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Halo Championship Series
Halo Championship Series logo.png
SportHalo
Founded2014
Owner(s)343 Industries, Microsoft Studios
No. of teams16
CountryUnited States, Europe, Latin America
Most recent
champion(s)
Splyce
Most titlesTox Gaming (2)
Official websitehttps://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/esports

Halo Championship Series (HCS) is a professional Halo league sponsored by Microsoft and 343 Industries.[1] It is governed by Electronic Sports League, more commonly referred to as ESL. Seasons 1 and 2 ran on Halo: The Master Chief Collection, specifically its remake of Halo 2.[2] In August 2015 Microsoft announced it would be increasing the total prize pool of the HCS to $1 million USD, for the newly announced Halo World Championship, which will be the debut event for Halo 5: Guardians.[3] This prize pool was later announced to be crowd-funded, which later resulted in Major League Gaming announcing that the prize pool had climbed to $2 million USD. Later that week, 343 announced that the prize pool was locked at $2.5 million USD. This was confirmed to give the winners, later announced to be Counter Logic Gaming, the largest single monetary prize in console eSports history.

HCS Season 1[edit]

HCS Season 1 took place from December 12, 2014 to March 8, 2015. There were a total of 12 official tournaments, five LANs and seven online. It featured a $100,000 USD prize pool. The European Gaming League organized a LAN event in London on February 22, 2015, with the winning team getting a wild card spot to the Season 1 Grand Finals.[4]

LANs[edit]

Tournament Date Winner 2nd 3rd
Iron Games Columbus 2014 Dec. 12-14 Counter Logic Gaming Evil Geniuses OpTic Gaming
UGC St. Louis 2015 Jan. 2-4 Denial eSports Counter Logic Gaming Evil Geniuses
Gamers For Giving 2015 Feb. 21-22 Evil Geniuses Counter Logic Gaming OpTic Gaming
EGL Battle of Europe 2015 Feb. 22 Team Vibe TCM Gaming Epsilon eSports
PAX East 2015 Mar. 6-8 Evil Geniuses Counter Logic Gaming Noble Black

Final standings[edit]

Rank Team Prize
1 Evil Geniuses $50,000
2 Counter Logic Gaming $20,000
3 Denial eSports $10,000
4 OpTic Gaming $8,000
5 Cloud9 $4,000
6 Str8 Rippin $4,000
7 eLevate $2,000
8 Noble Black $2,000

HCS Season 2[edit]

Season 2 of the HCS features a $250,000 prize pool spread out over three offline events, seven online cups and one open online cup.

Tournament Date Winner 2nd 3rd
Iron Games Atlanta 2015 April 17–19 Evil Geniuses Denial eSports Cloud9
PGL Indianapolis June 26–28 Evil Geniuses Counter Logic Gaming Denial eSports

Prize Pool[edit]

Place Prize (USD)
1st $75,000
2nd $30,000
3rd $15,000
4th $12,000
5th-6th $6,000
7th-8th $3,000

Game Types and Maps[edit]

Included maps and modes:

  • Team Slayer: Shrine, Lockdown, Warlord
  • Oddball: Warlord, Lockdown
  • Capture the Flag: Shrine (3 Flag), Warlord (5 Flag)
  • King of the Hill: Lockdown, Warlord
  • Neutral Bomb Assault: Shrine (3 Bomb), Warlord (5 Bomb)
Rank Team Prize
1st Evil Geniuses $75,000
2nd Counter Logic Gaming $30,000
3rd Denial eSports $15,000
4th Cloud9 $12,000
5th Winterfox $6,000
6th OpTic Gaming $6,000
7th Team Liquid $3,000
8th eXcellence Gaming $3,000

HCS 2016 Halo World Championships[edit]

Halo World Championship 2016 was the culminating event of the Halo World Championship 2016 season, taking place at Raleigh Studios Hollywood in Hollywood, California from March 18–20, 2016. Halo 5 was played in 4v4 competition. It featured the largest prize pool in console esports history, with a total of $2,500,000 USD on the line.

