NWS: What's next?
About a month ago, we started getting back into it and looking for someone to join our team for Denver. Randomly one day Malfunction was playing with one of my good friend and Malfunction's former teammate, bASHER. They somehow got on the topic of whether bASHER would be attending any more events this season. Being a website owner (www.gamerlogos.net) and student, he didn't have the funds to make it to events. Malfunction brought up the option of him funding him for Denver, where the roster would be Hype, Cassidy, bASHER and Malfunction. They would've had top 16 seed easily (Cassidy, bASHER, and Hype made top 32 at Chicago and Cassidy also placed top 48 at Nashville) with their amount of combine points. Malfunction told me before making the decision to join that team, so that it wouldn't seem shady. I told him he should go for it, because I knew they would do very well at Denver with that roster. I wished him luck, and started to look for 2 teammates for myself and Mevs for Denver. About a week and a half later, Malfunction blew up my phone one day and we started talking about eachother's teams. I knew early on in the team change that Malfunction wouldn't enjoy teaming with them. Cassidy works two jobs, and rarely hops on to play. bASHER like I said runs a website and takes classes, and in general doesn't really get online to play. Hype was more of Cass and Bash's friend than Malfunction, so they never got ahold of eachother to play at anytime. I think out of that whole week they played 1 hour together, and Mal didn't like that one bit. He confessed he rushed his decision on his team change, and asked to join NWS again. I welcomed him, and brought up the idea of bringing in Cassidy in for our 4th. Cassidy said he was down to run games, but later on we found out he had other more important things to do so he would've been unable to really practice/play at Denver. So once again, Mevs Malfunction and I were searching for one.
One of my old teammates, Magus started getting back into Halo 3. When I played with him, I could tell his skill level was pretty solid despite his long absence, but since it had been so long since he played competitively his decision making skills were a little off. Malfunction, one of the smartest and most analytical players I've ever had the pleasure of playing with, decided he would kind of take him under his wing and go over gameplay with him and try and teach him some better decision making skills. We decided that we would stick with Magus for Denver, although early on into playing with him Mevs said clearly he had his doubts about the pick-up. About a week ago, we were all on to practice except for Mevs. When he got on, he was on Modern Warfare 2 playing Search and Destroy (which on a side-note he's a beast at). He sent me a text saying he felt uncomfortable playing with Magus, " he doesn't play on our level. ". He basically said as long as Magus was on our team he wouldn't continue playing with us. We decided to stay with Magus and see if we could find a fourth. 2 weeks til Denver, this kind of put us in a rough spot. I personally am tired of picking up a 4th just a few weeks before an event, I'll say that now. We sent out numerous messages to people asking if they needed a team for Denver, a few replied but nothing really followed up after that. We even tried getting bASHER on the team, seeing as Magus is his brother, and Malfunction offered to pay for him before. We noticed how much it'd run Malfunction a lot of money to fly Bash out to Denver, and us not even having a hotel lined up we were stumped on what to do. I myself haven't had a job in several months, I didn't have the funds for Denver. We decided to not go to Denver, and just see if we could find a more suitable fourth for Raleigh and practice for it.
Lately Malfunction, Mevs, Magus, and I have been playing a lot of Modern Warfare 2. We have been playing a lot with our friend Goodfella, who is back from school for the summer. We felt like a pretty solid team, and we decided to make a gamebattles team for fun. vVv Buzz started playing with us also, and informed us of a local MW2 MLG Variant tournament which I personally have a lot of interest in. I'll let you know how that goes, but back to Halo .
Malfunction, Magus and I just got back from a Halo 3 LAN last night. We've been playing MW2 pretty much all week, and it was a lot of fun coming back to Halo (especially on LAN). Me and Malfunction got to talking about our plans for the rest of the season, and our plans for Halo in general. We talked about a plan for Raleigh where I pointed out Reach's release date was just a few weeks after that event. I personally am going to whore the shit out of Reach, and Malfunction said he'd be doing the same. Thinking it over, we really questioned whether Raleigh would be worth playing if we would be focusing on Reach after that. Even if we did well at Raleigh, this is probably the last season of Halo 3. Following what has happened in the past, Halo 2 to Halo 3, the points achieved in the previous game did not transfer over to the next. So basically our thinking (and joke) is even if we win every event for the rest of the season: what's the point if it doesn't help us in Reach? To add on to that, I really don't know how my financial situation will be around Raleigh so would I have the money for it? A bunch of things were pointed out, and we decided not to attend anymore Halo 3 events this season unless it was for fun. He asked whether or not I'd go to the Washington D.C combine, and I said if I had money or someone would pay for me I would. He pretty much offered to pay, and I said I'd think about it. I want to attend D.C more for the vVv Gathering than the combine itself, honestly.
I'll still be playing Halo 3, but I think I'm about done competing. I'd rather focus on other things, think about the future of my gaming career, and just have fun with the game like when I did what feels like forever ago. Most of all, I really want to use more of my time to get more involved in working with vVv Gaming. It might seem kind of stupid but I guess this is my unsuccessful retirement... Haha. I've had a lot of ups and downs in Halo 3, probably more downs than ups , but I really have enjoyed my time playing this game competitively. I didn't achieve what I worked so hard to, but I still carry that same spirit and passion for Halo and gaming. Reach will be a fresh start, and I really can't wait to start practicing with NWS for it. There will be No Warning Shots in Reach, I promise you.
Thanks to everyone who has supported NWS in Halo 3, I'll be sure to keep everyone (well, whoever reads this thing) updated on our progress. Who knows, maybe Malfunction and I will play at the Washington D.C combine, we will just have to see.
. vVv Solid