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MLG Orlando 2008

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MLG Orlando 2008
League Information
Event TypeOffline
Prize Pool$56,000
Start Date2008-7-11
End Date2008-7-13

MLG Orlando 2008 was the third event of the 2008 MLG season, taking place at the Orlando Marriott World Center Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from July 11-13, 2008. Halo 3 was played in a 4v4 tournament, alongside Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, Gears of War and World of Warcraft.


The new breed had arrived. Following a dominant performance by Str8 Rippin in which they only dropped a single game, and a lackluster 7th place finish from Final Boss, there was a new team to fear on the pro circuit. Despite there being less than a month between events, a big number of team changes occurred before Orlando. Only Str8 Rippin and Final Boss's rosters remained intact. The 2nd place Instinct opted to replace Snipedown with former member Victory X. Snipedown then went to fill Victory X's spot on Triggers Down. Carbon, unsatisfied with being consistently outside the finals, made their first ever team change, dropping Gandhi in favor of Cpt Anarchy. Classic also looked to improve, dropping FeaR and replacing him with Naded from Fatal Images. Fear and Gandhi would link up with Defy and Best Man to form PSF. Fatal Images would suffer another blow with the departure of veteran member Foulacy. To fill the holes, TiZoXiC and Severince recruited Maniac and Laquatus. The 6th place Believe the Hype suffered the loss of Heinz and NeXuS, who left to join Ambush, replacing Eli and Gun Shot. The Ambush duo in turn joined BtH. Other teams changing it up included Breaking Point, Chilled Reality and XiT Woundz.

The Open Bracket had its own surprising results, with Halo 2 all-star team Shamocracy, featuring Bonfire, Xtremist and Samurai650, failed to make it out. Another team of Halo 2 stars, Check Your Pulse, failed to make it out as well. The Championship Bracket kicked off and it wasn't long until a big upset, with Chilled Reality sending the new Carbon lineup to Losers' as early as Round 2. Former Carbon member Gandhi and PSF didn't fare any better, being taken out by Instinct in the same round. Also in Round 2, Ambush took out Fatal Images in a battle of the 8th and 9th seeds. These three teams would need to go on big LB runs to salvage top 8 placings, and they started with victories in their first two Losers' matches. In WB Round 3, Triggers Down, Final Boss and Instinct had no trouble with their matches, defeating Classic, Chilled Reality and Believe the Hype with relative ease. Str8 Rippin had a much harder time however, underestimating Ambush and losing 3-2 to the upstart squad. In Losers', Str8 put an end to PSF's run for a top 12 finish, while Carbon swept Classic and Fatal Images took a 3-2 victory over Believe the Hype. Chilled Reality continued their run, taking out Breaking Point in 5 games. Not done yet, Str8 laid down a 3-1 victory on Carbon, setting up a date with the loser of FB vs. TD, while Chilled Reality pulled of another upset, defeating Fatal Images with a score of 3-1.

In the Winners' Semifinals, Triggers Down laid waste to Ambush, taking a 3-0 victory. Meanwhile, Instinct put a dagger in Final Boss's resurgence plans, taking a 5 game series and putting them in danger of another early tournament exit. Str8 twisted the dagger, taking a 3-0 victory over Final Boss, ending their night with a top 6 finish. While an improvement over San Diego, it would not be enough to prevent major roster changes for the formerly dominant squad in the near future. On the other side of the bracket, Ambush ended Chilled Reality's Cinderella run in a close 5 game series, setting up a rematch with Str8 for top 3. Str8 learned from their mistakes in the first series, and took 4 straight games to eliminate Ambush with a 6-3 score. Triggers Down continued their dominant tournament run, defeating Instinct 3-0, going into the finals with a perfect record. Str8 rolled over Instinct, defeating them 3-0 and earning a spot in the finals after a 5 round Losers' Bracket run. Str8 would need to win two consecutive 5 game series' to win the event coming out of Losers', while TD needed only one. They managed to take the first series by a narrow score of 3-2, but TD regained their composure and took a 3-0 sweep to win their first ever tournament, becoming only the fourth team to win an event since 2005.


