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MLG Dallas 2009

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MLG Dallas 2009
MLG Dallas 2011.png
League Information
Event TypeOffline
Prize Pool$56,000
Start Date2009-8-28
End Date2009-8-30

MLG Dallas 2009 was the third event of the 2009 MLG season, taking place at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas from August 28-30, 2009. Halo 3 was played in a 4v4 tournament alongside Gears of War 2 and World of Warcraft.


Str8 Rippin were back on top, continuing their pattern of winning every second Halo 3 event, and Columbus appeared to solidify that, despite an off showing in the Meadowlands, the National Champions were still the team to beat. With equally high expectations as the top two teams, but lacking an event win, something had to give for Instinct. As a result, they made the decision to drop fan favorite Walshy in favor of GH057ayame, leaving Carbon after a three year tenure with the team and leaving ShockWav3 as the only remaining member from the 2006 National Championship roster. Walshy replaced GH057ayame on Carbon. Carbon's moves didn't stop there. They also dropped Cpt Anarchy and picked up Naded, who was fresh off a top 40 finish with his "Golden Ticket" project. Final Boss, still looking to return to the top 2 for the first time since Meadowlands '08, made a roster change as well, replacing Mackeo with the returning StrongSide, who had left Status Quo after back to back top 8 finishes. Mackeo went to the struggling Ambush, replacing Gun Shot. Believe the Hype released Clutch with the intention of bringing back Sypher, but Sypher was unable to attend the tournament, so BtH was forced to recruit Maniac, a player with limited success in the top 8. Clutch went on to fill the gap left by StrongSide on Status Quo.

The first round of Winners' went as expected, with no upsets occurring. Things got interesting in Round 2. Str8 took a close series 3-2 over BtH, while Instinct narrowly advanced over Classic. Triggers Down made short work of Status Quo. In the biggest upset thus far, Carbon took out Final Boss in four games, already guaranteeing a higher placing than the previous event's lineup. The Carbon hype train didn't stop there, as they shockingly swept Str8 out in Round 3. Triggers Down took out Instinct in 4 games, setting up a WB Finals match against Carbon.

The biggest story in the early rounds of Losers' action was undoubtedly Under The Influence. Consisting of four players who had all been on different teams in Columbus, UtI came into the event with holstered expectations. Starting in Round 1, UtI fought through 6 teams, including high seeds Heaven and Earth and Believe the Hype, before finally being stopped by Final Boss in Round 7. Upset in Round 6 was Status Quo, eliminated by Dynasty in 4 games. Dynasty then met Classic in Round 7, where they lost an extended series which went all the way to game 10. It was the first top 8 finish for everyone on the team. Coming off their victory over Under the Influence, Final Boss looked to defeat Instinct in Round 8 and get another shot at Carbon. Unfortunately for FB, Instinct narrowly took the series 3-2. Str8 made short work of Classic, but before they were able to get another shot at Carbon, they were defeated by Instinct 3-1, continuing the win/loss pattern for Str8.

In the Winners' Finals, Carbon made a series out of it, but were unable to defeat the juggernaut Triggers Down squad, losing in 5 games. In the Losers' Finals, Carbon rolled over Instinct, continuing the "Walshy curse", which suggests that a team dropping Walshy will always be outplaced by Walshy's new team. Despite their newfound confidence going into the Finals, Carbon could not overtake Triggers Down, eventually losing in 10 games.

iGotUrPistola of Triggers Down was named the MVP of the event, while Demon D of Believe the Hype was named the Old Spice Rising Star nominee of the event.


