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Ambush is an American team that was active on the MLG and AGL Pro Circuits from 2008 until 2013. Formed at the beginning of the 2008, Ambush gave iGotUrPistola, Heinz and Cloud their first tastes of 4v4 success, as they all went on to win multiple events with other teams. After two years of struggling to remain in the top sixteen, Ambush returned to the spotlight in 2012, with the roster of iGotUrPistola, Heinz, Snip3down, and FormaL and dominated the AGL circuit.
Ambush was formed in the lead-up to the 2008 MLG season by Eli , GuN ShoT, SsSilent and Snip3down , a well known online player who had yet to make it to a tournament. Years later, Snip3down described in detail the formation of the original Ambush lineup.
"I played with Bradddd, Smoltz, and DemonHunter, which was going to be our team going into the first event. Well, Smoltz had problems going and so did Demonhunter. I ended up joining Eli and Gun Shot. They were two friends that I had always wanted to team with and I knew they had been interested in teaming with me. They asked me whom I thought would be a good fit, and I told them SsSilent. He eventually became our 4th. We decided on the team name... Ambush."
Ambush finished 7th at their first event at the Meadowlands, losing to Believe the Hype and Str8 Rippin. After Meadowlands, Snip3down left to join Instinct while SsSilent went to Believe the Hype. Ambush picked up 2007 FFA phenom Justin iGotUrPistola Deese and Jared MudVayne Keenan, coming off a 9th place finish on Believe the Hype. Ambush took a step back in San Diego, losing to Classic and Fatal Images and going home in 10th place. After San Diego, Eli and GuN ShoT left to join SsSilent on Believe the Hype, leaving Ambush to pick up San Diego Believe the Hype duo Heinz and NeXuS. The new Ambush pulled off a huge upset in Orlando, taking out Str8 Rippin in 5 games in the Round of 8. In the next round, they were swept by Triggers Down and sent to losers where they beat Chilled Reality and found themselves in a rematch with Str8. Str8 reversed the series, winning four out of five games to send Ambush home in 4th.
Despite the high placing, Ambush made changes once again after Orlando, replacing MudVayne with another former Believe the Hype player - Cloud. In Toronto, Ambush took Triggers Down to 5 games, but could not win the decider and were sent to Losers, where they won a close match against Carbon before losing 3-2 to Final Boss and being sent home in 5th. The placing was high enough to earn Ambush a spot in the Las Vegas National Championships and an automatic spot in the Dallas Championship Bracket. In Dallas, Ambush again fell to Triggers Down early, but managed to beat Carbon and Classic in Losers. They ran into Triggers Down once again after this and lost 6-2. In Vegas, the 7th seeded Ambush had a lone representative in the All Star Classic - iGotUrPistola - who played for the winning East Coast. In the main tournament, Ambush were swept in both of their matches, first by Final Boss and then by Triggers Down.
The Ambush lineup was gutted during the offseason, as Heinz and Pistola left for Triggers Down and Cloud returned to Believe the Hype. NeXuS built a new team, bringing GuN ShoT back and enlisting the help of TiZoXiC and Chig . Both players were fringe top-8 players on the verge of breaking out. Ambush did not have an event to remember at the Meadowlands season opener, losing to Instinct and Heaven and Earth and going home in 10th. This lead to another team change as Chig left to join Classic and was replaced by Gilkey. Ambush had another unfortunate bracket in Columbus and losses to Final Boss and Status Quo again sent them home in 10th.
Perhaps looking to add some veteran experience to the lineup, NeXuS recruited Mackeo to replace GuN ShoT for Dallas. Ambush's troubles only worsened as they were swiftly eliminated by Status Quo and Virtuosity and sent home in a disappointing 16th. After Dallas, the Ambush lineup was blown up once again, as NeXuS brought in three fresh faces - Arkanum, FeaR, and ThuggishKilla. After battling through the Open Bracket, the new Ambush was eliminated in Losers Round 4 in Anaheim after a loss to 14th seeded Relapse, resulting in a new low placing of 17th. At the Orlando National Championships, Ambush, with Tetra Sh0t having replaced FeaR, were eliminated in Losers Round 5 by Dynasty resulting in a 16th place finish. The Ambush lineup disbanded during the offseason, with NeXuS and FeaR retiring.