Overview[edit]

The Halo World Championship was announced on August 4, 2015 with a trailer shown during Microsoft's Gamescom showcase. With a prize pool of over $2,500,000 USD, there has never been a Halo tournament with higher stakes. It is also the first major tournament featuring invited teams from all regions of the world.

Format[edit]

  • 16 teams invited as specified, based on performance in regional qualifiers:
    • 8 North American (NA) teams
    • 4 European/Middle Eastern/African (EMEA) teams
    • 2 Australian/New Zealand (ANZ) teams
    • 1 Asian (Asia) team
    • 1 Latin American (LATAM) team
  • Group play, four teams per group
    • Top two teams from each group advance to Championship Bracket, bottom two finish 9th-16th.
    • Best-of-5 series
  • Championship bracket
    • Single-elimination bracket, best-of-5 series (quarterfinals), best-of-7 series (semifinals, finals)
    • Group winners drawn into bracket against group runners-up with a restriction on teams from same group being on same half of bracket

Prize Pool[edit]

The prize pool was initially announced to be starting at $1,000,000, with possible increases from the purchase of REQ packs in Halo 5. On November 4, 2015, 343 announced that the prize pool had reached $1,500,000 through REQ pack crowdfunding, with the possibility of growing all the way until March.On November 19, the prize pool was confirmed to have hit $1,700,000. On December 3, MLG confirmed that it had reached $2,000,000. On February 19, during the pre-show for the MLG North American Regional Finals, Goldenboy and Benson confirmed that the prize pool had reached $2,500,000.

The prize money is distributed as follows:

Place Percentage
1st 40%
2nd 20%
3rd-4th 10%
5th-8th 3%
9th-16th 1%

Game Types and Maps[edit]

  • Capture the Flag - Coliseum, Fathom, Truth
  • Strongholds - Eden, Empire, Plaza, The Rig
  • Slayer - Coliseum, Eden, Plaza, Regret, The Rig, Truth

Results[edit]

A total of $2,500,000 USD is awarded.

Place Prize (USD) Team Roster
1st $1,000,000 Counter Logic Gaming SnakeBiteRoyal2FrostyLethulClutch
2nd $500,000 Team Allegiance NadedeL TowNSuspector • Cratos
3rd-4th $250,000 Team eLevate Rayne • Penguin • Swift KillCalmChig
3rd-4th $250,000 Denial eSports ContrAPreDevoNatoR • Huke • bubu dubuElumnite
5th-8th $75,000 Epsilon eSports BUK 20BUK 57 • Jimbo • SnipedroneFlamez
5th-8th $75,000 Renegades Spartan • Ninja • StelluRVictory XSymbolic
5th-8th $75,000 Evil Geniuses SnipedownCommonly • Lunchbox • Roy • Towey
5th-8th $75,000 Team Liquid Ace • APGLepar MessiahUnLegitElamite

HCS 2017 Halo World Championships[edit]

The Halo World Championship 2017 was the second Halo World Championship featuring Halo 5: Guardians, taking place at the ESL Studios in Burbank, California from March 24 – 26 2017. The competition featured $1,000,000 on the line.

Format[edit]

  • 12 teams invited as specified, based on performance in regional qualifiers
    • 7 North American (NA) teams
    • 3 European (EU) teams
    • 1 Australian/New Zealand (ANZ) team
    • 1 Latin American (LATAM) team
  • Group play consisted of four groups with three teams in each group
    • Teams advance to the Championship bracket based on their group placing
    • Group matches are played best-of-5-series
  • Championship Bracket
    • Teams are seeded by Group Stage results
    • The team in third place of each group is placed in Losers Bracket Round One
    • Double-elimination bracket, best of 7 series

Game Types and Maps[edit]

  • Capture the Flag (CTF) – Fathom, Truth, Coliseum
  • Strongholds – Eden, Empire, Plaza, The Rig
  • Slayer – Coliseum, Plaza, Regret, The Rig, Truth, Eden

Results[edit]

A total of $1,000,000 USD is awarded.

