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Final Boss
Team information
Location United States
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Created 2006-04-20
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Disbanded 2011
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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.


Halo 2

2005: Origins, StK, Team 3D

Team 3D logo.

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.

Halo 3

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.

Halo Reach

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.


  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006

Player Roster


ID Name Next Team
USA FearItSelf Justin Kats TAlogo std.png The Agency
USA Hysteria Jacob Reiser Logo std2.png Shady Halo Kids
USA Legit Bryan Rizzo Warriorslogo std.png Warriors
USA Victory X Cameron Thorlakson TAlogo std.png The Agency
USA Amish Acorns Jordan Dotzel Logo std2.png Revolution
USA Cloud Scott Holste Dynlogo std.png Dynasty
USA Totz Anthony Pennacchio Logo std2.png Secret
USA Ninja Tyler Blevins TPlogo std.png Turning Point
USA iGotUrPistola Justin Deese Inslogo std.png Instinct
USA OGRE2 Tom Ryan Inslogo std.png Instinct
USA StrongSide Michael Cavanaugh Carbonlogo std.png Carbon
USA Sypher Patrick Hynes Warriorslogo std.png Warriors
USA Soviet Dmitriy Gulyan
USA Mackeo Joseph Reinhart Ambushlogo std.png Ambush
USA Neighbor Mason Cobb Inslogo std.png Instinct
USA OGRE1 Dan Ryan Logo std2.png The Incredibles
USA Walshy Dave Walsh Inslogo std.png Instinct
USA Saiyan Ryan Danford Logo std2.png Make It Rain



ID Name Position
USA Joe Fries Joey Pennacchio Coach
USA Mazsik Jason Vaughn Coach
USA Kill3n Derek Smith Coach
USA Bravo Andy Dudynsky Coach
USA OGRE3 Marty Ryan Coach
USA ManTrain 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).

Tournament History

End Date Game Place Prize Event Players (Coach)
November 20, 2011 Halo reach logo.png A66th $14,000 MLG Providence Championships 2011 Victory XFearitSelfHysteriaLegit
October 16, 2011 Halo reach logo.png B010th - MLG Orlando 2011 Victory XFearitSelfHysteriaLegit
August 28, 2011 Halo reach logo.png B010th - MLG Raleigh 2011 Victory XFearitSelfHysteriaAmish Acorns
July 31, 2011 Halo reach logo.png A77th $1,600 MLG Anaheim 2011 Victory XFearitSelfTotzCloudJoe Fries
June 5, 2011 Halo reach logo.png A55th $4,000 MLG Columbus 2011 Victory XFearitSelfTotzNinja
April 3, 2011 Halo reach logo.png B010th - MLG Dallas 2011 OGRE2Victory XFearitSelfiGotUrPistola
November 7, 2010 Halo 3 logo.png A11st $100,000 MLG Dallas Championships 2010 OGRE2Victory XFearitSelfiGotUrPistolaMazsik
October 17, 2010 Halo 3 logo.png A11st $20,000 MLG D.C. 2010 OGRE2Victory XFearitSelfiGotUrPistolaMazsik
August 29, 2010 Halo 3 logo.png A11st $20,000 MLG Raleigh 2010 OGRE2Victory XFearitSelfiGotUrPistola
June 6, 2010 Halo 3 logo.png A22nd $12,000 MLG Columbus 2010 OGRE2Victory XFearitSelfiGotUrPistolaKill3n
April 18, 2010 Halo 3 logo.png A33rd $8,000 MLG Orlando 2010 OGRE2Victory XFearitSelfTotzJoe Fries
January 10, 2010 Halo 3 logo.png A88th $8,000 MLG Orlando Championships 2009 OGRE2Victory XStrongSideSypher
November 8, 2009 Halo 3 logo.png A99th - MLG Anaheim 2009 OGRE2Victory XStrongSideSoviet
August 30, 2009 Halo 3 logo.png A55th $4,000 MLG Dallas 2009 OGRE2FearitSelfVictory XStrongSide
June 7, 2009 Halo 3 logo.png A33rd $8,000 MLG Columbus 2009 OGRE2FearitSelfMackeoVictory X
April 5, 2009 Halo 3 logo.png A55th $4,000 MLG Meadowlands 2009 OGRE2FearitSelfMackeoVictory X
November 23, 2008 Halo 3 logo.png A44th $28,000 MLG Las Vegas Championships 2008 OGRE1OGRE2StrongSideNeighborBravo
October 5, 2008 Halo 3 logo.png A33rd $8,000 MLG Dallas 2008 OGRE1OGRE2StrongSideNeighborBravo
August 24, 2008 Halo 3 logo.png A33rd $8,000 MLG Toronto 2008 OGRE1OGRE2StrongSideNeighborBravo
July 13, 2008 Halo 3 logo.png A55th $4,000 MLG Orlando 2008 OGRE1OGRE2WalshyStrongSideManTrain
June 15, 2008 Halo 3 logo.png A77th $8,000 MLG San Diego 2008 OGRE1OGRE2WalshyStrongSide
April 13, 2008 Halo 3 logo.png A11st $20,000 MLG Meadowlands 2008 OGRE1OGRE2WalshyStrongSide
November 4, 2007 Halo 2 logo.png A11st $20,000 MLG Canada Open 2007 OGRE1OGRE2WalshyStrongSide
October 14, 2007 Halo 2 logo.png A11st $100,000 MLG Las Vegas 2007 OGRE1OGRE2WalshyStrongSide
September 23, 2007 Halo 2 logo.png A22nd $12,000 MLG Orlando 2007 OGRE1OGRE2WalshyStrongSideTupac
August 19, 2007 Halo 2 logo.png A11st $20,000 MLG Chicago 2007 OGRE1OGRE2WalshyStrongSideManTrain
July 22, 2007 Halo 2 logo.png A22nd $12,000 MLG Dallas 2007 OGRE1OGRE2WalshyStrongSideManTrain
June 10, 2007 Halo 2 logo.png A11st $20,000 MLG Meadowlands 2007 OGRE1OGRE2WalshyStrongSideManTrain
April 15, 2007 Halo 2 logo.png A11st $20,000 MLG Charlotte 2007 OGRE1OGRE2WalshyStrongSideManTrain
November 19, 2006 Halo 2 logo.png A22nd $50,000 MLG Las Vegas Championships 2006 OGRE1OGRE2SaiyanWalshyOGRE3
October 15, 2006 Halo 2 logo.png A22nd $20,000 MLG New York Playoffs 2006 OGRE1OGRE2SaiyanWalshy
August 27, 2006 Halo 2 logo.png A22nd $8,000 MLG Orlando 2006 OGRE1OGRE2SaiyanWalshy
July 23, 2006 Halo 2 logo.png A11st $12,000 MLG Chicago 2006 OGRE1OGRE2SaiyanWalshy
June 25, 2006 Halo 2 logo.png A11st $12,000 MLG Anaheim 2006 OGRE1OGRE2SaiyanWalshy
May 21, 2006 Halo 2 logo.png A11st $12,000 MLG Dallas 2006 OGRE1OGRE2SaiyanWalshy
April 23, 2006 Halo 2 logo.png A11st $12,000 MLG New York 2006 OGRE1OGRE2SaiyanWalshy

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