Carbon is a defunct professional Halo team. Its most prominent members are the second lineup of Chris "Shockwav3" Smith, Ben "Karma" Jackson, Eric "GH057ayame" Hewitt and Scott "Gandhi" Lussier, which stuck together for twelve events.
Proto-Carbon: IGS, Team Phreaks
The roots of Carbon begin in early 2005, with Chris "ShockWav3" Smith and Scott "Gandhi" Lussier first teaming together at MLG Orlando 2005 as part of team IGS. ShockWav3 and Gandhi placed 2nd together as part of IGS for three events in a row. Ben "Karma" Jackson was then added to the roster, and they won the MLG Seattle event. Michael "Strongside" Cavanaugh finally rounded out the roster, leading to a 4th place finish in Chicago and a 2nd place finish at the New York National Championships as Team Phreaks.
2006: Early Success
Carbon was founded in 2006 with the Team Phreakz roster of Ben "Karma" Jackson, Scott "Gandhi" Lussier, Michael "Strongside" Cavanaugh and Chris "Shockwav3" Smith. Early in the season, they picked up coach Joseph "xXx" Festinger, who helped them with communication and weapon timing among other things. The original Carbon line up finished 3rd in three of the first four tournaments of 2006, and 2nd once, but were unable to topple the Final Boss juggernaut. Following these four events, Carbon replaced Strongside with Eric "GH057ayame" Hewitt. This proved to be a very fruitful team change for Carbon, as they would go on to win the final three events of 2006, including the 2006 MLG Las Vegas National Championships, defeating Final Boss in the finals of each event.
2007: Continued Success
They kept the roster identical for all of 2007 with slightly less success. They started the year strong with two 2nd place finishes followed by a victory in Dallas, however they only got to the finals once more that year, finishing 4th in the other three events.
2008: Lineup Changes
After finishing 6th at MLG Meadowlands 2008 and 8th in Columbus the team finally shook up the roster. Gandhi was replaced by Carlos "Cpt Anarchy" Morales and the new team placed 7th in both Orlando and Toronto. Karma was then swapped with Brett "Naded" Leonard for another 7th place finish in Dallas, but the same roster managed to place 3rd at the Las Vegas National Championships.
2009: Arrival of Walshy
The new year saw a few more roster changes for Carbon. Naded was exchanged for Dmitriy "Soviet" Gulyan for Meadowlands, where the team finished 8th. Soviet was then swapped with Brandon "Defy" Jenkins for yet another 8th place finish, this time in Columbus. The roster stabilized for the remainder of the year upon acquiring Dave "Walshy" Walsh and Naded, in place of Cpt Anarchy and GH057ayame. This lineup turn Carbon back into contenders, placing 2nd in Dallas and 3rd in both Anaheim and the Orlando National Championships.
2010: Shockwav3 Retires
2010 saw long time member Shockwav3 finally depart from the team by retiring from the scene. Naded also left, and Carbon filled the empty slots with Nick "Best Man" Johnson and a returning Strongside for an 11th place finish in Orlando. Strongside was then swapped with a returning Naded which improved their performance slightly in Colbumus earning them 6th place. Best Man was then swapped with Justin "SK" Mann for a 13th place finish in Raleigh. Naded and Defy would then leave for Str8 Rippin, and Walshy and SK would recruit Kyle "Chig" Lawson and Marcos "Soldier187" Sanchez for the remainder of the season. Despite placing only 13th in D.C., it was enough to secure the 8th and final seed in the Dallas National Championships. Despite looking good and taking a game against the #1 seeded Final Boss, Carbon ended up finishing in 8th out of 8 teams in Dallas.
2011: Fall from Grace
2011 saw the end of Halo 3 on the pro circuit and the beginning of Halo: Reach. Carbon was originally slated to begin the year in Dallas with a lineup of Walshy, Mike "Russo" Russo, "Lifestyle" and Octavio "ScarVayne" Soto, but Walshy backed out of the event for personal reasons and he was replaced at the last minute by Curtis "Loki" Howell. Carbon placed 24th at the event, the lowest possible placing for a seeded team with the pool play system. As the season continued, a flurry of team changes occurred, with no lineup lasting for more than one event, and only a returning GH057ayame as a constant from Columbus to Providence. Despite all of the team changes, the highest placing Carbon would achieve in the 2011 season would be 14th.
For the MLG Winter Championship 2012, an all new Carbon roster was formed featuring Chris "Blaze" Chapon, Clete "Assault" LoRusso, Ryan "Ryanoob" Geddes and Eric "Snipedown" Wrona, with GH057ayame staying on the team as coach. This team achieved Carbon's first top 8 placing since Dallas 2010. After MLG dropped Halo from the circuit, the new Carbon roster stuck together and attended AGL 1 Chicago, where they placed 2nd.
|Assault||Clete LoRusso||Believe the Hype|
|Blaze||Chris Chapon||Elite 4|
|Ryanoob||Ryan Geddes||Elite 4|
|Snip3down||Eric Wrona||Elite 4|
|ThuggishKilla||Craig Chamberlain||Rack City|
|Cpt Anarchy||Carlos Morales||Cloud 10|
|Robbie B||Robert Bordieri||Goin In Hot|
|Batmayne||Christopher Stephen||Active Rush|
|Loki||Curtis Howell||Triggers Down|
|SK||Justin Mann||Triggers Down|
|Defy||Brandon Jenkins||Str8 Rippin|
|Naded||Brett Leonard||Str8 Rippin|
|Best Man||Nick Johnson||Triggers Down|
|Strongside||Michael Cavanaugh||Heaven and Earth|
|Soviet||Dmitriy Gulyan||Believe the Hype|
|Karma||Ben Jackson||Triggers Down|
- The Dallas Coup: MLG Interview Carbon - majorleaguegaming.com - 07/27/07
- The Takeover – MLG Interviews Carbon - majorleaguegaming.com - 12/12/06
- Challenging the Throne – MLG Interviews Carbon - majorleaguegaming.com - 10/31/06
- Tasting Victory – The Carbon Interview - majorleaguegaming.com - 09/06/06
- Karma Leaves Carbon, Joins Triggers Down - majorleaguegaming.com - 09/11/08
- MLG Awards $1.75 Million in Contracts for Top Pro Gamers - majorleaguegaming.com - 12/18/06
- The 100 Grand Champions – Carbon Wins The 2006 National Title! - majorleaguegaming.com - 11/20/06
- Comeback Kids – Carbon Wins 2006 Playoffs! - majorleaguegaming.com - 10/17/06
- Carbon Wins the MLG Halo 2 4v4 Playoffs! - majorleaguegaming.com - 10/15/06
- Pro Team – Carbon - majorleaguegaming.com - 09/08/06
- Carbon Overthrows Final Boss! - majorleaguegaming.com - 08/28/06
- Carbon – The Element of Danger - majorleaguegaming.com - 06/26/06