Place Prize (USD) Team Roster
1st $500,000 Optic Gaming SnakeBiteRoyal2FrostyLethulRoyal1
2nd $200,000 Team Envy MikweniGotUrPistola • Huke • Snip3downElumnite
3rd $100,000 Team Liquid Rayne • Penguin • StelluR • Eco • Symbolic
4th $50,000 Str8 Rippin AcE • APG • Renegade • Heinz • Clutch
5th-6th $35,000 Splyce bubu dubu • Falcated • Shooter • ShotzzyCoach PhiL
5th-6th $35,000 Luminosity Gaming eL Town • Ninja • Saiyan • Victory XFearitself
7th-8th $20,000 FAB Games eSports Mose • Respectful • TuFoxy • Jimbo • Xavi
7th-8th $20,000 TMMT Crowd Pleasers Cratos • NadedDanoxideStr8SickShowTime
9th-12th $10,000 Supremacy SLG • Fragxr • PuniShR • SolaR • TaLic
9th-12th $10,000 London Conspiracy SeptiQ • Ramierz • Qristola • Lunny • Riotz
9th-12th $10,000 Team Immunity Benno • Junior • Voltage • Seduce • Mantis
9th-12th $10,000 SoaR Gaming Atzo • Bullet • Drift • MuNoZLestat

HCS Summer/Fall Season 2017[edit]

The Fall Season of the Halo Championship Series took place after the Halo World Championship 2017 and primarily featured two Dreamhack events

Dreamhack Atlanta 2017[edit]

Dreamhack Atlanta 2017 was an event that took place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia from July 21 - 23 2017. The event is the combination of the Summer 2017 season finals for both the North American and European pro League Seasons. The event featured a $200,000 prize pool.

Game Types and Maps[edit]

  • Capture the Flag - Coliseum, Fathom, Truth
  • Strongholds - Eden, Empire, Plaza, The Rig
  • Slayer - Coliseum, Eden, Plaza, Regret, The Rig, Truth

Results[edit]

Place Prize (USD) Team Roster
1st $60,000 Splyce Shotzzy • Shooter • bubu dubu • Renegade
2nd $40,000 Optic Gaming Royal2 • Frosty • SnakeBite • LethuL • Royal1
3rd $25,000 Team Envy iGotUrPistola • Mikwen • Snip3down • Huke • Elumnite
4th $15,000 Team Liquid StelluR • Eco • Penguin • AcE • Symbolic
5th-6th $10,000 Evil Geniuses Lunchbox • Roy • Falcated • Tapping Buttons
5th-6th $10,000 eRa Eternity Commonly • BabyJ • Cratos • Sabinater
7th-8th $7,000 Luminosity Gaming aPG • Ninja • Saiyan • TriPPPeY
7th-8th $7,000 Ronin eSports eL ToWn • Spartan • Suspector • Str8Sick
9th-12th $4,500 Team Infused Snakey • Kimbo • Quadios • Respectful
9th-12th $4,500 Oxygen Supremacy RyaNoob • DasTroyed • ContrA • Nemassist
9th-12th $4,500 Invictus Ramierz • Qristola • Jimbo • Snipedrone
9th-12th $4,500 Gosu Crew Musa • Chaser • Triton • Vtec
13th-16th $2,000 Supremacy SLG • Fragxr • PuniShR • SolaR
13th-16th $2,000 Vexed Gaming Mose • Lunny • Riotz • Morguhhhhh
13th-16th $2,000 Str8 Rippin Heinz • Rayne • Kaotic • Danoxide
13th-16th $2,000 Wise Gaming Cloud • Nebula • TiZoXiC • D3M0N D

DreamHack Denver 2017[edit]

Dreamhack Denver 2017 was an event that took place at the National Western Complex, Denver, Colorado from October 20 - 22 2017. The event is the combination of the Fall 2017 season finals for both the North American and European pro League Seasons. The event featured a $200,000 prize pool.

