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The first Major League Gaming Pro Circuit event of 2011 is MLG Dallas coming up this weekend, and to get you prepped and ready to go we’re featuring a few teams and players to watch for from each of the three main games: Halo: Reach,Call of Duty: Black Ops, and StarCraft 2 . Here are our Halo: Reach players to watch.
The Halo: Reach tournament format in Major League Gaming’s 2011 Pro Circuit this year has changed a bit from previous competitions, this time favoring a pool style of play. Teams will face off against one another in groups of five and the top team will advance to a Championship Winners Bracket while the other four teams will head to the Championship Losers Bracket, where they can compete for a chance to stay in the competition, or be eliminated outright. The overall winner of the Halo: Reach tournament will receive $20,000.
Pools A through D all feature extremely strong competitors, so we’ve picked our favorites from each pool and here's why we think they’re going to take the gold. Keep reading for our top picks.
Pool A – Final Boss – Fearitself, Pistola, Ogre 2, Victory X
Final Boss, the team that absolutely dominated Halo 3 in 2010 by coming out on top at both the Raleigh and Washington D.C. MLG events as well as winning the National Championships, is the team to beat at MLG Dallas. They’ve kept their entire roster unchanged going into Halo: Reach from Halo 3 which not only speaks volumes to their camaraderie but ultimately to how much they trust one another. With such strong members, including Ogre 2 who has been named the best player in the history of Halo, it’s clear they’re favored in Pool A.
Pool B – Instinct – Tsquared, Roy, Lunchbox, Totz
Roy and Lunchbox, the twins of MLG’s Halo tournaments have a few new members on their team, Tsquared, a National Championship winner from 2008 and Totz, who has played on quite a few notable teams including Triggers Down and the 2010 National Championship team Final Boss. At a pre-season LAN event Instinct was able to score an impressive 65 to 23 against Final Boss, making them our clear favorites for their pool B heading into the competition.
Pool C – Status Quo – Flamesword, Ace, Enable, Assault
Unlike a lot of teams that have shifted their roster for Halo: Reach, Status Quo has kept the same team and that pact might be what gets them to the top at MLG Dallas. Status Quo consistently placed well all throughout last season and at recent LAN events they’ve shown that practice makes perfect by coming out on top against other competing teams like Instinct, Triggers Down, Impact, and the Darkest Hour, all teams competing in MLG’s pro circuit this year.
Pool D – Triggers Down – SK, Hysteria, Heinz, Best Man
Triggers Down has a new roster this year for Halo: Reach, and we believe that they’ll live up to their hype this year. Team members SK, Hysteria and Heinz have all worked together before and their newcomer Best Man has proven his worth in Halo ever since the era of Halo 2 at MLG. They won’t have an easy time getting out of their pool of five teams consisting of other Halo: Reach behemoths like Believe The Hype and Darkest Hour, but they’re our pick from the so-called “pool of death”.
There you have it for our picks going into the Halo: Reach MLG Pro Circuit in Dallas this weekend. We went for safe picks to be sure, but we believe they’re pretty sound. Do you agree or disagree? Let us know who you think will take down the title in the comments below.