|Coaches||Ryan "Towey" Towey|
2008: Early Success
Instinct was formed at the beginning of the first MLG Halo 3 season by former 5K members Justin "Roy" Brown and Jason "Lunchbox" Brown, alongside former members of The Agency Cameron "Victory X" Thorlakson and Joseph "Mackeo" Reinhart. At their very first event, MLG Meadowlands, Instinct defeated reigning Halo champions Final Boss in the WB semifinals, but they faced off again in the LB finals, and Final Boss managed to come back and defeat Instinct, going on to win the event, while Instinct placed 3rd. After Meadowlands, Victory X was replaced by Eric "Snipedown" Wrona, and the team placed 2nd in San Diego. Victory X returned replacing Snipedown, and they repeated their 3rd placing in Orlando. The roster then underwent a major revision, with both Victory X and Mackeo leaving and being replaced by Dave "Walshy" Walsh of Final Boss fame, and Dmitriy "Soviet" Gulyan. This team picked up placings of 2nd and 5th in Toronto and Dallas, respectively, before placing 2nd at the Las Vegas National Championships, capping off a successful inaugural year for team Instinct with $104,000 in tournament winnings, five top 3 finishes and an average placing of 2.8.
2009: Neighbor's Tenure
2009 saw Instinct struggle to build on the momentum of their 2008 season. They kicked the year off by replacing Soviet with Mason "Neighbor" Cobb. The new squad took 2nd in Meadowlands, and 5th in Columbus. Walshy then left the team, and was replaced by Eric "GH057ayame" Hewitt for one event, Dallas, at which they placed 3rd. Justin "FearitSelf" Kats then joined for two events, garnering placings of 7th in Orlando and 4th at the Orlando National Championships. At the end of the year, an Instinct squad that saw Roy, Lunchbox and Neighbor struggle to find a consistent fourth member took home $55,000 in tournament winnings and an average placing of 4.2.
2010: Cloud and Elamite
2010 saw Instinct finally find a roster that gelled, replacing FearitSelf and Neighbor with Scottie "Cloud" Holste and Kyle "ElamiteWarrior" Elam. This roster had an immediate impact on the circuit, and Instinct won its first ever event in Orlando. They followed this up with a repeat performance in Columbus, defeating a newly formed Final Boss squad to win their second straight event. Unfortunately for Instinct, Final Boss picked up steam, and defeated Instinct in the finals in Raleigh. Instinct had a relatively disappointing showing in D.C., where they placed 6th, but they followed it up with 3rd at the Dallas National Championships, taking home $94,800 in tournament winnings and capping off Instinct's most successful year yet, placing-wise, with two event wins and an average placing of 2.6.
2011-12: The "God Squad"
Instinct started a new year and a new Halo game with a new roster: Roy, Lunchbox, Tom "Tsquared" Taylor of Str8 Rippin fame and Anthony "Totz" Pennacchio. This roster would only last for one event, placing a disappointing 6th in Dallas. This lead to a team change that would shake MLG to its core, with Halo legend Tom "Ogre 2" Ryan (leaving Final Boss for the first time) and Halo 3 phenom Justin "iGotUrPistola" Deese leaving Final Boss, and joining Roy and Lunchbox to form a team that many fans referred to as "the God Squad". The team lived up to the hype, winning in Columbus, and dominating Anaheim without dropping a single game. At Raleigh, Instinct struggled early, nearly being defeated by Fnatic Classic before a thrilling comeback, and faced off in the finals against a newly formed Infamous team. Fans consider this series to be one of the most exciting and close matches of Halo: Reach, and Infamous took it in 10 games. Orlando was another disappointment for Instinct, with a placing of 5th, but they returned to form at the Providence National Championships, winning their first ever national championship. Instinct closed out 2011 with $158,800 in tournament winnings, three event wins and an average placing of 2.3, their most successful year by all standards.
The God Squad returned at the MLG Winter Championship 2012 in Columbus, the only MLG Halo: Reach event of 2012, placing 2nd, losing to a newly formed Status Quo lineup. After Halo: Reach was dropped from the MLG Pro Circuit, Instinct competed at a non-MLG event for the first time at AGL 2 Columbus, taking first place.
The God Squad stuck together for one Halo 4 event in 2012, the MLG Fall Championship in Dallas. They had a disappointing Top 12 finish.
|Roy||Justin Brown||Str8 Rippin|
|Lunchbox||Jason Brown||Evil Geniuses|
|Ogre 2||Tom Ryan||Shoot to Kill|
|Tsquared||Tom Taylor||Str8 Rippin|
|Totz||Anthony Pennacchio||Final Boss|
|Cloud||Scott Holste||Believe the Hype|
|Neighbor||Mason Cobb||Triggers Down|
|FearItSelf||Justin Kats||Final Boss|
|Mackeo||Joseph Reinhart||Triggers Down|
|Victory X||Cameron Thorlakson||Classic|
|Snipedown||Eric Wrona||Triggers Down|
- Killer Instinct: MLG Interviews the Columbus Halo: Reach Champs - majorleaguegaming.com - 06/21/11
- Eye on the Prize: The Instinct Interview - majorleaguegaming.com - 07/07/08
- Walshy and Soviet Added to Instinct Roster - majorleaguegaming.com - 07/31/08
- 5K, Roy and Lunchbox's Halo 2 team
- Evil Geniuses, Roy and Lunchbox's current Halo 2: Anniversary team