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MLG Columbus 2009

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MLG Columbus 2009
MLG Columbus 2011.jpg
League Information
Event TypeOffline
Prize Pool$56,000
Start Date2009-6-5
End Date2009-6-7

MLG Columbus 2009 was the second event of the 2009 MLG season, taking place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio from June 5-7, 2009. Halo 3 was played in a 4v4 tournament alongside Gears of War 2 and World of Warcraft.


Triggers Down were the inaugural champions of 2009, shocking everyone with a Losers Bracket comeback in the Meadowlands, taking out teams such as Final Boss, Instinct and 2008 National Champions Str8 Rippin after being knocked out early by Believe the Hype. As such, they stuck together and looked to be the first team to win repeat Halo 3 events. The other top 3 seeds - Str8 Rippin, Instinct and Final Boss - stuck together as well, looking to build on their respectable finishes in the kickoff event. For every loss in 2008, Str8 Rippin had followed up with a win at the next event, and they were hoping to continue the pattern in Columbus. The highest seeded team to make a change was Carbon, dropping Soviet after one event in favor of the veteran Defy of VG The New Order. Despite their huge Cinderella run, Believe the Hype decided to make a change to its roster. Unable to get optimal LAN practice with the Canadian Sypher, they opted to drop him and pick up the newly available Soviet. 7th seeded Ambush, coming off a poor performance in the Meadowlands, now had to deal with the departure of Chig, opting to replace him with Gilkey. Status Quo stuck together, hoping to build on their first top 8 placing. Following a disappointing top 16 finish in the Meadowlands, the reunited original Classic lineup split, with Soldier187 and Legend recruiting Best Man from VG The New Order and Chig from Ambush to round out the roster. Short half a team, Naded and Karma of The New Order recruited two amateur players - Tensor and TetraShot, with Naded hoping to rekindle his past successes with amateur teammates on teams such as Perfect Storm and Fatal Images.

No major upsets occurred in the first round of the Championship Bracket. The biggest toss-up match of the round was between the 8th and 9th seeds - Status Quo and the retooled Classic. Chig and Best Man lead their new squad to a 4 game victory over SQ. Another hotly debated match was the new Carbon lineup vs. Heaven and Earth. In the end, the veteran Carbon squad had little trouble with HaE, taking the series in 4 games. In the following round, Classic were defeated by defending champions Triggers Down in 4 games, while Carbon again took Str8 Rippin to game 5, but could not convert in the final game, suffering the same result as in the Meadowlands. Meanwhile, Final Boss and Instinct rolled over Ambush and Believe the Hype, respectively, setting up the next round, where the top 4 teams would go at it. In a hotly anticipated rematch from Meadowlands, Triggers Down took on Final Boss. FB had publicly expressed their wishes for a rematch against TD, and they got it. Unfortunately for OGRE2 and company, they would suffer the same result as last time, falling 3-2 and entering the Losers' bracket. Meanwhile, Instinct took on a born again Str8 Rippin, who had enacted an intense practice regime after their disappointing placing in the Meadowlands. The series was extremely close, and in the end, Str8 emerged victorious, taking a 4-kill victory in Game 5 to emerge to the Winners' Finals against Final Boss.

One of the emergence stories from Columbus would come in the form of PisToL and the Jets, a team which barely survived the Open Bracket, starting off in the very first round of Losers'. They fought through 5 teams, culminating in the upset of 11th seeded Check Your Pulse, before finally being eliminated by Classic for top 8. On the other side of the bracket, K-Mart Shoppers did the exact same thing, fighting through rounds 1 to 5 (though round 3 was a bye), culminating in the upsets of End Result and XiT Woundz. Their run would be stopped in the same round as PisToL's, with a 3-0 loss to Carbon. 28th seeded Chilled Reality managed to upset Darkest Hour, but could not get past Status Quo. SQ made short work of Heaven and Earth and Ambush before meeting Classic in round 7 for a rematch. Classic would take the extended series 6-3, ending SQ's night with another top 8 finish. Meanwhile, Believe the Hype easily ousted Carbon, sweeping them out of the competition. Unfortunately for BtH, their next opponent was a hungry Final Boss. FB took the Meadowlands Cinderella story out 3-1. On the other side, Instinct were shockingly eliminated by the continually impressive Classic.

