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Twitch streamer JerValiN beats MoistCr1tiKal's $20,000 Halo 2 challenge
Against all odds, a Twitch streamer and Halo 2 speedrunner has achieved the impossible
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😲 Twitch streamer and Halo 2 speedrunner JerValiN has beaten MoistCr1TiKaL’s Halo 2 challenge
💀 JerValiN completed Halo 2 on Legendary difficulty with all skulls on (LASO), apart from Envy, without dying once
🙀 The phenomenal achievement was streamed on Twitch and took six hours, 29 minutes, and 44.17 seconds
💰 JerValiN has now claimed the $20,000 prize offered by moistCr1TiKaL
JerValiN took on the gruesome gauntlet laid down by YouTube and Twitch streamer MoistCr1TiKal, which involved beating Halo 2 on Legendary difficulty with all game modifying skulls turned on (LASO) without dying. The Envy skull, which gives the player active camouflage, must also be turned off.
Many had speculated that MoistCr1TiKal’s challenge had never been done since the game’s release 18 years ago, with MoistCr1TiKal – whose real name is Charlie White – describing the momentous task as “diabolical” and “brutally difficult.”
“99% of every single runner couldn’t get past level one. About 80% of that couldn’t get past the first two rooms,” White previously said.
After weeks of grinding, JerValiN completed the run in six hours, 29 minutes, and 44.17 seconds using his expert knowledge of the game’s campaign and clever use of glitches and skips. He also relied on a bit of luck, as you can imagine, and overcame certain areas with a methodical and patient approach.
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The Halo 2 challenge was initially laid down in late June with a bounty of $5,000. However, MoistCr1TiKal raised the prize to $20,000 in July and seemed confident that no one would be able to overcome the frankly overwhelming odds against them.
Impossible is nothing
I was also convinced that White’s maniacal Halo 2 challenge wouldn’t be beaten, at least not so soon. Not only is Halo 2’s campaign the hardest in the franchise, but with the gameplay modifiers and stipulation that you had to complete it without dying, it’s nothing short of a phenomenal and historic achievement by JerValiN.
Over the years, we’ve seen some amazing gaming feats, like people completing Dark Souls using a Guitar Hero controller, but JerValiN’s Halo 2 run might be the most impressive yet. Well done, sir!
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