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MLG Toronto 2008
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League Information
Organizer: MLG
Event Type: Offline
Game: Halo 3 logo.png
Format: 4v4
Number of Teams: 136
Prize pool: $56,000
Start Date: 2008-8-22
End Date: 2008-8-24
Results
Winner: Str8logo std.png Str8 Rippin
Second: Inslogo std.png Instinct
Third: FBlogo std.png Final Boss
Fourth: Clslogo std.png Classic
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MLG Toronto 2008 was the fourth event of the 2008 MLG season, taking place at the Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from August 22-24, 2008. Halo 3 was played in a 4v4 tournament, alongside Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 and Gears of War.

Overview

The flood gates were about to open. Due to a number of circumstances, including placings, inability to travel to Toronto, and more, it seemed as if every team made a change between Orlando and Toronto. The most highly publicized was without a doubt, Final Boss releasing Walshy. Known to be highly competitive, the Ogre twins did not take losing lightly, let alone repeat placings outside the top 2. They'd shown in the past, be it with the disbandment of Shoot to Kill in 2004, or dropping Saiyan after three straight 2nd place finishes to end the 2006 season, that they weren't afraid to make drastic, even unpopular, changes. On July 23rd, they did it again, officially dropping Walshy from their roster. In Walshy's place, the team recruited Neighbor from Str8 Rippin. Though Walshy was Str8's first choice as a replacement, Walshy took being dropped as an opportunity to team with a player he had wanted to for some time now - Soviet, and together, the duo replaced Mackeo and Victory X on Instinct. Str8 instead recruited Snipedown of Triggers Down.[1] Triggers Down filled the gap Snipedown left with Mackeo, while Victory found his way to Classic, replacing Naded after only one event on the team. Naded hooked up with Gandhi, Defy and Best Man to reform LeGendZ, replacing FeaR on the former PSF lineup. Ambush looked to build on their 4th place finish in Orlando by replacing MudVayne with Cloud, putting an end to Believe the Hype. TiZoXiC and Severince of Fatal Images linked up with Gun Shot and Eli of BtH to form Antigravity. Other teams affected by the team changes included Breaking Point, XiT Woundz and Under the Influence. When the time for the event came, it seemed only Carbon had stuck together.

After a relatively unsurprising first two rounds, things got interesting in the third round. LeGendZ tested the new Str8 Rippin lineup, taking them to five games but ultimately losing. The new Final Boss looked strong, rolling over the new Classic in a 3-0 sweep. Walshy and the new Instinct took out Carbon in a 3-0 rout, while Triggers Down struggled against Ambush, needing five games to beat them. Despite the effort they put up against Str8 Rippin, LeGendZ were unable to pull off the upset in their first Losers' match against Antigravity. Classic, Carbon and Ambush all moved on from the round, leading to Classic meeting Antigravity and Ambush meeting Carbon. Classic took out Antigravity in four games, while Ambush put an end to another disappointing tournament for Carbon with a hard fought 3-2 victory. In the Winners' Semifinals, the much anticipated matchup between the new Str8 Rippin and Final Boss lineups took place, and after five games, it was Str8 who would move on. On the other side, Instinct swept Triggers Down, earning the second spot in the Winners' Finals. Instinct were again unable to get it done against Str8, and lost in four games. In the Losers' Bracket, Classic lit a fire under themselves, taking a 3-1 victory over Triggers Down, while Final Boss took a close 3-2 win over Ambush. Despite FB's 3-0 lead over Classic, they found themselves in a battle, as Classic fought back all the way to game 11, where Final Boss was finally able to put them down, setting up the much anticipated match against the team featuring the player they had dropped - Instinct and Walshy. Instinct took the series, starting what is now known as the "Walshy curse", referring to Walshy always outplacing teams that drop him at the following event. In the finals, Instinct had little to offer Str8, and ultimately lost 6-2, continuing the Str8 Rippin dynasty of 2008.