In the Winners' Finals, Triggers Down met Str8 Rippin in a rematch of the Meadowlands finals. This time, Str8 were an entirely different team. They did almost everything right en route to taking out TD 3-1 and securing at least 2nd place. This left TD to face Final Boss in an extension of their earlier series. FB clawed back, but could not overcome the deficit, eventually losing in 10 games as TD earned their rematch. Str8 took the Finals series in dominating fashion, culminating in a steak dinner in a Team Slayer match and a 6-1 overall victory. Str8 was back on top, and their rivalry with Triggers Down had another complete chapter.


MLG Columbus used a three bracket system. The Championship Bracket was a 16-team bracket seeded randomly, with the top 4 seeds placed in their own quadrants, with 1 and 4 being on one half of the bracket, and 2 and 3 being on the other half. Losing in rounds 1 and 2 sent a team to the Placement Bracket, where they would play to determine where in the Losers' Bracket they would emerge. Losing in rounds 3 and 4 of the Championship Bracket allowed teams to skip the Placement Bracket and immediately placed them in Losers rounds 8 and 10, respectively. The first round of the Placement Bracket pit the losers of CBR1 against eachother. The winners then played the losers of CBR2 (PBR2), while the losers played the top 4 teams coming out of the Open Bracket (PBR3). The winners and losers of PBR2 emerged in LBR6 and LBR5, respectively, while the winners and losers of PBR3 emerged in LBR4 and LBR3. The remainder of the bracket played out like a standard MLG Losers Bracket.

  • Open Bracket
    • Teams seeded below 16 placed in bracket
    • Top 16 teams advance to various positions in CB, depending on where they finished
    • Double-elimination, best of 3 series
      • Extended Series rule: best of 5 series starting 2-0, or 2-1 based on result of previous meeting
  • Championship Bracket
    • Top 16 teams randomly placed in bracket, with top 4 seeds in separate quadrants
    • Non-elimination Placement Bracket matches occur for certain LB placements
    • Double-elimination, best of 5 series


A total of $56,000 USD in prize money was awarded.

Place Prize (USD) Seed Team Roster
Gold.png 1st $20,000 2 Str8logo std.png Str8 Rippin elamitewarriorLegitTsquaredSnipedown
Silver.png 2nd $12,000 1 TDlogo std.png Triggers Down SKHysteria.Heinz.iGotUrPisto1a
Bronze.png 3rd $8,000 4 FBlogo std.png Final Boss FearItSelfOGRE2Victory XMackeo
4th $5,600 9 Classiclogo std.png Classic Soldi3r187[AsK]LeGeNdBesT MaNChig
5th $4,000 3 Inslogo std.png Instinct NeighborLunchboxRoyWalshy
6th $2,800 6 BtHlogo std.png Believe the Hype -Cloud--CIuTch-D3M0N-DKGB Soviet
7th $2,000 8 SQlogo std.png Status Quo StrongSidelx Ace xlFlamesworD25.Totz.
8th $1,600 5 Carbonlogo std.png Carbon GH057ayameShocKWav3Cpt AnarchyDefy
9th - 16 Dynlogo std.png Dynasty AsssaulteNabLeTricKsDaSaMuRiEMax/Pro
10th - 7 Ambushlogo std.png Ambush NtG NeXuSTiZoXiCGuN_ShoTGilkey
11th - 27 Logo std2.png PisToL and the Jets IceVayneIamTheArkanumPisToLMimic
12th - 28 Logo std2.png K-Mart Shoppers ShotmakerZFreeeLBRaaaK3SheeeR
13th - 10 HaElogo std.png Heaven and Earth KillerDrewDSPoWeeZyPerplexityHokuM
14th - 25 Logo std2.png pT Virtuosity J3TTYRobbie.B_GaTeD_iPainless
15th - 11 Logo std2.png Check Your Pulse EliLilsebOl_Man_MakowskiNocturnalKernal
16th - 12 Logo std2.png XiT WoundZ ItwasluckBonfireMLGxFrisKySasquatch_Snipa
17th - 26 Logo std2.png Chilled Reality l BaTMaYnE lI CallMeGod IHeLLuVaRudy
18th - 14 ERlogo std.png End Result TalenTMonizMadmax_ehThuggishKlLLA
19th - 20 SvRlogo std.png Severance GoofywtfadventcrucifyuMonix
20th - 18 Logo std2.png High Society ~Aries~Trip.-MoNsTeR-a Pure Gangster
21st - 19 Logo std2.png AMP North of 49 Alpha_XFactorFearrisSuperStr8SicKFrywod
22nd - 17 SLUlogo std.png Swagger Like Us ZooWuuFearrisThrust.Violenc3
23rd - 13 DHlogo std.png Darkest Hour TwYLighTI FrOsty IGregoRFrywod
24th - 15
25th - 21 Logo std2.png pT Uprising Mayhem.LokiiiMr.SupaflyMoe_
26th - 22 Logo std2.png Flatline NickeL.9-TussGhost_AttackSnake Bite
27th - 23 Logo std2.png Escape the Fate LegendJRGInSaiyanIPhatHoleIzNightMarE.
28th - 24 Logo std2.png Redemption Wiise0KleanUp0Dad_DuseOh-Raiden
29th - 31 Logo std2.png Prototype Amplifyedurka123.KrunchyZildjiaN
30th - 32 Logo std2.png Remedy MgS1SnAkEdrewfrenzyInfamousGhostxi3rett
31st - 29 Logo std2.png Shady Halo Kids Kash_Moneyex_badkidLuCKY_SHoTTTxWHODiNix
32nd - 30 Logo std2.png The Dollar Menu -Milk-HoTaXHaloKnight_tR-MidGe-
  • Note: The 15th seeded team did not report to their matches. All of their opponents were given byes and the spot where they would have placed was left blank.


