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FnaticMSI (2011-2013)
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Created March 2008
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Disbanded July 2013
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Classic is a former American Halo team that was active on the MLG and AGL Pro Circuits from 2008 - 2013.

History

Halo 3

Classic was founded after the 2007 MLG season by Sean "LegendPimps" Hinsinger, Anthony "AnT" Roberts, Steven "FeaR" White and Marcos "Soldi3r187" Sanchez. Going into the 2008 kickoff event in the Meadowlands, only Legend had any prior top 8 experience, but the team had been turning heads during the online ladder series and earned itself the 4th seed going into the event. Classic immediately made an impact at their first event, sweeping 2006 National Champions Carbon in the Winners Semifinals. They then swept Instinct in the Winners Finals and advanced to the Grand Finals, where they were beaten 6-2 by reigning National Champions Final Boss. Things did not go so well for Classic in San Diego, where they were beaten in the Winners Semifinals in 5 games by Instinct before being swept out of the Losers Bracket by Triggers Down and going home in 5th place.

Looking to add some veteran experience to the lineup, Classic let FeaR go and replaced him with Brett "Naded" Leonard, coming off two 8th place finishes with Fatal Images. With Naded on board for Orlando, Classic were swept by Triggers Down in the third round and immediately eliminated by Carbon, resulting in a 10th place finish. After Orlando, Classic let Naded go and replaced him with another veteran in the form of Cameron "Victory X" Thorlakson, coming off four straight 3rd place finishes. In Toronto, Classic were swept in Round 3 by Final Boss, but they responded with a victory over Triggers Down to clinch a top 4 finish. They took Final Boss to 11 games in the Losers Semifinals, but were unable to win the decider and went home in 4th.

Despite the improved placing in Toronto, Classic made another roster revision after Toronto, replacing Legend with Victory X's longtime teammate Joseph "Mackeo" Reinhart. In Dallas, Classic beat Instinct, the former team of Victory X and Mackeo, 3-2 in the opening round. This was followed by a 3-1 loss to Str8 Rippin. In Losers, they were upset by the 7th seeded Ambush and sent home in 6th place. At the Las Vegas National Championships, Classic were swept in the opening round by Instinct. They were able to beat LeGendZ in Losers Round 1, but were stopped in the following round by Final Boss and sent home in 6th.

Classic looked to improve by familiarity going into the 2009 season, replacing Victory X and Mackeo with founding members FeaR and Legend. The reunited lineup got off to a rocky start at the Meadowlands season opener, losing to Believe the Hype early in the Winners Bracket. This was followed by a loss to VG The New Order in Losers, which sent them home in 13th. The reunion experiment proven a failure, Legend and Soldier parted ways with FeaR and AnT and picked up Kyle "Chig" Lawson and Nick "BesT MaN" Johnson. Chig was a rising star coming off of a string of top 12 placings with Breaking Point and Ambush, while BesT MaN was coming off a string of similar placings with VG The New Order and LeGendZ. Despite an early loss to Triggers Down in Columbus, Classic battled back with victories over Status Quo and Instinct before a loss to Final Boss sent them home in 4th.

In Dallas, Classic were beaten in a close match with Instinct early in Winners. Needing another Losers Bracket run, they were stopped by Str8 Rippin, who beat them 3-1 and sent them home in 6th. After Dallas, Classic made another team change, replacing one veteran in Legend with another veteran with stronger accolades in 2007 National Champion Eric "GH057ayame" Hewitt. Classic took care of GH057ayame's old team Instinct in Anaheim, beating them in 5 games. Unfortunately that was all Classic could muster for the event, as they were swept in succession by Triggers Down and Carbon and sent home in 6th. At the Orlando National Championships, Classic came out much stronger, sweeping Status Quo and Carbon before winning a huge, but controversial match against Triggers Down in which a faulty Xbox on the Triggers Down side gave Classic another chance to win a game that was all but over. In the Winners Finals, Classic lost 3-1 to Believe the Hype, resulting in a rematch with Carbon in the Losers Finals. Classic took the match 6-2, but could not reverse the match against BtH, losing 6-2 and going home in 2nd at the biggest event of the year.

