This is one for the history books. Just hours ago, Twitch streamer Jervalin achieved the unthinkable: He beat Halo 2’s single-player campaign on Legendary difficulty with All Skulls On (LASO) without dying. Unless his run is disqualified, he’ll be pocketing YouTuber “Moistcr1tikal‘s” $20000 USD cash prize.
His timing is amusing, too, considering I just wrote about the challenge yesterday.
I only watched the last hour of his winning run, but I was enthralled. Completing Halo 2 on LASO deathless is notoriously difficult, with the title remaining unclaimed since the game released in 2004. But with strategy, practice, ingenuity, and a smidge of luck, Jervalin prevailed.
Why is this such a big deal? In a sentence, successful Halo 2 LASO runs require absolute game mastery and are highly contingent. In other words, being adept at Halo 2’s combat isn’t enough: Players also have to be familiar with every spawn, combat encounter, quirk, and AI behaviour in the game — and know how to improvise when things go south. It’s a fastidious level of mastery and dedication I’ve rarely seen elsewhere.
Those odds made Jervalin’s run and victory exhilarating — a confluence of tension, talent, and triumph. It’s the most I’ve been entertained by a game in recent memory, and certainly the most entertaining playthrough I’ve watched. Seeing his elated wife and child run into the room to congratulate him is the icing on the cake.
As of this writing, I don’t know if Jervalin has formally posted the run anywhere. But for now, you can watch the Twitch VOD to catch up on this momentous achievement. Bravo, sir.