Player Name: Pistola
MLG: Thanks for sitting down with us. How does it feel to be the National Champion?
Pistola: Thanks so much. It feels great to be a National Champ. I’ve wanted this for so long and finally got it. Thanks [to] everyone who helped me get this far.
MLG: In more recent news, you absolutely dominated this year’s Stride Pros’ Choice Awards, taking Top 3 honors in eight different categories. Were there any categories you were excluded from that you thought you belonged in? Were you surprised at your inclusion in any?
Pistola: Thanks again. Well, I thought Victory and I should’ve been in best duo [laughs]. He and I have been joking about that for awhile now. [It's] kinda an inside joke, but now everyone knows. I was surprised that I won that many. My whole family was in shock. It’s great to think all these pro players think so highly of me. Thanks, bros!
MLG: You also took home the coveted Best Overall Player award. Do you think you’re the best Halo 3 player to have played the game?
Pistola: I never look at myself as being the best overall at anything, I just do my best with what I got. I think that’s how everyone should be.
MLG: Right after you clinched the Championship title, you said that Ogre 2 was the greatest Halo player of all time. As you probably know, he was voted Best Overall Player in the final Season of Halo 2. You got your start in MLG relatively late in Halo 2, but it’s no secret that you had seemingly limitless potential. How do you think you stacked up against Tom in Halo 2?
Pistola: Well, in Halo 2 I was 14, and Halo is a mental game. My mental game wasn’t as great as any of the top players back then, but now I’ve just turned 18 and you change so much in that time. I think if we went back and played Halo 2 right now… [long pause]… Tom would still be way better than me and everyone. He’s just a Halo god [laughs]. Let’s see if he’s a Reach god [as well].
MLG: Let’s fast forward to this year’s National Championship. Final Boss entered the tournament hot off a two-tournament winning streak. What exactly were your expectations heading into Dallas? Were there any teams you were particularly worried about?
Pistola: I was worried about every team [because] it was only the Top 8 best teams in Halo 3 competing. Couldn’t overlook anyone, that’s a mistake you never want to make. I knew we could win it just the way our team is. We get along so well, we are never two-faced [with one another]. What you see is what you get with us. I trust my teammates to be at the top of their game come every tournament, which is why I’m so excited for the 2011 Season.
MLG: Before we talk about 2011, let’s go back in time a little bit. This is a question that a lot of community members have wanted answered recently: who’s better, the 2007 (final Season of Halo 2) Final Boss or the 2010 Final Boss?
Pistola: That’s a hard one [laughs]. The 2007 Final Boss was such a good team. I think the new Final Boss might be a little better because the competition has gotten a lot better in the past couple of years, [with] so many close games all Season long last year. So, I would say the new Final Boss is a little better—not by much [laughs].
MLG: Well, that’s bound to be a controversial response [laughs]. Which title did you enjoy playing more, Halo 2 or 3?
Pistola: Halo 2 was definitely a more fun game to play. Glitches everywhere. Fun stuff would happen every game, and it’s just fun to watch.
MLG: Speaking of your video game preferences, we could hardly peel you away from Dead Rising 2 for this interview, and in the past you’ve expressed your fondness for the Left 4 Dead series. Tell us all a little bit about your love for killing zombies.
Pistola: Left 4 Dead, Call Of Duty, Resident Evil, or even Dead Rising. If I can kill zombies, I’m happy. It never gets boring, and if a zombie apocalypse happens, I’m going to the mall and using everything as a weapon [laughs].
MLG: [Laughs] Is it the co-op multiplayer or the pure zombie slaying that pulls you in?
Pistola: Both of them kinda do, [but] pure zombie killing and then doing it with a friend? Can’t top that. I’ve been playing with my best friend forever, Symbolic. Ladies, he’s single and ready to mingle [laughs].
MLG: And now back to Halo [laughs]. In 2009, you and Triggers Down were among the favorites to take the National Championship. As we know, of course, you came up short. Do you still think that particular Triggers Down roster was the best team of 2009?
Pistola: That was easily the best team in 2009, and the best Triggers Down of all time. SK, Heinz, and Hysteria would agree [laughs]—and Bravo!
MLG: That’s enough history—give us your thoughts so far on Reach.
Pistola: Reach has the potential to be a sick game. I’m excited to see what MLG does with it, but I do wish there was a setting to take off the bloom, [because] the bloom is inconsistent.
MLG: What are the chances that we’ll see the same Final Boss at the opener in 2011?
Pistola: As long as we want it bad enough, we will be in the Finals at the opener of 2011.
MLG: How do you plan on spending your slice of the $100,000 National Championship pie?
Pistola: I’m gonna save it for college, I’m not really a spender, so nothing exciting… [pauses]… I mean, I’m gonna buy a car!
MLG: [Laughs] Well, we’ve saved what is quite possibly the most important question for last. Nearly six months have passed since our last interview with you. With all the time that’s passed, do you still think FearItSelf has better hair?
Pistola: Well hair is hair, but he does have some nice golden locks [laughs].
MLG: Any shoutouts before we go?
Pistola: I would like to thank all my fans, family, friends, and UoR Gaming. Thanks for everything. And last but not least, my teammates!
MLG: Congratulations again to you, and thanks for taking the time to talk.