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Halo 5 FFA @ HaloWC 2018 Finals

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Just as 4v4 team-based modes are core to the Halo multiplayer experience, so too is Free-For-All (FFA). We’ve been holding FFA tournaments for the lone wolves at many of our recent HCS events, as well as Microsoft Stores worldwide, and we continue to see more and more players sign up to play each time.

As we revealed earlier this year, each open event on the Halo World Championship tour will feature a $5,000 FFA tournament, totaling in $20,000 up for grabs! Today, we’re excited to announce the Halo 5 FFA @ HaloWC 2018 Finals here in Seattle, WA where 12 qualified players will duke it out for an additional $10,000! There are three ways to become one of the 12 qualified players, read on to learn more.

FFA QUALIFIERS @ HALOWC OPEN EVENTS

In addition to qualifying top teams, the four Halo World Championship 2018 open LAN events in Orlando, London, Sydney, and Mexico City, will feature $5,000 Free-For-All tournaments where the winning player will earn a trip to the Halo World Championship 2018 Finals in Seattle, WA to not only watch the world’s best teams duke it out but also participate in the Halo 5 FFA tournament.

HALO 5 FFA QUALIFIER SERIES @ MICRSOFT STORES

Microsoft Store has served as a destination for gaming and esports fans to engage with and build the grassroots Halo tournament scene, and we’ve seen an incredible showing of support from local communities. So we knew we had to kick off 2018 in a big way. In partnership with the Microsoft Store team and tournament platform smash.gg, we’re thrilled to reveal that Microsoft Stores across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will host four FFA tournaments to find the 5 best FFA players in North America. All are welcome to visit Microsoft Stores and meet with our Gaming Community Managers to get the latest on the tournaments.

Here’s how it works!

Each Microsoft Store will be placed into one of five divisions within North America. At each participating store, FFA qualifiers will take place on:

  • Sunday, January 28
  • Sunday, February 11
  • Sunday, March 4

The winner from each tournament will qualify for the Division Finals on Sunday, March 18, where only the very best player from each division will earn a free trip to Seattle, WA.

Here’s a list of all 5 divisions and participating stores:

Division A
Division B
Division C
Division D
Division E
CA - The Shops at Mission Viejo
AZ - Chandler Fashion Center
CAN - Yorkdale
CT - Danbury Fair Mall
FL - Florida Mall
CA - Fashion Valley
AZ - Scottdales Fashion Square
CAN - Square One
CT - Westfarms
FL - Dadeland Mall
CA - South Coast Plaza
CAN - West Edmonton
CAN - Toronto Eaton Centre
DE - Christiana Mall
FL - Mall at Millenia
CA - Century City
CAN - Chinook Centre
IL - OakBrook Center
MA - Prudential Center
FL - St. John's Town Center
CA - Valley Fair
CO - Park Meadows
IL - Woodfield Mall
MA - Burlington Mall
FL - Aventura Mall
CA - Standford Shopping Center
KS - Oak Park Mall
IL - The Shops at North Bridge
MA - Natick Collection
FL - University Town Center
CA - Corte Madera
MO - St. Louis Galleria
IN - Fashion Mall
NH - Rockingham Mall
FL - International Plaza
CA - San Francisco Center
OK - Penn Square Mall
LA - Lakeside
NJ - Bridewater Commons
FL - Boca Raton
CA - Topanga
OK - Woodland Hills
MI - Somerset North
NJ - Freehold Raceway
GA - Lenox Square
CA - Los Cerritos
TX - The Domain
MN - Mall of America
NJ - Willowbrook Mall
GA - Perimeter Mall
HI - Ala Moana
TX - Houston Galleria
NY - Walden Galleria
NJ - Garden State Plaza
MD - Montgomery
NV - Fashion Show
TX - La Cantera
NY - Destiny
NY - Westchester
NC - Streets at Southpoint
OR - Pioneer Place
TX - Stonebriar Centre Mall
OH - Kenwood Town Center
NY - Walt Whitman
NC - Southpark
WA - Bellevue Square
TX - Northpark
OH - Beachwood Place
NY - Roosevelt Field
PR - Plaza Las Américas
WA - University Village
TX - The Woodlands
OH - Easton Town Center
NY - 5th Ave
VA - Tysons Corner
CAN - Metropolis
TX - Baybrook
TN - Mall at Green Hills
PA - King of Prussia Mall
VA - Fashion Centre at Pentagon City
CAN - Pacific Centre
UT - City Creek

Players in Australia will be able to participate in the FFA Qualifier Series at the Flagship Microsoft Store in Sydney. Winners from each of the three tournaments will be granted free entry into the ANZ HaloWC 2018 Sydney Finals and top seeds in the $5,000 FFA competition there.

Of course, you can still expect to get REQ Packs for participating and finishing towards to the top, but as we announced back in October, players will also receive this exclusive skin for the Battle Rifle. Registration for each store will open up on smash.gg in the new year.

HALO 5 FFA @ HALOWC 2018 FINALS

On April 13-15, the eyes of the Halo community will turn to Seattle, WA for the Halo World Championship 2018 Finals. For fans looking to not only watch top Halo but also play, they’ll be able to compete in an open Free-For-All tournament. The top three players from the open FFA tournament will go up against the other nine players that have already qualified. This is the last of the three ways to become one of the twelve finalists!

Here’s how it breaks down:

  • HaloWC Orlando Open
  • EU HaloWC London Finals
  • ANZ HaloWC Sydney Finals
  • LATAM HaloWC Mexico City Finals
  • Microsoft Store – Division A
  • Microsoft Store – Division B
  • Microsoft Store – Division C
  • Microsoft Store – Division D
  • Microsoft Store – Division E
  • Open FFA @ HaloWC Finals
  • Open FFA @ HaloWC Finals
  • Open FFA @HaloWC Finals

Once all twelve players have been found, they’ll be split into two groups of six to compete in two FFA games on Truth and Regret. The top three players from each group after both games will then qualify to the finals where one game on Truth will decide it all!

Free-For-All continues to be an exciting and growing part of the Halo esports, and we hope to see top players from around the world head to their local Microsoft Stores and HaloWC open LAN events as well.

For all the latest on the Halo Championship Series and the Halo World Championship, keep it locked to Halo.gg and follow @HCS on Twitter.

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