NWS stands for No Warning Shots, my Halo 3 team. I was sitting down the other day watching T.V and True Life was on. I thought it'd be cool to put a spin on that kind of thing and I came up with this. This being me blogging daily, or as often as I can, about my Halo 3 team. I'll fill you in on successes, failures, and day to day things me and my team go through as we practice for the 2010 MLG Season. Today, 2/05/2010 will be the start.
*Note* I'm writing this all the way through, not stopping to re-read. Gimme a break if I'm repeating myself or dragging it on.
Well a little more of an introduction for my team should probably start us off. This might be lengthy..
No Warning Shots: Solid, Koochie, Hahn, and Cable Guy. How did we start? Well back in the beginning of Halo 3 I started this team and it consisted of myself, Sudou, Magus, and Partyboy. We had a lot of potential, and a lot of immaturity about us. They were all younger than me, barely in highschool at the time. Sudou and Magus were good friends of mine in real life, but in Halo we didn't get along all the time. We wound up breaking up before the first event of Halo 3 even took place. After that, I just went solo and tried getting my skill up. Fast-Forward to 2 years or so later. It's around Dallas 09, and I find myself ready for an event. I had coached and spectated at 2 events so far, and I honestly was tired of being on the sidelines.
I attended a local LAN with good friends of mine, and at that LAN a player I only knew of attended named Malfunction. I didn't talk much to him at all at first, but after several hours of playing he approached me. We had played before a bit on Live, and let's be honest I sucked at that point in time. He literally walked up to me and said " Dude you've gotten so much better since the last time I played with you. " I won't lie, I was a lot better. I was DESTROYING at that LAN. I had some of the most ridiculous plays I've ever done during some of those games. Anyway, he and I kept talking and he brought up teaming. I was excited, to say the least. He was a good player. He placed semi-pro back in H2, and he was pretty good at H3. We picked up 2 of my friends, Pattywack and Technicolor. Two very good XBL friends of mine. Technicolor was beastly, but Pattywack just got his xbox back after he had red-ring. PWack just wasn't doing well for us, so we dropped him.. And that's pretty much as far as we got to Dallas. We never found a 4th, and never got to attend that event. Anaheim was approaching, and Malfunction called me up again about teaming. Me, Mal, and Technicolor were going to find a 4th and go to Anaheim. had it all planned out, had a team pass reserved thanks to Mal. But somehow again, we just couldn't find a 4th and didn't attend. At this point in time I was pretty pissed off about this whole team situation. I had been practicing a lot, and I couldn't show it at an event without a team.
Orlando was approaching and Malfunction still had his pass, and wanted to use it. Technicolor got a job and couldn't commit to a team so me and Mal were left looking for 2. We wanted locals, or at least Illinois players. I contacted a guy I had on my list from IL named Hahn. Me, Mal, and Hahn had natural chemistry. We had a good team shot, and he fit in with me and Mal. I am a support/objective player, Mal being a support/slayer, and Hahn a slayer. We just need another player to fit in with us. Randomly playing customs I invited Koochie in to be on our team for the game. Remember how I said Mal placed semi-pro in H2? Yeah, well he did it with Koochie. He was from New York, and had a relatively close schedule to me and Mal's nightowl life-style. Anyway, we ran games.. AND RAN TRAINS. Oh my god the team work was so ridiculous without ever playing a game together until that night. Kooch fit right in, and we picked up him. Over the next few months we got a little practice in. Our schedules conflicted. Hahn worked mornings, I worked late nights, and Kooch worked and went to school during the day. It was tough, but we got a little practice in.
Fast-Forward to the week of Orlando. Kooch flew into Chicago earlier in the week so that me, mal, and him could drive down to Hahn's town to LAN with a dude named Cable Guy and a couple other pretty good locals. I didn't know Kooch had never LAN'd before, and I honestly couldn't tell once we got into the LAN. The kid was just a straight up LAN monster. It didn't make sense, he was naturally good at LAN his first time playing. Our LAN went well except for Narrows. Narrows anything.. We just couldn't keep control on that map and we lost every Narrows match at the LAN. We loaded up a memory card of gameplay and went over it at night before we went to bed. We started getting better at Narrows, but it remained our worst/most hated map. Halo-wise our team was pretty good, we had a lot of potential and we were confident in our teamwork. Outside of Halo, that's another matter. Me, Hahn, and Kooch got along great. We were always messin with eachother, goofing around, having fun. Mal was a loner, socially awkward and just kind of a sore thumb in our group. We noticed this right away, and we already had talks of a team change. Days before the event, they were talking about removing him. I was pretty mad, but honestly I agreed at the same time. I told them to just relax, and focus on this event not the next. They agreed and we just went on with our practice.
