWC 2018 - NA 2000 Series Cup #3 A11 $1,500 OpTic Gaminglogo std.png OpTic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png January 20, 2018 HaloWC 2018 - NA 2000 Series Cup #2 A22 $500 OpTic Gaminglogo std.png OpTic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png January 13, 2018 HaloWC 2018 - NA 2000 Series Cup #1 A33 - 4 - OpTic Gaminglogo std.png OpTic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png October 22, 2017 DreamHack Denver 2017 A11 $70,000 OpTic Gaminglogo std.png OpTic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png September 27, 2017 HCS Pro League - Fall 2017 Season A22 $8,500 OpTic Gaminglogo std.png OpTic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png July 23, 2017 DreamHack Atlanta 2017 A22 $40,000 OpTic Gaminglogo std.png OpTic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png June 22, 2017 HCS Pro League - Summer 2017 Season A11 $10,000 OpTic Gaminglogo std.png OpTic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png May 14, 2017 UMG Daytona 2017 A22 $13,000 OpTic Gaminglogo std.png OpTic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png March 26, 2017 Halo World Championship 2017 A11 $500,000 OpTic Gaminglogo std.png OpTic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png March 05, 2017 ME Las Vegas 2017 A11 $20,000 OpTic Gaminglogo std.png OpTic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png January 22, 2017 UGC St. Louis 2017 A11 $20,000 OpTic Gaminglogo std.png OpTic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png December 11, 2016 ESL Burbank Fall 2016 A22 $35,000 OpTic Gaminglogo std.png OpTic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png November 10, 2016 HCS Pro League - Fall 2016 Season A22 $12,000 OpTic Gaminglogo std.png OpTic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png October 9, 2016 ESA Orange County 2016 A11 $7,000 OpTic Gaminglogo std.png OpTic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png July 31, 2016 ESL Burbank Summer 2016 A11 $75,000 Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png July 15, 2016 HCS Pro League - Summer 2016 Season A11 $13,000 Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png March 20, 2016 Halo World Championship 2016 A11 $1,000,000 Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png February 21, 2016 MLG Columbus 2016 A11 $20,000 Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png January 30, 2016 X Games Aspen 2016 A22 Silver.png $10,000 Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png January 24, 2016 HaloWC 2016 - NA OQ #5 A11 $1,000 Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteFrostyLethuL
Halo 5 logo.png January 17, 2016 HaloWC 2016 - NA OQ #4 A33 - 4 - Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteOGRE2Frosty
Halo 5 logo.png January 10, 2016 HaloWC 2016 - NA OQ #3 A11 $1,000 Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteOGRE2Frosty
Halo 5 logo.png January 3, 2016 HaloWC 2016 - NA OQ #2 A33 - 4 - Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteOGRE2Frosty
Halo 5 logo.png December 20, 2015 HaloWC 2016 - NA OQ #1 A55 - 8 - Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteOGRE2Frosty
Halo 2a logo.png July 26, 2015 ESL Burbank 2015 A22 $30,000 Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteOGRE2Cloud
Halo 2a logo.png July 11, 2015 PGL Challenger Series $10,000 Playoffs 2 A77 - 8 - Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteOGRE2Cloud
Halo 2a logo.png June 28, 2015 PGL Indianapolis 2015 A22 $12,000 Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteOGRE2Cloud
Halo 2a logo.png June 21, 2015 HCS Season 2 - Online Cup #7 A77 - 8 - Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteOGRE2Cloud
Halo 2a logo.png June 14, 2015 HCS Season 2 - Online Cup #6 A33 $600 Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteOGRE2Cloud
Halo 2a logo.png June 7, 2015 HCS Season 2 - Online Cup #5 A33 $600 Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteOGRE2Cloud
