As a team captain I believe it is my responsibility to make sure my team is prepared for each event. I know it is a difficult task to maintain a team for an entire MLG season, let alone one event, so I decided to make my own personal top 10 list of captains. I am giving credit where it is due to other team captains that manage their teams well and hold them together during turbulent times.
1. SK of Triggers Down
He really seems to be coming into his own as a team leader and captain. They were the most consistent team throughout the entire MLG season with a controversial finish in the Championship. If there is another Walshy in the making, I think he could be in the running for Captain Clutch Jr.
2. Predator of The NSAN3Z
Two back-to-back championships on two different games proves that he knows how to prepare his team. He worked through team changes from the 2008 Championship leading into the 2009 season and added Nickmercs. After the first event he worked through another team change and Pris0ndeath joined the roster to solidify the 2009 championship. He keeps his team motivated and focused on success.
3. Walshy of Carbon
Technically Defy is the team captain, but when Walshy is on your team you know who to look for in leadership. He is inspiration to quite a large majority of the MLG community and has a substantial track record to prove he can make things happen. I would love to pick his brain the next time I have an opportunity to talk to him about some of the things he does to be so successful.
4. Tsquared of Str8 Rippin
I have a lot of respect for what Tsquared has done for himself in terms of exposure as a player. When Str8 won the MLG championship in 2008 I think Tsquared was, without a shadow of a doubt, the best captain of that year. Since then it seems like the team has a lot of outside influences playing into consistent placings. In Columbus they completely dominated every other team they played but since then I have not seen the same tenacity. If T2 was able to focus more on the game I think he could propel his team to a Final Boss-esque (yeah I made that up) string of dominance.
5. Prospect of MBN: The Business
Prospect is an extremely talented Gears of War 2 team captain and player. Up until MLG Anaheim he maintained a team that had never placed outside of top 2 during the 2009 season. He is known for keeping his team well prepared for each event. His choice to add such a controversial player in NJ Cubano was perhaps his team’s biggest mistake of the year which could have contributed to the Anaheim placing.
6. Fallout of Get Bronco
Fallout is definitely on the rise and is “growing up” as a captain and leader in the Gears community. There are times his youth plays a factor in his decision making in-game and elsewhere, but for the most part he is a great motivator for his team. Despite early setbacks in the year, Get Bronco has been a testament of his ability to lead a team to accomplish great things.
7. Ogre2 of Final Boss
Ogre2 is the last piece of the Final Boss dynasty. While I have never thought of him as a “vocal” leader, he is one to lead by example – mainly in his talents as a gamer. His commanding presence in-game can motivate teammates, fans and spectators despite the teams disappointing placements this past season. I hope he continues on his path of perfection next season.
8. TeRRoRR of Legacy
TeRRoRR is arguably the most vocal player of all the Gears of War Pro Teams (perhaps holding the record for Technicals). This year he did the unthinkable and won the first event with three players no one in the Gears community knew beforehand. I think he has a unique ability to hone in on an individuals talent and mold them into better players. Sometimes his emotions get the better of him and can decisively change the entire mood of his teammates for better or worse.
9. Immortal Spawn of Raw Talent
Immortal Spawn is a another intelligent captain that strives on perfection. He is very focused on surrounding himself with teammates that are as dedicated, if not more, to the concept of hard-work and practice as he is himself. His one fault and major mistake early in the season occurred as a result of the conniving personality trait of NJ Cubano (look out for this type of player). Holding his team together after that period seemed to play into their later performances. I believe he needs to find players with a very like-minded attitude to further Raw Talent’s ambitions for success.
10. Cloud of Believe the Hype
Cloud is mainly on this list because he was able to keep his fragmented players level-headed enough to win the MLG Championship. BtH is known for their collective arguing and negative attitude so it is an amazing feat that they were able to win the Championship. I commend Cloud for making that possible and being the glue of that team.
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