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|Created|| 2005 (Team)|
Nov 2016 (Org)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
- January 14th, Eco is released. Renegade joins.
- January 22nd, 4th place at UGC St. Louis 2017.
- January 28th, 5th - 8th place in NA Qualifier #1.
- February 4th, 3rd place in NA Qualifier #2.
- February 11th, 33rd - 64th place in NA Qualifier #3.
- February 25th, 5th - 8th place in NA Qualifier #5.
- March 5th, 5th - 6th place at ME Las Vegas 2017. Team qualifies for Halo World Championship 2017.
- Tsquared, Hayze, Squalleye and Sargoth join.
- January 10th, 17th - 32nd place in NA Qualifier #3 as Str8 Shaded.
- January 13th, Tsquared officially comes out of retirement.
- Hayze, Squalleye and Sargoth leave. Domey, Hoaxer and Scaryotic join.
- January 17th, 17th - 32nd place in NA Qualifier #4.
- Domey, Hoaxer and Scaryotic leave. Nerdy, Tragic and ElamiteWarrior join.
- January 24th, 33rd - 64th place in NA Qualifier #5.
- Nerdy and ElamiteWarrior leave. Falcated and Gilkey join.
- February 6th, 17th - 32nd place in NA Last Chance Qualifier.
- Team disbands. Tsquared, Tragic, Falcated and Gilkey leave.
- Tsquared, Domey, Rammyy and ShaZaM join.
- April 30th, 4th place in Online Invitational Qualifier Group A.
- Team disbands. Tsquared, Domey, Rammyy and ShaZaM leave.
- Indecisive becomes Str8 Rippin. Tsquared, Mr Blakerz, Prototype and Chaser join.
- May 22nd, 7th - 8th place in Last Chance Qualifier.
- Team disbands. Tsquared, Mr Blakerz, Prototype and Chaser leave.
- November 3rd, Str8 Rippin organization founded. LOL roster acquired. Heinz, Ace, APG and Eco join.
- November 10th, 4th place in HCS Pro League - Fall 2016 Season. Team qualifies for Season Finals.
- November 20th, 4th place at HCS Las Vegas 2016.
- December 11th, 4th place at HCS Pro League - Fall 2016 Finals.
- January 4th, 6th place at UGC St. Louis 2015.
- January 11th, 3rd place in HCS Cup #3
- January 22nd, Prototype is released. Legit joins.
- February 8th, 5th - 6th place in HCS Cup #6
- February 15th, 7th - 8th place in HCS Cup #7
- February 22nd, 9th - 12th place at Gamers For Giving 2015.
- March 7th, 5th - 6th place at HCS Season 1 Finals.
- March 15th, Str8 SicK leaves.
- March 18th, Naded leaves.
- April 3rd, Tsquared announces retirement. Team disbands. Tsquared and Legit leave.
- Tsquared, Ryanoob, Roy and Str8 SicK join.
- November 8th, 2nd place at ESL MCC Launch Invitational.
- Roy and Ryanoob leave. Naded and Xtrem1st join.
- November 30th, 9th - 16th place in Preseason Cup #2
- Xtrem1st leaves. Prototype joins.
- December 7th, 4th place in HCS Cup #1
- December 21st, 2nd place in HCS Cup #2
- Tsquared, Legit, Naded and Ryanoob join.
- June 5th, 2nd place at MLG Columbus 2011.
- Naded and Ryanoob leave. ElamiteWarrior and Neighbor join.
- July 31st, 14th place at MLG Anaheim 2011.
- August 28th, 20th place at MLG Raleigh 2011.
- ElamiteWarrior, Legit and Neighbor leave. Adrenaline, Merkage and TheOnlyToxic join.
- October 16th, 13th place at MLG Orlando 2011.
- November 20th, 20th place at MLG Providence Championships 2011.
- Adrenaline, Merkage and TheOnlyToxic leave.
- January 10th, 6th place at MLG Orlando Championships 2009.
- ElamiteWarrior is released. Heinz joins.
- April 18th, 8th place at MLG Orlando 2010.
- June 6th, 10th place at MLG Columbus 2010.
- Team disbands. Tsquared, Snipedown, Legit and Heinz leave.
- Classic becomes Str8 Rippin. Tsquared, Chig, Soldier187 and GH057ayame join.
- August 29th, 14th place at MLG Raleigh 2010.
- Chig and Soldier187 leave. Defy and Naded join.
- October 17th, 9th place at MLG Washington, D.C. 2010.
- Team disbands. Tsquared, Defy, GH057ayame and Naded leave.
- April 13th, 5th place at MLG Meadowlands 2008.
- June 13th, team gains sponsorship from Dr Pepper.
- June 15th, 1st place at MLG San Diego 2008.
- July 13th, 2nd place at MLG Orlando 2008.
- July 25th, Neighbor leaves.
- July 28th, Snipedown joins.
- August 24th, 1st place at MLG Toronto 2008.
- October 5th, 2nd place at MLG Dallas 2008.
