Frosty: Born to be a Champion
As an amateur player, your biggest dream is to become a professional. You invest countless hours each day into perfecting your craft in the hopes that one day you will get paid to do what you love. On this journey, every player faces several obstacles that they need to overcome. A toxic amateur communitty, gaming expenses, improving your skill and improving your personality are just a few of the many problems amateur players need to overcome to achieve their goal of going pro. Bradley “Frosty” Bergstrom is a player who faced all these problems, but after all the chaos, he stands proud as a Halo World Champion.
Frosty was always known as a player with a great attitude. His likable personality helped him build strong relationships with many of the top amateur players who allowed him to play with them. This helped him improve his skill and progress even faster as a player. By the time Halo 2: Anniversary came around, Frosty was already building a serious name for himself as one of the top amateur Halo players. His first H2A event would be UGC Saint Louis 2015 where he would team with RABIIIIIIIIIIID, KlNG AVALON and ntrckpny making a team called Dark Matter. This team would not do too amazing, placing 22nd, but many were taking note on Frosty’s individual performance.
Soon after, Frosty was offered an opportunity to join Team Reality Check, which consisted of Michael “Suddoth 1” Suddoth, James “Suddoth 2” Suddoth and Tomell “Very Nerdy” Day. Frosty would join and they would do very well placing seventh. This would be Frosty’s first top-eight placing in an event, giving him "Pro Player status. " After this event, Frosty’s name would be spread amongst the entire community as a player with serious potential. A few months later, he was offered a spot on eXcellence Gaming. This team would consist of Coby “Coby” Yamauchi, Kevin “UnLegit” Smith and Visal “eL TowN” Mohanan. They did not perform too bad, placing top-12 in HCS Indianapolis 2015 and then placing eighth in the HCS Season 2 Finals.
With HCS Season 2 ending and Halo 5 right around the corner, the future was looking very bright for Frosty. He was offered a spot on a team called Daytona which would be competing in Iron Games Daytona 2015, the first ever Halo 5 event. With his team consisting of APG, Aries and Rabiiid, this would be a great opportunity for Frosty to showcase his talents to all the pros before the HWC Season began. This team performed very well, taking home the championship, and Frosty in particular performed very well, showing how comfortable he felt with the new Halo 5 mechanics.
With this being his first ever event win, Frosty was excited to see what the future would hold for him in Halo 5. After Daytona, Frosty was offered a spot on Counter Logic Gaming. Consisting of Tom “Ogre 2” Ryan, Paul “SnakeBite” Duarte and Matthew “Royal 2” Fiorante, CLG was looking for a young player with big talent to help mold what could potentially be the next big star in the scene and they saw just that in Frosty. With his great talent and great personality, CLG would be able to teach him all the strategies and provide him with all the advise Frosty needed to be great and they were able to do this with ease.
With Frosty quickly turning into a very valuable asset for this team, CLG knew they had a fighting chance to defeat the reigning champions Evil Geniuses. As time went by and as CLG was able to evaluate their strengths and their weaknesses, CLG came to the conclusion that legendary player and captain of CLG, Ogre 2, was holding them back. They would respectfully release him in the hopes that they would find another talented player who fit well with CLG’s play style and mindset. After looking everywhere, they came to the conclusion that their rivals EG had the player that they needed, which was TJ “Lethul” Campbell.
It is unclear how much time it took to convince Lethul to leave EG to join his rivals, but eventually he would join, which not only caused massive chaos to EG, but it also caused massive chaos to every roster in the HWC.
With Lethul on board and Frosty only showing signs of growth, CLG was in perfect position to be the best. Their first event as a team would be X Games Aspen 2016. Prior to this event, CLG was looking extremely dominate in the Online Qualifiers, making CLG the favorite to win this event. They dominated their group play matches and continued their dominance in bracket play, not dropping a single game. Once they reached the Finals, they would face a worn down but determined EG team that had a much harder time in their group play and bracket play matches.
With CLG looking as the more dominant team, former EG member Lethul was confident during his pregame interview, even willing to talk some trash to the captain of EG Eric “SnipeDown” Wrona. This would wind up being a failed strategy for Lethul as EG would come out on top in what many believe to be the closest series in Halo 5 history, with EG winning 4-3.
Although CLG lost a heartbreaking series, Frosty was still building his reputation with his exceptional performance in this event proving that he can handle the pressure of competing with the best. CLG would not take this second place finish too seriously as they would move on to the HWC NA Regional Finals of 2016 with the same level of confidence. Frosty was determined to win it all and he knew that his team could do just that. CLG would once again dominate their group play matches only dropping one game against Team eLevate.
Come bracket play, CLG would continue their dominance once again, even being able to get some sweet revenge against EG in the Semi Finals, defeating them 4-0 in the series. In the Grand Finals, CLG would face a talented Denial Team that put up a good fight, but CLG was able to finish them off 4-2, making them the HWC NA Regional Champions of 2016. This event would prove to everyone that CLG was the best team in North America and it would also prove to everyone that Frosty was a big time player who had the talent to compete at the highest level.
Their last event of the season would be the Halo World Championship of 2016. This event would solidify CLG’s position as the best team in the world, making this event an important one for them to win. CLG came out guns blazing in group play once again, only dropping one game to Epsilon. CLG hoped that the same results would come in bracket play and they did as CLG would 4-0 EG in the Quarterfinals, 4-2 Denial in the Semi Finals and 4-0 Allegiance in the Grand Finals, giving CLG the HWC Championship win they so desperately wanted.
This win put CLG at the top of the world and made Frosty one of the youngest Halo Champions in history at just 18 years old. To even think about all the success Frosty has had recently is unfathomable. Although his success is not impossible to achieve over a long period of time, being this successful this early in his career speaks a lot about Frosty’s level of talent and potential as a player. He is still very young and he still has a lot of time until he is fully developed as a player, so Frosty is most likely only going to get better from here.
Frosty’s early success resonates not only on CLG’s ability to give him a chance, but it also resonates on the serious potential a lot of these younger players have. In recent seasons, we have seen a lot of talented prospects blow up in the scene such as eL Town, Suspector, StelluR, Spartan and many more. They were all given chances by pro teams who could have easily turned them down, postponing their dreams even further, but their drive to go big propelled them to the top.
There is no doubt in my mind Frosty was born to be a champion. He has all the credentials a typical champion would have and as he grows as a player, he will only develop more. I am very excited to watch Frosty continue to grow as a competitor and hopefully the future remains bright for this young star.
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