Ambush was revived for the 2010 season by former members GuN ShoT and Eli alongside SeVeRiNcE and BatMayne. They finished 15th in Orlando after losses to Triggers Down and Heaven and Earth. After Orlando, SeVeRiNcE and Eli were replaced by brothers Frosty and SneakEBeaver. Ambush were double eliminated by Triggers Down in Columbus and finished 13th. After Columbus, SneakEBeaver and GuN ShoT were replaced by IceVayne and PoWeeZy. This roster managed a win over Carbon and gave Ambush its highest placing in quite some time - 11th. Going into D.C., PoWeeZy and BatMayne were replaced by Str8 SicK and a returning SneakEBeaver. Ambush lost to Triggers Down and Believe the Hype in D.C. and went home in 16th place. Ambush disbanded after D.C., having failed to qualify for Nationals.
At the beginning of the 2011 season, a new Ambush roster was formed by founding member GuN ShoT alongside InSaiyan, Aries and MoNsTcR . Ambush finished 4th in their pool in Dallas and finished 20th after a loss to Severance. After Dallas, InSaiyan built a new Ambush lineup, bringing in PhainT, Russo and the legendary Walshy . The new Ambush finished 25th, losing to Heartbreakers early in Losers. Ambush disbanded after Columbus and was not seen again for the remainder of the 2011 season.
Ambush was revived in early 2012 by former members Cloud and Heinz alongside APG and FormaL. Ambush had a major return to glory in Columbus, beating Str8 Rippin, Carbon, Shady Halo Kids and Dynasty and losing only to Instinct and Status Quo, who finished 2nd and 1st respectively. Ambush took 3rd place in Columbus.
Ambush made a roster change going into the Dallas Halo 4 exposition event, replacing Cloud with founding member Snip3down, now a Halo legend due to his time with Str8 Rippin in 2008 and 2009. After losing to Warriors in the Winners Finals, Ambush defeated Status Quo in the Losers Finals but were unable to turn the series against Warriors around in the Grand Finals, ultimately losing 4-0 and going home in 2nd. At AGL 3 Chicago, Ambush (now playing as Pulse Ambush after partnering up with Pulse eSports) were perfect, breezing their way through the bracket and beating Warriors in the Finals to win the first ever event under the Ambush banner. Despite the win, Ambush made a change going into AGL 5 Nashville, replacing APG with a returning iGotUrPistola, who was now seen as one of the greatest Halo players of all time. Ambush had another perfect event, beating Warriors in the Finals.
Ambush's Halo 4 rampage continued at AGL 7 Knoxville, where they beat Status Quo in the Grand Finals and took their third straight event. UMG Chicago made it four in a row as they took out Pulse Classic in the Finals. At AGL 8 Knoxville, Ambush were toppled in the Winners Bracket by TEC Infamous, a team constructed solely to bring them down. In the Losers Semifinals, they lost to Requiem and went home in 4th place. Going into AGL 9 Atlanta, Snip3down was replaced by Enable of Status Quo fame. Ambush won the small event, beating Severance in the Finals. Ambush disbanded after AGL 9. FormaL and Enable became full-time Call of Duty players while Pistola joined OpTic Gaming and APG went to Believe the Hype.
Halo 5: Guardians
The Ambush name was briefly revived by former member MudVayne in 2016, playing alongside JR2 , Kephrii and Kenny . The team looked to qualify for the HCS Pro League but could not advance out of its pool in the Online Qualifier. Ambush disbanded after the Qualifier.
- February (approx.), Chig, GuN ShoT, and TiZoXiC join. Cloud, Heinz, and iGotUrPistola leave.
- April (approx.), Gilkey joins. Chig leaves.
- June (approx.), Mackeo joins. GuN ShoT leaves.
- September (approx.), Arkanum, FeaR, and ThuggishKilla join. Gilkey, Mackeo, and TiZoXiC leave.
- November (approx.), Tetra Sh0t joins. FeaR leaves.
- January (approx.), Arkanum, NeXuS, Tetra Sh0t, and ThuggishKilla leave.
- March (approx.), BatMayne, Eli, GuN ShoT, and SeVeRiNcE join.
- May (approx.), Frosty and SneakEBeaver join. Eli and SeVeRiNcE leave.
