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Laying here in my bed, unable to sleep at 6 AM, I decided it’s about time I reflect on my entire Grifball career. Of course with Grifball, everything isn’t always peachy and grand. There were the ups, the downs, and then there was everything in between, but when it came down to it, Grifball was extremely fun. I met a lot of cool people, had a lot of fun, and really wouldn’t change anything that happened.
I first got into Grifball with Doc around February 2008 when Doc discovered it on Bungie’s top gametypes. We first played it 2 v 2 with some friends on XBL, and to be honest, I didn’t have fun at all. I thought it was boring and stupid, and refused to play it again. Fast forward to the first Double EXP weekend of Grifball, and there you will find Doc and I playing what would become my first 4 v 4 game. My first game I pulled host and went +20 something, and of course loved it because I thought I was good at it. Doc and I played nonstop together with friends, including our friend Lost, often using our famous “Cat in the Hat” emblems and having a great time. After the weekend was over, I went back to my usual zombie gametypes with 12 year olds, and trying to get my Brigadier in Lone Wolves. Then, one day I was talking with Doc and he was telling me about how he found a Grifball League and asked me if I wanted to join it. Of course I did, and we soon found a team that consisted of Doc, Lost, Wuskin, Majorgenermrv, Thunerhair42, Crazysurferguy, and myself. We called ourselves “Cat in the Hat Crew” based on our Double EXP weekend. I was really excited to be in the league, and soon began posting on RT frequently, and starting to meet some really cool people.
Spring League 2009 soon arrived, and we were really excited to see how good we were. Doc and I watched the League highlights from WL08 several times, and eventually we developed an opening launch based on one of the highlights before nearly every team did, which would come in handy during the season. We started our season off well, I didn’t play in the first two games due to vacation, but we won both. We were on a roll until we had to play Five Guys, a team that had made the Sweet Sixteen in the previous league, and we knew they would be good. They were too experienced for us, and beat us pretty bad, only giving ourselves a reality check that we weren’t as good as we thought. We pretty much played customs every day, improving our game and becoming a lot better players. The next time we got matched up with Five Guys, we beat them 8-1, and made the playoffs in our first season atop our division. We went into playoffs very focused and ended up winning our first game 5-0 against Thurmanator and Punching ghosts before Thurmanator rage quit. Our next matchup was with Maptek, the third ranked team in the playoffs. We were very excited to see how good we really were, and ended up winning 6-3 while I pulled host and went +50 something. This was a great win, and we were very optimistic about our chances in the playoffs until we played Stir Fry Towels and the infamous Morales’ host, and lost to them pretty badly. I was disappointed with the loss, but knew that I couldn’t do much more. Doc and myself carried our team throughout the season, and even in the last game we both played well. We started shopping around in the offseason for new players, and ended up finding Twizzter, Trick, and Tree at first, who all played for MGK. We were going to merge teams until we ended up dropping Trick and Tree and picking up Superstar, Jayhawks, and eventually stealing Crowing from SI to form our next team in Summer League 2008, Status Quo (Note: I did indeed come up with this name alongside Doc as we were jumping on Dark Cloud trying to think of names. Twizzter had no involvement in the name process, no matter how badly he wishes he did.)
Status Quo was a really good team, and people finally took notice of Doc and myself. We were playing clantrocity together during the offseason, and even took the crown from SYLaL eventually. Playing clantrocity was a really key point in my career, because it is when I learned when to hammer-bounce, a technique that not many people were using then. This is around the time I left for Europe, and while I was there, my team eventually decided that I sucked and didn’t deserve to start. I basically quit the team essentially, and started to play a lot of MLG with my friend iDJH. Going into Summer League, we were one of the favorites to win the league, and even drew a tough division to prove so, with another top team in Team Cuba also in our division. As I said, I basically quit after I played one game, simply because the entire team was filled with egotistical retards and thought they were all better than me. I didn’t want to be “that player” that would only play the easy games then sit all the good ones, so I just started to ignore all the invites I would get to play. The team went on the win all their games because Superstar pulled one of the strongest host’s in the history of Grifball. The team seemed destined to go really far, until Superstar’s infamous post on Rooster Teeth that basically made fun of nearly everybody in the community, and specifically making fun of the commissioner at the time, Jack. He ended up getting permabanned from the league, and the team lost their greatest weapon for the playoffs. Around this time I really started getting into MLG, and started to get really good at Halo. I would just play MLG instead of Grifball everyday, and became an all-around more aware Halo player. To this day, I don’t believe I would have been as successful in Grifball had I not started playing MLG. Anyways, Status Quo was down a player, and they wanted me to play. I eventually agreed to play seeing as I still wanted to win, and started wrecking in the playoffs, going +30 in the first two rounds of the playoffs off-host. This is where we ended up meeting the Zoo Monkies and their four hosts in the