Compared to other titles there’s an abundance of brothers in Halo esports, and more often than not they end up performing pretty well. Let’s take a look back at the past 20 years of competitive Halo and see what brothers have managed to accomplish:
Ace and Elamite
When Kyle “Elamite” Elam joined Spacestation Gaming in 2021 he was given the task of building a professional Halo team that could compete at the highest level. A tough task given most of the top talent was already signed, he knew he needed to build around someone who is a consistent and dependable option. That’s why selecting his younger brother, Aaron “Ace” Elam was a no-brainer, he’s won a major 4v4 LAN in four different Halo games and has a whopping 70 LAN appearances, good for second-most all-time behind Ogre 2’s 75.
While they might not be the Ogre twins, they've both experienced winning on the biggest stages in Halo esports. Elamite was one of Halo 3's best players and his stats speak for themselves:
When you look at just Halo 3 events, Elamite comes out ahead in nearly every category besides wins, a record he shares with OpTic Gaming's Pistola. If you weren't around during the Halo 3 MLG era you'd never know that the current coach of Spacestation Gaming is lowkey one of the best players to ever touch the sticks.
His brother Ace has an impressive resume of his own, Ace attended his first lan in 2005, and his 53 Top 8 appearances are the 5th most all-time. He also earned $200,000 when he won the Halo 4 Global Championship on a thrilling last-second play against arguably the greatest individual player of all time, Pistola.
These two players have quite literally done it all, they’ve played with each other, they’ve played against each other, Ace coached Elamite to a first-place LAN finish, and now Elamite hopes to return the favor this HCS season as the Head Coach for Spacestation Gaming.
Often referred to as “RoyBox,” Justin "Roy" Brown and Jason "Lunchbox" Brown are two of Halo’s most successful and beloved players. Their 14 LAN wins are good for 9th best all time and they have an impressive collective average placing of ~3.5 across 56 events. The twins had an immediate impact on the scene when they placed Top 4 at their first event, MLG Charlotte 2007, held during arguably one of the most competitive and difficult eras to win in.
Together they've been some of the game's best players since Halo 2. From 2010-2012 as members of fan favorites Team Instinct, they won nearly half the tournaments they entered during the Halo 3 and Halo Reach MLG seasons. RoyBox would rack up 7 LAN wins in 16 attempts in that span, a run that was cut short by the release of Halo 4. Together they also dominated Halo 2 Anniversary under the Evil Geniuses banner, winning five out of seven major events. The pair even won an X-Games Gold Medal at X Games Aspen 2016, Halo 5’s first official HCS tournament. Marking the fourth different game the twins would win a major LAN event in.
Eventually, during Halo 5’s lifespan, they would start to see less success. After failing to qualify for both pro season finals, and the Halo World Championships in 2017, they would go on to retire after 12 years of competing. In 2021, the HCS ranked Roy and Lunchbox as the 7th and 9th best Halo players of all time. Lunchbox still remains active in the Halo scene as the Head Coach for OpTic Gaming.
The Suddoth Twins
Michael "SUDDOTH1" Suddoth and James "SUDDOTH2" Suddoth are known more for their behavior than their actual gameplay. They're long-time competitors, and they've even teamed with a young future star in Bradley "Frosty" Bergstrom, but they've never materialized any real success. The Twins founded Reality Check in 2009, and that would serve as their team's namesake for the entirety of their career. Despite their lack of success, they were able to secure major sponsors in Polk Audio and most notably WarHeads candy, which they would distribute at events.
Perhaps the highlight of their career came at Gamers for Giving 2015 when their Reality Check team beat Noble Black for Top 8 at the tournament. At the time, Noble Black was one of Halo's best teams and would go on to place 3rd at HCS Season 1 Finals less than a month later. The Suddoths were most active from 2010-2015 but recently made their return to LAN after a 6-year hiatus. Once a fringe Top 8 team during Halo 4, they would finish in 42nd place at HCS Raleigh, understandable given their teammate had Covid and required a last-minute substitution.
Royal 1 and Royal 2
Mathew "Royal2" Fiorante started his Halo career in 2010 at MLG Columbus, his Young Money squad would finish in 17th place. A humble start for a player who would go on to be ranked as the 5th best Halo player of all time by the HCS Top 25 List.
His Halo story really begins when he teams with Snakebite for the first time at MLG Orlando in 2011. The duo would later come in 2nd at the 2011 MLG Providence Championships and win the following tournament, MLG Columbus 2012, the last Halo Reach MLG event.
They would remain quiet during Halo 4 before going on the second-best run in the esports history. From 2014-2018 SnakeBite and Royal 2 would enter 25 tournaments and reach 24 Grand Finals, winning 11 tournaments and 2 Halo World Championships during that time. And right behind him for the vast majority of those tournaments was his older brother and coach, Chris "Royal1" Fiorante.
The Ogre Twins
Everyone who follows Halo esports is familiar with these two players, or at least has heard their names mentioned. The reason being is quite simple, these set of twins are the best Halo players of all time. Daniel "OGRE1" Ryan and Tom "OGRE2" Ryan's excellence during the MLG era propelled Halo esports into the mainstream and created a foundation that still exists 18 years later.
For those who are new to the esport, to say this duo was 'good' would be a gross understatement. From 2003-2008, together they entered 46 tournaments and reached the Grand Finals 40 times, winning 32 LANs in the process. They truly were the Final Bosses of Halo esports during Halo's formative years and that's a big reason why they will always be remembered as the GOATs. Ogre 1 would exit the scene following a disappointing second half of the 2008 MLG season, where his Final Boss team would fail to make five consecutive grand finals. This wouldn't slow down Ogre 2 however, who would go on to win eight more times with a new look Final Boss, Team Instinct, and finally Counter Logic Game to end his career.
The twins are still making an impact on the world of console esports, Ogre 2 is currently the GM of the Flordia Mutineers, a franchised team that participates in the Call of Duty League. Ogre 1 lives on the other side of the Halo world, in Australia, but he's still looking to be involved. He's expressed interest in joining an org to help lead their Halo efforts, and given his track record, any org looking to truly compete in Halo esports should take his offer seriously.
Fun Fact: The twins have an older brother, Marty "OGRE3" Ryan, who coached them at the 2006 Halo 2 National Championships
Other notable brothers in Halo:
Elumnite and Hoaxer - These brothers are long-time competitors and premier professional Halo coaches. They are also currently some of the most relevant names in Halo esports, Elumnite is the GM for OpTic Halo and Hoaxer is the coach of Cloud9.
BUK20 and BUK57 - Two of EU Halo's best players from 2010-2017, made frequent appearances at North American LAN tournaments in both the MLG and HCS eras.
Bonfire and Itwasluck - Saw success in Halo 2 as members of team XiT WoundZ, they would lose to Final Boss at MLG Chicago 2005 in the tournament's grand finals.
Totz and Joe Fries - Totz was a pro player during Halo 3 and Joe was a crucial part of The LAN Network, a pre-event boot camp that helped pro Halo teams prepare for tournaments.
Gandhi and Gandhi's Brother - "Gandhi's brother" would step in to coach Team Carbon at MLG Meadowlands 2008.