As Spring blossomed in 2010, Grifballers — and all Halo fans — were waiting anxiously for news about Halo Reach. Confirmation that the Gravity Hammer existed more-or-less confirmed that Grifball would live on once Reach fell in September. But in the meantime, there were six more months of Grifball in Halo 3!
Despite being the penultimate AGLA season played in Halo 3, Spring League ’10 featured many innovations and happenings that can be found in no other season, previous or henceforth. One of the biggest changes in SL10 was the reduction of the roster size. Instead of the typical 8 roster slots, teams were now limited to only 6 players per team. League officials believed that this would cause more teams to sign up for the league; Instead of players sitting idle on the bench, they would move on and create new teams.
Unfortunately, quite the opposite happened. Teams with rosters of 8 had to cut 2 players from the list and instead of going and forming teams with other players, many of these evicted Grifballers sat out the season or left the league entirely.
I think the roster change was something worthy of trying, but in the end, didn’t work out as planned. All the change meant for us was that we had to drop two players who never usually played anyways, so it didn’t really affect us at all. – Nuclear Taco 42
GBSL10 also saw the implementation of a new weekly article on the Hub, The Weekly Check-In. The Weekly Check-In was an informal interview between Goosechecka and the AGLA admins – Adam Pisani and Mevlination IV – Head of Stats Menz and Pro stats committee head D Hans, and the aim was to keep the community informed about what was going on in the administration.
Another article featured during GBSL10 was the Game of the Week series. Each odd week, three matchups from the Amateur league and two from the Pro League were selected to have a game featured and community picked the winner for each game. Picks were tracked throughout the season and points were awarded for correct picks.
Ultimately, NHALING2XHALE won Pro predictions (66% correct) and TheHolmcross won Amateur predictions (66% correct). You can view all of the results here.
After so many seasons of collecting stats, the AGLA stats tracking was pretty much borked. All stats had to be tracked by hand and as a result, not much is left stats-wise from GBSL10. However, you can still view the stats team’s blood, sweat and tears here and here.
The Amateur League for GBSL10 featured 66 teams in 12 divisions. One of the most exciting things about SL10 was how teams were distributed: With only one exception, every division had at least two long-standing and skilled teams. The Hub’s Pre-Season Predictions article selected a winner and runner-up from each division and was actually pretty accurate when predicting teams that made it to the playoffs.
Winner: Dragon’s Mom – This is definitely a no-contest situation. With runners like TheHolmcross and Anubis, and tanks like H2O Camper, Cofrog and A Baby Tortoise, these geezers still have plenty of fight and talent left in them.
Runner up: Grif Reapers – With their unexpected loss in the first round of playoffs last season, the Reapers are back with a vengeance. LFTO: Delocated will make them work for every goal and multi-season teams such as Game Over and Moist Llamas shouldn’t be underestimated either. Van Burnen Boys, the only untested team, round out the division. The Grif Reapers’ path to the playoffs is far from certain.
Winner: Hot Bikini Guyz – With a team name like that, and progress made in the off-season, this team is my choice to win the division.
Runner up: Super Jerks – I assume a lot of people will overlook this team, but these guys play a decent amount of customs. If they don’t end up winning the division, which they could, they will get better throughout the season. ~ Priest XYZ
During the season, Caleb/PPMooCowPP’s team Team Haiti played their games…for charity.
Team Haiti is captained by PP MooCow PP and comprised of teammates andrew panton, Go0sE4pReS, Im An Annamal, KooGa ShArK and U sToL mY CoKiE. The team has been around since the original Grifball Winter League ’08 and each season chooses a new country to be its team name. This season, the guys decided to represent Haiti to show support for the victims of the devastating earthquake and to raise money from the American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund.
At the start of the season, you assigned dollar values to your team’s Grifball stats and to donate the money raised to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund. In the end, how much did you earn for your charity?
KooGa ShArK: $371.15.
PP MooCow PP: We ended up with 12 wins, which raised $75, 2,854 kills which totaled $210.15, and we had 76 bomb plants which accumulated $107. There’s a breakdown in our team thread of how much everything was worth and how much we earned per game. We’re still waiting on the highlight reel for this season so that might add another $5 – $10, and I received a very nice message from iHoncho of Green Army saying that Green Army would contribute the difference between our $500 goal and what we raised. So no matter what, we reached our goal.
At the end of the regular season, 26 teams were admitted to playoffs, 8 of which had undefeated records. However, as is often the case, the post-season came with its share of controversy – Although problems on this scale had not previously been seen in the AGLA.
In the playoffs, the team Grifball Ninjas played an unknown player “Vampire”, which turned out to be a communal tag used by many famous Pro League players, including players from the former Grunts of Fury. The final four team Pro Laggers also played an illegal player. Caleb, stepping in once again to run the league in the absence of the Admins and the Commissioner, removed his own team from the playoffs in the interest of fairness. In the end, only one legitimate final four team on one side of the bracket remained: <3 Raifanbaugh. They went on to play Trippin' Ballz, a cheater-free team from the other side of the bracket, in the Amateur League Playoffs.