Game Types and Maps[edit]

  • Capture the Flag - Coliseum, Fathom, Truth
  • Strongholds - Eden, Empire, Plaza, The Rig
  • Slayer - Coliseum, Eden, Plaza, Regret, The Rig, Truth
Place Prize (USD) Team Roster
1st $70,000 Optic Gaming Royal2 • Frosty • SnakeBite • LethuL • Royal1
2nd $45,000 Team Liquid StelluR • Eco • Penguin • Spartan • Symbolic
3rd $26,000 Splyce Shotzzy • Shooter • bubu dubu • Renegade • Coach PhiL
4th $15,000 Team Envy iGotUrPistola • Mikwen • Snip3down • Huke • Elumnite'
5th-6th $10,000 Luminosity Gaming aPG • Rayne • Saiyan • TriPPPeY • Hoaxer
5th-6th $10,000 Team Infused Mose • Jimbo • Kimbo • Respectful • Havoc
7th-8th $5,000 Evil Geniuses Lunchbox • Roy • Tapping Buttons • Falcated • OGRE2
7th-8th $5,000 Str8 Rippin AcE • Commonly • Danoxide • BabyJ • Assault

HCS 2018 Halo World Championships[edit]

The Halo World Championship 2018 was the third Halo World Championship featuring Halo 5: Guardians. The event was hosted by MLG and took place at the Century Link Field Event Center in Seattle, Washington from April 13 – 15th 2018. The competition once again featured a prize pool of $1,000,000. The 2018 series of HCS was primarily hosted by MLG.

MLG Orlando 2018[edit]

To start the season off and to showcase the newly formed partnership between the HCS and MLG, a global open event was hosted at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Florida from February 16-18th. This competition featured an open bracket and featured $50,000 up for grabs. This event provides seeding points which go towards regional events for the qualification stage of the Halo World Championship 2018.

Results

Place Prize (USD) Team Roster
1st $20,000 Splyce Shotzzy • Renegade • StelluR • Eco • Skeptical
2nd $10,000 Optic Gaming Royal2 • Frosty • SnakeBite • LethuL • Royal1
3rd $6,000 Team Envy iGotUrPistola • Saiyan • bubu dubu • TriPPPey • Hoaxer
4th $4,000 Team Reciprocity Snip3down • Mikwen • Penguin • Spartan • OGRE2
5th-6th $3,000 Renegades Lunchbox • aPG • AcE • Neptune • Strobe
5th-6th $3,000 Fyra Gaming eL Town • Sabinater • Artic • Suspector • ShowTime
7th-8th $2,000 Str8 Rippin Musa • DasTroyed • Nemassist • Rammyy • Mash
7th-8th $2,000 Oxygen Supremacy Rayne • RyaNoob • Prototype • Str8Sick • Bain
9th-12th - Vexed Gaming Riotz • Snipedrone • Lunny • Quadios
9th-12th - Team Infused Jimbo • Kimbo • Mose • Respectful
9th-12th - Tilted Towers BabyJ • Commonly • Falcated • Shooter
9th-12th - Fable eSports SLG • Fragxr • Snakey • Qristola
13th-16th - Mentality eSports SoulSnipe • Manny • Kaiss • Druk
13th-16th - Mindfreak BZIIRK • Seduce • Madsy • Junior
13th-16th - Wise Gaming D3M0N D • KLTNn • Nebula • Gilkey
13th-16th - WiseFrag SuperCC • Envore • Taulek • Valkyrie

Halo World Championship 2018 Format[edit]

  • 16 teams invited based on results from regional qualifiers
    • 9 teams are invited from North America (NA) based on the results of MLG Columbus 2018
    • 4 teams are invited from Europe (EU) based on the results of Gfinity London 2018
    • 2 teams are invited from Australia and New Zealand based on the results of ESL Sydney 2018
    • 1 team is invited from Latin America based on the results of Gamelta Mexico City 2018
  • Group play is played with four teams in four groups
    • Group play is played in Round Robin format, each team must play each other in each group
    • Group play matches are a best of 5 series
    • The top two teams from each group advance to the Championship Bracket
    • The bottom two teams from each group are eliminated
  • The Championship bracket is an 8-team double elimination bracket. Matches are best of 7

Qualifier events[edit]

For the Halo World Championship 2018 there where 4 events where top placing teams where invited to the world championship.