- November 23rd, 1st place at MLG Las Vegas Championships 2008.
- AYBFonzi and Cpt Anarchy leave. Legit and Naded join.
- April 15th, 5th place at MLG Charlotte 2007.
- Legit and Naded leave. Neighbor and BigTimer join.
- June 10th, 11th place at MLG Meadowlands 2007.
- BigTimer and Foulacy leave. Havok and Mimic join.
- July 22nd, 7th place at MLG Dallas 2007.
- Havok and Mimic leave. Legit and ElamiteWarrior join.
- August 19th, 2nd place at MLG Chicago 2007.
- September 23rd, 1st place at MLG Orlando 2007.
- October 14th, 3rd place at MLG Las Vegas Championships 2007.
- November 4th, 2nd place at MLG Canadian Open 2007.
- Tupac and Tsquared leave. KillerN and Cpt Anarchy join.
- March 26th, 3rd place at MLG New York Championships 2005.
- KillerN and Cpt Anarchy leave. Defy and Tsquared join.
- April 23rd, 2nd place at MLG New York 2006.
- May 21st, 2nd place at MLG Dallas 2006.
- June, Tsquared signs $250,000 contract with MLG.
- June 25th, 3rd place at MLG Anaheim 2006.
- July 23rd, 7th place at MLG Chicago 2006.
- Defy leaves. Cpt Anarchy joins.
- August 27th, 3rd place at MLG Orlando 2006.
- October 15th, 3rd place at MLG New York Playoffs 2006.
- November 19th, 3rd place at MLG Las Vegas Championships 2006.
- December 11th, 1st place at WSVG Finals 2006.
- December 18th, team signs contract with MLG.
- Team is founded by AYBFonzi, Foulacy, SyNeRgY and SadPandaEh.
- January 30th, 4th place at MLG Washington, D.C. 2005.
- SadPandaEh leaves. Karma joins.
- February 27th, 3rd place at MLG San Francisco 2005 as Not So STR8 RIPPIN.
- SyNeRgY and Karma leave. SadPandaEh and BLACKJAK join.
- March 14th, 3rd place at MLG Houston 2005.
- BLACKJAK and SadPandaEh leave. Karma and Tsquared join.
- April 24th, 3rd place at MLG Orlando 2005.
- Team disbands. AYBFonzi, Foulacy, Karma and Tsquared leave.
- AYBFonzi, Foulacy, Tsquared and Zyos join.
- July 31st, 1st place at MLG Philadelphia 2005.
- Roster acquired by Trademark Gamers. Tsquared, Zyos, AYBFonzi and Foulacy leave.
- Tsquared, AYBFonzi, Foulacy and Tupac join.
- December 18th, 3rd place at MLG Chicago 2005.
|Clutch||Wes Price||Head Coach|
- Str8 Rippin Montage - youtube.com - Edited by Zola Media
- Back On Top: MLG Interviews Str8 Rippin - majorleaguegaming.com - 06/17/09
- Meet the Champs: MLG Interviews Str8 Rippin - majorleaguegaming.com - 12/05/08
- Letting the Competition Rest in Peace: MLG Interviews Str8 Rippin - majorleaguegaming.com - 08/28/07
- Hammering Out the Kinks: MLG Interviews Str8 Rippin - majorleaguegaming.com - 04/23/07
- Str8 to the Point - majorleaguegaming.com - 03/22/07
- Contract Killers – MLG Interviews Str8 Rippin - majorleaguegaming.com - 01/04/07
- Trying on the Crown: The Str8 Rippin Interview - majorleaguegaming.com - 08/04/05
- MLG St. Louis: Str8 Rippin Interview - majorleaguegaming.com - 07/18/05
- Str8 Rippin Interview: MLG Orlando - majorleaguegaming.com - 05/04/05
- Dr Pepper Unveils MLG Themed Bottle — 175,000,000 to be Sold Nationwide! - majorleaguegaming.com - 11/19/08
- Gamer Gets Sports Star Treatment From Dr Pepper - nytimes.com - 11/18/08
- Snipedown Officially Acquired by Str8 Rippin - majorleaguegaming.com - 07/28/08
- Neighbor Leaves Str8 Rippin, Joins Final Boss - majorleaguegaming.com - 07/25/08
- Dr Pepper Teams up with Str8 Rippin for 2008 Pro Circuit - majorleaguegaming.com - 06/13/08
- Ripping Through the Chicago Field: Str8 Rippin’s MLG Chicago Trek - majorleaguegaming.com - 08/27/07
- MLG Awards $1.75 Million in Contracts for Top Pro Gamers - majorleaguegaming.com - 12/18/06
- Pro Team – Str8 Rippin - majorleaguegaming.com - 09/08/06
- Str8 Rippin's tweet - twitter.com
- Str8 Rippin adds Renegade to Halo roster while Eco moves over to Team Liquid. - reddit.com
- Arkanum's tweet - twitter.com
- Naded's tweet - twitlonger.com