Final Boss is a former Halo team, one of the most iconic to ever compete in the esport. They are widely regarded as one of the strongest Halo teams of all time, winning the majority of the events in the 2006, 2007 and 2010 MLG seasons. For nearly the entirety of the team's tenure on the MLG Pro Circuit, it was lead by Tom "OGRE2" Ryan. Other prominent alumni include Dan "OGRE1" Ryan, Dave "Walshy" Walsh, Ryan "Saiyan" Danford, Michael "StrongSide" Cavanaugh, Justin "iGotUrPistola Deese, Justin "FearItSelf" Kats and Cameron "Victory X" Thorlakson.
2005: Origins, StK, Team 3D
Final Boss's roots lie in two Halo 2 teams, StK (Shoot to Kill) and Team 3D. StK started off 2005 with a roster comprised of twins Dan "OGRE1" and Tom "OGRE2" Ryan alongside Dave "Walshy" Walsh and Ryan "Saiyan" Danford. StK came in first at the five events it attended with this roster, before being picked up by esports organization Team 3D and winning eight of nine events, including the 2005 MLG New York National Championships.
2006: Final Boss, initial success
It was announced in an MLG article on April 20, 2006 that Team 3D had parted ways with its sponsor and changed its name to Final Boss. As they took on the Final Boss name, their dominance continued into 2006, winning the first four events, to make it 8 in a row, the longest winning streak in MLG history. They were then bested in the final three tournaments of the year by Carbon.
2007: The StrongSide era
Following their three consecutive defeats, Final Boss made a change to their roster for the first time since 2005. On December 6, 2006, it was made official that Saiyan was being dropped and replaced by Michael "StrongSide" Cavanaugh. This rendition of the roster was as successful as the first, winning 5 of the 7 tournaments that year. Final Boss closed out 2007 as the undisputed kings of Halo 2, having won 17 out of 23 tournaments.
2008: Early struggles; dropping Walshy
Final Boss started Halo 3 on the right foot, winning in Meadowlands, but it would be the only one they would win that year. After finishing 7th in San Diego and 5th in Orlando, they decided to drop Walshy and pick up Mason "Neighbor" Cobb. This propelled them slightly higher in the standings, placing 3rd in both Toronto and Dallas before finishing 4th at the national championships that year in Las Vegas.
2009: OGRE1's departure; lineup shuffling
2009 brought massive changes. OGRE1 left the team, leaving OGRE2 as the only remaining member of the original line up, now joined by Justin "Fearitself" Kats, Joseph "Mackeo" Reinhart and Cameron "Victory X" Thorlakson. This roster would finish 5th in Meadowlands and 3rd in Columbus before Mackeo would be replaced by a returning StrongSide. This lineup finished 5th in Dallas. FearitSelf then left and the team picked up Dmitriy "Soviet" Gulyan for a 9th place finish in Anaheim. They finished the year with Patrick "Sypher" Hynes in place of Soviet and an 8th place finish at the Orlando National Championships.
2010: Return to dominance
To kick 2010 off, FearitSelf would rejoin OGRE2 and Victory X, now accompanied by Anthony "Totz" Pennacchio, for a 3rd place finish in Orlando. Following this, Totz was replaced with Halo 3 phenom Justin "iGotUrPistola" Deese, formerly of Triggers Down, leading to a 2nd place finish in Columbus. The acquisition of Pistola would be the catalyst for a return to dominance for Final Boss, as the lineup went on to win the final 3 events of the year, ending the Halo 3 era the way that they began it.
2011: The Victory X/FearitSelf era
The successful 2010 roster returned for Halo: Reach in Dallas but only came in 10th place, the lowest Final Boss had placed since its inception. This prompted Pistola and the final original member, OGRE2, to depart, facilitating the return of Totz and new addition Tyler "Ninja" Blevins. The new squad finished 5th in Columbus. The team then parted ways with Ninja and brought in Scottie "Cloud" Holste for Anaheim. This lineup finished 8th.
- ManTrain joins as coach.
- 15th April - 1st Place at MLG Charlotte.
- 10th June - 1st Place at MLG Meadowlands.
- 22nd July - 2nd Place at MLG Dallas.
- 19th August - 1st Place at MLG Chicago.
- ManTrain leaves, TuPac joins.
- 23rd September - 2nd Place at MLG Orlando.
- TuPac leaves.
- 14th October - 1nd Place at MLG Las Vegas.
- 4th November - 1st Place at MLG Canada Open.
- 20th April - Final Boss forms with OGRE1, OGRE2, Walshy, and Saiyan.
- 23rd April - 1st Place at MLG New York.
- 21st May - 1st Place at MLG Dallas.
- 25th June - 1st Place at MLG Anaheim.
- 23rd July - 1st Place at MLG Chicago.
- 27th August - 2nd Place at MLG Orlando.
- 15th October - 2nd Place at MLG New York.
- OGRE3 joins as a coach.
- 13th October - Gilbert Arenas sponsors Final Boss.
- 19th November - 2nd Place at MLG Las Vegas.
- OGRE3 leaves.
- 6th December - Saiyan removed, StrongSide joins.
|FearItSelf||Justin Kats||The Agency|
|Hysteria||Jacob Reiser||Shady Halo Kids|
|Victory X||Cameron Thorlakson||The Agency|
|Amish Acorns||Jordan Dotzel||Revolution|
|Ninja||Tyler Blevins||Turning Point|
|OGRE1||Dan Ryan||The Incredibles|
|Saiyan||Ryan Danford||Make It Rain|
|Joe Fries||Joey Pennacchio||Coach|
- Consistently placed top 2 for two years in a row (2006-2008).
- Did not place out of money (top 8) for more than three years in a row (2006-2009).
- The Final Word – MLG Interviews Final Boss - majorleaguegaming.com - 09/10/06
- Neighbor Leaves Str8 Rippin, Joins Final Boss - majorleaguegaming.com - 07/25/08
- Final Boss Releases Walshy - majorleaguegaming.com - 07/23/08
- The Undefeated Journey: Final Boss at the 2007 National Championships - majorleaguegaming.com - 10/19/07
- The Final Boss Onslaught at MLG Chicago 2007 - majorleaguegaming.com - 08/31/07
- MLG Trivia #1: Final Boss - majorleaguegaming.com - 06/26/07
- The Boss is Back: The Story of Final Boss’ Return to Glory - majorleaguegaming.com - 04/20/07
- Final Boss Changes Roster - majorleaguegaming.com - 12/06/06
- Pro Team – Final Boss - majorleaguegaming.com - 09/08/06
- MLG Signs First Five Next-Level Pro Player Contracts! - majorleaguegaming.com - 06/21/06
- Final Boss Proves Unbeatable At MLG Dallas - majorleaguegaming.com - 06/05/06