I have just one question about all of this. With all the crazy shit that’s gone on this season with cheating and banning and unbanning and accusations and acquittals and just one giant cluster fuck of a season….where i say WHERE is the evidence against trippin’ ballz? Green Army has it’s deepest playoff run that I can ever recall and we just HAPPEN to be eliminated by the ONE team that didn’t do anything shady this season? I want a full investigation on TB conducted and I want everything on the table.. unpaid parking tickets.. bad report cards… overdue library books. I don’t care what, there has to be some dirt on these guys somewhere and none of us should rest until it is found and Green Army is rightfully reinstated into the playoffs so we can go on to lose to Grammaton Clerics. That is all. ~iHoncho316
Despite the amount of cheating that went on in the post season, a champion managed to be crowned sans asterisk: Trippin Ballz!
The Pro league boasted 4 divisions of three teams each, for a total of 12 teams: Orange Iguanas, Power Outage, Broadband Only Please, Galloping Seagulls, Harmful if Swallowed, The Friend Zone, Zero Logic, Ahoooo, Apocalypse Ponies, Dat Orange Kush, Told Ya Sooo, and Tobbogonation. A limited amount of stats from the season can still be found here. At the end of five weeks, Dat Orange Kush had earned the #1 playoff seed. The other five teams which qualified for playoffs included Galloping Seagulls, Zero Logic, Orange Iguanas, Broadband Only Please, and Told Ya Sooo.
Ultimately, it came down to Broadband Only Please and Dat Orange Kush:
Broadband Only Please had a slow start to the season with a streak of 3 consecutive losses, including a loss to their current challenger, Dat Orange Kush. BOP went switched gears with their Game 4 win over The Friend Zone and went on to win the rest of their regular season games, ending the season with a 7 – 3 record.
BOP was the #4 seed and played #5 seed Told Ya So in the first round of playoffs. BOP lost the first game to TYS 7 – 2. For Game 2, BOP swapped out Wuskin for BlueZeebs and won the game 5 – 4, forcing a third and final game. For the tie-breaker match, BOP once again changed their line-up and replaced BlueZeebs with Taylor Cann. In the end, they bested Told Ya So 8 -1 and advanced to the Final Four where they would face #2 seed Galloping Seagulls.
BOP earned their way to the championship series by defeating the Galloping Seagulls in two games. Game 1 was 6 – 3 and Game 2 was 5 – 4. For both games in this Final Four series, BOP went with the lineup of Mikinater, Doc Status, Taylor Cann and Love Thumee.
Dat Orange Kush was heavily favored to win their division and every playoff match so far. Unlike BOP, Dat Orange Kush started the season out very strong and the only two losses they suffered came late in the regular season. They defeated BOP early on but did end up losing to Told Ya So – a team that BOP defeated in the playoffs. Overall, DOK ended the season with an 8 – 2 record with one win coming from a forfeit.
DOK earned the #1 seed and a first round bye. They faced and defeated the Orange Iguanas in the Final Four.
Doc Status – BoP, Div 1
halfbreed – Zero Logic, Div 3
xo pie xo – Orange Iguanas, Div 1
Taylor Cann – BoP, Div 1
zDRAGONSBLOODz – Told Ya So, Div 4
InviteSpammer – Told Ya So, Div 4
I MajorSilva I – Dat Orange Kush, Div 4
T RICH Da King – Dat Orange Kush, Div 4
and the Amateur All Stars formed 4 teams, 2 odd and 2 even, utilizing the varsity / JV system:
Even Division – Varisty (A1)
I DIM3 I – Trippin Balls, Div 5
TacoPizzaHunter – Hot Bikini Guys, Div 11
Hi im Pacman – Raifanbaugh, Div 1
bred4war23 – Trippin Balls, Div 5
Odd Division – Jr Varsity (A2)
RAlFANBAUGH (Phil) – Raifanbaugh, Div 1
Nuclear Taco 42 – Green Army, Jr., Div 3
Goosechecka – Team Omega, Div 5
TariqmacpotV4 – Grammaton Clerics, Div 7
Even Division – Varsity (B1)
CloakingVEGETA – Deadly if Eaten, Div 10
PP MooCow PP – Team Haiti, Div 4
Yo DrGreenthumb – Grif Reapers, Div 2
cofrog – Dragon’s Mom, Div 3
Odd Division – Jr Varsity (B2)
andrew panton – Team Haiti, Div 4
TheAlphaTurtle – lvl 50 Spartan LFG, Div 4
xI Neo xI – Bad Kids Anonymous, Div 8
Exploding Mantis – Bad Kids Anonymous, Div 8
As the season began to wind down, tempers were starting to heat up. Late in the season, Burnie made a post on the Grifball.com forum asking for feedback about how the league was running. Many, many complaints about the administration, league, site, setup, etc., had been sent his way and this was a chance for things to get sorted out. Although the survey was an appreciated show of good faith toward the Grifball community, no changes were made (at least, none that the community saw).
On a more productive note, the new Rooster Teeth Grifball mini-series Zero Tolerance launched around the same time. The premise of this particular mini-series revolved around a Grifball scandal, which was definitely creepily appropriate for what the league had just endured throughout the season and playoffs.
Join us next week as we review the 4th GGL season, the final GGL season in our beloved Halo 3. Click here if you’d like to share your thoughts and memories from GGL Season 4.
If you have any memories from the tumultuous Spring League 2010, please feel free to leave a comment below.