Just arrived home after a whirlwind of a weekend at the Major League Gaming tournament in Dallas. The best word I can use to describe the event is epic. Over the past three weeks, between Blizzcon and MLG, I've spent a lot of time with my fellow gamers. I can't even begin to express how awesome everyone has been. Especially at MLG and SixJax Gaming. With MLG, where the gamers are competing for huge prizes, they are all so humble and appreciative of fans, and congratulate one another whether they win or lose. "GG" is often seen as an insult in gaming nowadays, something along the lines of "pwned n00b, gg." But at MLG, it was always said with respect, sometimes even with a "well played" afterwards too. I love that about professional gaming. So, with that said, here's a recap of all the fun from Championship Sunday at MLG Dallas 2010.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Going into the Super Smash Bros. Brawl National Championship match, Gnes had lost only one game in the entire tournament. He played Tyrant in the final matches of the day, but Tyrant was no match for the unstoppable force that was Gnes. In a punishing 3-0 victory, Gnes pummeled Tyrant to take home the $12,500 in prize money. The first game was on Battlefield, a 1 stock 64%. Second game was on Brinstar, a 2 stock 124%, and the third game was on Norfair with a 2 stock 91%. Gnes made it look easy and before we all knew it, he was the well deserved MLG National Super Smash Bros. Brawl Champion of 2010.
I didn't forget about Tekken! Don't rage. The finals in the 1v1 Tekken 6 match between Kor, playing Bob, and Anakin, playing Jack were utterly intense. In the best out of 11 format, Anakin went into the Championship match up 3-0 over Kor in a now extended series from the semifinals. But for Kor it was an uphill battle from the start, and even though he did manage to take two games away from Anakin, the crazy-haired Kor was just no match. Aanakin went on a seven round win streak with a juggle combo rate of 1.286 versus Kor's .429 and took home the win. Along with $12,500 Anakin also received a ridiculous Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion arcade cabinet and a trip to Japan to visit Namco. Sa-weet!
Final Boss with the three-peat! In a best of 11 game format for the title, Final Boss went up against Status Quo with a 3-1 lead to start the series off. The first match, Team Slayer, put them even further ahead with a 50-38 score. In the second game, Pit Capture the Flag, Status Quo took two flags in a row towards the end of the match and beat Final Boss 3-1, putting the series at 4-2. Status Quo was starting to catch up now! But in the next game, a Team Slayer Heretic match, Final Boss made quick work of Status Quo with a score of 50-43. Then, in what would prove to be the final game of the tournament, Guardian Oddball, Status Quo could never hold on long enough to be a threat, even though they were looking good early. The score ended up 212-172 in favor of Final Boss, and thus they became the 2010 Halo 3 MLG National Champions!
Here are some fun facts about Final Boss for winning the Halo 3 MLG National Championship for the third time in a row. Dang. First, they're the only team that has ended as National Champions for every single Halo title in the series. They won for Halo in 2004, Halo 2 in 2007, and now Halo 3 in 2010. They have 4 MLG National Championship titles, from 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2010, a 57% National Championship win ratio. One of their members, Ogre2, is now the only player who has been on the team for all of those wins. Meaning, he's the only player in the entire league to exit each game in the Halo franchise as a National Champion. Not only that, but he's the winningest player in all of MLG's history, with 24 Halo tournaments across 3 iterations of the game. And finally, Final Boss is the only team in Halo 3 history to win three back to back tournaments in any season. Congratulations Final Boss for truly dominating this competition.
While the Championship set was going on, the room where the StarCraft 2 matches were taking place was almost entirely filled. There were hundreds of fans in there waiting to watch LiquidJinro and Fnatic TT1 face off before the servers went down, and it was really an amazing sight to see. In only its third ever appearance at an MLG event, the ridiculous popularity of StarCraft 2 truly shined through, and that's great! Like I said earlier, the players in the StarCraft 2 tournament are decidedly polite and good sports. They would always shake the hands of their opponents after the games and it was so amazing to see such a large community come together to support StarCraft 2 and its professional players. So after two days of playing through a ridiculously sized 128 person bracket, it was down to just two players: Jinro and TT1. Who would win!?
Technical Difficulties won the StarCraft 2 National Championships! ...Just kidding. In an almost two hour epic struggle with Battle.net, the will of gamers everywhere pulled together to make the servers eventually stop crashing so that Jinro could finally face off against Fnatic TT1. Jinro wasn't messing around when the servers finally came back up though. He took a swift victory using only a one base push of Banshees, Ravens, and Marines to seal the Championship. It was probably the most anticlimactic game of the entire tournament, but after waiting such a long time to be able to play it, I'm sure he just wanted to get it over with. He took the series 4-1 over TT1 and nabbed a hefty $6,250 in prize money, along with the title of the very first StarCraft 2 MLG National Champion.
MLG also did StarCraft 2 players a solid and released most of the tournament replays here for anyone wanting to analyze their favorite pro players, or just catch whatever matches they may have missed. All you have to do is click the more info link in order to download the replay if it's available.
And there you have it! The 2010 MLG National Championships are over, and it truly was a blast to head down to Dallas and see it all go down in person. The MLG staff couldn't have been nicer and they put on a fantastic event as usual. Also a very special thanks to SixJax Gaming for helping me to spread the word about how amazing e-sports can be. Congratulations to all the winners, and stay tuned for an interview from the StarCraft 2 Champion, LiquidJinro, along with some of his teammates HuK and TLO!