AGLA’s Summer League 2010 was the very last season of organized Grifball in Halo 3. The impending departure from our home of two years was a cocktail of bittersweet and excitement, but Grifballers had one more big gulp of old-school Grifball left and they intended to send it out with a bang.
I was kinda sad. I wish I could play more in Halo 3. To know what the original grifball was like. I wanted to get better in Halo 3 before Reach came out. ~ ThePistachioKid
I was excited for what was to come in Reach. I had a feeling that Reach was going to bring a whole new experience to the game of Grifball. ~ Nuclear Taco 42
Preseason elections introduced Green Team Tex and TheOneHawk as the amateur league admins, Shadow S16 as pro league admin, NKOTB4EVER stepped up as Head of Events and xl Neo xl was in charge of stats.
The Amateur league featured nine divisions of five or six teams each, and the Pro league utilized four divisions of four teams each. The day after divisions were posted, Priest XYZ gave his amateur predictions for GBSML11 and the community’s opinion wasn’t far behind.
Winner: Relentless –
– After winning an ammy championship and losing their LeBron to the pros, the trio of Dime, Metal, and TJP are back with three different players. I have a feeling they will become a CAG that actually goes positive.
Runner Up: Team Omega –
Even without proper knowledge, I have full confidence that this team will finish at least 7-3 and make it to the sweet sixteen or farther. At first glance it may seem that this division will be a battle for second, but these ladies may prove me wrong.
Winner: Pro Laggers-
Even with their main three on a four game suspension, their backups will do plenty fine by winning the four games they are gone. OLdfriggGUY, you’re a beast. Why didn’t you guys get JoePro along with Oldguy? Cmon man!
Week 1 Amateur League Leader Board:
Most Goals – SNIPER KIDD 98 (15)
Most t/Kills – Dragon of Exile (119)
Most tDeaths – ApertureFilmz (103)
Best tK/D – Dragon of Exile (+56)
Most Stops – TJP11 (15)
Week 1 Pro League Leaderboard: Games 1 and 2
Most scores – Zeg, Griffindor (8)
Most tKills – Shadow S16, ASpence501, Mario Party (183)
Most tDeaths – Aspence501, Mario Party (207)
Greatest tK/D – Active Hate, Grifindor (+37)
Most Stops – xo Pie xo, Cool Kids Club (15)
Most Betrayals – Shadow S16, Mario Party (11)
Greatest K/D per Minute – Active Hate, Grifindor (1.61 kills/min)
The stats crew kept the numbers rolling all season long and offered up a summation of Pro and Amateur league stats from weeks 1 – 4. Finally, the number jockeys delivered end-of-the season stats for both leagues:
Amateur League Stats
Most Wins*: Relentless (5)
Most Goals For: Relenteless (39)
Average Goals per Game: Relentless (6.5)
Most Wins*: ROFLCOPTER (7)
Most Goals For: ROFLCOPTER (49)
Average Goals per Game: Lock and Twist (6.57)
Most Wins*: Pro Laggers (6)
Most Goals For: Pro Laggers (36)
Average Goals per Game: Pro Laggers (7.6)
Most Wins*: Grammaton Clerics, Toonami (5)
Most Goals For: Toonami (41)
Average Goals per Game: Toonami (6.83)
Most Wins*: Multiple Scorgasms (4)
Most Goals For: Multiple Scorgasms (37)
Average Goals per Game: Multiple Scorgasms (7.4)
Most Wins*: Gucci (3)
Most Goals For: Gucci (19)
Average Goals per Game: Bad Kidz Anonymous (8)
Most Wins*: Down Stait (4)
Most Goals For: Down Stait (32)
Average Goals per Game: serenity (7)
Most Wins*: The Boston Massacre, Grif Reapers (3)
Most Goals For: Grif Reapers (28)
Average Goals per Game: Adopt a Newb Foundation, Grif Reapers (7)
Most Wins*: The New York Pineapples (5)
Most Goals For: Hot Bikini Guys (38)
Average Goals per Game: Hot Bikini Guys (7.6)
*Does not include wins via forfeit.