Winners Bracket

  Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
  TDlogo std.png TD 3
  Dynlogo std.png Dyn 1
  TDlogo std.png TD 3
  Classiclogo std.png Classic 1
  Classiclogo std.png Classic 3
  SQlogo std.png sQ 1
  TDlogo std.png TD 3
  FBlogo std.png FB 2
  Ambushlogo std.png Ambush 3
  Logo std2.png XiT Woundz 0
  Ambushlogo std.png Ambush 1
  FBlogo std.png FB 3
  FBlogo std.png FB BYE
  Inslogo std.png Ins 3
  ERlogo std.png eR 0
  Inslogo std.png Ins 3
  BtHlogo std.png BtH 1
  Logo std2.png CYP 1
  BtHlogo std.png BtH 3
  Inslogo std.png Ins 2
  Str8logo std.png Str8 3
  Carbonlogo std.png Carbon 3
  HaElogo std.png HaE 1
  Carbonlogo std.png Carbon 2
  Str8logo std.png Str8 3
  DHlogo std.png DH 0
  Str8logo std.png Str8 3

Losers Bracket

  Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
  Ambushlogo std.png Ambush 1
  SQlogo std.png sQ 3
  SQlogo std.png sQ 3   Inslogo std.png Ins 1
  HaElogo std.png HaE 0   SQlogo std.png sQ 3
  Classiclogo std.png Classic 3
  Classiclogo std.png Classic 6
  Classiclogo std.png Classic 3
  Logo std2.png CYP 1
  Logo std2.png P&tJ 0
  Logo std2.png P&tJ 3
  Carbonlogo std.png Carbon 3
  Logo std2.png K-Mart 3
  Logo std2.png K-Mart 0   FBlogo std.png FB 3
  Logo std2.png XiT WoundZ 0   Carbonlogo std.png Carbon 0
  BtHlogo std.png BtH 1
  BtHlogo std.png BtH 3
  BtHlogo std.png BtH 3
  Dynlogo std.png Dyn 3
  Dynlogo std.png Dyn 1
  Logo std2.png Virtuosity 1

Final Bracket

From Winners Bracket
Grand Final
  TDlogo std.png TD 1
  Str8logo std.png Str8 6
  Str8logo std.png Str8 3
  TDlogo std.png TD 1
  TDlogo std.png TD 6
From Losers Bracket
  FBlogo std.png FB 4
  Classiclogo std.png Classic 1
  FBlogo std.png FB 3



  • MLG Pro Circuit - Episode 2
  • Playlist of Event VoD
    • Pregame Show
    • WB Round 1 - Str8 Rippin vs. Darkest Hour
    • Snipedown Interview
    • WB Round 1 - Carbon vs. Heaven and Earth
    • Cpt Anarchy Interview
    • WB Round 3 - Triggers Down vs. Final Boss
    • WB Round 3 - Str8 Rippin vs. Instinct
    • WB Finals - Triggers Down vs. Str8 Rippin
    • LB Finals - Triggers Down vs. Final Boss
    • Grand Finals - Triggers Down vs. Str8 Rippin
    • Tsquared Interview





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