Paul "SnakeBite" Duarte is an American player and captain of Tox. He is a two-time Halo World Champion and one of the most successful players of the modern era of competitive Halo. He and his longtime duo Royal2 are well known for his time with a variety of teams, including Counter Logic Gaming, Status Quo and Warriors.
Snake Bite's professional Halo career began in 2006, when he was only 11 years old. Unable to land on a team, Snake Bite attended the MLG New York Playoffs 2006 and competed in the FFA, advancing to the 5th round and finishing top 64 overall. His next event would be the second event of the 2007 season - MLG Meadowlands 2007, where he would play as a part of team Just Chill. Just Chill failed to make it out of the Open Bracket, and Snake Bite finished in the top 512 of the FFA, being eliminated in the second round.
Snake Bite's first Championship Bracket placing would come at the first Halo 3 event on the MLG Pro Circuit - MLG Meadowlands, as a member of Calm Mentality with Merkage, Thrust and Nizzin. For MLG San Diego, Snake Bite, Thrust and Merkage picked up Obi and changed the team's name to Adversity. The new roster finished 22nd. For the next event in Orlando, Snake Bite and Thrust linked up with Ghost Attack and Aries, forming team Emphasis. They finished 20th. Snake Bite would sit out the remainder of the 2008 season.
At the kickoff event of the 2009 season - MLG Meadowlands 2009, Snake Bite linked up with InSaiyan, Prolific and the veteran LegendJRG to form team Sovereign. Unfortunately, Snake Bite's streak of improving placements would come to an end here, as the team failed to advance from the Open Bracket. Looking to rebound in Columbus, Snake Bite once again teamed with Ghost Attack, this time alongside Nickel 9 and Tuss, as Flatline. They finished 26th. What could be argued as Snake Bite's big break came with the formation of team Relapse following Columbus, consisting of Snake Bite, Fearris, Derksky and Loki. They finished an impressive 11th in Dallas. For the next event in Anaheim, Dersky was replaced by Max/Pro, but the team took the same placing - 11th. They once again switched fourths going into the MLG Orlando Championships 2009, replacing Max with NocturnalKernal. This resulted in a 14th place finish at the National Championship event.
Snake Bite sat out the first two events of the 2010 season, but hit the big time upon his return, joining Warriorsalongside NocturnalKernal, Brake and Robbie B. At both MLG Raleigh and MLG D.C., Warriors finished 5th, earning Snake Bite his first MLG prize money and a coveted seed in the MLG Dallas Championships 2010. At the National Championship event, Warriors finished 7th, taking home $10,000.
SnakeBite and Robbie B retooled Warriors for the 2011 season, recruiting veterans ElamiteWarrior and StrongSide to fill out the roster. The new roster finished 4th at the kickoff event in Dallas. At the following event in Columbus, they finished 12th, and SnakeBite looked to rebuild the team with StrongSide. The duo recruited TwYLighT and SnakeBite's former teammate Dersky. They finished 4th in Anaheim and 8th in Raleigh, leading to another team change. SnakeBite and Dersky struck gold when they recruited Clutch and Royal2 to round out the roster. They would take 3rd place in Orlando and 2nd place at the MLG Providence Championships 2011, taking a $60,000 prize and creating a duo between SnakeBite and Royal2 which would go on to become one of the most successful in Halo. Following the 2011 season, SnakeBite and Royal2 left Warriors to join Status Quo alongside Enable and FlamesworD. They won their first event at MLG Winter Championship 2012, defeating the Instinct line-up known as the God Squad in the finals. With Roy taking Royal2's place for AGL 1 Chicago, SQ again emerged victorious.
Royal2 returned to the SQ lineup for the MLG Fall Championship 2012 Halo 4 exposition, reuniting the championship team from the Winter event. SQ would finish 3rd at the event. SnakeBite would attend two more Halo 4 AGL events, finishing 4th and top 8 at AGL 5 Nashville and AGL 8 Knoxville, respectively.
Halo 2: Anniversary
With the launch of the MCC and the birth of a developer-supported Halo esports league, SnakeBite joined Shoot to Kill with Heinz, Ogre 2 and Royal2. They finished 3rd at the ESL MCC Launch Invitational. For HCS season 1, Counter Logic Gaming announced the acquisition of StK. They proceeded to win Iron Gaming Columbus 2014 and finish 2nd at both UGC St. Louis 2015 and Gamers For Giving 2015, before repeating their 2nd placing in the season finals at PAX East 2015. SnakeBite was a standout slayer in season 1, providing many highlight clips including the final kill to seal CLG's victory at Iron Games Columbus.
