The Major League Gaming National Championships in Dallas on November 5-7 will be the occasion of the final Halo 3 Event on the Pro Circuit. It all comes down to this. Eight teams will duke it out on MLG’s biggest stage for the biggest prize and greatest glory of Halo 3′s spectacular run.
So, how did we get here? Back at Meadowlands 2008, the Final Boss foursome of Walshy, Ogre 1, Ogre 2 and Strongside were fresh off their win at the Halo 2 National Championships in Las Vegas a few months earlier. The kings of Halo 2 were the favorites in the third installment of the trilogy as well, and didn’t disappoint with their 1st Place finish at Meadowlands.
But after Meadowlands, Final Boss wouldn’t hold up another 1st Place check until 2010. For the next two years, Halo 3 was dominated by powerhouses Str8 Rippin and Triggers Down. The two teams took 1st in every tournament until the end of 2009, when seventh-seeded Believe the Hype blew up and took the title at the 2009 National Championships in Orlando.
In 2010, crowd-favorite Instinct was able to get over the hump and win their first Halo 3 tournament. Instinct was frighteningly good in the first two Events of 2010, and appeared to be on pace for a National Championship at the end of the Season. The additions of Cloud and Elamite gave the dynamic duo of Roy and Lunchbox a very well-rounded squad that displayed great slaying power to go along with some of the best teamwork and objective play on the Pro Circuit.
Instinct’s run finally came to an end in Raleigh. Ogre 2, Victory X, Igoturpistola and FearItself have made Final Boss the team to beat again on the Pro Circuit. And after what could only be described as a dismantling of Triggers Down in the Finals in D.C., it looks like Final Boss could be on course to end the Season with a National Championship in Dallas.
With the conclusion of Halo 3 just around the corner, let’s take a look at the Round 1 matchups in Dallas.
(1) Final Boss vs. (8) Carbon
Reigning back-to-back champs Final Boss are flat-out scary. They boasted three of the top ten slayers in D.C. and, despite having to make a run through the Losers Bracket, were clearly the best team at the tournament. On the other side, Carbon have only placed in the Top 8 once this Season, when they took 6th at Columbus. Just about everyone is expecting a 3-0 sweep of the 8th seed here; Carbon barely even stumbled into the National Championship. Can the veteran duo of Walshy and SK rally the troops, get back some of the old magic, and upset FB?
(2) Instinct vs. (7) Warriors
After taking no lower than 2nd Place at the first three Events of the Season, Instinct posted a very disappointing 6th Place finish in D.C. They’ll have a tough road to a National Championship right out of the gate at Dallas, with a Round 1 matchup against Warriors. Warriors have taken 5th at three consecutive Events; if Instinct don’t bring their A-game, they’ll be looking at an early trip to the Losers Bracket. Believe the Hype won the National Championship from the 7th seed in 2009—can Warriors pull off the upset in 2010?
(3) Triggers Down vs. (6) Believe the Hype
TD were looking to make a statement in D.C. after going undefeated in the Winners Bracket and landing a spot in the Finals, but the Final Boss freight train shattered their hopes on Sunday. The Neighbor/Hysteria duo have been lighting up the stage with big plays, while Totz and Best Man round out the very solid squad. Believe the Hype had hoped to make big moves after the addition of Snipedown a few Events back, but an 11th Place finish in D.C. was the worst placing from BTH this Season. TD will be looking for redemption, while BTH will attempt to finally live up to their high expectations.
(4) Status Quo vs. (5) Dynasty
If there’s a dark horse pick somewhere in this field, Dynasty might well be it. They took 3rd in D.C. and appear to be a legitimate threat to take down the Top 3. After a rough 2010 Season, Heinz has found his rhythm on Dynasty, who had a convincing 3-0 sweep of Final Boss in WBR4 in D.C. Status Quo stand in Dynasty’s way in the first round of action at Dallas, and will be looking to rebound from a disappointing 7th Place finish in D.C. SQ have the talent to make a run for the National Championship, but the question is, can they put it together?
The final Halo 3 Event is shaping up to be a great one. With a bracket full of top talent and potential upsets around every corner, Dallas is sure to deliver some of the best Halo 3 action in the history of the Pro Circuit. Be sure to tune in to all the great action, including the All-Star game on Friday night, November 5-7 on MLGpro.com.