Starting Friday, Jan. 25th, 2013 and ending on Sunday, Jan. 27th, 2013 was the first competitive "Halo 4" tournament since MLG's [Major League Gaming] recent departure from the series. While MLG brought Halo to what it is in the competitive world, AGL [Arena Gaming League] picked up the torch and hosted a great event all weekend.
39 teams came to Chicago to compete for the top spot and the big money which gave $4500 to first place, $2400 to second place, and $100 to third. Of course only one team could be declared the winner, and that team was Matt "Formal" Piper and team Pulse Ambush with the decisive victory in the final round three games to zero against Tyler "Ninja" Blevins and the Warriors. Formal was declared the ASTRO MVP of the tournament for his control over the power ups and dominance with the sniper rifle. When asked if he didn't win the ASTRO MVP who else deserves the title, Formal said it should go to either his teammate Eric "Snipedown" Wrona or Justin "IGotUrPistola" Deese from team Legendary.
AGL streamed the entire event all weekend on Twitch which gave a uncut view into the tournament for those that weren't able to attend the event in person. If you didn't catch the stream, you can still watch it on AGL's Twitch channel and catch up on the action you missed. There was a lot of great gameplay from all the players and well worth the watch for any Halo fans. The next AGL tournament will be held in New Jersey during the month of March but no exact dates were given as of yet.
Edit: Updated the payouts and MVP title.