BCN’s Top 25 List (Halo 5)
Please keep in mind, this list is primarily based off of my own personal experience, which is strictly limited to Halo 5 and our Grifball Community. Feel free to leave feedback or trash on my list; I’d like to know what you all have to think. I’ve removed myself from this list as I am in a category and league of my own, the #1 benchwarmer in the AGLA, GGL and IGL. A small disclaimer – If you haven’t played grif for months and/or I haven’t played with you frequently, you’ll most likely find yourself further down the list than you might think is fitting; as mentioned above, this is based off of my personal experience playing with or against these players. I’m sure some of my placements will be controversial to some, but if we’re being honest, that’s what makes these lists interesting. Let’s bring some hype back into our grif community! Now that we’re approaching the next AGLA season, I figured it’s a better time than ever to get the train started, let’s dive right into the Top 25.
1) iGalvanator – The constant question of Galv or Ace for the #1 spot. For me the decision came down to who would I least like to play against. Galvanator has proven to me that he is one of the best tanks in the community. His pure tanking power combined with a lethal sword, the consistent ability to make outrageous plays with smart-link ever so slightly nudge Galvanator above Ace in my book. Beyond the default hammer and sword, he is capable and consistent in punching sword and hammer lunges. When Galv is playing seriously, he is a force to be reckoned with.
2) Ace B S1lent – When playing against Ace it seems as though he has two settings, the first is most commonly seen when he has fun playing with his prey and messes around in custom games. The second, which I unfortunately haven’t had the pleasure of seeing while on his team, is the god mode. From the one or two league games that I have played against Ace, it is easy to see that he has a brilliant mind for the game. He is consistently finding himself in the right position and makes ridiculous plays look simple. If there was one thing, and only one thing this man lacks when compared to Galv, it has to be the tanking power. I look forward to playing with or against Ace in the future – every time I see Ace play there is something to learn from him – his decision making and tactical awareness is top class and in my opinion is unparalleled in the Grifball community.
3) Saintz The God – This IGL season was the first time I’ve ever played, spoken and for that matter heard of Saintz. From my point of view, Saintz came out of thin air and within the first two weeks of playing in H5, finds himself amongst the top ten on many people’s lists. From first-hand experience, his in-game presence is dominant and undeniable; he is the real deal, as most of us already know. Whether he’s tanking through an entire team or making godly double punches on oncoming swords, he has mastered the game mechanics faster than anyone I’ve seen play the game. I can see him finding his way into the #1 spot if he keeps grinding, playing and learning from other top players.
4) The Eastbrook (Larry) – The man is a wizard. Let’s start with the running – Larry has the punching down, which is the first step for any runner to master if they want to be considered “top tier”. There will always be an argument of who the best runner is in the current game; at the moment I’d consider Larry, Ouglaf and more recently Silva at the top of their class. Larry possesses that “X” factor that I haven’t yet seen from any other runners. After playing in custom games against Larry, I’ve looked at the score at the end of the match and often found myself wondering how it’s possible that he’s single-handedly torn a team apart using only a ball. His knowledge of when to be patient and when to aggress with the ball allows him to make intuitive decisions with ease; this directly translates into his ability to make plays and run routes that others wouldn’t see. To simplify and summarize – Off of the ball, Larry is one of the trickiest players to kill, he uses deception (specifically sword-baiting and thruster manipulation) as a major part of his gameplay. Larry has a unique style of play that most people have no idea how to play against; I hope that never changes, it keeps players on their toes and pushes others to find new ways to approach the game.
5) Infinite Rain(ge) – Tanking, patience and composure. These three elements of Rain’s game make him the top level player that he is. He dominates league matches with the mindset and skill-set of a veteran player. Regarded as one of, if not the best outright tanks in the game, it’s easy to see why he’s one of the top players in each and every match he plays. Could use some work as a captain though <3
6) Netspride15 – The definition of “X” Factor, Nets specialization isn’t necessary with tanking, the sword or the ball, but rather coming in clutch whenever and wherever his team needs him. Nets remains one of the two people that have ever ninja’d me in grif; it’s something he does routinely in his game, making for some of the most dramatic and traumatizing plays on the court.
7) Ouglaf11 – The man doesn’t die with the ball. Ouglaf more or less pioneered punching smart-links, he still largely bases his style off of punching, but why wouldn’t you if you were essentially untouchable with the ball? He’s competent with a hammer, has an incredible understanding of the sword, but as we all know, he shines brightest as a runner for any team. There’s a certain assurance you get with him on your team, knowing that regardless of how many times he gets lunged with either hammer or sword, he’ll be waiting with a ball coming directly for your face.
8) Tariq TE – Tariq still remains the most difficult person for me to kill in the community. Whether he’s hammer jumping or thrusting around in the air in what seems to be a random, yet calculated method, its near impossible to tell what his intentions are until it’s too late. When he’s on the top of his game, Tariq deserves a spot in the top 5, I hope to see him back in-form this coming AGLA season.
9) Digital Pain – I never understood the hype around Digital until this IGL season, the man is a beast of a tank. An incredible individual player, but where he excels and surpasses others is how he plays with his team. Team tanking is a huge part of his game and I think it’s fair to say that the offensive partnership between Dig and Saintz has been the most dominant offensive pair IGL has seen thus far. He has every part of his game down to a science. The only way he could improve his game is by keeping a cool head and learning from the feedback that others have to offer him. He’s a fantastic teammate that adds depth and dimension to any roster he finds himself on.
10) Invayda Zim – Highly skilled and horribly underrated, Invayda Zim is one of the most well rounded players. From what I’ve seen, Zim excels in one on one encounters with the hammer and has one of the nastiest swords in the community. He can consistently punch incoming smart-links with the ball and seems to mesh with any group of players. I can’t think of a more capable and well-rounded player to seal off the top 10.
Each and every person on this list adds an irreplaceable dynamic to their given teams. I’m sure some of the players positioned 11-25 deserve a spot in the top 10. Unfortunately I haven’t played with all of you, or seen your full potential just yet – I’d love to see this list change over the coming season(s), talent is plentiful in this community and I’m eager to see what the future has in store for us all.
12) Rage More Nerd
15) The Man Canon
16) The Piggies
17) Almighty Tycoon
21) Ming Crusader
22) sSunk (RIP)
23) Killerz Legit
Hope to see you all for this AGLA –