HCS Team Profile with Counter Logic Gaming
The Halo Championship Series Season One Finals are quickly approaching! To get you prepared, we’re back again with another team profile. Today we’ll be checking out the currently number one seeded team, Counter Logic Gaming.

Counter Logic Gaming first competed at the Halo: The Master Chief Collection Launch Invitational at the ESL studio in Burbank this November under the team name “StK,” and has since retained its current roster. The team formed prior to signing with CLG and initially consisted of Thomas “OGRE 2” Ryan, Paul “Snakebite” Duarte, and Mathew “Royal 2” Fiorante accompanied by their coach Chris “Royal 1” Fiorante; Richie “Heinz” Heinz was picked up following PAX Prime 2014.

OGRE 2 is widely regarded as the greatest Halo player of all time due to his consistently high performances as well as his lengthy history with Halo. Tom has been competing since the days of Halo: Combat Evolved and is the only player who has won National Championship titles in every game of the Halo franchise. Heinz is oftentimes referred to as a “complete player,” as his versatile skills allow him to take whichever position needs to be filled, whether that be objective or slayer. In 2009, he was voted Best Overall Player by his fellow pros. Snakebite and Royal 2 both found their best success in Halo: Reach. Starting with MLG Orlando 2011, the duo has not placed any lower than top three while teaming together.


CLG has held onto their current placing since their success at Iron Gaming Columbus in December, and with only two more weeks before the points are locked, they’re looking like a strong candidate for the top seed for the Season Finals at PAX East. If the team can keep the continued dominance we’ve seen from them at previous LAN events, they will certainly be a top contender for first place and $50,000 at the Season One Finals. Now, let’s take a closer look at the players:


Name: Thomas “OGRE 2” Ryan
Age: 28
Location: Ohio
Controller Setting: Bumper Jumper, 3 sensitivity
Twitch Channel: Twitch.tv/Ogre2
First Competitive Halo Game: Halo 1
Favorite HCS Map and Gametype: Warlord CTF
Greatest Halo Achievement: Winning World Cyber Games 2v2 Halo 2 in Singapore with my twin brother (2005)



Name: Richie “Heinz” Heinz
Age: 22
Location: Long Island, New York
Controller Setting: Bumper Jumper, 4 sensitivity
Twitch Channel: Twitch.tv/Heinz
First Competitive Halo Game: Halo 2
Favorite HCS Map and Gametype: Shrine Bomb
Greatest Halo Achievement: In 2009, winning Dallas and Anaheim back to back and Best Overall Player via pro voting.



Name: Paul “SnakeBite” Duarte
Age: 19
Location: New Jersey
Controller Setting: Bumper Jumper, 3 sensitivity
Twitch Channel: Twitch.tv/Snakebite
First Competitive Halo Game: Halo 2
Favorite HCS Map and Gametype: Warlord CTF
Greatest Halo Achievement: Winning MLG Columbus 2012 after getting 2nd at nationals (the event before)



Name: Mathew “Royal 2” Fiorante
Age: 18
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Controller Setting: Bumper Jumper, 3 sensitivity
Twitch Channel: Twitch.tv/royal2
First Competitive Halo Game: Halo 2
Favorite HCS Map and Gametype: Shrine CTF
Greatest Halo Achievement: Winning MLG Columbus 2012 Halo reach event.



Be sure to watch CLG compete in this Sunday’s tournament, HCS Cup #7, as well as next week’s LAN event, Gamers for Giving. Find out more about CLG on their website and keep up with the players on Twitter @RichieHeinz, @Royal_2, @SnakeBiteFPS and @TomRyanOGRE2. To hear more about all things HCS including reminders about new team profiles, follow us on Twitter @ESLHalo and we’ll see you later this week for our next team profile!
joyandjoyness, Friday, 13/02/15 22:42
 
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