Major League Gaming concludes its 2012 Pro Gaming circuit with the Fall Championships in Dallas, Tx. Two former game franchises will be making their return to MLG as well. With Soul Calibur 5 being dropped from the lineup, Namco’s Tekken Tag Tournament 2 steps in to the action. On the Xbox 360 side, Halo 4 makes its grand entrance back to where the franchise became a widespread phenomena. Meanwhile, League of Legends, Mortal Kombat 9, and Starcraft 2 will conclude their season by crowning a champion.
While a lot of hype is surrounding the return of MLG fan favorite Halo, the Tekken community has been awaiting a sequel for one of the most popular games in the series, Tekken Tag Tournament. After the results of Tekken Arena earlier this month, the Houston community looked to improve and make some noise in Dallas. The last time Tekken was on the MLG circuit, it was 2 years ago for Tekken 6 Bloodline Rebellion. Hoa “Anakin” Luu was the champion after defeating Houston’s Rene “DMG KOR” Maistry in the finals. That led an American sweep of the top 3 with Shaun “NYC Fab” Swain placing third in a field of nearly 100 of the top Tekken players from the US, Japan and Korea.
KOR would later go on to win the Tekken event at Evolution, marking him the man to beat once Tekken Tag 2 came out. But he and former Tekken 5 Evo champ Chris “Crow” Villarreal were defeated early at the first major Tekken Tag 2 tournament in Texas at Tekken Arena. Instead it was New York’s NYC Fab winning over Lil Majin from Tennessee. All the major players have preregistered for MLG Dallas, and rumors are popping up everywhere of foreign players coming as well. Be sure to check out the first worldwide Tekken Tag 2 event live, or via their stream.
At the MLG Spring Championships, Houston’s Brad “KH Scar” Vaughn was the first to make it to Championship Sunday after cracking the top 16 for Mortal Kombat. That seemed to spark a fire in both of his Kombat Houston teammates Anibal “KH Cat” Torres and Frank “KH Showtime” Occhione for the MLG Summer Championships. Both placed in the top 10, Showtime placed 5th, knocking out the MLG Spring champion Detroit Ballin and was named the breakout player of the tournament. With this event being held in their backyard, the Kombat Houston crew looks to take it a step further and take home the trophy. However, the competition will be steep as all three champions from the previous MLG events, CD Jr, Detroit Ballin and Reo, as well as the 2 time MK Evo champ Perfect Legend will be standing in their way.
One interesting tidbit is how both new games, Halo 4 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2, have a pair of legendary brothers coming. They both happen to carry the nickname, Ogre Brothers. The more well known Ogres are of course the legendary Halo 2 champions who dominated the MLG circuit with their team, Final Boss. They were still among the best with Halo 3, but then Ogre 1 retired, leaving Ogre 2 to remain one of the top players in the game. This event marks Ogre 1’s first time competing since his retirement. Meanwhile, on the Tekken side, the Ogre Brothers consisted of Electrical Steve and True Master Ogre. Nearly a decade ago, the brothers were among the best Tekken Tag Tournament players in the state. They dominated most of the local Tag tournaments in the area for years before the scene moved on to Tekken 4 and beyond. Steve came back and played Tekken 5 and 6 for a bit, but Tekken Arena marked the first time TMO had competed in years. TMO would go on to defeat Crow and eliminate KOR to place 3rd and show he still has the skills to be a threat. It will be a treat to see how both sets of Ogres do at their inaugural MLG events for 2012.
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