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Str8 Rippin
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Str8 Rippin is a North American esports organization currently fielding a team in Halo. It is one of the most prominent fixtures of Halo history, with multiple accolades tied to the name including the MLG 2008 National Championship.


Halo 2

Though Str8 Rippin is most commonly associated with Tom "Tsquared" Taylor and the other members of its most dominant lineups, the team was actually founded at the beginning of the 2005 MLG season by Alfonso "AYBFonzi" Chartier, Peter "Foulacy" Dietrich, Jason "SadPandaEh" The, and "SyNeRGy". This roster placed 4th at the first ever MLG Halo 2 event - MLG Washington, D.C. 2005. Str8 returned in Houston with a revised roster, having replaced Synergy with "BLACKJAK". The new roster took 3rd at its only event together. Following Houston, Fonzi and Foulacy recruited Ben "Karma" Jackson and the man who would go on to become synonymous with the team name, Tom "Tsquared" Taylor. They took 3rd place in Orlando. In St. Louis, Fonzi, Foulacy and Karma played alongside Matthew "Zyos" Leto as MLG Rockford. They again took 3rd place. The team returned to the name Str8 Rippin at MLG Philadelphia, where a revised lineup of Fonzi, Foulacy, Zyos and Tsquared took 1st place, becoming the first team to dethrone the powerhouse Team 3D squad. Following Philadelphia, Str8 picked up a sponsorship from Trademark Gamers and began attending events under the name. TmG took 1st place at MLG Las Vegas, while a diluted TmG roster of Tsquared, Foulacy, Detach and Mack took 3rd place at MLG Seattle. TmG returned at MLG Los Angeles with Carlos "Cpt Anarchy" Morales in place of the absent Zyos, where they placed 2nd. The full TmG lineup reunited at MLG Atlanta, where they again finished 2nd, losing to Team 3D in the finals. The team returned to using the name Str8 Rippin at MLG Chicago, having replaced Zyos with Jeremy "Tupac" Hodges. They finished 3rd. Fonzi and Foulacy retooled the roster for the MLG New York National Championships, recruiting Nick "KillerN" Urso and a returning Cpt Anarchy. They finished 3rd, winning $8,000 at their first National Championship.

Str8 kicked off the 2006 season with a new lineup. Alongside Fonzi and Foulacy were a returning Tsquared and Brandon "Defy" Jenkins. They took 2nd place at the New York kickoff event, and the following event in Dallas. They slipped somewhat in Anaheim, taking 3rd place, and took their worst placing at the time at the following event in Chicago - 7th. This resulted in Defy leaving the team, leaving Str8 to bring back Cpt Anarchy. With Anarchy on board once again, Str8 took 3rd place in Orlando, and then closed out the season with identical placings in the two big money events of the season - the New York Playoffs and the New York National Championships.

Prior to the start of the 2007 season, Str8 Rippin were awarded a $1,750,000 contract guaranteeing exclusivity to MLG competition. Before Anarchy and Fonzi could reap the benefits however, they were dropped from the team and replaced with Storm Ventures power-duo Bryan "Legit" Rizzo and Brett "Naded" Leonard. After a less than stellar 5th place finish at the Charlotte opener, Legit and Naded left the team, leaving Tsquared and Foulacy to recruit the relatively unknown "BigTimer" and Mason "Neighbor" Cobb. Str8 took an 11th place finish at MLG Meadowlands, their lowest yet. Tsquared retooled the roster once again, dropping BigTimer and founding member Foulacy in favor of Gavin "Havok" Smith and Leland "Mimic" Jones. Another event lead to another unsatisfying placing - 7th. As a result, the roster was changed yet again. This time, Havok and Mimic were replaced by Kyle "ElamiteWarrior" Elam and a returning Legit. Str8 had a dramatic return to the spotlight, taking 2nd place at the roster's first event together in Chicago. In Orlando, Str8 dominated the event, defeating Final Boss a score of 6-2 en route to the second event win under the Str8 Rippin banner. Unfortunately for Str8, they could not translate this momentum into a National Championship, as they took 3rd place at the Las Vegas National Championships.

