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- 1 History
- 1.1 Halo 2
- 1.2 Halo 3
- 1.3 Halo Reach
- 2 Timeline
- 3 Player Roster
- 4 Organization
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Tournament History
- 7 External Content
- 8 Gallery
- 9 External Links
- 10 References
Final Boss is a former Halo team, one of the most iconic to ever compete in the esport. They are widely regarded as one of the strongest Halo teams of all time, winning the majority of the events in the 2006, 2007 and 2010 MLG seasons. For nearly the entirety of the team's tenure on the MLG Pro Circuit, it was lead by Tom "OGRE2" Ryan. Other prominent alumni include Dan "OGRE1" Ryan, Dave "Walshy" Walsh, Ryan "Saiyan" Danford, Michael "StrongSide" Cavanaugh, Justin "iGotUrPistola Deese, Justin "FearItSelf" Kats and Cameron "Victory X" Thorlakson.
2005: Origins, StK, Team 3D
Final Boss's roots lie in two Halo 2 teams, StK (Shoot to Kill) and Team 3D. StK started off 2005 with a roster comprised of twins Dan "OGRE1" and Tom "OGRE2" Ryan alongside Dave "Walshy" Walsh and Ryan "Saiyan" Danford. StK came in first at the five events it attended with this roster, before being picked up by esports organization Team 3D and winning eight of nine events, including the 2005 MLG New York National Championships.
2006: Final Boss, initial success
It was announced in an MLG article on April 20, 2006 that Team 3D had parted ways with its sponsor and changed its name to Final Boss. As they took on the Final Boss name, their dominance continued into 2006, winning the first four events, to make it 8 in a row, the longest winning streak in MLG history. Just prior to MLG Anaheim, the team was signed to a groundbreaking $1,000,000 contract with Major League Gaming. They were then bested in the final three tournaments of the year by Carbon, their first ever losses at an MLG tournament under the Final Boss name.
2007: The StrongSide era
Following their three consecutive defeats, Final Boss made a change to their roster for the first time since 2005. On December 6, 2006, it was made official that Saiyan was being dropped and replaced by Michael "StrongSide" Cavanaugh. This rendition of the roster was as successful as the first, winning 5 of the 7 tournaments that year. Final Boss closed out 2007 as the undisputed kings of Halo 2, having won 17 out of 23 tournaments.
2008: Early struggles; dropping Walshy
Final Boss started Halo 3 on the right foot, winning in Meadowlands, but it would be the only one they would win that year. After finishing 7th in San Diego and 5th in Orlando, they decided to drop Walshy and pick up Mason "Neighbor" Cobb. This propelled them slightly higher in the standings, placing 3rd in both Toronto and Dallas before finishing 4th at the national championships that year in Las Vegas.
2009: OGRE1's departure; lineup shuffling
2009 brought massive changes. OGRE1 left the team, leaving OGRE2 as the only remaining member of the original line up, now joined by Justin "Fearitself" Kats, Joseph "Mackeo" Reinhart and Cameron "Victory X" Thorlakson. This roster would finish 5th in Meadowlands and 3rd in Columbus before Mackeo would be replaced by a returning StrongSide. This lineup finished 5th in Dallas. FearitSelf then left and the team picked up Dmitriy "Soviet" Gulyan for a 9th place finish in Anaheim. They finished the year with Patrick "Sypher" Hynes in place of Soviet and an 8th place finish at the Orlando National Championships.
2010: Return to dominance
To kick 2010 off, FearitSelf would rejoin OGRE2 and Victory X, now accompanied by Anthony "Totz" Pennacchio, for a 3rd place finish in Orlando. Following this, Totz was replaced with Halo 3 phenom Justin "iGotUrPistola" Deese, formerly of Triggers Down, leading to a 2nd place finish in Columbus. The acquisition of Pistola would be the catalyst for a return to dominance for Final Boss, as the lineup went on to win the final 3 events of the year, ending the Halo 3 era the way that they began it.
2011: The Victory X/FearitSelf era
The successful 2010 roster returned for Halo: Reach in Dallas but only came in 10th place, the lowest Final Boss had placed since its inception. This prompted Pistola and the final original member, OGRE2, to depart, facilitating the return of Totz and new addition Tyler "Ninja" Blevins. The new squad finished 5th in Columbus. The team then parted ways with Ninja and brought in Scottie "Cloud" Holste for Anaheim. This lineup finished 8th.
- April 3rd, 10th place at MLG Dallas 2011.
- OGRE2 and iGotUrPistola leave. Ninja and Totz join.
- June 5th, 5th place at MLG Columbus 2011.
- Ninja leaves. Cloud joins.
- July 31st, 7th place at MLG Anaheim 2011.
- Totz and Cloud leave. Hysteria and Amish Acorns join.
- August 28th, 10th place at MLG Raleigh 2011.
- Amish Acorns leaves. Legit joins.
- October 16th, 10th place at MLG Orlando 2011.
- November 20th, 6th place at MLG Providence Championships 2011.