Going into the 2010 season, the departing BesT MaN was replaced by Joseph "TiZoXiC" Capetillo, coming off two strong placings with Dynasty. Classic came out strong in Orlando, taking out Carbon and Final Boss in the Winners Bracket before being swept by Instinct in the Winners Finals. After beating Final Boss again in the Losers Finals, Classic met Instinct in the Grand Finals for a rematch, which ended in a 6-2 score for Instinct. In Columbus, Classic were shockingly swept by the 15th seeded Illuminati early in Winners. This was followed not long after by a 6-3 loss to Status Quo and a 7th place finish. After Columbus, Classic joined forces with Tsquared and the team changed its name to the more prestigious Str8 Rippin. As Str8, the team ultimately failed to qualify for the Dallas National Championships.

Halo: Reach

Going into the 2011 season, Soldi3r187 and Chig revived the Classic name, rounding out the roster with Patrick "Sypher" Hynes and Carlos "Cpt Anarchy" Morales. Both players were coming off a string of placings from 7th-9th on Heaven and Earth. In Dallas, Classic finished 4th out of 5 in their pool, beating only the all-amateur Carbon lineup. In Losers, they were immediately eliminated by Active Rush and sent home in 18th. Classic disbanded again after Dallas, as Soldi3r went to Swagger Like Us, Chig went to FnaticMSI and Sypher and Cpt Anarchy skipped the next event.

For complete information on Fnatic's Halo history, see their article. Classic was revived in the lead-up to Anaheim, with FnaticMSI adopting the team name Fnatic Classic for the remainder of the season. The roster consisted of Chig, Cory "'Str8 SicK" Sloss, Ezekiel "Prototype" Martinez and Mike "Russo" Russo. Overlooked going into Anaheim, Fnatic Classic won its pool and went on to place 3rd at the event after winning an 11-game war over Warriors and losing a 10-game thriller against Status Quo. In Raleigh, Classic finished 2nd in its pool to Status Quo and lost to Dynasty in Losers, resulting in a 6th place finish.

Classic's results continued to worsen in Orlando, as they finished 3rd in their pool (following a very close match against the Instinct God Squad) and were sent home in 11th by Status Quo. Despite being the 10th seed going into Providence, Classic had more than proven their status as a top threat in the National Championships over the course of the season. After sweeping apex Revolution and taking out Status Quo, Classic lost to Believe the Hype in a close 3-2 matchup. They stayed alive in their first Losers Bracket match with a 3-1 win over Final Boss before losing a close match against Warriors and being sent home in 4th. At the no-bloom event in Columbus, the 17th seeded Classic were knocked out of Winners in the Round of 16 by Instinct in a thrilling 5 game match. In Losers, they took out The Agency, Str8 Rippin and Believe the Hype before being swept out of the bracket by Warriors.

Halo 4

In Dallas, Fnatic Classic went in as the #1 seed. Unfortunately, they faced Instinct in the Round of 16 and were swept to Losers. In their first Losers match, they were shockingly swept by the 99th seeded Virtue and sent home in the top 24. After Dallas, Classic finally made a team change, replacing Str8 SicK and Prototype with Nick "BesT MaN" Johnson and Austin "Mikwen" McCleary. At AGL 5 Nashville, they finished in the top 12 after losses to Ambush and Warriors (who finished 1st and 2nd, respectively).

Going into AGL 7 Knoxville, BesT MaN was replaced by Ryan "RyaNoob" Geddes. It was also at this point that Classic parted ways with Fnatic and acquired a new sponsor in Pulse eSports. They finished 3rd at the event after losing to Status Quo in the Losers Finals. After Knoxville, Classic made a team change, replacing longtime member Russo with Justin "Roy" Brown of Instinct fame. The new lineup took 2nd place at UMG Chicago, losing to Ambush in the Finals. For AGL 8 Knoxville the following month, Pulse Classic parted ways with RyaNoob and brought in Bradley "APG" Laws. Classic finished in the top 6 in Knoxville after losing to Requiem, the eventual event winners. Classic disbanded after Knoxville. Chig went on a near two-year hiatus, returning in Halo 2: Anniversary with Denial eSports. Mikwen took nearly a year off, returning at RTX 2014 on VwS Gaming. APG and Roy took a little over a year off, both returning at the ESL MCC Launch Invitational Halo 2: Anniversary event on different teams - APG on Believe the Hype and Roy on Str8 Rippin.

Timeline

  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • March 25th, 7th - 8th place at MLG Columbus as Fnatic Classic.
  • November 4th, 17th - 24th place at MLG Dallas as Fnatic Classic.