Format

  • 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

Results

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

Place Prize (USD) Seed Team Roster
Gold.png 1st $20,000 1 Str8logo std.png Str8 Rippin TsquaredLegitelamitewarriorSnipedown
Silver.png 2nd $12,000 3 Inslogo std.png Instinct LunchboxRoyWalshyKGB Soviet
Bronze.png 3rd $8,000 4 FBlogo std.png Final Boss OGRE1StrongSideOGRE2Neighbor
4th $5,600 5 Clslogo std.png Classic [AsK]LeGeNdPimPsAnTSoldi3r187Victory X
5th $4,000 7 Ambushlogo std.png Ambush NtG NeXuSiGotUrPisto1aHeinz Almighty-Cloud-
6th $2,800 2 TDlogo std.png Triggers Down SKFearItSelfHysteriaMackeo
7th $2,000 6 Cbnlogo std.png Carbon ShocKWav3GH057ayameKarmaCpt Anarchy
8th $1,600 10 Logo std2.png Antigravity TiZoXiCSeVeRiNcEEliGuN_ShoT
9th - 12 Logo std2.png Under The Influence TalenTLilsebTwYLighTThuggishKlLLA
10th - 8 LGZlogo std.png LeGendZ GandhiDefyBesT MaNNaded
11th - 11 Logo std2.png Breaking Point lx Ace xlChigMudVayneLowkin
12th - 15 SQlogo std.png Status Quo FlamesworD25s1yElumnitebabytots
13th - 23 ERlogo std.png End Result Madmax_ehGilkeyMonizDARKscorpion
14th - 19 Logo std2.png XiT WoundZ ItwasluckBS_Samurai_650PoWeeZyBonfire
15th - 18 ARlogo std.png Active Rush IceVayneObiiSwisHaaj0rdizzle
16th - 13 Logo std2.png Time 2 Prove l BaTMaYnE lbradfox2IntheclutchTimeliestBrute
17th - 16 Logo std2.png Last Effect xThRuStGhost_Attackdemon-dany-zMaNiiaC
18th - 21 Logo std2.png Driven by Adrenaline SpeeD.IMicroIamTheArkanumHynes X
19th - 14 Logo std2.png Renegade AsssaultWooooLybig8hurtPiLEZ.
20th - 32 Logo std2.png Violent By Design ovaporeyzeoKillerB13xMoNZeYxconn02
21st - 20 Logo std2.png The Business LegendJRGHeLLuVaScrubMimic
22nd - 22 Logo std2.png PainX Pain x EnvyPainxWarkid-DeRsKy-lAdr3naLin3l
23rd - 24 2NDNlogo std.png Second Nature ZyklonNBaSheR_eHKiLLKuSN_o_X
24th - 9 Logo std2.png Chilled Reality PerplexityI CallMeGod II FrOsty ISsSilent
25th - 30 Logo std2.png That's Rough yungcityyy-True-ArgyleKriZeN
26th - 29 Logo std2.png Sixth Gear GetClutchedFreeeeLKiLLReLeVanTShotmakerZ
27th - 31 Logo std2.png Vicious Cycle KEEP6lYlassacreArbltersamba11
28th - 17 Logo std2.png FYC MeRkAg3MeGaH.InSaiyanSilverSon
29th - 27 Logo std2.png Finesse -PrawN--DeclineR--Heirarch-pandafiness
30th - 25 Logo std2.png Zone 6 Fat-Bubbmadsquirrelllknightv7Intangibles
31st - 26 Logo std2.png Sick By Definition Joe FriesKillerDrewDSSeaNWayNeTheAr7oFWaR
32nd - 28 Logo std2.png EoG so WRoNG! Ms BarettaGodly_L4zChoI iX

Bracket

Winners Bracket

  Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
                               
     
  Str8logo std.png Str8 3
  Logo std2.png Violent By Design 0
  Str8logo std.png Str8 3
  Logo std2.png Last Effect 0
  Logo std2.png FYC 0
  Logo std2.png Last Effect 3
  Str8logo std.png Str8 3
  LGZlogo std.png LGZ 2
  Logo std2.png Chilled Reality 3
  2NDNlogo std.png 2NDN 0
  Logo std2.png Chilled Reality 1
  LGZlogo std.png LGZ 3
  Logo std2.png Zone 6 0
  LGZlogo std.png LGZ 3
  Str8logo std.png Str8 3
  FBlogo std.png FB 2
  Clslogo std.png Cls 3
  Logo std2.png EoG so WRoNG! 0
  Clslogo std.png Cls 3
  Logo std2.png Under The Influence 2
  Logo std2.png Driven by Adrenaline 0
  Logo std2.png Under The Influence 3
  Clslogo std.png Cls 0
  FBlogo std.png FB 3
  Logo std2.png Time 2 Prove 3
  Logo std2.png The Business 2
  Logo std2.png Time 2 Prove 0
  FBlogo std.png FB 3
  Logo std2.png Sixth Gear 0
  FBlogo std.png FB 3
  Inslogo std.png Ins 3
  Logo std2.png That's Rough 0
  Inslogo std.png Ins 3
  Logo std2.png XiT WoundZ 0
  Logo std2.png XiT WoundZ 3
  Logo std2.png Renegade 2
  Inslogo std.png Ins 3
  Cbnlogo std.png Cbn 0
  Logo std2.png Breaking Point 3
  Logo std2.png PainX 0
  Logo std2.png Breaking Point 1
  Cbnlogo std.png Cbn 3
  Logo std2.png Finesse 0
  Cbnlogo std.png Cbn 3
  Inslogo std.png Ins 3
  TDlogo std.png TD 0
  Ambushlogo std.png Ambush 3
  Logo std2.png Sick By Definition 0
  Ambushlogo std.png Ambush 3
  Logo std2.png AntiGravity 1
  ERlogo std.png eR 2
  Logo std2.png AntiGravity 3
  Ambushlogo std.png Ambush 2
  TDlogo std.png TD 3
  SQlogo std.png sQ 1
  ARlogo std.png AR 3
  ARlogo std.png AR 0
  TDlogo std.png TD 3
  Logo std2.png Vicious Cycle 0
  TDlogo std.png TD 3