Halo 2a logo.png May 31, 2015 HCS Season 2 - Online Cup #4 A77 - 8 - Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteOGRE2Cloud
Halo 2a logo.png May 24, 2015 HCS Season 2 - Online Cup #3 A77 - 8 - Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteOGRE2Cloud
Halo 2a logo.png May 17, 2015 HCS Season 2 - Online Cup #2 A99 - 16 - Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteCloudClutch
Halo 2a logo.png May 10, 2015 HCS Season 2 - Online Cup #1 A55 - 6 - Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteCloudClutch
Halo 2a logo.png April 19, 2015 Iron Games Atlanta 2015 A55 $1,600 Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteOGRE2Cloud
Halo 2a logo.png April 11, 2015 PGL Challenger Series $10,000 Playoffs B717 - 32 - Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteOGRE2Cloud
Halo 2a logo.png March 8, 2015 PAX East 2015 A22 $20,000 Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteHeinzOGRE2
Halo 2a logo.png February 22, 2015 Gamers For Giving 2015 A22 $3,000 Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteHeinzOGRE2
Halo 2a logo.png February 15, 2015 HCS Season 1 - Online Cup #7 A55 - 6 - Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteHeinzOGRE2
Halo 2a logo.png February 8, 2015 HCS Season 1 - Online Cup #6 A77 - 8 - Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteHeinzOGRE2
Halo 2a logo.png February 1, 2015 HCS Season 1 - Online Cup #5 A33 - Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteHeinzOGRE2
Halo 2a logo.png January 25, 2015 HCS Season 1 - Online Cup #4 A33 - Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteHeinzOGRE2
Halo 2a logo.png January 11, 2015 HCS Season 1 - Online Cup #3 A11 $750 Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteHeinzOGRE2
Halo 2a logo.png January 4, 2015 UGC St. Louis 2015 A22 $4,750 Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteHeinzOGRE2
Halo 2a logo.png December 21, 2014 HCS Season 1 - Online Cup #2 A55 - 6 - Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteHeinzOGRE2
Halo 2a logo.png December 14, 2014 Iron Games Columbus 2014 A11 $8,000 Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteHeinzOGRE2
Halo 2a logo.png December 7, 2014 HCS Season 1 - Online Cup #1 D333 - 64 - Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteHeinzOGRE2
Halo 2a logo.png December 14, 2014 ESL Burbank 2014 A33 $8,000 Shoot to Killlogo std.png Shoot to Kill SnakeBiteHeinzOGRE2
Halo 4 logo.png November 4, 2012 MLG Dallas 2012 A33 $6,000 EQ.Status Quologo std.png Status Quo FlamesworDEnableSnakeBite
Halo reach logo.png March 25, 2012 MLG Columbus 2012 A11 $20,000 EQ.Status Quologo std.png Status Quo FlamesworDEnableSnakeBite
Halo reach logo.png November 20, 2011 MLG Dallas 2011 A22 $60,000 Apex Warriorslogo std.png Warriors ClutchDerskySnakeBite
Halo reach logo.png October 16, 2011 MLG Orlando 2011 A33 $8,000 Apex Warriorslogo std.png Warriors ClutchDerskySnakeBite
Halo reach logo.png August 28, 2011 MLG Raleigh 2011 B313 - Quantic Fallenlogo std.png Quantic Fire ArkanumBesT MaNClutch
Halo reach logo.png July 21, 2011 MLG Anaheim 2011 B313 - Quantic Fallenlogo std.png Quantic Fallen ArkanumBrakeGoofy
Halo reach logo.png June 5, 2011 MLG Columbus 2011 A99 - Swagger Like Uslogo std.png Swagger Like Us ArkanumSoldier187Thrust
Halo reach logo.png April 3, 2011 MLG Dallas 2011 A77 $2,000 Swagger Like Uslogo std.png Swagger Like Us ArkanumDerskyThrust
Halo 3 logo.png August 29, 2010 MLG Raleigh 2010 B515 - Logo std.png Sicker Than Yo Average BlazeJerawockeeMonix
Halo 3 logo.png June 6, 2010 MLG Columbus 2010 C020 - Logo std.png Young Money HomicideMinorityTalent

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References

  1. Introducing CLG Halo - clgaming.net November 10, 2014
  2. StK Joins Counter Logic Gaming - teambeyond.net November 10, 2014
  3. SnakeBite's tweet - twitter.com