Pro League Stats
Most Wins: Unnecessary Stiff Arm (5)
Most Goals For: Unnecessary Stiff Arm (36)
Most Goals per Game: Unnecessary Stiff Arm (6)
Most Wins: Kaz Myrickoni and Tad (3)
Most Goals For: Kaz Myrickoni and Tad (24)
Most Goals per Game: Krank Dat (5.5)
Most Wins: Thank Us Later (6)
Most Goals For: Thank Us Later (46)
Most Goals per Game: Thank Us Later (6.57)
Most Wins: Grifindor (5)
Most Goals For: Grifindor (34)
Most Goals per Game: Grifindor (6.8)
The post season saw 18 amateur league teams and 8 pro league teams advance.
In the first round of the Pro playoffs, #1 Grifindor defeated #8 Don’t Touch That Dial, #4 Unnecessary Stiff Arm lost to #5 Cool Kids Club, #4 Mario Party defeated #6 Power Outage, and #2 Thank Us Later beat #7 Krank Dat.
Cool Kids Club went on to beat Grifindor in the following round. After being beaten 8-1 in the first game, Grifindor fought back but, being out-tanked, lost the second game in a much closer 5-4 game. Cool Kids Club advanced to the finals.
In the Pro League finals, Cool Kids Club took on Thank Us Later. The series kicked off on September 23 with two, thirty-minute, 5-4 matches. Thank Us Later took the first match, and the Cool Kids took the second. T Rich and Taylor Cann, on opposing teams, tanked the hell out of the matches, going a combined +107 in the first two games of the series.
The final (disputed, of course) game of the series was played on September 30. The 25 minute battle resulted in Cool Kids Club capturing the final Halo 3 Pro League title.
In the Amateur League, Relentless proved up to their name. On October 1, oDime, V IE R I T A S, Overweighttank, JAW5H OF D00M, and TJP11 took the final Halo 3 Amateur League title in two games. It was the final league game ever played in Halo 3.
You can see Relentless’ team highlight reel below. They were chosen as Halo Waypoint’s Team of the Month for October.
While only two teams are ever able to be crowned champions, long-time Grifball team Cheap Ass Gamer was championing a cause all season. CAG announced at the start of the season that they’d be dedicating the season to Child’s Play Charity and were raising donations based on their performance. A nickel per betrayal, a dollar per score, and at the end of the season, CAG totaled $1,600 for charity!
GBSML10 had some interesting times off the court as well. Grifball creator Burnie Burns was featured on The Running Riot Podcast and was live-streamed for a special Nokayard-forged broadcasting map with a Grifball game going on in the background.
H2O Camper revitalized a project started by Rooster Teeth – a custom Grifball wallpaper for your Xbox. Camper drafted 5 unique backgrounds for the community’s viewing pleasure and even created a brief tutorial video on how to apply the wallpaper.
While the farewell to Halo 3 was emotional, the anticipation for Reach was contagious. Grifballers went en force to PAX 2010 with the aim of sneaking a peak at what Grifball might look like in Reach. In September 2010, the fifth season of the GGL, the first season in Reach, provided Grifballers the first opportunity for league play in the new game. Coupled with the Grifball Evolved highlight reel that has garnered over 150,000 views, the GGL ballooned to nearly 200 teams – the largest season the GGL had ever seen up to that point and the largest Grifball league since Summer League ’08.
Next week, we’ll be moving on to Grifball in Halo Reach. Click here to share your memories of the transition to Reach and the fifth season of the GGL.
If you have any memories from SML10 – or Halo 3 Grifball in general – please leave a comment below.
To reminiscence about the entire history of Halo 3 Grifball, check out our past Respect Your Roots articles:
Chapter 1: AGLA Winter League 2008
Chapter 2: AGLA Spring League 2008
Chapter 3: AGLA Summer League 2008
Chapter 4: AGLA Winter League 2009
Chapter 5: AGLA Spring League 2009
Chapter 6: AGLA Summer League 2009
Chapter 7: AGLA Fall League 2009
Chapter 8: GGL Seasons One and Two
Chapter 9: AGLA Winter League 2010
Chapter 10: GGL Season Three
Chapter 11: AGLA Spring League 2010
Chapter 12: GGL Season Four