Halo 3

2008 would be the most dominant year ever for Str8. Despite starting the year with a 5th place finish in the Meadowlands they went on to win in San Diego and come in 2nd at Orlando. Despite the strong placings, Neighbor opted to leave Str8 to join Final Boss in the middle of the season, paving the way for Str8 to pick up rising star Eric "Snip3down" Wrona. With Snip3down on board, Str8's domination continued, with a 1st place finish in Toronto, 2nd in Dallas and finally, solidifying their place as Halo legends by winning the national championships in Vegas.

The roster would remain together throughout all of 2009 where they would place 4th in Meadowlands, win Columbus, finish 4th in Dallas, 2nd in Anaheim and 6th in Orlando. For most of the season, they engaged in a fierce rivalry with Triggers Down, facing eachother multiple times in finals matches and trading event wins. In the Championship event, Str8 and TD's rivalry ended in a subdued note, as TD and Str8 were upset early in the bracket and ended up finishing 5th and 6th, respectively.

Elamite was replaced with Richie "Heinz" Heinz for the first two events of 2010 and Str8's performance suffered, with an 8th place finish in Orlando followed by a 10th place finish in Columbus, exacerbated by the fact that Elamite's new team - Instinct - won both events. Tsquared decided to retool the lineup, teaming now with Kyle "Chig" Lawson, Carlos "Soldier187" Sanchez and Eric "GH057ayame" Hewitt for a 14th place finish in Raleigh. Chig and Soldier were replaced with Defy and Naded for D.C. where the team placed 9th. This was not enough to qualify for the Dallas national championships.

Halo: Reach

Tsquared revamped Str8 for MLG Columbus 2011 losing in the finals with Legit, Naded and Ryan "Ryanoob"Geddes, for a solid 2nd place finish. Reuniting an old version of the roster, Naded and Ryanoob left for Elamite and Neighbor but they finished 14th in Anaheim and 20th in Raleigh. This causeed TSquared to revamp the roster again, now playing with Adrenaline, TheOnlyToxic and Merkage for Orlando and Providence earning 13th and 20th respectively.

MLG Columbus 2012 saw Str8 attend with Tsquared, Austin "Mikwen"McCleary, Tyler "Ninja" Blevins and Michael "Strongside" Cavanaugh placing 13th-16th.

Halo 2: Anniversary

On December 10th, 2014, Str8 Rippin announced their official roster for the inaugural HCS season, consisting of captain Tom "Tsquared" Taylor, Brett "Naded" Leonard, Ezekiel "Prototype" Martinez, Cory "Str8 Sick" Sloss, and Zac Lammie as their coach. In HCS Cup #1 the squad took home 4th place. They then went to the first LAN event of the title at Iron Games Columbus where they finished in 6th. They made the finals of HCS Cup #2 before being taken down by Cloud9. Str8 then went to UGC St. Louis which was the second event of the season, again managing a 6th place finish after being eliminated by OpTic Halo. They did well in HCS Cup #3 as well, getting 3rd place after being taken down by Counter Logic Gaming.

Shortly after UGC St. Louis, Prototype was dropped from the team, and former Str8 Rippin member Brian "Legit" Rizzo was picked up in his place. This roster first competed in HCS Cup #6, finishing top 8 after losing to Evil Geniuses. Their result in HCS Cup #7 was identical, losing to Evil Geniuses and placing top 8. At Gamers For Giving, the 3rd LAN event of the season and final chance to earn points for the season finals, Str8 made it to Winners Round 4 before being ousted again by Evil Geniuses. In the Losers Bracket, Str8 was upset 3-2 by Legendary, ending their tournament with a top 12 finish.

