Legends Never Die: Final Boss Part 1

Jul 12, 2012

 By Revolver

        We all ask, what does it take to be great? To become a brilliant definition of an era, both past and future, what does it take to be immortal? Few men know of this status, their monolithic example casting shadows on the rest of us: Jordan, Montana, Woods, Gretzky, Ruth, Ali, Final Boss. The professional Halo team Final Boss built most it's early reputation under the name of 3D/StK in 2005, steamrolling their competition in every tournament and championship, with the exception of a second place slip to Str8 Rippin at MLG Philadelphia. During the expansion, and viewer friendly restructuring of MLG in 2006; Dan “Ogre 1” Ryan, Tom “Ogre 2” Ryan, Ryan “Saiyan” Danford, and captain Dave “Walshy” Walsh branded themselves Halo's Final Boss, and scored themselves the leagues first major contract.

                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        The team continued it's terror on the league taking home the gold, in the first four tournaments of the season, just as easily as they had the season before. The gap between Final Boss, and the other teams feuding below was apparent, as FB would often toy with their opponents, further breaking their will. The most memorably being Walshy's dual Needler barrage on Tsquared during a televised match on Sanctuary.   

        After this showcase of dominance, Final Boss would received a sponsorship from NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas. FB's biggest challenge, Carbon, seemed to have the talent, but lacked the focus and patience of Final Boss. All that would change after MLG Chicago in 2006. After a narrow defeat, Carbon decides to get rid of the Strongside in favor of Ghostayame. The team change proved to be fruitful, as Carbon unseated the titans in Orlando. The entire community called it a fluke, it had of course happened before in 2005 against Str8 Rippin, why couldn't it happen again? In an interview after the event, FB seemed to give little to no credit to Carbon, more-so blaming their defeat on overconfidence, and lack of drive. There also seemed to be seeds of discord between the team, when asked about if “bootcamping” (playing a high number of games against a single team) hurt his team, Ogre 2 responded with: “honestly, I don't think it's such a bad thing to do, but my reasoning behind that might offend one of my teammates.”

        Final Boss' woes against Carbon would continue into the New York City Playoffs, where Final Boss had Carbon's back against the wall but failed to slit their throat. Carbon rebounded and took the tournament, shooking the Halo world to it's core. No one had ever beaten Final Boss in consecutive tournaments. No longer was Final Boss the Kraken of the sea, there was another powerhouse in the murky waters of MLG. The community was split between believers and those in awe, caught between quotes like “The reign is over” and “Wait until the Championships.” Champions are never content to simply wait. Final Boss stepped up their practice regiment, and it showed. Both Carbon and Final Boss dominated their sides of the bracket, and as utterly cliché as it sounds, the air in the room was combustible. The match timer proceeded to count down with three familiar tones, and the players ignited. When the dust settled on what will forever be a classic, Carbon was the last team standing, taking Final Boss' place on the Halo throne.

        Final Boss didn't take the loss lightly, and although Saiyan hadn't preformed particularly poor in the finals, he was on the receiving end of all the finger pointing. During the onset of the off season before the 2007 MLG Pro circuit events, FB dropped Saiyan in favor of the Carbon outcast Strongside. Some onlookers were afraid that the former kings of MLG have gone mad in absence of their crown, while others had faith that they could buff the raw talent of Strongside into a championship diamond. Everyone would get their answers at the Charlotte MLG opener. That answer, would be domination, a return to their old form. Final Boss would win Charlotte and repeat in the Meadowlands. Though they would later falter to a red hot Carbon squad in Dallas, and to a revamped Str8 Rippin Orlando, Final Boss would be unstoppable the rest of the season. Most notably taking the National Championships without dropping a single game. While they dominated the National Championships, and the Toronto exhibition, Halo 3 had been released. During the off season between games Final Boss struggled with Halo 3, preforming lackluster at best throughout the online ladders and tournaments MLG had released. On the opposite end of the spectrum Team Classic, a group of relative unknowns, were blazing through the ranks. With Meadowlands just around the corner, Final Boss was in dire need of practice, and extended an invitation to Classic to try and pick up what they've been missing. The short story: It worked. Meadowlands '08 looked to be more of the same for Final Boss.
         They took first fairly handily against their LAN partners, Classic, in the finals, but looking back, it could very well be considered a fluke. Something that, until then, Final Boss was not accused of. Unfortunately, The 08 and 09 seasons seemed to be plagued with uncharacteristic moves by Final Boss. The cloud rolled in with embarrassing 7th and 5th place finishes in San Diego and Orlando. The Ogre twins, with the support of Strongside decided it was time for a change. In one the most controversial moves in MLG history, they opted to drop the fan favorite, and team captain Walshy in favor of a new superstar, Neighbor, who was romping through the competition on Str8 Rippin. In their thrust for success Final Boss also went on to acquired the talents of Gamma's own “Bravo” shortly after the transaction. The pressure was at an unrivaled high for Final Boss. Having fallen from the ranks of the elite, FB faced scrutiny from many of the fans, dubbing them a failure without Walshy. Come Toronto, Final Boss would have the chance to prove that the team change would once again make them fearsome, and anything less than first would be a unaccaptable. Walshy's free agency on the other hand triggered a myriad of team changes, that eventually ended planted him on Instinct, a team that was set up curiously like his former allies; a set of twins, an up and coming slayer, and captain clutch himself.....

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