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MLG San Diego 2008
League Information
Organizer: MLG
Event Type: Offline
Game: Halo 3 logo.png
Format: 4v4
Number of Teams: 193
Prize pool: $56,000
Start Date: 2008-6-13
End Date: 2008-6-15
Winner: Str8logo std.png Str8 Rippin
Second: Inslogo std.png Instinct
Third: TDlogo std.png Triggers Down
Fourth: Cbnlogo std.png Carbon
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MLG San Diego 2008 was the second event of the 2008 MLG season, taking place at the Town and Country Resort Hotel in San Diego, California from June 13-15, 2008. Halo 3 was played in a 4v4 tournament, alongside Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 and World of Warcraft.


While many new names had established themselves in the frenzy that was the Meadowlands event, one thing stayed the same - Final Boss was on top. Over the next two months, many teams would change their rosters in an effort to adapt to the new competition. While the three biggest names from the Halo 2 era - Final Boss, Str8 Rippin and Carbon - stuck together, as well as Classic, who got 2nd at the Meadowlands, the rest of the top teams looked to bolster their rosters. The biggest change came when Victory X opted to leave Instinct to join Triggers Down, replacing Lowkin. Rather than picking up an established veteran, Instinct sought the talents of Snipedown, a new face who had just played at his first major event as a part of Ambush. Ambush opted to replace Snipedown with Halo 2 FFA phenom iGotUrPistola, and built on this by replacing SsSilent with MudVayne. Silent in turn filled the gap Mudvayne left on Believe the Hype. Fatal Images looked to improve their roster by replacing the inexperienced Woooly with the veteran Foulacy.

As the Championship Bracket came to a start, no major upsets occurred in the opening round. The first big upset took place when Believe the Hype took out Fatal Images in the second round. In the third round however, the unthinkable happened. In an absolute shocker, Final Boss was swept out of the Winners' Bracket by Believe the Hype, the earliest they had ever lost in a tournament and the first time they had ever been swept. Meanwhile, Str8 Rippin had an undefeated run going, and kept it alive against Triggers Down, sweeping them out of the Winners' Bracket. Instinct took Carbon out while Classic defeated Ambush.

In the Losers' Bracket, Fatal Images were in a tight spot, needing to go on quite the run if they wanted to salvage a repeat top 8 finish. They showed poise as they took out Zone 6, MoB Deep and upset the 7th seeded Ambush in 5 games, earning themselves a top 8 finish and the chance for even more. Meanwhile, a shaky Final Boss took out Breaking Point, needing four games to do so. Triggers Down destroyed XiT Woundz, setting up a match with Final Boss, while Carbon rolled through High Life to set up a match against Fatal Images for top 6. In the following round, Triggers Down made history as the first team ever to eliminate Final Boss before the finals, doing so in 5 games and sending Final Boss home with a shocking top 8 finish. On the other side of the bracket, Carbon took a close series against Fatal Images 3-2, ensuring a top 6 finish.

In the Winners' Semifinals, Str8 kept their perfect record alive, sweeping BtH, while Instinct and Classic had a nailbiter of a series, with Classic taking the first two games and Instinct battling back to take 3 straight games and the series. Triggers Down made short work of Classic, sweeping them 3-0, while Carbon won another close series, this time against BtH with a score of 3-2. Carbon's night ended with a 3-1 loss to Triggers Down in the following round and a fourth place finish. In the Winners' Finals, Instinct managed to end Str8's bid for a perfect event, but could only take one game from the dominant squad and lost the series 3-1. To earn a rematch, Instinct defeated Triggers Down 3-1, but could not take another game from Str8 in the finals, ultimately losing 6-1 as Str8 Rippin won their first event of Halo 3 in dominant fashion, dropping only a single game.


  • Open bracket
    • Teams seeded below #16 compete in Open bracket
    • 16 teams uneliminated advance to Championship Bracket as Seeds #17-32
    • Double-Elimination, best of 3 series
      • Extended Series rule: best of 7 series starting 2-0 or 2-1 based on result of previous meeting
  • Championship bracket
    • Double-Elimination, best of 5 series
      • Extended Series rule: best of 11 series starting 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2 based on result of previous meeting
    • Consolation matches take place for all individual placings from 5-32


4v4 Results

A total of $56,000 USD in prize money was awarded.