Str8 went into the HCS Season 1 Finals at PAX East as the 6th seed. They started off their tournament with a 3-1 loss to Denial in WB Round 1. In LB Round 1, Str8 defeated eLevate 3-1 to secure top 6. In LB Round 2, Str8 faced off against Cloud9, who swept them 3-0, ending their tournament and their season with a 5-6th placing.

Str8 Rippin's average LAN placing in HCS Season 1 was 7. Their total winnings amounted to $4,800.

On March 15, Noble Black captain Arkanum announced that Noble had acquired Str8 SicK, confirming that he had left Str8 Rippin.[1] Naded would depart to join Team Randa. Legit also left shortly after. On April 3rd, Tsquared announced his retirement from competitive Halo during his Twitch stream.

Halo 5: Guardians

Despite his short retirement, Tsquared competed in the majority of the NA Online Qualifiers during the fight to qualify for the 2016 Halo World Championship NA Regionals. Players to play for Str8 during this time included, but were not limited to: Josh "Tragic" Linenkugel, Tomell "Nerdy" Day, Casey "Sargoth" Current, Thomas "Domey" Loffredo, Emanuel "Hoaxer" Lovejoy, Jason "Scaryotic" Ortiz, Michael "Falcated" Garcia and notably, a returning ElamiteWarrior. Str8 were ultimately unable to accrue enough points to qualify for Regionals.

Tsquared brought the name back a short time later for the inaugural HCS Pro League. Initially fielding a roster featuring Abel "Rammyy" Garcia, Brad "ShaZaM" H. and a returning Domey, Str8 were unable to place in the top half of their group in the Online Invitational Qualifier. The roster disbanded shortly after. Tsquared then joined a team called Indecisive alongside Blake "Mr Blakerz" Kottke, Ian "Chaser" Contorelli and former Str8 member Prototype. The team promptly changed its name to Str8 Rippin. In the Last Chance Qualifier, Str8 came out strong, winning their group, but were swiftly 4-0d in the bracket stage in a rematch against Crowd Control, who they had defeated 4-1 in group stage. In the losers' bracket, Str8 were defeated 4-1 by French Toast Mafia, putting an end to their Pro League hopes. Str8 disbanded shortly after.

On November 3rd, 2016, Str8 Rippin was revitalized once again, this time as an esports organization, acquiring the LOL roster of Aaron "Ace" Elam, Bradley "APG" Laws, Kevin "Eco" Smith and former Str8 member Heinz.[2] At the time of signing, Str8 sat in 6th place in the Fall 2016 Pro League standings with 4 wins and 7 losses. Going into Week 7 with a 5-7 record, Str8 needed a miraculous week to qualify for the Season Finals, not only needing to win their own remaining matches, but requiring 4th place Luminosity Gaming to lose their final matches. Things worked out for Str8, as Luminosity lost their final two matches while Str8 defeated Team Liquid and Enigma6 Group to slide into the 4th spot and qualify for finals with a 7-7 record. At HCS Las Vegas 2016, Str8 came out flat with an early 3-0 loss to Team Allegiance. To clinch top 6, they defeated European champions FAB Games eSports 3-1, followed by a 3-2 victory over Evil Geniuses. Their run was stopped in a rematch with Team Allegiance, who defeated them 3-1 to send them home in 4th place. At the Season Finals, Str8 came out flat with a loss against Team EnVyUs, followed by a loss, albeit in a very close series, to Team Liquid. Str8 placed 4th out of the four teams in attendance.

