MLG San Diego was a pioneering event that pushed the boundaries of competition and reshaped many peoples’ expectations. In the Halo 3 competition, we saw the seeds planted in the Meadowlands by a new field of competitors bloom into a vicious series of upsets and tense matches that saw many of the most established teams fall to the rising stars of the Halo 3 world. Fresh-blood teams such as Instinct, Triggers Down, and Classic firmly staked their claim on the scene, while other teams such as Believe the Hype and Fatal Images shocked onlookers with their herculean feats to finish in the Top 8.

However, the real story here was Str8 Rippin, who rebounded off their rocky start at MLG Meadowlands to completely dominate San Diego, taking the high road through the bracket and hardly losing a game on their way to the Championship Title. Str8 Rippin is barely recognizable from the team we saw a mere month ago, and this is a team that should no doubt be feared and respected as the gold standard for Halo 3 competitors.

Jaws dropped across the nation as Final Boss suffered their earliest ever exit from a tournament, taking 7th place and failing to reach the Championship Match for the first time in their team’s history. Fans are waiting with baited breath to discover what Final Boss will do in the wake of their disappointing finish—but a team of this caliber can never be counted out, so watch for them to strike back with a vengeance in Orlando next month.

San Diego’s World of WarCraft competition marked the dawn of a new era in MLG’s ever-expanding world. MLG’s first foray into PC Competition was a fabulous success, with nearly all of the world’s best teams in attendance. Frag Dominant took no prisoners as they ousted higher ranked teams and fan-favorites alike on their way to MLG’s first PC Circuit title. With literally hundreds of thousands of people tuned in to the live broadcast from over 100 different countries, it’s clear that WoW is here to stay and we can only expect it to get more intense as the season progresses.

Rainbow Six Vegas 2 saw its debut on the MLG Pro Circuit, which was met with brutal competition and enthusiastic fanfare. MoB RAGE plowed their way to the top of the podium and set the bar for play that all others must now work to reach. However, the season is young, and there are thousands of hardcore Rainbow Six Vegas 2 pro-hopefuls who will be looking to oust them in Orlando.

The following pages hold a listing of the prize money winners from MLG San Diego. While they are basking in the spotlight now, these faces will become burned in the minds of the competition who will be gunning for their positions at the next event. Congratulations to all of the prize winners from MLG San Diego!

Halo 3 San Diego Championship 4v4
1st Place – $20,000
Str8 Rippin

Halo 3 San Diego Championship 4v4
2nd Place – $12,000
Instinct

Halo 3 San Diego Championship 4v4
3rd Place – $8,000
Triggers Down

Halo 3 San Diego Championship 4v4
4th Place – $5,600
Carbon

Halo 3 San Diego Championship 4v4
5th Place – $4,000
Classic

Halo 3 San Diego Championship 4v4
6th Place – $2,800
Believe the Hype

Halo 3 San Diego Championship 4v4
7th Place – $2,000
Final Boss

Halo 3 San Diego Championship 4v4
8th Place – $1,600
Fatal Images

World of Warcraft San Diego Championship 3v3
1st Place – $12,000 and 3 HP Blackbird Gaming PCs valued at $3,000 each
Frag Dominant

World of Warcraft San Diego Championship 3v3
2nd Place – $6,000
Nihilum

World of Warcraft San Diego Championship 3v3
3rd Place – $3,000
GotGame East

World of Warcraft San Diego Championship 3v3
4th Place – $1,500
Frag Dominant Duelists

Rainbow Six Vegas 2 San Diego Championship 4v4
1st Place – $4,000
MoB RAGE

Rainbow Six Vegas 2 San Diego Championship 4v4
2nd Place – $2,000
LoSt CauSe

Rainbow Six Vegas 2 San Diego Championship 4v4
3rd Place – $1,000
Broskins on the Lowskins

Rainbow Six Vegas 2 San Diego Championship 4v4
4th Place – $500
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