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 TDlogo std.png Triggers Down SKHysteria.Heinz.iGotUrPisto1a
Silver.png 2nd $12,000 8 Carbonlogo std.png Carbon ShocKWav3DefyNadedWalshy
Bronze.png 3rd $8,000 3 Inslogo std.png Instinct NeighborLunchboxRoyGH057ayame
4th $5,600 1 Str8logo std.png Str8 Rippin TsquaredelamitewarriorLegitSnipedown
5th $4,000 4 FBlogo std.png Final Boss FearItSelfOGRE2Victory XStrongSide
6th $2,800 6 Classiclogo std.png Classic Soldi3r187[AsK]LeGeNdBesT MaNChig
7th $2,000 27 Logo std2.png Under The Influence TalenTTwYLighTl BaTMaYnE la Pure Gangster
8th $1,600 11 Dynlogo std.png Dynasty AsssaulteNabLeMax/ProDestin.
9th - 5 BtHlogo std.png Believe the Hype -Cloud-D3M0N-DKGB SovietMaNiiaC
10th - 7 SQlogo std.png Status Quo .FlamesworD.lx Ace xl.Totz.-CIuTch-
11th - 18 Logo std2.png Relapse FearrisDerskyLokiiiSnake Bite
12th - 17 Logo std2.png eMg Virtuosity J3TTYRobbie.BNocturnalKernaliPainless
13th - 21 SLUlogo std.png Swagger Like Us ZooWuuwtfadventThrust.-MoNsTeR-
14th - 10 HaElogo std.png Heaven and Earth KillerDrewDSPoWeeZyHokuMTetRa Sh0t
15th - 15 Logo std2.png PisToL and the Jets IceVayneIamTheArkanumPisToLMimic
16th - 9 Ambushlogo std.png Ambush NtG NeXuSTiZoXiCGilkeyMackeo
17th - 25 Logo std2.png North of 49 G-SpOtimporteddMonizDARKscorpion
18th - 23 Logo std2.png Driven by Adrenaline SpeeDMeGaH.-PrawN-ColdHrTed
19th - 20 Logo std2.png BIGGER is BETTER DubayxAcekillNotorious-P.A.C.St-NiicK
20th - 13 Logo std2.png Overnight Sensation LilsebEliGuN_ShoTWoNkA
21st - 12 ERlogo std.png End Result Madmax_ehThuggishKlLLAI CallMeGod I-Goofy-
22nd - 16 Logo std2.png EBK High Life FeaRElumniteCpt AnarchyBonfire
23rd - 14 Logo std2.png Overlooked Sasquatch_SnipaMLGxFrisKy.ReZzO.Ol_Man_Makowski
24th - 19 Logo std2.png Florida Jackalopes BRaaaK3Trip.Eleven_11SyNoX
25th - 28 Logo std2.png California Love I FrOsty ISneakEBeaverSuperStr8SicKSeVeRiNcE
26th - 31 Logo std2.png Supernatural MinorityManI_Calm_IBeast_702KonShi
27th - 24 VSlogo std.png Victorious Secret FugoTuSicK_XxWatchl SwiftKil l
28th - 22 Logo std2.png Afternoon Delight campking-Xconn_Seige_xWHODiNix
29th - 30 Logo std2.png Remedy InfamousGhostxi3rettdrewfrenzyMgS1SnAkE
30th - 29 Logo std2.png The Main Attraction Bioshock15XPULZI0NpandafinessDX-Knight
31st - 32 Logo std2.png Affliction ToZzicKiDeMiiZeBuLLeTzViip3
32nd - 26 Logo std2.png Prototype (Team) Kash_Moneyex_badkidAmplifyeZildjiaN


Winners Bracket

  Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
  Str8logo std.png Str8 3
  Logo std2.png P&tJ 0
  Str8logo std.png Str8 3
  BtHlogo std.png BtH 2
  ERlogo std.png eR 0
  BtHlogo std.png BtH 3
  Str8logo std.png Str8 0
  Carbonlogo std.png Carbon 3
  Carbonlogo std.png Carbon 3
  Dynlogo std.png Dyn 1
  Carbonlogo std.png Carbon 3
  FBlogo std.png FB 1
  Logo std2.png Overlooked 0
  FBlogo std.png FB 3
  Inslogo std.png Ins 3
  Logo std2.png OS 0
  Inslogo std.png Ins 3
  Classiclogo std.png Classic 2
  HaElogo std.png HaE 0
  Classiclogo std.png Classic 3
  Inslogo std.png Ins 1
  TDlogo std.png TD 3
  SQlogo std.png sQ 3
  Ambushlogo std.png Ambush 2
  SQlogo std.png sQ 1
  TDlogo std.png TD 3
  Logo std2.png EBK High Life 1
  TDlogo std.png TD 3

Losers Bracket

  Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
  FBlogo std.png FB 3
  Logo std2.png Virtuosity 3
  Logo std2.png Virtuosity 0   Inslogo std.png Ins 3
  Ambushlogo std.png Ambush 1   FBlogo std.png FB 3
  FBlogo std.png FB 2
  Logo std2.png UTI 0
  BtHlogo std.png BtH 2
  HaElogo std.png HaE 0
  Logo std2.png UTI 3
  Logo std2.png UTI 3
  SQlogo std.png sQ 1
  SLUlogo std.png SLU 1
  Dynlogo std.png Dyn 3   Str8logo std.png Str8 3
  Dynlogo std.png Dyn 3   Dynlogo std.png Dyn 4
  Classiclogo std.png Classic 1
  Classiclogo std.png Classic 6
  Classiclogo std.png Classic 3
  Logo std2.png P&tJ 1
  Logo std2.png Relapse 1
  Logo std2.png Relapse 3

Final Bracket

From Winners Bracket
Grand Final
  Carbonlogo std.png Carbon 2
  TDlogo std.png TD 6
  TDlogo std.png TD 3
  Carbonlogo std.png Carbon 4
  Inslogo std.png Ins 0
From Losers Bracket
  Carbonlogo std.png Carbon 3
  Inslogo std.png Ins 3
  Str8logo std.png Str8 1



  • MLG Pro Circuit - Episode 3
  • Playlist of Event VoD
    • Pregame Show
    • WB Round 1 - Status Quo vs. Ambush
    • WB Round 1 - Instinct vs. Overnight Sensation
    • WB Round 3 - Str8 Rippin vs. Carbon
    • WB Round 3 - Triggers Down vs. Instinct
    • WB Finals - Triggers Down vs. Carbon
    • LB Finals - Instinct vs. Carbon
    • Grand Finals - Triggers Down vs. Carbon





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