Losers Bracket

  Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6
                                                             
  ARlogo std.png AR 3
  Logo std2.png Violent By Definition 3
  Logo std2.png Violent By Definition 0   LGZlogo std.png LGZ 2
  Logo std2.png FYC 0   ARlogo std.png AR 1
  Logo std2.png AntiGravity 3
  Logo std2.png AntiGravity 3
  Logo std2.png AntiGravity 3
  Logo std2.png Zone 6 2   Clslogo std.png Cls 3
  2NDNlogo std.png 2NDN 0   Logo std2.png AntiGravity 1
  2NDNlogo std.png 2NDN 3   TDlogo std.png TD 1
  Clslogo std.png Cls 3
  Logo std2.png Breaking Point 3
  Logo std2.png EoG so WRoNG! 0
  Logo std2.png Driven by Adrenaline 1   Clslogo std.png Cls 3
  Logo std2.png Driven By Adrenaline 3   Logo std2.png Breaking Point 3
  Logo std2.png Breaking Point 0
  Logo std2.png XiT WoundZ 1
  Logo std2.png XiT WoundZ 3
  Logo std2.png Sixth Gear 2
  Logo std2.png The Business 2
  Logo std2.png The Business 3
  Logo std2.png Time 2 Prove 3
  Logo std2.png That's Rough 0
  Logo std2.png Renegade 1   Cbnlogo std.png Cbn 3
  Logo std2.png Renegade 3   Logo std2.png Time 2 Prove 1
  Logo std2.png Under The Influence 0
  Logo std2.png Under The Influence 3
  Logo std2.png Under The Influence 3
  Logo std2.png Finesse 0   Ambushlogo std.png Ambush 2
  Logo std2.png PainX 0   Cbnlogo std.png Cbn 2
  Logo std2.png PainX 3   FBlogo std.png FB 3
  Ambushlogo std.png Ambush 3
  Logo std2.png Chilled Reality 0
  Logo std2.png Sick By Definition 0
  ERlogo std.png eR 3   Ambushlogo std.png Ambush 3
  ERlogo std.png eR 3   ERlogo std.png eR 2
  SQlogo std.png sQ 2
  SQlogo std.png sQ 3
  Logo std2.png Last Effect 1
  Logo std2.png Vicious Cycle 0
  SQlogo std.png sQ 3
  SQlogo std.png sQ 3

Final Bracket

From Winners Bracket
Grand Final
  Str8logo std.png Str8 3
  Str8logo std.png Str8 6
  Inslogo std.png Ins 1
  Inslogo std.png Ins 2
  Inslogo std.png Ins 3
From Losers Bracket
  FBlogo std.png FB 1
  FBlogo std.png FB 6
  Clslogo std.png Cls 5

Trivia

VoD

  • MLG Pro Circuit - Episode 4
  • Playlist of Event VoD
    • Pregame Show
    • WB Round 2 - Final Boss vs. Time 2 Prove
    • OGRE2 and Neighbor Interview
    • WB Round 3 - Instinct vs. Carbon
    • Walshy and Soviet Interview
    • WB Round 4 - Str8 Rippin vs. Final Boss
    • LB Round 3 - Antigravity vs. Active Rush
    • LB Round 6 - Final Boss vs. Ambush
    • LB Round 4 - LeGendZ vs. Antigravity
    • WB Finals - Str8 Rippin vs. Instinct
    • Tsquared and Snipedown Interview
    • LB Semifinals - Final Boss vs. Classic
    • LB Finals - Instinct vs. Final Boss
    • Grand Finals - Str8 Rippin vs. Instinct
    • Str8 Rippin Interview
    • Walshy Interview

Media

Articles

Interviews

External Links

References

  1. Walshy's Halo History Episode with Roy