Tom Ryan (electronic sports player)

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Tom Ryan
Status Retired[1]
Date of birth (1986-08-03) August 3, 1986 (age 27)
Hometown Pickerington, Ohio
Nationality United States
Current team N/A
Organizer None
Games Halo:CE, Halo 2, Shadowrun, Halo 3, and Halo: Reach, Halo 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Ghosts

Tom Ryan (born August 3, 1986) is a professional gamer from Columbus, Ohio, USA playing in Major League Gaming. He is famous for being one half of the "Ogre Twins" with his twin brother Ogre 1. In 2005, he and his twin brother, won the gold medal in Halo 2 at the World Cyber Games.[2] His Major League Gaming tournament history includes wins in Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Shadowrun, Halo 3, Halo: Reach and Halo 4.

The "Ogre Twins" are a highly accomplished pair, having won many national Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 tournaments.[3] Tom has played for many professional teams, including Instinct, Shoot to Kill, Team Domination, DtO, Final Boss, and Team 3D .[4] In June 2006, he signed a three-year contract with Major League Gaming. He was shown on many of MLG's shows on USA Network in 2006 [5] and at one point was sponsored by NBA player Gilbert Arenas. He later went on to be sponsored by organisations such as Red Bull, Stride Gum and Eon.

Gaming career[edit]

Tom Ryan began his professional gaming career playing at small local tournaments along with Dan Ryan, his twin brother. The two began to get involved with professional gaming after much success.[6] Since then, he has been a member of Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 teams, some of which that have received media and gamer attention for finishing in the top of their tournaments and leagues. Some such teams include Team 3D's Halo 2 team,[7] Team StK, Team Domination, Final Boss and his current team, Team Instinct. He and his brother also represented the United States in the Halo 2 competition at the 2005 World Cyber Games in Singapore, defeating the Canadian team to secure a first-place finish.[8] As part of Final Boss, he helped the team to win two consecutive Major League Gaming National Championships in 2004 and 2005,[9] before finishing the 2006 season by placing second to Team Carbon in a close 4–6 match.[10]

Though starting out with a win in the first ever Halo 3 tournament, Ogre 2 and Final Boss were not as successful in Halo 3 as they had been in Halo 2 and Halo: Combat Evolved. It was not until the end of the 2010 season when Ogre 2 joined up with FearItSelf, iGotUrPistola and Victory X that he started to see success once again. As a team, they won the last three tournaments of the 2010 season including the National Championship. This made Ogre 2 the first and only player to become national champion of every game in the Halo trilogy.[11]

In 2011, Halo: Reach made its debut on the Pro Circuit at MLG Dallas. Final Boss, came in as the highest seeded team, but lackluster results left Tom with a 10th place finish; for him, a career low. After this event, Ogre 2 and his teammate Pistola decided to leave Final Boss and join up with another set of gaming twins, Roy and Lunchbox, and coach Towey of Team Instinct. After this merger, many dubbed this team as the "God Squad" because all five members are considered to be among the very best in the game. In their first event, MLG Columbus 2011, Team Instinct only dropped one game out of 22 on their way to winning the event. They went undefeated in the following event at Anaheim, taking their win-loss record to 43-1. Although they did not place first in the next two events, they came back to win the national title at MLG Providence.

In 2012, Ogre 2 and his team Instinct continued to compete at Halo: Reach and did so at the next MLG Event in Columbus, Ohio. They placed 2nd, losing to team Status Quo. From there, he and his team competed in several smaller scale events, taking first at an Arena League Gaming event. Several months later, Halo 4 was released and Instinct once again competed in Dallas, Texas for a pre-release MLG tournament. Some players illegally obtained the game early, however, and members of Instinct didn't think of it as a real event.[12]

In 2013, with the competitive Halo scene all but finished due to the dwindling popularity of the series and MLG pulling the franchise from their line-up, Ogre 2 made the transition to competing in rival game Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Ogre 2's new team, Rage, consisted of all eSports veterans who had been successful at other competitive games.[13] In 2014, Ogre 2 continued with the franchise and moved on to Call of Duty: Ghosts, playing at multiple events with other former Halo pro's, after reviving and competing under the Final Boss name. In March 2014, Ogre 2 announced his retirement from competitive gaming, citing a lack of enjoyment as the primary reason.[14] He ended his career with over 100 tournaments attended, and over 50 1st place national level (or better) finishes, including winning 5 out of the 8 year ending MLG National Championships (across 4 different Halo titles).[15]

Notable achievements[edit]