- June (approx.), IceVayne and PoWeeZy join. GuN ShoT and SneakEBeaver leave.
- September (approx.), SneakEBeaver and Str8 SicK join. BatMayne and PoWeeZy leave.
- November (approx.), Frosty, IceVayne, SneakEBeaver, and Str8 SicK leave.
|bubu dubu||Jesse Moeller||Player||≈Jan 2018≈2018-01-??||Feb 20182018-02-02||LUX|
|iGotUrPistola||Justin Deese||Player||≈Jan 2018≈2018-01-??||Feb 20182018-02-02||REC|
|Saiyan||Tommy Wilson||Player||≈Jan 2018≈2018-01-??||Feb 20182018-02-02||REC|
|TriPPPeY||Joey Taylor||Player||≈Jan 2018≈2018-01-??||Feb 20182018-02-02||REC|
|Enable||Ian Wyatt||Player||≈Aug 2013≈2013-08-??||≈Aug 2013≈2013-08-??||Retired|
|FormaL||Matt Piper||Player||≈Mar 2012≈2012-03-??||≈Aug 2013≈2013-08-??||Dyn|
|Heinz||Richie Heinz||Player||≈Mar 2012≈2012-03-??||≈Aug 2013≈2013-08-??||DNL|
|iGotUrPistola||Justin Deese||Player||≈Feb 2013≈2013-02-??||≈Aug 2013≈2013-08-??||eX|
|Snip3down||Eric Wrona||Player||??? 2012≈2012-??-??||≈Aug 2013≈2013-08-??||eX|
|APG||Bradley Laws||Player||≈Mar 2012≈2012-03-??||≈Feb 2013≈2013-02-??||Cls|
|Cloud||Scott Holste||Player||≈Mar 2012≈2012-03-??||??? 2012≈2012-??-??||DNL|
|Russo||Mike Russo||Player||≈Apr 2010≈2010-04-??||≈Jun 2010≈2010-06-??||Cls|
|Walshy||David Walsh||Player||≈Apr 2010≈2010-04-??||≈Jun 2010≈2010-06-??||Retired|
|Aries||Mason Miller||Player||≈Mar 2011≈2011-03-??||≈Apr 2010≈2010-04-??||dT|
|Frosty||Bradley Bergstrom||Player||≈May 2010≈2010-05-??||≈Nov 2010≈2010-11-??||FTL|
|IceVayne||Adam Konen||Player||≈Jun 2010≈2010-06-??||≈Nov 2010≈2010-11-??||IMP|
|Str8 SicK||Cory Sloss||Player||≈Sep 2010≈2010-09-??||≈Nov 2010≈2010-11-??||Cls|
|BatMayne||Christopher Stephen||Player||≈Mar 2010≈2010-03-??||≈Sep 2010≈2010-09-??||Retired|
|Arkanum||Jacob Santos||Player||≈Sep 2009≈2009-09-??||≈Jan 2010≈2010-01-??||Anx|
|ThuggishKilla||Craig Chamberlain||Player||≈Sep 2009≈2009-09-??||≈Jan 2010≈2010-01-??||IMP|
|FeaR||Steven White||Player||≈Sep 2009≈2009-09-??||≈Nov 2009≈2009-11-??||Retired|
|Mackeo||Joseph Reinhart||Player||≈Jun 2009≈2009-06-??||≈Sep 2009≈2009-09-??||Retired|
|TiZoXiC||Joseph Capetillo||Player||≈Feb 2009≈2009-02-??||≈Sep 2009≈2009-09-??||Cls|
|Chig||Kyle Lawson||Player||≈Feb 2009≈2009-02-??||≈Apr 2009≈2009-04-??||Cls|
|Cloud||Scott Holste||Player||≈Aug 2008≈2008-08-??||≈Feb 2009≈2009-02-??||FB|
|Heinz||Richie Heinz||Player||≈Jun 2008≈2008-06-??||≈Feb 2009≈2009-02-??||Dyn|
|iGotUrPistola||Justin Deese||Player||≈May 2008≈2008-05-??||≈Feb 2009≈2009-02-??||FB|
|Snip3down||Eric Wrona||Player||≈Feb 2008≈2008-02-??||≈May 2008≈2008-05-??||Dyn|
- July 22, MLG Interviews Ambush with MLG on Major League Gaming