In September of 2003, three friends decided to run a Halo tournament. Tree, Puckett, and I decided that it was about time to have another national tournament with rules that we liked. Following in the model of 50k2, we wanted something player-friendly and that served as a test of a player’s skills in more than just one area. Team Slayer was the obvious decision, as it was a) the most fun and b) the most variable. Devious gametypes were concocted: Boarding Action snipers, Wizard plasma, 1v1 prisoner, 1v1 longest, etc. We wanted to do things other tournaments had not thought to try. Pool Play would be every single game type possible, with literally only about 10 settings left out, forcing players to practice everything (much to the chagrin of people like Dragonspear who yelled at me daily). On a whim and a prayer Tree forked out the money for the website, we opened up the no-holds-barred forums, and hoped people would sign up.

In November, our team list started to swell. We used some guerilla marketing tactics and enlisted the top teams at the time to sign up early: DM, SA, StK, PS. At first our list of teams might have been small, but their quality lent credibility to our endeavor. Having picked Pittsburgh
as the site for the event, and knowing full well we might be in trouble, we looked for sponsorship. On a shot in the dark, Tree got in contact with Major League Gaming, the then whipping-boy of the gaming community after their “interesting” gametype choices at the initial New York event (heh). After a few weeks of discussion, they came on full bore as sole sponsors of the event, which would be moved to Philly to coincide with their season schedule. With a $10,000 (minimum) guarantee on the table, we were in business. Teams started to pile in. By the end of December we had around 92 teams signed up through the informal registration process.

February came, and low and behold, 76 teams showed up, shattering previous attendance records for a Halo tournament. As always, there was some serious drama. StK was the dominant force at the time, and former-power TDT, reeling from their heartbreaking loss in a five-game set to StK at AGP3, had splintered into three teams. Rumors swirled that Zyos and Darkman were no longer on speaking terms, SA was coming from Texas to prove that their win in Texas wasn’t a fluke, Shizz was said to be over the hill, and unknowns like Nistic and Csquared were ready to back up all of their insane forum posts. When the dust settled $13,500 in prizes was awarded, with StK finishing first without dropping a tournament match. A Shizz-led squad of Acer, Anti, and an up-and-coming player named KillerN took second. A very emotional Zyos, tournament savvy Damien, and upcoming phenom Csquared were able to keep the aggressive slaying ability of Nistic on a short enough leash to take 3rd, upsetting DM in the 3rd/4th place match. People came from all over and the personalities of the conglomerate are what made Philly one of the greatest events ever. Guys like Romulus wandering from station to station spaced out the entire time, Darryl and his PS adulation, Shaypun and Darkstar coming from Cali to play in their first national tournament, team Bob comprised of all the IoS guys, Baker hustling around in his dress shirts trying to ref 21 stations, and the list goes on concerning our constituency of idiot savants. It was a relief when it was finally over, and we swore we’d never do it again.

Then again… we’re idiots, and everyone knew.

Halo Nationals 2 is on in Philadelphia!! We’re bringing back all the Halo 1 you guys have been begging for. We will have a 4v4, 2v2, 8-man FFA, 1v1 competition, 4v4 player draft tournament, and rivalry matches.
There is $5,000 up for grabs. The event is set for July 28, 29, 30 and 31.

Thursday

MLG Player Draft – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

8-player FFA Tournament – 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

1v1 Tournament – 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

2v2 Tournament – 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

4v4 Draft Tournament – 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

4v4 Tournament – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Rivalries & Free Play – 8:00 PM – ?????

Friday

8-player FFA Tournament – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

1v1 Tournament – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

2v2 Tournament – 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

4v4 Draft Tournament – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

4v4 Tournament – 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

8-player FFA Finals – 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

4v4 Draft Finals – 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

2v2 Finals – 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM

4v4 Finals – 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

1v1 Finals – 7:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Prizes – $5000 Guaranteed
4v4 Tournament – $2000

1st – $1000

2nd – $500

3rd – $300

4th – $200

4v4 Draft Tournament – $1000

1st – $500

2nd – $250

3rd – $150

4th – $100

2v2 Tournament – $1000

1st – $500

2nd – $250

3rd – $150

4th – $100

8-player FFA Tournament – $500

1st – $250

2nd – $125

3rd – $75

4th – $50

1v1 Tournament – $500

1st – $250

2nd – $125

3rd – $75

4th – $50

Entry

$25 per person for a Tournament Pass which gets you access to all of the
tournaments or $10 for each individual event, meaning if you plan to play in three or more events it makes sense to purchase the all-access pass. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PASS, YOU WILL
NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE DOORS.