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Austin "Mikwen" McCleary is a former professional halo player. He is well known for his time with Renegades, Team EnVyUs, Denial eSports and Turning Point. He announced his retirement from the competitive scene on December 17th 2018.
Austin McCleary was born on September 14th. He is from Battle Creek, Michigan.
Mikwen's first professional event was MLG Columbus 2009 where he secured a top 80 finish as a member of Defining Moment alongside Apple, Best Mistake and Laxkid. He then attended Dallas with Focus, Obiee and Stank as a member of American Havok where he placed top 64. He then attended Anaheim with Jayrock, Oreokid and Testdahfy calling themselves Vista they would finish top 48.
2010 would mark the beginning of his professional career, finishing 18th in Colubmus as a member of Gimme My Money with Elitest, GMM Legend and Reliable. He would also attend Raleigh that year as a member of Count Your Blessings next to Ghetto, Jordan and Stayz finishing in 27th.
The new year would see him remain with the team, however he and Elitest would now play with Twin Savior and bring back Reliable. The roster would attend MLG Dallas 2011 together and come in 11th. They would drop the pair in favor of Chig and Str8Sick for Columbus but only finish in 19th place. This would lead him to join Turning Point for the rest of the year alongside Ninja and Walsy. They would play with Best Man for Anaheim coming in 7th. They would then replace him for Adrenaline before Raleigh, where they would finish 9th. Swapping out adrenaline for Naded they would go to Orlando and come in 9th, as well as finishing 12th in Providence.
Mikwen would attend three events with Classic for Halo 4. He, Chig, Best Man and Russo went to AGL 5 Nashville, finishing 9th-12th. Best Man would then be swapped with Ryanoob in time for AGL7 Knoxville and the crew would come in 3rd place. He and Chig would then attend AGL 8 Knoxville, this time with Roy and APG where they would finish in 5-6th. Mikwen would then join up with VwS Gaming and attend RTX 2014 as a member of VwS Legendary, placing 5-6th.
Halo 2: Anniversary
Mikwen stayed with VwS Gaming for the launch of MCC and Halo 2: Anniversary, and attended the PAX Prime Showdown 2014 with Naded, Goofy and Legit, as VwS USA, coming in 2nd overall. The team would then finish 4th at the ESL MCC Launch Invitational.
HCS Season 1
Mikwen would part ways with VwS for the HCS, opting to sign with Denial eSports along with Chig, Ryanoob and Cloud. Denial placed 9-12th at Iron Games Columbus 2014 with Clutch subbing in for Chig, but came roaring back with the proper roster at UGC St. Louis 2015, placing 1st. They then placed 5th at Gamers For Giving 2015 and went into the season finals at PAX East 2015 as the #3 seed. At PAX, they again underperformed, placing 5-6th.
HCS Season 2
Denial underwent some changes in the offseason, with the departure of Cloud and the release of Ryanoob. They were replaced by Heinz and APG, respectively. The new squad did well at Iron Games Atlanta 2015, where they placed 2nd, managing to take a series from Evil Geniuses in the Grand Finals. Mikwen had a stellar event, with many highlight reel plays. At HCS Indianapolis, Mikwen and Denial looked to defeat Evil Geniuses in the winners' finals, but they were beaten in an intense series and sent to the losers' finals, where they were defeated by Counter Logic Gaming to end their tournament with a 3rd place finish. At the HCS Season 2 Finals, Mikwen and Denial again came up short, finishing 3rd to close out the season.
On August 12, Denial announced the disbandment of their Halo roster, and Chig confirmed that he and Mikwen were currently looking for two teammates. On August 27, Mikwen and Chig joined Team Liquid alongside Ninja and Ace, but this roster would never play an event together, as Mikwen ended up leaving Liquid shortly after joining to join Team EnVyUs alongside Heinz, APG and Pistola on November 10. Mikwen explained his reasoning behind changing teams in a post on the Team Beyond forums. Eventually, Heinz and APG would leave EnVyUs and were replaced by Arkanum and OGRE2. Team EnVyUs finished top 16 at the HWC 2016 NA Regional Finals, failing to qualify for Worlds.
- Mikwen and Chig are currently the only people who have won an HCS event but not an MLG event.
Team and Tournament History
- 2015 Interview (Text)with AdmiralBunny
- 2014 Interview (Text)with Kevin
- 2014 Interview (Text)with HaloForum
- 2012 MLG Winter Championship Interview (Video)with BossFightTV
- 2012 Interview (Text)with GammaGamers