Individual Competitions (Halo: Combat Evolved)[edit]

  • 2nd place MLG Philadelphia 2004
  • 2nd place MLG Chicago 2004
  • 2nd place MLG Seattle 2004
  • 2nd place MLG New York City National Championships 2004
  • 7th place MLG Dallas 2004
  • 2nd place Halo 50K2
  • 3rd place Halo 50K3
  • 7th place AGP 3
  • 3rd place AGP 6

Individual Competitions (Halo 2)[edit]

  • 1st place MLG Dallas 2006
  • 1st place MLG Washington DC 2005
  • 1st place MLG Los Angeles 2005
  • 1st place MLG Atlanta 2005
  • 2nd place VGL Orlando 2005
  • 4th place MLG San Francisco 2005
  • 7th place MLG Houston 2005
  • 9th place MLG Orlando 2005
  • 3rd place MLG New York 2006
  • 6th place MLG Anaheim 2006
  • 3rd place MLG Meadowlands 2007
  • 1st place CPL Winter 2008

Team Competitions (Shadowrun)[edit]

Team Competitions 4v4 (Halo: Combat Evolved)[edit]

Team Competitions 2v2 (Halo: Combat Evolved)[edit]

  • 2nd place MLG Philadelphia 2004 (Ogre2 & DM Gestapo)
  • 1st place MLG Dallas 2004 (Ogre2 & Strangepurple)
  • 2nd place MLG Chicago 2004 (Ogre2 & Strangepurple)
  • 1st place MLG Atlanta 2004 (Ogre1 & Ogre2)
  • 3rd/4th place MLG Seattle 2004 (Ogre2 & Walshy)
  • 3rd place AGP 5 (Ogre2 & Walshy)
  • 1st place AGP 6 (Ogre2 & Walshy)
  • 1st place Halo 50K2 (Ogres)
  • 1st Place Halo iGames 2v2 Nationals (Ogres)
  • 1st place Halo 50K (Ogres)

Team Competitions (Halo 2)[edit]


  • 1st place World Cyber Games (Team 3D)
  • 1st place VGL Orlando
  • 1st place AGP 7 D.C.
  • 1st place CPL Dallas
  • 1st place Halo 50K4 Atlanta
  • 1st place MLG Washington D.C. 2005 (Team Shoot to Kill)
  • 1st place MLG San Francisco 2005 (Team Shoot to Kill)
  • 1st place MLG Houston 2005
  • 1st place MLG Orlando 2005
  • 1st place MLG St. Louis 2005
  • 2nd place MLG Philadelphia 2005
  • --- place MLG Las Vegas 2005 (Didn't attend)
  • --- place MLG Nashville 2005 (Didn't attend)
  • --- place MLG Seattle 2005 (Didn't attend)
  • 1st place MLG Los Angeles 2005 (Team 3D)
  • 1st place MLG Atlanta 2005 (Team 3D)
  • 1st place MLG Chicago 2005 (Team 3D)
  • 1st place MLG New York City National Championships 2005 (Team 3D)



Team Competitions (Halo 3)[edit]




Team Competitions (Halo: Reach)[edit]




  • "Best Overall Player" - 2005 MLG Pros' Choice Awards
  • "Best Overall Player" - 2006 MLG Pros' Choice Awards
  • "Best Overall Player" - 2007 MLG Pros' Choice Awards
  • "Best Strategist" - 2010 MLG Pros' Choice Awards
  • "Best Leader" - 2011 MLG Pros' Choice Awards
  • "Boost Mobile Season MVP " - 2007 MLG
  • "Most Valuable Player" - MLG Charlotte 2007
  • "Most Valuable Player" - MLG Meadowlands 2008
  • "Matador Bold Player" MLG D.C. 2010


  1. ^ "Tom Ryan on Twitter". 
  2. ^ America Takes World Gaming Crown
  3. ^ Character Profile: Ogre 1
  4. ^ Official Pro Website
  5. ^ Ogre 2 on USA Network
  6. ^ Moore, Kurt (2005-10-16). "Big Knob". The Marion Star. pp. 7A. 
  7. ^ GotFrag eSports - Halo 3 News Story - Halo 2 Team Leaves 3D
  8. ^ Return of the Kings: US Gamers Sweep World Cyber Games - The winners are going home - Softpedia
  9. ^ MLG Signs Four-Man Halo 2 Team for $1 Million Contract - Xbox
  10. ^ Pro Team - Final Boss | Major League Gaming
  11. ^ [1] An Ode to Ogre 2
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