The car ride down was pretty tough, 18 hours from IL to Orlando. In the van it was Cable Guy, Hahn, Kooch, Malfunction, and myself. We decided it'd be best if we drove in shifts, but I had driven to Dallas from IL the pervious year. I drove 8 hours straight during that trip, and like 12 hours total.. I wanted to beat my record, and I did. I drove 18 hours between there and back. I beasted, haha. Like 3 days before the event, we needed a coach so I called up good ole Pattywack and asked if he was down to go. He was, so on the way down, we picked up Pattywack from outside Atlanta, Georgia. God that kid is hilarious. He had everyone dying of laughter,and we all had a good time with Pwack.
Vroom vroom vroom few hours later bam we got into Orlando the day before the event (Thursday). It was like 6 A.M, we all didn't get much sleep during the car ride down, so we were tired. I had slept less than an hour so I was interested in one thing and that was a bed. We got up into our room and stuff. We all took showers to wake ourselves up. Why? Because if we went to bed then we wouldn't be able to get good sleep for the event the next day. It was cold.. In Florida.. What the fuck. We stayed in the hotel room for a while just talking and stuff, joking around and stuff. We were feeling pretty good, not nervous at all. Like 10 AM rolled around, I walked outside and it magically turned beautiful. No more clouds, the sun was out, it was getting warmer. YES, THIS IS FLORIDA WEATHER. Kooch and Hahn went on a walk to see where the venue was while Mal and Cable Guy took a power nap. Me and Pattywack set up my hookah ( I don't go far without my hookah haha ) out on the balcony. Sat on the floor for like 3 hours and just talked about real shit. We had some pretty deep conversations, some good jokes, and it was a good start to the NWS Florida adventure. Kooch and Hahn came back and joined us for some hookah and then Cabbie (Cable Guy) finally awoke from his beauty sleep. Mal had yet to take a shower, since he went straight into power nap mode. We had to wake up him, we didn't want him to not sleep the night before the event. Finally got his ass up outta bed and told him to take a shower or join us at the pool/jacuzzi. Being the kind of guy he is, he chose to stay back, take a shower, and chill in the hotel room. Me, Cabbie, Hahn, Pwack, and Kooch went to the pool and had fun launching eachother in the air and stuff. Good times.
Later that night everyone was getting ready for sleep early, like 9 P.M. I go outside and chill on the balcony smoking my hookah again. Hahn joined me and we start talking about tomorrow. I getting nervous. Hardcore. Hahn just kinda reassured me that we'll be fine and we just talked for like an hour or so before I decided to walk to the IHOP next door and buy a few cups of fruit for everyone to help for tomorrow. I get back, and go to bed. Tomorrow was the big day. No matter what Hahn said, I was still nervous going to bed.
We wake up, not feeling the greatest, and make our way to the venue. We get all registered, the doors open, and we bum-rush the stations to get some practice in before the tournament started. We started off good, then slumped, then came back. We won probably 70% of our practice games. I don't mind much that we lost games, just cause it was helping me get less nervous by playing in that environment. The ceremony finally ends and they start calling the tournament matches. It felt so fast. They called our team and the station. We sit down, wish the other team good luck and get to business. We 2-0'd them pretty easily, we were on the same page for that series. Waiting for the next round you play in is probably the worst thing ever.. At least for me. Winners Round 2, they call our team to play Bigger is Better. They're good, I knew who they were. First slayer game we kept it close up until probably 35 kills then they took off with a good 10 kill lead. We brought it back but couldn't catch up. They beat us first game. Second game.. Narrows Flag. Great. 4 minutes later, we're knocked into losers. They destroyed us, no lie. We weren't on the same page, and it didn't help that it was our worst map. That series pissed me off because they knew they were better than us, and one of them stood up at the end of the Narrows game and just looked at us and said " GET RAPED IN 4 MINUTES OH MY GOD " I stood up and looked at him.. First of all, he's got man titties. Those are not better when they're bigger hahaha. I just said " Is that really necessary? Did we trash talk you at all during the game? " I just gave him shit for doing that. It was completely unnecessary for him to be like that. His teammates apologized for him and shook our hands. Then the mother fucker had the balls to try and shake my hand. I gave him the middle finger and just walked off. They were seeded like top 20 on gamebattles, and top 50 seed over-all I remember Hahn telling me later.