  • Open bracket
    • Teams seeded below #16 compete in Open bracket
    • 16 teams uneliminated advance to Championship Bracket as Seeds #17-32
    • Double-Elimination, best of 3 series
      • Extended Series rule: best of 7 series starting 2-0 or 2-1 based on result of previous meeting
  • Championship bracket
    • Double-Elimination, best of 5 series
      • Extended Series rule: best of 11 series starting 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2 based on result of previous meeting
    • Consolation matches take place for all individual placings from 5-32


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

Place Prize (USD) Seed Team Roster
Gold.png 1st $20,000 4 TDlogo std.png Triggers Down SKFearItSelfHysteriaSnipedownMazsik.
Silver.png 2nd $12,000 1 Str8logo std.png Str8 Rippin TsquaredLegitelamitewarriorNeighborxXx
Bronze.png 3rd $8,000 2 Inslogo std.png Instinct MackeoLunchboxRoyVictory XLunchbox's Friend
4th $5,600 9 Ambushlogo std.png Ambush MudVayneiGotUrPisto1aNtG NeXuSHeinz AlmightyI BullzeyE I
5th $4,000 3 FBlogo std.png Final Boss WalshyStrongSideOGRE2OGRE1ManTrain
6th $2,800 11 Logo std2.png Chilled Reality PerplexityTheAr7oFWaRKGB SovietI CallMeGod IC-Nezir
7th $2,000 6 Carbonlogo std.png Carbon ShocKWav3GH057ayameKarmaCpt AnarchyMrShookaDance
8th $1,600 8 Logo std2.png Fatal Images TiZoXiCSeVeRiNcE_LaquatusMaNiiaCColinsabeast
9th - 7 BtHlogo std.png Believe the Hype -Cloud-SsSilentGuN_ShoTEliJTBravo
10th - 5 Classiclogo std.png Classic [AsK]LeGeNdPimPsAnTSoldi3r187Nadedx-A-Girl
11th - 13 Logo std2.png Breaking oint OVERSHIELDlx Ace xlChigIntheclutchnbk 12gagekilr7
12th - 18 Logo std2.png PSF FeaR is SicKDefyBesT MaNGandhi
13th - 14 Logo std2.png XiT Woundz ItwasluckPoWeeZyI FrOsty ITwYLighT
14th - 12 Logo std2.png The Influence TalenTLowkinLilsebTimeliestBruteNotor1ous
15th - 10 Logo std2.png High Life TDPyrocyWooooLyhslightkingSlimFever
16th - 17 Logo std2.png Dirty Ghetto Kids big8hurtAsssaultGOODWILLSnuff Saidhottehmolly
17th - 16 Logo std2.png Nice Like Rice RephoriKSwisHaaLegendJRG-Milk-Procto Pirate
18th - 27 Logo std2.png THE DyNaStY ThuggishKlLLARVG XiphoZl BaTMaYnE lbradfox2
19th - 26 Logo std2.png Arsenal Trevefresh2FearrisSheeeRNickel-9CoachArsenal
20th - 21 Logo std2.png Emphasis xThRuStGhost_Attack~Aries~Snake BiteFactiioNN
21st - 15 SQlogo std.png Status Quo lProlificFlamesworD25s1yElumniteProiific
22nd - 29 Logo std2.png Ununtrium BRaaaaaaaaaaaKeHunter JjxIamTheArkanumDeViOuZ
23rd - 19 Logo std2.png The Syndicate SquirrelPiLEZ.(Its DizZy)TrIcKsDaSaMuRiE
24th - 25 Logo std2.png Adversity MeRkAg3Obii-DeRsKy-SilverSonMONstaRRR
25th - 31 Logo std2.png The Main Attraction pandafinessD34DLYFORCEApoKDX-Knight
26th - 24 Logo std2.png Mind Over Matter!!! xDekeCancer--Vile-xEzkoladexAzrael_SG
27th - 30 Logo std2.png Ultimate Aptitude_-DeclineR-MeGaH.TuSicK_X.RebRaG
28th - 28 Logo std2.png Zone 6 Fat-BubbGr4y_FoXDrumMeRIntangiblesC TWO
29th - 22 ARlogo std.png Active Rush IceVayneBallSlawj0rdizzlePvSorroiDeToX
30th - 32 Logo std2.png Game Over GokpiafykchokesMRFILMCLIPGatillero05
31st - 23 Logo std2.png Hood Ninjas CaPwNzITrip.uStorm_X-MoNsTeR-lvl_70_PALADIN
32nd - 20 Logo std2.png Florida Jackalopes SnoopzaExiLeEleven_11FJ-MandoITRIGAI