HCS London 2018[edit]

HCS London, Hosted by Gfinity took place at the Gfinity Arena in London, England from February 23-25 2018. This was the second event hosted by Gfinity and was the European qualifier into the Halo World Championship 2018

Results

Placing Team Roster
1st Team Infused Jimbo • Mose • Respectful • Kimbo
2nd Vexed Gaming Lunny • Riotz • Snipedrone • Quadios
3rd Fable eSports Snakey • Qristola • SLG • Fragxr
4th Myztro Gaming Tuf0xy • Batchford • Ramirez • Phlux

ESL Sydney 2018[edit]

ESL Sydney, Hosted by ESL took place at the ESL Studios in Sydney, Australia from March 9-11 2018

Results

Placing Team Roster
1st MindFreak Madsy • Junior • Seduce • BZIIRK
2nd Team Immunity Voltage • Benno • Momentum • Slayz

Gamelta Mexico City 2018[edit]

Gamelta Mexico City 2018 hosted by Gamelta severed as the Latin American qualifier for the Halo World Championship. The event took place at the Corona Fourm in Mexico City from March 16-18 2018

Results

Placing Team Roster
1st Psychotic Gaming Atzo • Drift • Pelu • Magico

MLG Columbus 2018[edit]

MLG Columbus was the second event of the HCS 2018 season hosted by MLG, it also being the North American qualifier. The event took place at the MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio from March 23-25 2018

Results

Placing Team Roster
1st Splyce Shotzzy • Renegade • StelluR • Eco • Skeptical
2nd Tox Gaming Optic Gaming SnakeBite • Royal2 • LethuL • Frosty • Royal1
3rd Team Reciprocity Snip3down • Mikwen • Penguin • Spartan • OGRE2
4th Team Envy iGotUrPistola • bubu dubu • TriPPPeY • Saiyan • Hoaxer
5th - 6th Renegades Lunchbox • aPG • Ace • Neptune • Randa
5th - 6th Oxygen Supremacy RyaNoob • Rayne • Prototype • Str8 SicK • Bain
7th - 8th Elevate Suspector • Sabinater • Artic • eL ToWn • ShowTime
7th - 8th Str8 Rippin Musa • DasTroyed • Nemassist • Rammyy • Mash
9th Wise Gaming D3M0N D • Nebula • Commonly • Gilkey

Game Types and Maps[edit]

  • Capture the Flag (CTF) – Fathom, Truth, Coliseum
  • Strongholds – Eden, Empire, Plaza, The Rig
  • Slayer – Coliseum, Plaza, Regret, The Rig, Truth

Results[edit]

Place Prize (USD) Team Roster
1st $500,000 Splyce Shotzzy • Renegade • StelluR • Eco • Skeptical
2nd $200,000 Tox Gaming Royal2 • Frosty • SnakeBite • LethuL • Royal1
3rd $100,000 Team Envy iGotUrPistola • Saiyan • bubu dubu • TriPPPey • Hoaxer
4th $50,000 Team Reciprocity Snip3down • Mikwen • Penguin • Spartan • OGRE2
5th-6th $35,000 Renegades Lunchbox • aPG • AcE • Neptune • Randa
5th-6th $35,000 Elevate eL Town • Sabinater • Artic • Suspector • ShowTime
7th-8th $20,000 Str8 Rippin Musa • DasTroyedl • Nemassist • Rammyy • Mash
7th-8th $20,000 Team Infused Jimbo • Kimbo • Mose • Respectful • Havoc
9th-12th $7,500 Oxygen Supremacy Rayne • RyaNoob • Prototype • Str8Sick • Bain
9th-12th $7,500 Wise Gaming D3M0N D • Gilkey • Nebula • Commonly • Jam
9th-12th $7,500 Vexed Gaming Riotz • Snipedrone • Lunny • Quadios
9th-12th $7,500 Berserker eSports Psychotic Gaming Atzo • Bullet • Drift • Noble • Impressive
13th-16th $2,500 Fable eSports SLG • Fragxr • Qristola • Snakey
13th-16th $2,500 Mindfreak BZIIRK • Seduce • Madsy • Junior
13th-16th $2,500 Team Immunity Benno • Voltage • Slayz • Momentum
13th-16th $2,500 Myztro gaming Batchford • Tuf0xy • Ramirez • Phlux

HCS 2018 Fall Season[edit]

Since the conclusion of the Halo World Championship 2018, 343 Industries and MLG have delivered several more events for the fall season of the HCS 2018 season. This season featured new maps and the return of fan favorite game mode Oddball.

