Michael Cavanaugh (electronic sports player)

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Michael Cavanaugh
Status Inactive
Date of birth (1988-08-30) August 30, 1988 (age 26)
Hometown Edgewood, Kentucky
Nationality United States
Games Halo 2 and Halo 3

Michael Cavanaugh (born August 30, 1988), also known by his gamertag StrongSide,[1] grew up in Edgewood, Kentucky, United States.[2] Cavanaugh has been a professional Major League Gaming Halo player since July 2005. He isn't Currently a member of a team. Cavanaugh has been a member of Status Quo, Final Boss, Heaven and Earth, Legendz, Carbon, and Warriors in previous seasons.

Cavanaugh finished second in MLG's 2006 1v1 Halo 2 competition. His 2006 4v4 team, Legendz, placed fourth overall in the 2006 championship tournament.

StrongSide's Halo 2 Emblem[3][4][5]

On June 13, 2007 Cavanaugh was awarded a $250,000 league contract from MLG.[6]


Halo 3
Event 4v4 Team
Meadowlands 7th Status Quo
Columbus 7th Status Quo
Dallas 5th Final Boss
Anaheim 9th Final Boss
Orlando 8th Final Boss


Halo 3
Event 4v4 Team
Meadowlands 1st Final Boss
San Diego 7th Final Boss
Orlando 5th Final Boss
Toronto 3rd Final Boss
Dallas 3rd Final Boss
Las Vegas 4th Final Boss


Halo 2
Event FFA 4v4 Team
Charlotte 5th 1st Final Boss
Meadowlands N/A 1st Final Boss
Dallas N/A 2nd Final Boss
Chicago 4th 1st Final Boss
Orlando N/A 2nd Final Boss
Las Vegas Championship N/A 1st Final Boss
Toronto N/A 1st Final Boss


Halo 2
Event FFA 4v4 Team
New York 7th 3rd Carbon
Dallas N/A 3rd Carbon
Anaheim 4th 2nd Carbon
Chicago N/A 3rd Carbon
Orlando 2nd 8th Legendz
NY Playoffs 2nd 5th Legendz
Las Vegas 2nd 4th Legendz


Halo 2
Event FFA 4v4 Team
Philadelphia N/A N/A N/A
Las Vegas 4th 9th Badtach
Nashville 9th 9th foXy Rapes
Seattle 2nd 2nd Storm Ventures
Los Angeles N/A 3rd Team EG
Atlanta 4th 5th Team EG
Chicago 1st 4th IGS
New York 2nd 2nd Team Phreaks


Cavanaugh's preferred game is Halo 3 (with his favorite MLG gametype being CTF Pit), using Bumper Jumper controls, 4 look sensitivity.[7] His other favorite video games include Guitar Hero and many of the old school systems like SNES, NES, N64 and Sega.

He along with other members of Final Boss had been given Recon Armor from Bungie. His account has since been hacked and stolen.


  1. ^ Steinberg, Dan. "Gilbert Among the Video Gamers". D.C. Sports Bog - Washington Post. 
  2. ^ Hruby, Patrick. "So you wanna be a professional video game player?". ESPN. 
  3. ^ Team Final Boss game on Xbox Live
  4. ^ StrongSide's Gamertag
  5. ^ StrongSide's Halo 2 Emblem
  7. ^ X1059225BDY.indd

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