We had to play in Losers Round 2 next. We show up to our station and sit down. The other team wasn't there yet so we started an FFA. A few minutes went by and they still weren't there. The ref said if they weren't there in the next 5 minutes, the forfeit their first match. After another 5, they forfeit entirely. Well, 10 minutes went by. We made it past the first day.. Barely. We got up and walked around a bit until we found Cabbie's team, and we watched them for a bit. It was during that series that I grew to hate MLG a little more. Cabbie's team was a mess, they formed literally at the last second before the event. They had no practice, and Cabbie was pretty much carrying them game to game. They lost the slayer, and Narrows Flag was the 2nd game. It was 1-1, past regulation.. Next cap wins. Cabbie's team got 3 down on the other team and pulled flag. They ran it all the way to their flag to score it, but the guy on the other team pulled Cabbie's flag and threw it off the map as they tried capping it. Illegal much? Seriously? Cheating at a Live event? They wound up not getting the cap, and yelled to the ref for a foul. They ended the game to review the film. They called like 3 officials down to watch it, and they declared it legal. What the fuck? It's in the rules on the website it says you cannot pull flag and put it an illegal spot to prevent a flag cap. He clearly just threw it off like it was his job. Cabbie was out for the rest of the tournament. I felt so bad.. He's good, he should've gotten a lot farther. As we're walking out of the venue, the team that beat Cabbie's team looked over at us as we're walking and just started talking shit. " Oh you guys suck " They kept going on and on. I'm not going to lie, if I wasn't still in the tournament I would've knocked the kid out. Whatever, we all walked back to the hotel. We needed to rest up for tomorrow.
Me and Hahn started up my hookah out on the balcony while everyone was starting to sleep like the night before. We talked about dropping Mal again. We talked about who we could pick up, and Cable Guy was the first person who came to mind. We just put it aside like before and focused on tomorrow. Losers Round 3. They cut the warm-ups by like 2 hours. We got like 3 games in, it was terrible. The games we did play we weren't on the same page, we made stupid mistakes and it was frustrating. The games were Construct Slayer, Pit CTF first two games. We were pretty good on Construct and Pit. Construct slayer was close until like 35 kills when they pulled away by like 6 or 7. We had to do something. I picked up snipe and went closed street to look lobby side as Kooch pushed c3. I put 3 body shots in guys walking through lobby. Mal pushed open purple and pushed another 1 shot guy into lobby. Kooch walked through lobby and just cleaned everyone up for an overkill. We were pumped now, we had a good chance.. then Mal died a bunch of times in a row and couldn't keep calm.. They wound up winning like 50 - 43. Pit CTF we wound up losing 2-1 after regulation was over. Mal went -10 least kills, least assists, most deaths. I went -2 with most assists, a good amount of kills, and a flag cap. Hahn went even and I think Kooch went +1. Mal cost us the Losers Round 3. I didn't want to say it, but if we had someone else we probably could've won both those games. I knew it, Hahn and Kooch knew it.. And I think Malfunction knew it too.. He kept to himself for the rest of the day pretty much.
A few hours later me, Hahn, Kooch, and Cabbie were over by the Dr. Pepper station chillin. Hahn knew the guy who ran the playing station, and introduced us to him. He got us some game-time on there. Me and Hahn were right, Cabbie would be a great pick up. He's a better version of Malfunction, pretty much. He's a very smart player, and can do anything we need him to do in game. Me, Hahn, and Kooch just looked at eachother and we all kinda just knew this was going to be the team for next season. We talked to him about it, and he said he would think about it.
Fast-Forward one last time, I know this thing has been going on forever.. I've gone through like 4 cans of pop and one of my playlists on iTunes. ANYWAY, FASTFORWARDING... We practiced more online and did a few games on GB. Did pretty well, beat a few pretty good teams on there. Our schedule was a lot easier than before because Hahn and Cable Guy played at the same house. We're confident in our team more than any other team we've been with before.
We played a good amount together up until a week ago. My internet went out.. and yeah.. From here on out it'll be fresh info on our road to 2010.
If you got this far, thanks for hanging in there and reading the whole thing.
Hope you enjoyed... :smiliz12: Also, next write I'll break down each player so you can get to know us.
See ya next time. :smiliz14:
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