Winners Bracket

  Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
  Str8logo std.png Str8 3
  Logo std2.png Game Over 0
  Str8logo std.png Str8 3
  Logo std2.png DGK 0
  Logo std2.png DGK 3
  Logo std2.png NLR 1
  Str8logo std.png Str8 2
  Ambushlogo std.png Ambush 3
  Ambushlogo std.png Ambush 3
  Logo std2.png Ability 0
  Ambushlogo std.png Ambush 3
  Logo std2.png FI 0
  Logo std2.png Adversity 0
  Logo std2.png FI 3
  Ambushlogo std.png Ambush 0
  TDlogo std.png TD 3
  Classiclogo std.png Classic 3
  Logo std2.png Zone 6 0
  Classiclogo std.png Classic W
  Logo std2.png Influence
  Logo std2.png Emphasis 1
  Logo std2.png Influence 3
  Classiclogo std.png Classic 0
  TDlogo std.png TD 3
  Logo std2.png Breaking 3
  Logo std2.png FJ 0
  Logo std2.png Breaking 0
  TDlogo std.png TD 3
  Logo std2.png Ununtrium 0
  TDlogo std.png TD 3
  FBlogo std.png FB 3
  Logo std2.png Ultimate 0
  FBlogo std.png FB 3
  Logo std2.png XiT 0
  Logo std2.png Syndicate
  Logo std2.png XiT W
  FBlogo std.png FB W
  Logo std2.png Chilled
  Logo std2.png Chilled W
  ARlogo std.png AR
  Logo std2.png Chilled 3
  Carbonlogo std.png Carbon 1
  Dynlogo std.png Dyn 1
  Carbonlogo std.png Carbon 3
  FBlogo std.png FB 2
  Inslogo std.png Ins 3
  BtHlogo std.png BtH W
  Logo std2.png Arsenal
  BtHlogo std.png BtH W
  Logo std2.png High Life
  Logo std2.png Hood Ninjas
  Logo std2.png High Life W
  BtHlogo std.png BtH
  Inslogo std.png Ins W
  SQlogo std.png sQ 1
  Logo std2.png PSF 3
  Logo std2.png PSF 1
  Inslogo std.png Ins 3
  Logo std2.png TMA
  Inslogo std.png Ins W

Losers Bracket

  Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6
  Logo std2.png PSF W
  Logo std2.png GO
  Logo std2.png NLR   Str8logo std.png Str8 3
  Logo std2.png NLR W   Logo std2.png PSF 3
  Logo std2.png PSF 1
  Logo std2.png High Life 1
  Logo std2.png High Life W
  Logo std2.png Adversity W   Str8logo std.png Str8 3
  Logo std2.png Adversity   Str8logo std.png Str8 3
  Logo std2.png Ability   FBlogo std.png FB 0
  Carbonlogo std.png Carbon 1
  Carbonlogo std.png Carbon W
  Logo std2.png Zone 6
  Logo std2.png Emphasis   Classiclogo std.png Classic 0
  Logo std2.png Emphasis W   Carbonlogo std.png Carbon 3
  Carbonlogo std.png Carbon 3
  Logo std2.png XiT 1
  Logo std2.png XiT W
  Logo std2.png UNT W
  Logo std2.png Ununtrium
  Logo std2.png FJ
  Logo std2.png Breaking W
  Logo std2.png Ultimate
  Logo std2.png Syndicate   Logo std2.png Chilled 3
  Logo std2.png Syn W   Logo std2.png Breaking 3
  Logo std2.png Breaking 2
  Logo std2.png Influence 2
  Logo std2.png Influence W
  Dynlogo std.png Dyn W   Ambushlogo std.png Ambush 3
  Dynlogo std.png Dyn   Logo std2.png Chilled 3
  ARlogo std.png AR   Logo std2.png Chilled 2
  Logo std2.png FI 1
  Logo std2.png FI W
  Logo std2.png Arsenal W
  Logo std2.png Arsenal   BtHlogo std.png BtH 2
  Logo std2.png HN   Logo std2.png FI 3
  Logo std2.png FI 3
  Logo std2.png DGK 2
  Logo std2.png DGK W
  Logo std2.png TMA
  SQlogo std.png sQ
  SQlogo std.png sQ W

Final Bracket

From Winners Bracket
Grand Final
  TDlogo std.png TD 3
  TDlogo std.png TD 2 3
  Inslogo std.png Ins 0
  Str8logo std.png Str8 3 0
  Inslogo std.png Ins 0
From Losers Bracket
  Str8logo std.png Str8 3
  Str8logo std.png Str8 6
  Ambushlogo std.png Ambush 3

Note: Bracket constructed through information available in articles on majorleaguegaming.com.



  • MLG Pro Circuit - Episode 3
  • Playlist of Event VoD
    • WB Round 2 - Triggers Down vs. Breaking Point
    • SK Interview
    • WB Round 3 - Triggers Down vs. Classic
    • Snipedown and SK Interview
    • Tsquared's Tips
    • WB Finals - Instinct vs. Triggers Down
    • Mackeo Interview
    • LB Semifinals - Str8 Rippin vs. Ambush
    • LB Finals - Str8 Rippin vs. Instinct
    • Tsquared Interview
    • Grand Finals - Str8 Rippin vs. Triggers Down
    • Triggers Down Interview




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