- Team disbands. Victory X, FearItSelf, Hysteria and Legit leave.
- January 10th, 8th place at MLG Orlando Championships 2009.
- StrongSide and Sypher leave. FearItSelf and Totz join.
- April 18th, 3rd place at MLG Orlando 2010.
- Totz leaves. iGotUrPistola joins.
- June 6th, 2nd place at MLG Columbus 2010.
- August 29th, 1st place at MLG Raleigh 2010.
- October 17th, 1st place at MLG Washington, D.C. 2010. Team qualifies for MLG Dallas Championships 2010.
- November 7th, 1st place at MLG Dallas Championships 2010.
- OGRE1, Neighbor and StrongSide leave. FearItSelf, Victory X and Mackeo join.
- April 5th, 5th place at MLG Meadowlands 2009.
- June 7th, 3rd place at MLG Columbus 2009.
- Mackeo leaves. StrongSide joins.
- August 30th, 5th place at MLG Dallas 2009.
- FearItSelf leaves. KGB Soviet joins.
- November 8th, 9th place at MLG Anaheim 2009.
- KGB Soviet leaves. Sypher joins.
- April 13th, 1st place at MLG Meadowlands 2008.
- June 15th, 7th place at MLG San Diego 2008.
- July 13th, 5th place at MLG Orlando 2008.
- July 23rd, Walshy is released.
- July 25th, Neighbor joins.
- August 24th, 3rd place at MLG Toronto 2008.
- October 5th, 3rd place at MLG Dallas 2008. Team qualifies for MLG Las Vegas Championships 2008.
- November 23rd, 4th place at MLG Las Vegas Championships 2008.
- April 15th, 1st place at MLG Charlotte 2007.
- June 10th, 1st place at MLG Meadowlands 2007.
- July 22nd, 2nd place at MLG Dallas 2007.
- August 19th, 1st place at MLG Chicago 2007.
- September 23rd, 2nd place at MLG Orlando 2007. Team qualifies for MLG Las Vegas Championships 2007.
- October 14th, 1st place at MLG Las Vegas Championships 2007.
- November 4th, 1st place at MLG Canada Open 2007.
- April 20th, Team 3D changes name to Final Boss. OGRE1, OGRE2, Walshy and Saiyan join.
- April 23rd, 1st place at MLG New York 2006.
- May 21st, 1st place at MLG Dallas 2006.
- June 21st, team signs $1,000,000 contract with Major League Gaming.
- June 25th, 1st place at MLG Anaheim 2006.
- July 23rd, 1st place at MLG Chicago 2006.
- August 27th, 2nd place at MLG Orlando 2006.
- October 15th, 2nd place at MLG New York Playoffs 2006. Team qualifies for MLG Las Vegas Championships 2006.
- November 19th, 2nd place at MLG Las Vegas Championships 2006.
- December 6th, Saiyan is released. StrongSide joins.
|FearItSelf||Justin Kats||The Agency|
|Hysteria||Jacob Reiser||Shady Halo Kids|
|Victory X||Cameron Thorlakson||The Agency|
|Amish Acorns||Jordan Dotzel||Revolution|
|Ninja||Tyler Blevins||Turning Point|
|OGRE1||Dan Ryan||The Incredibles|
|Saiyan||Ryan Danford||Make It Rain|
|Joe Fries||Joey Pennacchio||Coach|
- Consistently placed top 2 for two years in a row (2006-2008).
- Did not place out of money (top 8) for more than three years in a row (2006-2009).
- The Final Word – MLG Interviews Final Boss - majorleaguegaming.com - 09/10/06
- Neighbor Leaves Str8 Rippin, Joins Final Boss - majorleaguegaming.com - 07/25/08
- Final Boss Releases Walshy - majorleaguegaming.com - 07/23/08
- The Undefeated Journey: Final Boss at the 2007 National Championships - majorleaguegaming.com - 10/19/07
- The Final Boss Onslaught at MLG Chicago 2007 - majorleaguegaming.com - 08/31/07
- MLG Trivia #1: Final Boss - majorleaguegaming.com - 06/26/07
- The Boss is Back: The Story of Final Boss’ Return to Glory - majorleaguegaming.com - 04/20/07
- Final Boss Changes Roster - majorleaguegaming.com - 12/06/06
- Pro Team – Final Boss - majorleaguegaming.com - 09/08/06
- MLG Signs First Five Next-Level Pro Player Contracts! - majorleaguegaming.com - 06/21/06
- Final Boss Proves Unbeatable At MLG Dallas - majorleaguegaming.com - 06/05/06
- Team 3D changes name to Final Boss - majorleaguegaming.com
- MLG Signs First Five Next-Level Pro Player Contracts! - majorleaguegaming.com
- Final Boss Changes Roster - majorleaguegaming.com
- Final Boss Releases Walshy - majorleaguegaming.com
- Neighbor Leaves Str8 Rippin, Joins Final Boss - majorleaguegaming.com