MLG Raleigh Adventure & Halo returns in Dallas
MLG Raleigh marks the 2nd tournament in MLG history without Halo and thankfully there won't be a 3rd. With a new game, there is new hope in November with MLG recently announcing that Halo 4 will be playable at the Dallas Championships, November 2-4th. Again, Halo will be showcased on the MLG main stage that made competitive console what it is today. I'm stoked to play the game (in full) and to see how everyone will fair on an even playing ground.
I covered the event for Gamespot which allowed me to spend some quality time with the FGC and LoL communities. I enjoyed every second of spectating and chatting with the players, pros, and fans. Even though the MLG venue at Raleigh lacked the fire and intensity the FPS community brings to the table, it didn't lack in entertainment because this was by far the most controversial tournament in Major League Gaming history. For interviews and gameplay from the winners head to www.gamespot.com/esports.
The tournament was overshadowed by Team Curse and Team Dignitas colluding to split the prize pot and decided to play Game 1 as an "ARAM" during the League of Legends Grand Finals. This is the equivalent to Halo players playing "all beat downs" or "sniping only" - Gamers work hard for hours and hours to get a shot of playing on the MLG main stage to make a name for themselves, so I was shocked once I realized what was going on. Both teams were stripped of their 1st and 2nd place titles and the prize money was awarded to the 3rd and 4th place teams. In my opinion, this was the correct call by MLG.
[1st Panoramic shot with the Xperia ion]
I interviewed Elementz, from Team Curse, to see what they were thinking and got a chance to spend some time with the team afterwards.
After spending some time with Team Curse, I realized they were a good group of guys who just made a mistake. Hopefully they can bounce back from a tough 2 weeks and shout out to WestRice, who has been around the MLG Halo scene for a bit.
Overall, I had a blast at MLG Raleigh. As you can see, I couldn't stop taking pictures with my Xperia ion phone. 12 megapixels and I can take it out of my pocket from sleep mode, and snap a picture in a second flat. So if you see me using Instagram a lot more, now you know why ;) I put together this MLG Raleigh collage with the Android app, PicsArt that I downloaded on my Sony Xperia ion - just a simple and easy to use app that I use on my Ion. Thanks to everyone for reading and I'll be back soon with some of my PAX Prime Adventures!