Welcome to the 2008 MLG Halo 3 Pros’ Choice Awards! By this point, the story of the 2008 Halo 3 season has been told from the perspective of the National Championship winners and the season points leaders. However, each season sparks heated debate about which pro players were the best as individuals in a plethora of categories that can’t easily be determined simply by looking at their team records or tournament finishes. In our pursuit of a definitive answer, we turn to the people who know best: the pros themselves.

We contacted the members of the Pro Players Association and asked them to determine the top three players in 16 different categories. Besides, who is better qualified to evaluate the best players than the very people who have played against them all season? The following pages hold the final results of their voting – so without further ado, we proudly present the 2008 MLG Pros’ Choice Awards.

Best Battle Rifle

Best Battle Rifle

Roy

Winner: Roy

Second: Legit

Third: Hysteria

To master the Battle Rifle is to make yourself a constant threat to your enemies, since a player must rely on it in nearly all battles. With the decreased magnetism and auto-aim in Halo 3, the BR has become more difficult to use, placing even more emphasis on each player’s BR skill. As the official MLG starting weapon, having a solid BR is a must for any player looking to make it to the top.

Best Sniper

Best Sniper

Snipedown

Winner: Snipedown

Second: Neighbor

Third: Hysteria

A good sniper can turn the tides of any game for his or her team, being able to kill safely and assuredly from great distances while keeping enemies at bay. While a good sniper can easily control a game, they also act as somewhat of a puppeteer, making the crowd scream and shout with each pull of the trigger. Some players will argue that there is nothing more rewarding than netting a headshot on an unsuspecting opponent from across the map.

Best Close Range Combat

Best Close Range Combat

Legit

Winner: Legit

Second: Snipedown

Third: Neighbor

Once a battle moves into close quarters, a world of options and tactics becomes available to a player. From melees to grenades tactics, it is easily apparent that the necessary skill set is vastly different from that of long range battles. A good close range combatant will make use of their surroundings, often relying on their ability to out-maneuver their opponent.

Best Power Weapon Controller

Best Power Weapon Controller

Neighbor

Winner: Neighbor

Second: Snipedown

Third: Tsquared

With Halo 3′s major emphasis on terrain control and team coordination, being able to control the power weapons is one of the main keys to success. These players are known to be the best at acquiring, controlling and using the game’s power weapons to great effect, giving hefty advantages to their teams.

Best Strategist

Best Strategist

ElamiteWarrior

Winner: ElamiteWarrior

Second: Walshy

Third: Tsquared

Halo 3 is as much a test of strategy and mental trickery as it is a test of strength in combat. At high levels of play, the craftier and more strategic teams almost always prevail. Taking two of the top three spots, it’s no wonder that Str8 Rippin ended the 2008 Season on top.

Most Unpredictable Player

Most Unpredictable Player

Pistola

Winner: Pistola

Second: Neighbor

Third: Legit

Keeping your opponents guessing allows you the element of surprise, which can mean the difference between landing an assassination and being blown to bits by an onslaught of grenades. A player with tricky maneuvering can often land that crucial first shot in a fight, and at their best can completely disrupt the game plans of their opponent.

Most Clutch Player

Most Clutch Player

Snipedown

Winner: Snipedown

Second: Legit

Third: Roy

A “clutch” player is one who rises to the occasion when the game is coming down to the wire and pushes their team to succeed. Being able to finish when it counts is a major differentiator between a good and a great player – because sometimes an entire series can come down to one play made by one player. These are the people you want most on your team in those dire situations.

Breakout Player

Breakout Player

Snipedown

Winner: Snipedown

Second: Hysteria

Third: Heinz

The Breakout Player Award goes to the player who made the biggest name for themselves in the 2008 Season. It should come as no surprise that Snipedown has been voted as the clear winner. Prior to the 2008 Season, Snipedown was virtually unknown to all but the most hardcore online players. While he had some obvious potential, few people would have predicted that he’d end the 2008 Season on the number one team, and lay claim to being the only player to win back-to-back tournaments in Halo 3′s inagural season. Look for Snipedown’s career to climb to even greater heights next season.

Best Coach

Best Coach

xXx

Winner: xXx

Second: JT Bravo

Third: Ace

While a coach’s ability is hard to measure quantitively, a good coach can often be the difference-maker in a match between two evenly-skilled teams. More than just a reminder for weapon and powerup spawns, a good coach is one that is able to monitor and influence their team’s mental attitude, as well as serve as a vital communication link between the players, thus turning potential into success.

Best Leader

Best Leader

Tsquared

Winner: Tsquared

Second: Walshy

Third: ElamiteWarrior

It’s important to have a leader on whom the team can truly rely; someone who is capable of keeping the team focused, pumping them up before big games, and making the important decisions that directly affect the outcome of the matches. Solid leaders can really make the difference, both in and out of game, and their importance is not to be underestimated.

Most Underrated Player

Most Underrated Player

Legit

Winner: Legit

Second: Heinz

Third: Ant

The Most Underrated Player Award goes to the player whom the pros believe is most often overlooked by other pros and the general community. This player may not enjoy all of the glory that other, flashier, players receive, but is believed to deserve recognition for their talents every bit as much. A hidden hero of sorts, this is a player whom, for whatever reason, simply doesn’t get enough credit for being great.

Best Duo

Best Duo

ElamiteWarrior & Legit

Winner: ElamiteWarrior & Legit

Second: Lunchbox & Roy

Third: Tsquared & Legit

In Halo 3, teamwork is the number one key to success. While this teammwork can be seen on the larger scale when we look at the entire squad, the power of an effective two-player unit cannot be overlooked. Certain players just click together, and when two of them run together, they can prove a difficult force to overcome for any opponent. They can combine to add focus to a larger strategy, as well as lay down twice the firepower in the process. Here’s to the game’s best dynamic duos.

Best Pure Slayer

Best Pure Slayer

Snipedown

Winner: Snipedown

Second: Hysteria

Third: Neighbor

The Best Pure Slayer is the player who is just an all-out killing machine. This player is known to rack up high kill counts in every game, instilling fear in any opponent they come across. This is the type of player who tends to stand out on the scoreboard at the end of the game. Sure, strategy is great – but it’s a whole lot easier to execute your strategy when the other team is always dead.

Best Objective Player

Best Objective Player

Legit

Winner: Legit

Second: ElamiteWarrior

Third: Walshy

Of course, all of the slaying in the world won’t win you games if you can’t cut it on the objective end. The best objective players aren’t scared to sacrifice themselves for the good of the team, whether it is leaving themselves exposed in the hill, laying down cover fire, or high-tailing it back to their base with a flag. This player goes the extra mile to make sure the team has the stat that matters most at the end of the game — a “W” on the scoreboard.

Best Support Player

Best Support Player

ElamiteWarrior

Winner: ElamiteWarrior

Second: Lunchbox

Third: SK

The best support players are players on whom you can count to give you that extra shot in every battle. A good support player often makes a slayer what they are. They are able to get into positions from which they can make the most difference, put out the most shots, and scope out as many enemies as possible. The unsung hero, no team would be complete without a good support player.

Best Overall Player

Best Overall Player

Neighbor

Winner: Neighbor

Second: Legit

Third: Roy

The crown-jewel of the Pros’ Choice Awards, this honor is bestowed upon the player whom the other pros believed was the overall best at the end of the day, with all aspects of the game taken into consideration. This player displays top-level abilities in every category and has no significant weaknesses, making him as great an asset to any team as could be hoped for. This player represents the pinnacle of mastery, and quite simply sets the bar for greatness that all others try to achieve.