Place Prize (USD) Seed Team Roster
Gold.png 1st $20,000 5 Str8logo std.png Str8 Rippin TsquaredLegitelamitewarriorNeighbor
Silver.png 2nd $12,000 3 Inslogo std.png Instinct MackeoLunchboxRoySnipedown
Bronze.png 3rd $8,000 4 TDlogo std.png Triggers Down SKFearItSelfHysteriaVictory X
4th $5,600 6 Cbnlogo std.png Carbon ShocKWav3GH057ayameKarmaGandhi
5th $4,000 2 Clslogo std.png Classic [AsK]LeGeNdPimPsFeaR is SicKAbR AnTI-Soldi3r187-I
6th $2,800 9 BtHlogo std.png Believe the Hype -Cloud-Heinz AlmightyNtG NeXuSSsSilent
7th $2,000 1 FBlogo std.png Final Boss WalshyStrongSideOGRE2OGRE1
8th $1,600 8 Logo std2.png Fatal Images TiZoXiCSeVeRiNcENadedFoulacy
9th - 18 Logo std2.png breakingPoint OVERSHIELDChigIntheclutchlx Ace xl
10th - 7 Amblogo std.png Ambush EliGuN_ShoTMudVayneiGotUrPisto1a
11th - 14 Logo std2.png XiT Woundz ItwasluckPoWeeZyIceVayneI FrOsty I
12th - 20 Logo std2.png High Life SwisHaaWooooLyTDPyrocyCpt Anarchy
13th - 15 Logo std2.png MoB Deep hslightkingHoMiCiDe1demon-dany-zAnThraaX
14th - 10 Logo std2.png Chilled Reality PerplexityI CallMeGod Il BaTMaYnE lTheAr7oFWaR
15th - 22 Logo std2.png Dirty Ghetto Kids big8hurtimporteddGOODWILLMaZeMeNt
16th - 21 CPlogo std.png Crowd Pleasers arkie1SuperStr8SicKFrooooosty_JrFrywod
17th - 26 Logo std2.png Zone 6 RephoriKGr4y_FoX[Schism]LegendJRG
18th - 11 Logo std2.png The Influence TalenTTwYLighTDefyLowkin
19th - 12 Logo std2.png InfernO TimeliestBruteSlimHokuMKGB Soviet
20th - 25 SQlogo std.png Status Quo lProlificPiLEZ.FlamesworD25BRaaaaaaaaaaaKe
21st - 16 Logo std2.png Phobia SquirrelAsssaultbradfox2Gilkey
22nd - 19 Logo std2.png Adversity MeRkAg3xThRuStSnake BiteObii
23rd - 17 Logo std2.png Florida Jackalopes Eleven_11FJ-MandoFat-BubbDrumMeR
24th - 13 Dynlogo std.png The Dynasty ThuggishKlLLARVG XiphoZTrIcKsDaSaMuRiEBesT MaN
25th - 23 Logo std2.png quit or pwnd Nineba11bzkpocho.IALWAYSPLAY.SilkEStylez
26th - 28 Logo std2.png Mind Over Matter!!! FugoGhost_AttackNizziN-MoNsTeR-
27th - 24 Logo std2.png Bizrs Peasants thebizrsxXxReApMexicanGotHost15colTTTTTTTTTTTT
28th - 27 Logo std2.png Ununtrium ElumniteIamTheArkanumDeViOuZSilverSon
29th - 29 Logo std2.png Arsenal FearrisSheeeRWh0mpTrevefresh2
30th - 30 Logo std2.png RtG -PrawN-xReVampxEccentricJuice v2
31st - 31 Logo std2.png Combat Evolved Beast 1xXxCaiNeHawleyBeast 2
32nd - 32 Logo std2.png UpRising JLo DeuceIMayIHemLokiiiMax/Pro


