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MLG is coming to Houston on 3/12-13 for Halo 2 and SSB:M tournaments. I was thinking about taking my kids as spectators. (Although my little Joshua could probably open a can on the best SSB:M players)

 

Have you ever been to an event like this? What was the experience like?

 

I'm guessing they'll project it on a big screen and have ample room for spectators, right? Or is it a closed affair for the pros only?

 

 

Carlos.

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MLG is coming to Houston on 3/12-13 for Halo 2 and SSB:M tournaments. I was thinking about taking my kids as spectators. (Although my little Joshua could probably open a can on the best SSB:M players)

 

Listen, I thought we talked about this. I'm NOT your son.

 

I do believe they allow spectators. There should be room for spectators, but it appears they're still working out details: http://www.mlgpro.com/register/city_view.php?eid=21&details=1

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Yeah, I'm going to take the kiddos. Not sure whether I'm going Saturday or Sunday yet. I'm trying to surprise them, so I haven't nailed down our timeframe yet. If it's free, (I haven't seen anything indicating there's a charge to spectate), we might go both days, since it's reasonably close.

 

I'll be sure to take the camera and file a full report here when we get back.

 

Carlos.

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Well, we went on Saturday. It was pretty much just as I expected.

 

Lot's of kids with bad/nonexistent haircuts, soda cans and Taco Bell wrappers everywhere. Many showers were definitely needed!

 

There were 4 projections screens in the center of the room, and about 40 other tables set up on either side. I was expecting to see vendors there selling some stuff to the gamers, but there were no booths at all.

 

We saw some semis and then the finals of the Free-for-all Slayer tournament, although nobody in attendance seemed excited at all, and there was virtually no applause when it was over. Guess they are too cool for that.

 

My kids, ever pragmatic, quickly deduced that it was boring to stay there and watch, when we could go home and they could actually play. They were unimpressed by the calibre of the pros' play.

 

I've got to say I was struck by just how much of a factor luck is in doing well. Part of me was expecting to see some amazingly skillful moves, but I didn't see anyone survive an assault that I couldn't have survived. I WAS amazed by how quickly and effortlessly they acquire and switch between weapons, however, and their exceptional reflexes in general. I kept my eye on StK Ogre2's screen most of the time, because I've always heard he is one of the best. He did very well in the semi-final, but then just got unlucky as hell in the finals and finished 2nd to last (out of 8 players).

 

I saw almost NO dual-weilding whatsoever. Granted, this may be because MLG sets the default weapon as the Battle Rifle. The charged plasma/quick change to BR seemed to be the combination of choice, along with many, many well placed (and randomly tossed) grenades. It's illegal to use the sword in MLG play, and the gameplay is much better for it. I hope Bungie adds the option to disable it soon.

 

So, I didn't get to see any team play, aside from watching an all-girl team getting schooled by some guys. I think the girls are somewhat well known -- one was Xena, who I'm sure I have read an article about somewhere. I'm pretty sure they were just practicing, though.

 

We checked out some Super Smash Bros: Melee action also. Those guys really had some skills and it was very exciting.

 

It started getting really hot in there, so we split after only an hour and a half. I wanted to stay longer, but my boys were growing impatient to get home and play for real.

 

Carlos.

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The charged plasma/quick change to BR seemed to be the combination of choice, along with many, many well placed (and randomly tossed) grenades.

 

I've heard this is the choice of many pros as well, but I've met many people who've tried that combo against me, but for some reason, it's not a combo that defeats me all that often (I often dual wield with plasma/SMGs because it's the easiest to get ahold of in almost all ranked matches - mastering that pretty much guarantees me at least a 1:1 kill/death ratio.) So, I'm not convinced that it's really a winning strategy because if the intended victim is swarming/moving, they might not have time to aim with the battle rifle on the follow-up.

 

Just my 2 cents. I'd like to attend one of those for mostly educational purposes, but I see they don't have Phoenix on their 2005 schedule.

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