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MLG Las Vegas Championships 2008
League Information
Organizer: MLG
Event Type: Offline
Game: Halo 3 logo.png
Format: 4v4
Number of Teams: 8
Prize pool: $280,000
Start Date: 2008-11-21
End Date: 2008-11-23
Winner: Str8logo std.png Str8 Rippin
Second: Inslogo std.png Instinct
Third: Cbnlogo std.png Carbon
Fourth: FBlogo std.png Final Boss
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The MLG Las Vegas Championships 2008 were the sixth and final event of the 2008 MLG season, taking place at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada from November 21-23, 2008. Halo 3 was played in a 4v4 tournament, alongside Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 and Gears of War. For information on the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare tournament at MLG Las Vegas 2008, visit its CoD EsportsWikis page.


Going into the National Championships, all eight teams had something to prove. Str8 Rippin had been dethroned twice in the season by Triggers Down. Could they reclaim their crown when it mattered most? Triggers Down had proven that they could win an event without Snipedown on their team. Could they translate their recent success into a National Championship? Final Boss started the season off strong, but fell off as time went on. With the recent acquisition of Neighbor, they looked stronger. Would the Ogre twins be able to rekindle their past success and win their fourth National Championship? Instinct was competing with everybody, but had yet to win an event in 2008. Could Walshy lead them to a victory on the grandest stage? Classic, like Final Boss, started the season off strong, but fell off as time went on. After retooling the team with the former Instinct duo of Mackeo and Victory X, Classic's performance was noticeably stronger. Could they pull off an upset National Championship as the dark horse team? Carbon, having replaced half of its formerly unstoppable roster, was looking to perform on the biggest stage after a series of disappointing placings in 2008. In 2007, the struggling Carbon had managed to take 2nd place when everyone thought it was all between Final Boss and Str8 Rippin. Would Shockwave and GH057ayame be able to lead a similar charge and win their second National Championship? Ambush, a team composed of young stars with bright futures, was coming off a big event in Dallas and looking to build on it. Could they shock the world as the ultimate underdogs? Legendz, the team that qualified at the last minute, was a team of seasoned veterans looking to make a big splash in Vegas, but they had a hell of a bracket in front of them as the lowest seed.

When the event kicked off, Str8 Rippin repeated their showing against Legendz in Dallas, sweeping them out of the Winners' Bracket. Instinct took revenge against Classic for upsetting them in Dallas, sweeping them 3-0. Final Boss rolled over Ambush in a 3-0 sweep. In a shocker, Carbon took out Dallas Champions Triggers Down 3-2 in the opening round, giving TD a long road to the finals if they wanted to repeat. In the second round, Str8 Rippin won a close series over Instinct, while Carbon continued to upset, taking a 3-1 victory over Final Boss and advancing to their first Winners' Finals since 2007. With this, they had already guaranteed their highest placing of the season.

In Losers', Classic took a close series over Legendz, sending them home with a top 8 finish. Triggers Down, not done yet, plowed through Ambush with a 3-0 thrashing. Final Boss ended Classic's season with a 3-1 loss, while Instinct pulled off the upset over Triggers Down, sending the Dallas Champions home with a top 6 finish. Instinct continued to upset in the next round, ousting Final Boss 3-1 to guarantee a top 3 finish. In the Winners' Finals, Str8 were unexpectedly challenged by Carbon. Though they managed to take it to 5 games, Carbon would lose Game 5 by a large margin as the juggernaut Str8 Rippin squad moved into the Finals, awaiting the winner of Instinct vs. Carbon. Instinct had an easier time with Carbon, taking the series 3-1. Carbon would go home in 3rd, their best placing since the 2007 National Championships. In the finals, Instinct did everything they could, but were only able to take 3 games from Str8, who looked dominant en route to capturing their first National Championship.


  • 8 Teams invited based on performance over the 2008 season
    • 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 5th, 7th place

Stride Championship Series

Triggers Down member Hysteria was named the 2008 Stride Championhip Series winner, winning $2,500 and a year's supply of Stride Gum.

All Star Classic

The 2008 All Star Classic featured fan-favorite players from the west and east coasts battling it out for bragging rights. The entire rosters of 1st and 3rd seeded teams Str8 Rippin and Final Boss were involved in the match. The East team was coached by Joseph "xXx" Festinger and the West team was coached by Jason "Mazsik" Vaughn.