Winners Bracket

  Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
  FBlogo std.png FB 3
  Logo std2.png UpRising 0
  FBlogo std.png FB W
  Logo std2.png FJ
  Logo std2.png FJ 3
  Logo std2.png Phobia 1
  FBlogo std.png FB 0
  BtHlogo std.png BtH 3
  BtHlogo std.png BtH W
  Logo std2.png Bizrs
  BtHlogo std.png BtH 3
  Logo std2.png FI 0
  SQlogo std.png sQ
  Logo std2.png FI W
  BtHlogo std.png BtH 0
  Str8logo std.png Str8 3
  Str8logo std.png Str8 3
  Logo std2.png MOM!!! 0
  Str8logo std.png Str8 3
  Logo std2.png InfernO 0
  CPlogo std.png CP
  Logo std2.png InfernO W
  Str8logo std.png Str8 3
  TDlogo std.png TD 0
  Dynlogo std.png Dyn
  Logo std2.png High Life W
  Logo std2.png High Life 0
  TDlogo std.png TD 3
  Logo std2.png Arsenal 0
  TDlogo std.png TD 3
  Inslogo std.png Ins 3
  Logo std2.png RtG 0
  Inslogo std.png Ins 3
  Logo std2.png XiT 1
  Logo std2.png Adversity 0
  Logo std2.png XiT 3
  Inslogo std.png Ins W
  Cbnlogo std.png Cbn
  Logo std2.png Influence 3
  Logo std2.png DGK 0
  Logo std2.png Influence 1
  Cbnlogo std.png Cbn 3
  Logo std2.png Ununtrium 0
  Cbnlogo std.png Cbn 3
  Inslogo std.png Ins 3
  Clslogo std.png Cls 2
  Amblogo std.png Amb 3
  Logo std2.png Zone 6 2
  Amblogo std.png Amb W
  Logo std2.png Chilled
  Logo std2.png qop
  Logo std2.png Chilled W
  Amblogo std.png Amb
  Clslogo std.png Cls W
  Logo std2.png MoB Deep 2
  Logo std2.png Breaking 3
  Logo std2.png Breaking
  Clslogo std.png Cls W
  Logo std2.png CE 0
  Clslogo std.png Cls 3

Losers Bracket

  Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6
  Logo std2.png Breaking W
  Logo std2.png UpRising
  Logo std2.png Phobia   FBlogo std.png FB 3
  Logo std2.png Phobia W   Logo std2.png Breaking W
  Logo std2.png Breaking 1
  Logo std2.png Chilled
  Logo std2.png Chilled W
  SQlogo std.png sQ W   TDlogo std.png TD 3
  SQlogo std.png sQ   FBlogo std.png FB 2
  Logo std2.png BP   Clslogo std.png Cls 0
  TDlogo std.png TD 3
  Logo std2.png Influence
  Logo std2.png MOM!!!
  CPlogo std.png CP W   TDlogo std.png TD 3
  CPlogo std.png CP W   CPlogo std.png CP 1
  Logo std2.png XiT 0
  Logo std2.png XiT 3
  Logo std2.png XiT W
  Logo std2.png Arsenal
  Dynlogo std.png Dyn
  Dynlogo std.png Dyn W
  Logo std2.png High Life W
  Logo std2.png RtG
  Logo std2.png Adversity   Cbnlogo std.png Cbn 3
  Logo std2.png Adversity W   Logo std2.png High Life 3
  Logo std2.png High Life 0
  Logo std2.png DGK 0
  Logo std2.png InfernO
  Logo std2.png Ununtrium   BtHlogo std.png BtH 2
  Logo std2.png DGK   Cbnlogo std.png Cbn 3
  Logo std2.png DGK W   Cbnlogo std.png Cbn 3
  Logo std2.png FI 2
  Logo std2.png FI W
  Logo std2.png Zone 6 W
  Logo std2.png Zone 6   Amblogo std.png Amb 2
  Logo std2.png qop   Logo std2.png FI 3
  Logo std2.png FI 3
  Logo std2.png MoB 1
  Logo std2.png FJ
  Logo std2.png CE
  Logo std2.png MoB W
  Logo std2.png MoB W

Final Bracket

From Winners Bracket
Grand Final
  Str8logo std.png Str8 3
  Str8logo std.png Str8 3 3
  Inslogo std.png Ins 1
  Inslogo std.png Ins 1 0
  Inslogo std.png Ins 3
From Losers Bracket
  TDlogo std.png TD 1
  TDlogo std.png TD 3
  Cbnlogo std.png Cbn 1

Note: Bracket constructed through information available in articles on



  • MLG Pro Circuit - Episode 2
  • Playlist of Event VoD
    • WB Round 2 - Str8 Rippin vs. InfernO
    • Neighbor Interview
    • Tsquared Interview
    • WB Round 3 - Triggers Down vs. Str8 Rippin
    • Tsquared Interview
    • Tsquared's Tips
    • WB Finals - Instinct vs. Str8 Rippin
    • Snipedown and Mackeo Interview
    • Tsquared Interview
    • LB Finals - Instinct vs. Triggers Down
    • Grand Finals - Instinct vs. Str8 Rippin
    • Str8 Rippin Interview




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