Player Roster

Former

ID Name Next Team
USA APG Bradley Laws BtHlogo std.png Believe the Hype
USA Chig Kyle Lawson DNLlogo std.png Denial eSports
USA Mikwen Austin McCleary VwSlogo std.png VwS Legendary
USA Roy Justin Brown Str8logo std.png Str8 Rippin
USA RyaNoob Ryan Geddes Logo std2.png Infamous
USA Russo Mike Russo ISologo std.png iSo Essence
USA Best Man Nick Johnson Logo std2.png Slaughterhouse
USA Prototype Ezekiel Martinez Str8logo std.png Str8 Rippin
USA Str8 SicK Cory Sloss VAlogo std.png Vas'Avi Gaming
USA Cpt Anarchy Carlos Morales Logo std2.png Cloud 10
USA Soldier187 Marcos Sanchez SLUlogo std.png Swagger Like Us
Canada Sypher Patrick Hynes Orbitlogo std.png Team Orbit
USA GH057ayame Eric Hewitt Str8logo std.png Str8 Rippin
USA TiZoXiC Joseph Capetillo Dynlogo std.png Dynasty
USA Legend Sean Hinsinger SQlogo std.png Status Quo
USA AnT Anthony Roberts DHlogo std.png Darkest Hour
USA FeaR Steven White Logo std2.png EBK High Life
USA Mackeo Joseph Reinhart FBlogo std.png Final Boss
USA Victory X Cameron Thorlakson FBlogo std.png Final Boss
USA Naded Brett Leonard LGZlogo std.png LeGendZ

Tournament History

End Date Game Place Prize Event Players (Coach)
July 19-21 2013 Halo 4 logo.png A55 - 6th AGL 8 Knoxville ChigMikwenRoyAPG
June 22-23 2013 Halo 4 logo.png A22nd UMG Chicago 2013 ChigMikwenRyanoobRoy
June 7-9 2013 Halo 4 logo.png A33rd AGL 7 Knoxville ChigRussoMikwenRyanoob
March 12-14 2013 Halo 4 logo.png A99 - 12th AGL 5 Nashville ChigRussoBest ManMikwen
November 2-4 2012 Halo 4 logo.png B717 - 24th MLG Fall Championship 2012 ChigPrototypeRussoStr8Sick
March 23-25 2012 Halo reach logo.png A77 - 8th MLG Winter Championship 2012 ChigPrototypeRussoStr8Sick
November 18-20th 2011 Halo reach logo.png A44th MLG Providence Championships 2011 ChigPrototypeRussoStr8Sick
October 14-16th 2011 Halo reach logo.png B111th MLG Orlando 2011 ChigPrototypeRussoStr8Sick
August 26-28th 2011 Halo reach logo.png A66th MLG Raleigh 2011 ChigPrototypeRussoStr8Sick
July 29-31st 2011 Halo reach logo.png A33rd MLG Anaheim 2011 ChigPrototypeRussoStr8Sick
June 3-5th 2011 Halo reach logo.png B818th MLG Columbus 2011 Soldier187ChigCpt AnarchySypher
June 4-6th 2010 Halo 3 logo.png A77th MLG Columbus 2010 Soldier187ChigGH057ayameTiZoXiC
April 16-18th 2010 Halo 3 logo.png A22nd MLG Orlando 2010 Soldier187ChigGH057ayameTiZoXiC
January 8-10th 2010 Halo 3 logo.png A22nd MLG Orlando Championships 2009 Soldier187Best ManChigGH057ayame
November 6-8th 2009 Halo 3 logo.png A66th MLG Anaheim 2009 Soldier187Best ManChigGH057ayame
August 28-30th 2009 Halo 3 logo.png A66th MLG Dallas 2009 Soldier187LegendBest ManChig
June 5-7th 2009 Halo 3 logo.png A44th MLG Columbus 2009 Soldier187LegendBest ManChig
April 3-5th 2009 Halo 3 logo.png B313th MLG Meadowlands 2009 AnTSoldier187FeaRLegend
November 21-23rd 2008 Halo 3 logo.png A66th MLG Las Vegas Championships 2008 AnTSoldier187Victory XMackeo
October 3-5th 2008 Halo 3 logo.png A66th MLG Dallas 2008 AnTSoldier187Victory XMackeo
August 22-24th 2008 Halo 3 logo.png A44th MLG Toronto 2008 AnTLegendSoldier187Victory X
July 11-13th 2008 Halo 3 logo.png B010th MLG Orlando 2008 AnTLegendSoldier187Naded
June 13-15th 2008 Halo 3 logo.png A55th MLG San Diego 2008 AnTFeaRLegendSoldier187
April 11-13th 2008 Halo 3 logo.png A22nd MLG Meadowlands 2008 AnTFeaRLegendSoldier187


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