Anthony "harbleu" Ballo was an American ESEA-Invite player who is most known for his time on Classic Mixup as one of their core players playing Medic, Soldier and Scout and Demoman for the team. Harbleu is one of the most successful players in ESEA history with numerous Top-3 finishes including 5 Invite titles, he is also a former World Champion when he played with Mixup at i46, winning the event.
Harbleu's ESEA Career started as Soldier with mathackers where he achieved lacklustre results in Open. From there he moved on to play with Helix Gaming where he came in 2nd place in ESEA-O season 5. After which he joined Blight Gaming winning ESEA-I season 6 and coming in 3rd in Season 7. After personally becoming tired of Soldier he made the jump to Medic for CheckSix Gaming winning ESEA-I season 8.
The Mixup Era
Halfway between Season 9 while playing Roamer for Checksix Harbleu was asked by Platinum to join newly formed team Classic Mixup as their new Demoman. Harbleu accepted and played with the team throughout the rest of the season finishing 3rd in the Regular Season 12-4, they eventually lost to eMazing Gaming in the LAN finals finishing 2nd overall. After switching to Medic again for the next Season he and Mixup improved on their Runners-Up spot from last season winning LAN finals against Quantic Legacy (made up of eMazing's previous lineup). Harbleu had a brief stint with team Mihaly's Flow as Pocket going 15-1 in the regular season but didnt convert their form to LAN, finishing 4th. He returned to Mixup as Roamer for Season 12 going undefeated in the Regular Season and winning ESEA LAN once again for his 4th Invite title (and Mixup's 2nd). Following this, Mixup and rivals Leviathan Gaming were sent to Telford,England for the i46 LAN event thanks to a community fundraiser. Mixup and Harbleu rolled the event, not dropping a single map on their way to meeting Leviathan in the Grand Final. Mixup won the final 2-1 taking home 1st place in what was arguably his and the team's most notable win. Following this two consecutive 2nd places would follow in ESEA both lost to new organisation High Rollers Gaming. However Mixup bounced back to win Season 15 in dramatic style, winning two bo3's against iT in the Grand Final and taking home $6,360 (Mixup and Harbleu's biggest win to date). However this would end up being Harbleu's and Mixup's last ESEA-Invite title, taking 2nd again in S16 losing to the newly formed froyotech and finishing 3rd in Season 17 after being knocked out by eLevate. He and Mixup once again competed at an Insomnia LAN at i52. Despite some stellar performances (including clutching a Golden-Cap against Team Immunity in the Lower-Bracket Semi-Final, killing two Scouts on Snakewater last in what's considered as one of the greatest plays in the history of TF2) he could only manage 3rd at the event losing to Epsilon eSports in a Golden-Cap finish on Granary in the Lower-Bracket Final.
Later Career and Retirement
After Mixup disbanded after Season 17 Harbleu was in need of a new team. He ended up joining Mad Men for Season 18, helping them to 4th place. After being backup for Open Team Clam Bake in Season 19, Harbleu competed in his last season of Invite for Wood Pig in Season 20, once again finishing 4th. Harbleu is now a high level competitive Overwatch player playing in organisations like TSM, compLexity Gaming and now NRG eSports with fellow TF2 players A_Seagull, dummy and Numlocked.
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