During the offseason, Eco left Str8 Rippin to join Team Liquid, leaving Str8 needing a player. After an extensive period of time, Str8 announced the acquisition of Jonathan "Renegade" Willette, a player who had served as a substitute for the Str8 roster prior to their joining the organization.[3] At their first event - UGC St. Louis 2017 - they came out hot with victories over Team Allegiance (3-1) and Luminosity Gaming (3-0) before a very close loss to defending champs Team EnVyUs (2-3). In Losers, Str8 had another close match against the young Inconceivable squad, narrowly defeating them 3-2 and clinching top 4. In the Losers Semifinals, Str8 met Team Liquid, who defeated them 3-1 to end their event with a 4th place finish. At the following event - ME Las Vegas 2017 - Str8 had its first opportunity to qualify for Halo World Championship 2017. They did so quickly, with a 3-1 victory over Wise Gaming and a closely contested 4-3 victory over Luminosity Gaming. As the tourney continued, Str8 then suffered a humbling 4-0 loss to OpTic Gaming. In Losers, Str8 were upset in a 4-2 loss to Pnda Gaming, going home with a top 6 finish.


  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005

Player Roster


ID Name Position
USA AcE Aaron Elam Player
USA aPG Bradley Laws Player
USA Heinz Richie Heinz Player
USA Renegade Jonathan Willette Player
USA Clutch Wes Price Head Coach


ID Name Next Team
USA Eco Kevin Smith TLlogo std.png Team Liquid
USA Tsquared Tom Taylor Retired.png Retired
USA Mr Blakerz Blake Kottke Logo std2.png Final Form
USA Chaser Ian Contorelli Logo std2.png OnlyGoodOnline
USA Prototype Ezekiel Martinez Logo std2.png OnlyGoodOnline
USA ShaZaM Brad H.
USA Domey Thomas Loffredo
USA Rammyy Abel Garcia Logo std2.png French Toast Mafia
USA Legit Brian Rizzo Logo std2.png Liquid Vibe
USA Naded Brett Leonard TRlogo std.png Team Randa
USA Str8 Sick Cory Sloss NBL Blogo std.png Noble Black
USA Roy Justin Brown EGlogo std.png Evil Geniuses
USA Ryanoob Ryan Geddes DNLlogo std.png Denial eSports
USA Mikwen Austin McCleary Clslogo std.png Classic
USA Ninja Tyler Blevins Warlogo std.png Warriors
USA Strongside Michael Cavanaugh EXlogo std.png eXcellence Gaming
USA Adrenaline Timothy Keane Logo std2.png Stay Dreaming
USA Merkage
USA TheOnlyToxic Rclogo std.png Reality Check
USA ElamiteWarrior Kyle Elam Logo std2.png Pure
USA Neighbor Mason Cobb TDlogo std.png GL Triggers Down
USA Defy Brandon Jenkins Retired.png Retired
USA GH057ayame Eric Hewitt HaElogo std.png Heaven and Earth
USA Chig Kyle Lawson Cbnlogo std.png Carbon
USA Soldier187 Marcos Sanchez Cbnlogo std.png Carbon
USA Heinz Richie Heinz BtHlogo std.png Believe the Hype
USA Snipedown Eric Wrona BtHlogo std.png Believe the Hype
USA Havok Gavin Smith Logo std2.png FBI ICON
USA Mimic Leland Jones Logo std2.png FBI ICON
USA BigTimer Logo std2.png Time 2 Prove
USA Foulacy Peter Dietrich Logo std2.png Nice Like Rice
USA Cpt Anarchy Carlos Morales Logo std2.png Redemption
USA Fonzi Alfonso Chartie Logo std2.png Redemption
USA Tupac Jeremy Hodges Logo std2.png OLR Michigan
USA Zyos Matthew Leto Logo std2.png TmG
Canada SadPanda Jason The Logo std2.png Team US Eh
USA SyNeRGy Logo std2.png Not So Str8 Rippin

