-write-up by DragoNSpeaR
|It's Ironic that PS actually formed because of the Halo 50k series and that PS has never actually gone to one of them. It all Started in the summer of 2002 when the Halo 50k website first launched. Now this was back way before AGP1 and just after the igames Halo National Championship. This would be the very first national halo team tournament. PS consisted of myself, corrosion, and overkill. I was the only one on the team with an x-box and we basically spent every other weekend playing halo bg ctf on gamespy. We heard about a halo team tournament at my college, Michigan State University. The tournament was being hosted by Clockwork. Anyway, we were pretty much undefeated at Blood Gulch CTF 3 vs. whatever so we decided to bring our team of 3 to the 4v4 tournament. Long story short, PS lost to Clockwork's team 3vs4 and thus started a rivalry between us. So after school was over and I ran by the 50k site it popped into my mind that if we teamed up with Clockwork we would have an unstoppable 50k winning team. One night during summer 2002 I sold out to the devil and teamed up with Clockwork and Luk. Halo 50k1 wound up getting pushed back months and months and eventually because of other things going on PS wasn't able to attend until now.|
Fast forward two years later and 3 different PS rosters and we come to MLG hosted Halo50k3. PS had picked up Tupac and Slim right before MLG Chicago. For Halo 50k3 Tupac and Slim would make their second appearance and our 4th would be Sergio. Tupac and Slim's strength was Team Slayer. They were great slayers but weren't really great at the other team strategy oriented settings. The PS roster at MLG Chicago was brand new and we had never played together before. Surprisingly myself, Pac, Slim, and Scythe found a rhythm together and pulled out a 4th place finish. This time around we were going to invest more time practicing as a team. We lanned with team FFA for about week straight. From when we started to the end I saw PS transform from a mediocre team to an absolute great team at oddball, hill, and ctf. Pac and Slim picked up my ball, hill, and ctf strategies so quickly it was amazing. The team was playing better than any PS roster we've ever had. Through the week long LAN with FFA practice we basically split the games 50/50. Not to mention Pac and Slim were winning a high percentage of the ffas. I went into halo50k3 with extremely high expectation of this ps team.
placed in the top 16 at his last two national tournaments. Slim was
one the of the best ffa players at practice lans but seemed to come up
short at tournaments. Given these facts I was a bit shocked when I discovered both of them had been eliminated in the 2nd round of the ffa.
Only placing in the top 128.
Our focus in practice and our focus in tournaments has always been in the 4v4 team events. With the added pressure of seeing two of my teammates being eliminated so early I fought my way through the 8 man ffa. I made it to the 5th round where I met up with walshy, ogre1, and a few other top ffa players. My pistol just wasn't on and I got eliminated finishing in the top 32.
Like I mentioned before Pac was one of the best ffa players I've played with. Of the 4 or 5 national tournaments he's played in he's never really placed near his ffa skill level. I'm not sure if it was nerves or what. Finally at halo50k3 Pac put his nerves behind him and he placed top 8 in the ffa.
Even with Pac's great performance and My decent performance in the FFA we were still in bad shape for a top seed. Next was the 2v2 that would determine our final seed.
I mentioned PS's main focus was 4v4. It appeared this had already
hurt is in the FFA portion of the tournament and it cost us again in the
Pac and Em had been 2v2 partners for a long time but hadn't played together in a while. This seemed to cost them as they lost to Ryu and Eleven placing top 16.
Dragon and Sergio were the other set of 2v2 partners. They hadn't actually played a game of 2v2 together ever. This didn't seem to hurt them as they played well together and made it through 5 rounds of 2v2 play. They finished 5th losing to Walshy and Gintron in a rough game of chill out ts.
|After PS's disappointing performance in the ffa and the 2v2 we were stuck with the 8th seed. This was the lowest seed PS had ever had since AGP1. PS knew it was going to have a long uphill battle facing them in the 4v4 because of their low seed.|
|We had a first round bye
and in the 2nd round we were to face team Fear. It was late Saturday
night and the team was extremely tired. Just like in Chicago we lost
1 cap blood gulch ctf to them. Everyone knows how much newbs rape at
BG ctf and how bad we are at it nowadays. After that one game loss
we won the next three and won the series 3-1. That was the end of
the 4v4 games we needed to play Saturday night.
Next was the side State vs. State tournament. I went to bed and didn't play in it but Team Michigan was represented with mostly current and ex PS members. Michigan destroyed the competition beating ogre led Ohio and Florida to be crowned the BEST HALO STATE in the country.