MLG New Orleans 2018[edit]

The initial event for the HCS Fall season 2018 was MLG New Orleans, taking place at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The event took place from July 13th - 15th and was hosted along side a Gears of War tournament. The event featured a $250,000 prize pool. This event is hosted as a global open meaning armature teams can play through the open bracket.

Format[edit]

  • 12 Teams are automatically qualified for the group stage based on their performance at the Halo World Championship and their performance in recent 2K competitions.
    • Groups have four teams, three pro teams and one open bracket team
    • Once again each group is played in the Round Robin format.
    • All group matches are a best of 5 series
    • The top two teams from each group are placed in Championship Winners Bracket 1, with the bottom two teams placed in the Losers bracket 1 and 2 respectively.
    • All brackets are double elimination.

Game Types and Maps[edit]

MLG New Orleans was the first time Oddball was showcased in the Halo Championship Series for Halo 5: Guardians and several maps made by community members using the in-game level editor forge where also reviewed for competitive play.

  • Capture the Flag (CTF) – Refuge, Truth, Coliseum
  • Strongholds – Eden, Empire, Plaza, The Rig
  • Slayer – Coliseum, Plaza, Refuge, The Rig, Truth
  • Oddball – Eden, Echelon, Fissure

Results[edit]

Place Prize (USD) Team Roster
1st $100,000 Splyce Shotzzy • Renegade • StelluR • Eco • Skeptical
2nd $50,000 Tox Gaming Royal2 • Frosty • SnakeBite • LethuL • Royal1
3rd $35,000 Renegades Mikwen • Penguin • Neptune • aPG • Hoaxer
4th $25,000 Trifecta Shooter • Rayne • RyaNoob • Musa
5th-6th $10,000 Team Reciprocity Snip3down • iGotUrPistola • TriPPPey • Saiyan • OGRE2
5th-6th $10,000 The Hitmen AcE • Artic • bubu dubu • D3M0N D
7th-8th $5,000 Elevate Spartan • Falcated • eL ToWn • Sabinater • ShowTime
7th-8th $5,000 Berserker eSports Atzo • Drift • Noble • Bullet

HCS London 2018[edit]

HCS London was the second main event of the HCS Fall Season 2018 and was notably the first international tournament for Halo 5: Guardians hosted out side of North America. The event featured a $135,000 prize pool and was hosted by Gfinity. The event took place at the Gfinity Arena in Fulham, London.

Game Types and Maps[edit]

  • Capture the Flag (CTF) – Refuge, Truth, Coliseum
  • Strongholds – Eden, Empire, Plaza, The Rig
  • Slayer – Coliseum, Plaza, Refuge, The Rig, Truth
  • Oddball – Eden, Echelon, Fissure

Results[edit]

Place Prize (USD) Team Roster
1st $60,000 Tox Gaming Royal2 • Frosty • SnakeBite • LethuL • Royal1
2nd $30,000 Splyce Shotzzy • Renegade • StelluR • Eco • Skeptical
3rd $20,000 Team Reciprocity Snip3down • iGotUrPistola • TriPPPey • Saiyan • OGRE2
4th $10,000 Renegades Mikwen • Penguin • Neptune • aPG • Hoaxer
5th-6th $5,000 Excelerate Gaming AcE • Artic • bubu dubu • D3M0N D
5th-6th $5,000 Elevate Spartan • Falcated • eL ToWn • Sabinater • ShowTime
7th-8th $2,500 Trifecta RyaNoob • Musa • Shooter • Rayne
7th-8th $2,500 Berserker eSports Atzo • Drift • Magico • Bullet

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gies, Arthur (November 5, 2014). "Halo gets serious about eSports with the Halo Championship Series". Polygon. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  2. ^ Puga, Lauren (November 4, 2015). "HALO GETS OFFICIAL ESPORTS LEAGUE: HALO CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES". IGN.
  3. ^ Mueller, Saira (August 4, 2015). "Microsoft's 'Halo' eSports Tournament, Halo Championship Series, Offers $1 Million Prize Money". International Business Times. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  4. ^ http://www.thescoreesports.com/news/312

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