When Genuwin lost in the final round of the Winners Bracket in the Halo 2 Open 4v4, Xena and Smiley’s attempt at the Championship Bracket was in doubt. Luckily, the Open 4v4 allows eight teams with a loss to advance to play with the Pro Circuit’s professional teams. So Xena, Smiley and their teammates on Genuwin took the main stage against MDG V.I.P., looking to blaze new ground for female gamers. If Genuwin could win, they would become the first team featuring female players to advance to the Championship Bracket in the history of the Boost Mobile MLG Pro Circuit.
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The match started ominously for Genuwin, as they quickly fell behind 13-4 on Warlock Team Slayer. However, thanks in large part to a killing spree from Xena and constant communication, they rallied to tie the score at 20. From there, Genuwin secured superior position and made sure their team-shot never faltered. Genuwin gained a lead of 38-32 and never looked back, ending the match 50-43. When the Carnage Report surfaced, the facts showed Smiley turned in a dominating performance, logging 18 kills to just eight deaths, all while tossing in eight assists. The win put Genuwin just one victory from history.
That historic win could have come to the team in Game 2, Midship CTF. The game started poorly for Genuwin again, as MDG managed a capture just 2:30 into the game. However, like Game 1, Genuwin rallied. They tied the game a mere two minutes after MDG’s score and then took a 2-1 lead a minute later. The momentum was with the ladies and Genuwin, as they seemed on their way to the Championship Bracket. MDG, though, had the same goal and they put their will to work, nabbing two straight captures to regain the lead. With 1:30 left, Genuwin used excellent coordination to tie the game 3-3. The score overextended Genuwin, however, and MDG pressed to untie the score. MDG stole the opposition’s flag and pushed it to their base before Genuwin managed to stabilize. The flag sat near the capture point for nearly 15 seconds before MDG finally managed to score, essentially ending the game 4-3. The series was now tied at one and Game 3 would decide if the Pro Circuit would see its first girl gamers.
Team Slayer action unfolded on Lockout. MDG snagged the superior spawn and assumed control of the sniper rifle. Despite this advantage, the team could manage no more than a two-kill advantage. Genuwin regrouped and assaulted BR Tower and the Library, looking to control the map. Their move was successful and in the process they gained a 14-9 lead. Once their position of choice was in hand, they slowed the pace and waited for MDG to come to them. MDG, now occupying sniper tower, did not take the bait, however, and the game stagnated. Several minutes passed with little action, though Genuwin pushed their lead to 17-11. Sensing they were in a losing situation, MDG applied pressure to Genuwin, but with little result. Xena, Smiley, xSnake, and Drummer never wavered, finding leads of 27-16, 34-22, and 45-32. The audience sensed it would take an immense breakdown to deny Genuwin a spot in the Championship Bracket. That misstep never arrived, as Genuwin closed the match 50-36. A huge celebration erupted from the team and the onlookers. The Pro Circuit would finally see female gamers in the Championship Bracket!
Congratulations to Xena and Smiley for their historic accomplishment; of course, we cannot forget xSnake and Drummer, who both played extremely well on the path to making the Championship Bracket. Still, Snake and Drummer had not advanced to the Championship Bracket this season, so the win was truly a team effort.
Xena, Smile and Genuwin produced one of the most momentous achievements of the year and they will forever have a spot in MLG’s history books. Perhaps down the road, as more female gamers populate the Pro Circuit, ladies from all over the world will remember Genuwin for the trail they blazed at MLG Dallas in 2007.
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