Tournament History

End Date Game Place Prize Event Players (Coach)
March 5, 2017 Halo 5 logo.png A55 - 6th $3,000 ME Las Vegas 2017 AcEaPGHeinzRenegadeClutch
January 22, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A44th $4,000 UGC St. Louis 2017 AcEaPGHeinzRenegadeHoaxer
December 11, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A44th $15,000 HCS Pro League - Fall 2016 Finals AcEaPGHeinzEcoHoaxer
November 20, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A44th $3,000 HCS Las Vegas 2016 AcEaPGHeinzEcoHoaxer
November 10, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A44th $10,000 HCS Pro League - Fall 2016 Regular Season AcEaPGHeinzEco
May 22, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A77 - 8th I1NQ HCS Pro League - Summer 2016 LCQ TsquaredMr BlakerzPrototypeChaser
February 6, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png B717 - 32nd I1NQ HWC NA 2016 - LCQ TsquaredTragicGilkeyFalcated
March 7, 2015 Halo 2a logo.png A55 - 6th $4,000 HCS Season 1 Finals NadedLegitStr8 SickTsquaredLammie
February 22, 2015 Halo 2a logo.png A99 - 12th - Gamers For Giving 2015 NadedLegitStr8 SicktsquaredLammie
January 4, 2015 Halo 2a logo.png A66th $550 UGC St. Louis 2015 NadedPrototypeStr8 Sicktsquared
December 14, 2014 Halo 2a logo.png A66th - Iron Games Columbus 2014 NadedPrototypeStr8 Sicktsquared
November 8, 2014 Halo 2a logo.png A22nd $12,000 ESL MCC Launch Invitational RyanoobRoyStr8 SicktsquaredWalshy
April 8, 2012 Halo reach logo.png A11st  ? EGL 5 Blackpool MikwenNinjaStrongsidetsquared
March 25, 2012 Halo reach logo.png B313 - 16th - MLG Winter Championship 2012 MikwenNinjaStrongsidetsquared
November 20, 2011 Halo reach logo.png C020th - MLG Providence Championships 2011 AdrenalineMerkageTheOnlyToxictsquared
October 16, 2011 Halo reach logo.png B313th - MLG Orlando 2011 AdrenalineMerkageTheOnlyToxictsquared
August 28, 2011 Halo reach logo.png C020th - MLG Raleigh 2011 ElamiteLegitNeighbortsquared
July 31, 2011 Halo reach logo.png B414th - MLG Anaheim 2011 ElamiteLegitNeighbortsquared
June 5, 2011 Halo reach logo.png A22nd $12,000 MLG Columbus 2011 LegitNadedRyanoobtsquared
October 17, 2010 Halo 3 logo.png A99th - MLG D.C. 2010 DefyGhostayameNadedtsquared
August 29, 2010 Halo 3 logo.png B414th - MLG Raleigh 2010 ChigGhostayameSoldier187tsquared
June 6, 2010 Halo 3 logo.png B010th - MLG Columbus 2010 HeinzLegitSnipedowntsquared
April 18, 2010 Halo 3 logo.png A88th $1,600 MLG Orlando 2010 HeinzLegitSnipedowntsquared
January 10, 2010 Halo 3 logo.png A66th $14,000 MLG Orlando Championships 2009 ElamiteWarriorLegitSnipedowntsquared
November 8, 2009 Halo 3 logo.png A22nd $12,000 MLG Anaheim 2009 ElamiteWarriorLegitSnipedowntsquared
August 30, 2009 Halo 3 logo.png A44th $5,600 MLG Dallas 2009 ElamiteWarriorLegitSnipedowntsquared
June 7, 2009 Halo 3 logo.png A11st $20,000 MLG Columbus 2009 ElamiteWarriorLegitSnipedowntsquared
