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Classic started off Halo 3 with a roster of Anthony "AnT" Roberts, Steven "FeaR" White, Sean "LegendPimps" Hinsinger, and Marcos "Soldier187" Sanchez. They took a 2nd place finish at MLG Meadowlands, the inaugural Halo 3 event, as a relatively unknown team that had been doing well online. The lineup stuck together for San Diego, where they would place a less impressive 5th. As a result, FeaR was replaced with Brett "Naded" Leonard. The roster of AnT, Legend, Soldier and Naded attended MLG Orlando and placed 10th. Naded then left and was replaced by Cameron "Victory X" Thorlakson. The new roster would place 4th in Toronto. Legend was then replaced by Joseph "Mackeo" Reinhart for the remainder of the season. The new squad placed 6th at both MLG Dallas and the Las Vegas National Championships.
To start off 2009, the original Classic lineup from Meadowlands 2008 reunited. This lasted only one event, with a disappointing 13th place finish in Meadowlands. AnT and FeaR were then replaced by Nick "Best Man" Johnson and Kyle "Chig" Lawson and immediate improvement was shown, with a 4th place finish in Columbus. They returned for a less impressive 6th place in Dallas, and that was enough to spark another roster change. Legend was replaced by Eric "GH057ayame" Hewitt. The lineup of Chig, Best Man, GH057ayame and Soldier started off slow, with another 6th place finish in Anaheim, but came up big when it counted, finishing 2nd at the Orlando National Championships.
Despite the impressive finish, Classic did not stick together for 2010, as Best Man was replaced by Joseph "TiZoXiC" Capetillo. Nevertheless, the new lineup again placed 2nd in Orlando. Unfortunately, the success ended there, as the lineup stuck together and placed 7th in Columbus. This would be Classic's final Halo 3 event, as Tsquared joined the team and it was renamed Str8 Rippin.
Classic was reformed for the 2011 Halo: Reach season, attending MLG Columbus 2011 with a lineup of Chig, Soldier187, Carlos "Cpt Anarchy" Morales and Patrick "Sypher" Hynes. This would not be a successful comeback, garnering a placing of 18th. Classic again disbanded after this event.
2011: Fnatic Classic
For complete information on Fnatic's Halo history, see their article.
Following a disappointing finish in Columbus with Fnatic GMM, Chig, now signed by eSports organization Fnatic, teamed up with Cory "Str8 SicK" Sloss, Ezekiel "Prototype" Martinez and Mike "Russo" Russo. Though the Fnatic organization and players did not refer to the team as Classic, the team was officially documented at MLG events (and later AGL events) as "Fnatic Classic". This team went into Anaheim as a mostly overlooked squad by fans, but ended up taking a strong placing of 3rd. At MLG Raleigh, Fnatic Classic faced off against the undefeated, fan-proclaimed "God Squad" Instinct team of Roy, Lunchbox, Ogre 2 and iGotUrPistola, and nearly handed them their first ever loss, going up 2-0 in the thrilling series before Instinct came back to win. They would go on to place 6th. Fnatic Classic would take a disappointing 11th place in Orlando, but bounced back for 4th at the Providence National Championships.
Fnatic Classic returned with the same roster for the MLG Winter Championship 2012, placing 7-8th in what would be the final MLG Halo: Reach event. This would be the last time the Fnatic Classic name would be used at an MLG event, with the roster returning in 2012 as simply "FNATIC".
Following MLG dropping Halo 4 from the pro circuit, the Fnatic Classic name was again used as a roster of Chig, Russo, Best Man and Austin "Mikwen" McCleary attended AGL 5 Nashville, placing 9-12th. Fnatic then released Classic and a Classic roster of Chig, Russo, Mikwen and Ryan "Ryanoob" Geddes attended AGL 7 Knoxville, placing 3rd. Classic was then signed by eSports organization Pulse Gaming, and attended UMG Chicago 2013 as "Pulse Classic" with a roster of Chig, Mikwen, Ryanoob and Justin "Roy" Brown, placing 2nd. Pulse Classic then attended AGL 8 Knoxville with a roster of Chig, Mikwen, Roy and Brad "APG" Laws, placing 5-6th. The Classic name has not been used at a Halo tournament since this event.
|APG||Bradley Laws||Believe the Hype|
|Chig||Kyle Lawson||Denial eSports|
|Mikwen||Austin McCleary||VwS Legendary|
|Roy||Justin Brown||Str8 Rippin|
|Russo||Mike Russo||iSo Essence|
|Best Man||Nick Johnson||Slaughterhouse|
|Prototype||Ezekiel Martinez||Str8 Rippin|
|Str8 SicK||Cory Sloss||Vas'Avi|
|Cpt Anarchy||Carlos Morales||Cloud 10|
|Soldier187||Marcos Sanchez||Swagger Like Us|
|GH057ayame||Eric Hewitt||Str8 Rippin|
|Legend||Sean Hinsinger||Status Quo|
|FeaR||Steven White||EBK High Life|
|Mackeo||Joseph Reinhart||Final Boss|
|Victory X||Cameron Thorlakson||Final Boss|
- A Classic Pro Circuit Debut: MLG Interviews Team Classic - majorleaguegaming.com - 04/18/08