West Coast

ID Name Team
USA FearItSelf Justin Kats TDlogo std.png Triggers Down
Uzbekistan KGB Soviet Dmitriy Gulyan Inslogo std.png Instinct
USA Karma Ben Jackson TDlogo std.png Triggers Down
USA Walshy Dave Walsh Inslogo std.png Instinct
USA Hysteria Jacob Reiser TDlogo std.png Triggers Down
USA Neighbor Mason Cobb FBlogo std.png Final Boss
USA Roy Justin Brown Inslogo std.png Instinct
USA Snip3down Eric Wrona Str8logo std.png Str8 Rippin

East Coast

ID Name Team
USA Gandhi Scott Lussier LGZlogo std.png LeGendZ
USA OGRE1 Dan Ryan FBlogo std.png Final Boss
USA iGotUrPistola Justin Deese Amblogo std.png Ambush
USA StrongSide Michael Cavanaugh FBlogo std.png Final Boss
USA OGRE2 Tom Ryan FBlogo std.png Final Boss
USA Legit Bryan Rizzo Str8logo std.png Str8 Rippin
USA ElamiteWarrior Kyle Elam Str8logo std.png Str8 Rippin
USA Tsquared Tom Taylor Str8logo std.png Str8 Rippin

The east coast won the All Star Classic 11-8.


A total of $280,000 USD in prize money was awarded.

Place Prize (USD) Seed Team Roster
Gold.png 1st $100,000 1 Str8logo std.png Str8 Rippin TsquaredLegitelamitewarriorSnipedownAce
Silver.png 2nd $60,000 4 Inslogo std.png Instinct WalshyLunchboxRoyKGB SovietxXx
Bronze.png 3rd $40,000 7 Cbnlogo std.png Carbon ShocKWav3GH057ayameCpt AnarchyNaded
4th $28,000 3 FBlogo std.png Final Boss OGRE1StrongSideOGRE2Neighbor
5th $20,000 2 TDlogo std.png Triggers Down SKFearItSelfHysteriaKarma
6th $14,000 5 Clslogo std.png Classic Soldi3r187AnTVictory XMackeo
7th $10,000 6 Amblogo std.png Ambush NtG NeXuSiGotUrPisto1aHeinz Almighty-Cloud-
8th $8,000 8 LGZlogo std.png Legendz GandhiDefy[AsK]LeGeNdBesT MaN


  Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Grand Final
Winner's bracket
  Str8logo std.png Str8 Rippin 3
  LGZlogo std.png LeGendZ 0
  Str8logo std.png Str8 Rippin 3
  Inslogo std.png Instinct 2
  Inslogo std.png Instinct 3
  Clslogo std.png Classic 0
  Str8logo std.png Str8 Rippin 3
  Cbnlogo std.png Carbon 2
  FBlogo std.png Final Boss 3
  Amblogo std.png Ambush 0
  FBlogo std.png Final Boss 1
  Cbnlogo std.png Carbon 3
  TDlogo std.png Triggers Down 2   Str8logo std.png Str8 Rippin 6
  Cbnlogo std.png Carbon 3   Inslogo std.png Instinct 3
Loser's bracket
  FBlogo std.png Final Boss 3
  Clslogo std.png Classic 3
  Clslogo std.png Classic 1   Cbnlogo std.png Carbon 1
  LGZlogo std.png LeGendZ 2   FBlogo std.png Final Boss 1
  Inslogo std.png Instinct 3
  Inslogo std.png Instinct 3
  TDlogo std.png Triggers Down 2
  TDlogo std.png Triggers Down 3
  Inslogo std.png Instinct 3
  Amblogo std.png Ambush 0



  • MLG Pro Circuit - Episode 6
  • Playlist of Event VoD
    • Pregame Show
    • All Star Classic
    • WB Round 2 - Str8 Rippin vs. Instinct
    • Legit Interview
    • WB Round 2 - Final Boss vs. Carbon
    • LB Round 3 - Final Boss vs. Instinct
    • Walshy and Lunchbox Interview
    • WB Finals - Str8 Rippin vs. Carbon
    • Shockwave Interview
    • LB Finals - Instinct vs. Carbon
    • Grand Finals - Str8 Rippin vs. Instinct




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