April 5, 2009 Halo 3 logo.png A44th $5,600 MLG Meadowlands 2009 ElamiteWarriorLegitSnipedowntsquared
November 23, 2008 Halo 3 logo.png A11st $100,000 MLG Las Vegas Championships 2008 ElamiteWarriorLegitSnipedowntsquared
October 5, 2008 Halo 3 logo.png A22nd $12,000 MLG Dallas 2008 ElamiteWarriorLegitSnipedowntsquared
August 24, 2008 Halo 3 logo.png A11st $20,000 MLG Toronto 2008 ElamiteWarriorLegitSnipedowntsquared
July 13, 2008 Halo 3 logo.png A22nd $12,000 MLG Orlando 2008 ElamiteWarriorLegitNeighbortsquared
June 15, 2008 Halo 3 logo.png A11st $20,000 MLG San Diego 2008 ElamiteWarriorLegitNeighbortsquared
April 13, 2008 Halo 3 logo.png A55th $4,000 MLG Meadowlands 2008 ElamiteWarriorLegitNeighbortsquared
November 4, 2007 Halo 2 logo.png A22nd $10,000 MLG Canadian Open 2007 ElamiteWarriorLegitNeighbortsquared
October 14, 2007 Halo 2 logo.png A33rd $40,000 MLG Las Vegas Championships 2007 ElamiteWarriorLegitNeighbortsquared
September 23, 2007 Halo 2 logo.png A11st $20,000 MLG Orlando 2007 ElamiteWarriorLegitNeighbortsquared
August 19, 2007 Halo 2 logo.png A22nd $12,000 MLG Chicago 2007 ElamiteWarriorLegitNeighbortsquared
July 22, 2007 Halo 2 logo.png A77th $2,000 MLG Dallas 2007 HavokMimicNeighbortsquared
June 10, 2007 Halo 2 logo.png B111th - MLG Meadowlands 2007 BigTimerFoulacyNeighbortsquared
April 15, 2007 Halo 2 logo.png A55th $4,000 MLG Charlotte 2007 FoulacyLegitNadedtsquared
December 11, 2006 Halo 2 logo.png A11st $20,000 WSVG Finals 2006 Cpt AnarchyFonziFoulacytsquared
November 19, 2006 Halo 2 logo.png A33rd $30,000 MLG Las Vegas Championships 2006 Cpt AnarchyFonziFoulacytsquared
October 15, 2006 Halo 2 logo.png A33rd $12,500 MLG New York Playoffs 2006 Cpt AnarchyFonziFoulacytsquared
August 27, 2006 Halo 2 logo.png A33rd $5,000 MLG Orlando 2006 Cpt AnarchyFonziFoulacytsquared
July 23, 2006 Halo 2 logo.png A77th $1,200 MLG Chicago 2006 DefyFonziFoulacytsquared
June 25, 2006 Halo 2 logo.png A33rd $5,000 MLG Anaheim 2006 DefyFonziFoulacytsquared
May 21, 2006 Halo 2 logo.png A22nd $8,000 MLG Dallas 2006 DefyFonziFoulacytsquared
April 23, 2006 Halo 2 logo.png A22nd $8,000 MLG New York 2006 DefyFonziFoulacytsquared
March 26, 2006 Halo 2 logo.png A33rd $8,000 MLG New York Championships 2005 FonziFoulacyCpt AnarchyKillerN
December 18, 2005 Halo 2 logo.png A33rd $2,400 MLG Chicago 2005 FonziFoulacytsquaredTupac
July 31, 2005 Halo 2 logo.png A11st $2,500 MLG Philadelphia 2005 FonziFoulacytsquaredZyos
April 24, 2005 Halo 2 logo.png A33rd $1,000 MLG Orlando 2005 FonziFoulacytsquaredKarma
March 14, 2005 Halo 2 logo.png A33rd $1,000 MLG Houston 2005 FonziFoulacySadPandaEhBLACKJAK
January 30, 2005 Halo 2 logo.png A44th - MLG Washington, D.C. 2005 FonziFoulacySadPandaEhSyNeRGy


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Str8 Rippin's tweet -
  3. 3.0 3.1 Str8 Rippin adds Renegade to Halo roster while Eco moves over to Team Liquid. -
  4. Arkanum's tweet -
  5. Naded's tweet -