Following the conclusion of season 1, CLG replaced Heinz with Cloud. SnakeBite and CLG started the season off on a low note, placing 5th at Iron Games Atlanta 2015. At HCS Indianapolis they returned to form, with a 2nd place finish. CLG again finished 2nd at the HCS Season 2 Finals, falling to EG once again.
Halo 5: Guardians
CLG made roster changes going into Halo 5, replacing Cloud with Frosty and, controversially, OGRE2 with Lethul. The new roster's first tournament was the X Games Aspen 2016 invitational, where they again fell in the finals to EG, earning silver medals. At HWC NA Regionals, CLG dominated the event, sweeping EG in the semifinals and defeating Denial eSports 4-2 in the finals. Approaching Halo World Championship 2016, SnakeBite made a name for himself as the mastermind behind CLG's dominance. Heading into the the Halo World Championship 2016 with an unprecedented scrim record of 240-31, SnakeBite and the #1 seeded Counter Logic Gaming squad looked completely dominant. During pool play the team played as expected, only dropping 1 game to Epsilon eSports, and headed into bracket play with ease. An early bracket matchup against rivals Evil Geniuses spelled trouble for CLG, but they dealt with it handily, sweeping EG 3-0. In the semifinals, they faced the most adversity they would see in the tournament, needing 6 games to take out Denial eSports once again. In the finals, Royal 2 and crew rocketed past Naded and his Team Allegiancesquad in 4-0 fashion, proving his worth once again on Counter Logic Gaming and securing the $1,000,000 1st place prize at the Halo World Championship. Following the event, SnakeBite noted his team's practiced mindset, "It's just another game, it's just another series," which helped to suppress emotion affecting their gameplay. CLG's confident teamwork and strategic excellence shone through with the help of this mindset. During an interview, SnakeBite was asked if they felt nervous at any point during the event. His answer was simply, "No."
Following Worlds, CLG were the first team to qualify for the Summer 2016 Pro League. Posting a 13-1 record, with their only loss being to Enigma6 Group, CLG went into the Season Finals as the #1 seed. They went 3-0 at the event, taking 1st place after defeating Enigma6 in the finals.
On September 14, the first day of the Fall 2016 Pro League, the CLG roster was acquired by OpTic Gaming. After early losses to Evil Geniuses and Team EnVyUs in the season, the OpTic roster showed that it was still the team to beat on LAN by winning its fourth straight event - HCS Orange County 2016. A few weeks later, LethuL opted to fill in for Team EnVyUs captain Mikwen, who was unable to attend UGC St. Louis 2016 with the squad. Under the team name Truce, referencing the former bad blood between LethuL and EnVyUs member Snip3down, the roster took 1st place at the event. OpTic ended up finishing the season with an 11-3 record, good enough for 2nd place. At the Season Finals, OpTic came out strong with victories over Team Liquid and Team EnVyUs, but in the Grand Finals, it was EnVyUs that won two straight best-of-7 matches to steal the throne from OpTic.
At the first event of the Halo World Championship 2017 qualifying season, UGC St. Louis 2017, OpTic defeated Team EnVyUs in the Winners' Finals and took out Team Liquid in the Grand Finals to reclaim 1st place. At ME Las Vegas 2017, OpTic dominated the competition, sweeping Splyce to qualify for Worlds, sweeping Str8 Rippin and defeating Team Liquid twice (4-2 and 4-1) to take 1st place and solidify themselves as the team to beat going into the biggest event of the year. At Worlds, OpTic dominated their pool to earn a top seed going into the Championship Bracket. In the bracket, OpTic swept through FAB Games eSports and Luminosity Gaming before dismantling Team Liquid 4-1 to earn a spot in the Grand Finals. In the finals, they met Team EnVyUs, who were coming off of a run from all the way back in LB Round 1. OpTic made a statement, taking a 4-0 victory and securing their second straight World Championship.
At the first event on the 2017 settings, UMG Daytona, OpTic won its pool decisively and moved onto the Championship Bracket, where they swept Empowered and Evil Geniuses before winning a 3-2 series over Team Liquid. In the Winners Finals, they beat Team EnVyUs 4-2 in their first match on the new settings. Not done, EnVyUs came back through the Losers Bracket and won two straight game sevens to steal the event from OpTic's hands.