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HaloWC 2017 Finals Preview

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The wait is over. The twists and turns of the road to the HaloWC 2017 Finals have all lead to this moment, where 12 of the world’s greatest Halo teams will vie for greatness, glory, and a million-dollar prize pool. Will OpTic Gaming continue their dominance and give each of their squad members a second-straight championship title? Will an international team shock the world with a top finish? The answers to these questions, and many, many more, lie in the midst of the incredible action that will unfold this weekend in sunny California. We’ve got everything you need to wrap your head around all the madness right here, so let’s get started!

TALENT ON TALENT

To give us an inside look at the action that awaits, let’s first check in with two of the talented individuals that will be helping bring every moment to life this weekend, Richard Simms and Mike “StrongSide” Cavanaugh.

What are you most looking forward to at the HaloWC 2017 Finals?

SIMMSPersonally, I'm most looking forward to seeing what some of the international competition can do, as for a few years now EU/ANZ Halo has been a bit of a meme much like NA competition in CS:GO. Epsilon put EU Halo on the map last year at the Halo World Championship 2016, and has done wonders for the region. That being said, while Epsilon’s result was both an amazing and fantastic achievement (which the members of that roster should be proud of), they did face off against a very makeshift Cloud9 roster – and since then the NA teams around them have simply kept raising the bar.

We have a solid roster from the Australia/New Zealand region in Team Immunity – yes, it's the same roster as last time around, but this year it feels like a roster that everyone should be taking much more seriously, especially since last year the Immunity lads lost their veteran and long-term captain from the roster due to an accident heading into HaloWC.

FAB Esports has continued its EU dominance and has even attended HCS Las Vegas last year – an event in which Team Liquid promptly gave them the beating of a lifetime, welcoming them to America in a delightful fashion and giving them quite the eye-opener. Still, you cannot knock the individual talent on this team, with arguably three of the best players in Europe on the roster – for me they are still the best non-NA team, and I can easily see them matching Epsilon’s performance at HaloWC 2016. Topping it, on the other hand? That will be no easy feat.

Finally, I want to give a special shout out to Supremacy – this roster has so much skill, so much talent and so much potential. In reality, I don't seem them advancing to winners from group play but back at Gfinity they pulled off the infamous loser’s bracket run and took down what I would say was the second best team in EU, and then even went on to take a cheeky game off of FAB. Let’s see if they can sprinkle some more French magic across the NA teams in California. 

STRONGSIDEThis is my favorite event of the year. I’m looking forward to the intense competitive atmosphere, seeing matches down to the final seconds, upsets within the bracket, an epic comeback in a game of Strongholds, the list goes on. When there is a pivotal event like this, you can feel the tension, nerves, and excitement. We all know what’s at stake and the countless days the players/teams have committed into preparing for this event. Everything comes down to this weekend.

On Friday, I’ve got my eyes on Group D (Str8 Rippin, FAB, and SoaR Gaming). I don’t want to miss the Str8 Rippin vs. FAB matchup at 5:30 p.m. PT / 8:30 p.m. ET. There has been so many questions if FAB can take down a top NA team. I think we may see them turn some heads in this series if they can come in hot out of the gates. On Sunday, I expect every match to go the distance, and I can’t wait for the Losers Finals and Grand Finals. 

What are your predictions for the final finishing order of the HaloWC 2017?

SIMMS:

  • #1 – OpTic Gaming
  • #2 – Team Liquid
  • #3 – Team EnVyUs
  • #4 – Crowd Pleasers
  • #5 – Str8 Rippin
  • #6 – Luminosity
  • #7 – Splyce
  • #8 – FAB Games Esports
  • #9 – Supremacy
  • #10 – Team Immunity
  • #11 – London Conspiracy
  • #12 – SoaR Gaming

STRONGSIDE:

  • #1 – Team EnVyUs
  • #2 – OpTic Gaming
  • #3 – Team Liquid
  • #4 – Splyce
  • #5 – Crowd Pleasers
  • #6 – Str8 Rippin
  • #7 – Luminosity
  • #8 – FAB Games Esports
  • #9 – Supremacy
  • #10 – Team Immunity
  • #11 – London Conspiracy
  • #12 – SoaR Gaming

TEAMS

NORTH AMERICA

OpTic Gaming

  • Frosty
  • SnakeBite
  • Royal 2
  • Lethul
  • Royal 1 (Coach)

Team Liquid

  • Penguin
  • Rayne
  • Eco
  • Stellur
  • Symbolic (Coach)

Team EnVyUs

  • Snip3down
  • Pistola
  • Huke
  • Mikwen
  • Elumnite (Coach)

Str8 Rippin

  • Ace
  • Heinz
  • APG
  • Renegade
  • Clutch (Coach)

Luminosity

  • eL Town
  • Victory X
  • Ninja
  • Saiyan
  • FearitSelf (Coach)

Crowd Pleasers (previously PNDA Gaming)

  • Naded
  • Cratos
  • Str8Sick
  • Danoxide
  • Showtime (Coach)

Splyce

  • Bubudubu
  • Shooter
  • Shotzzy
  • Falcated
  • Phil (Coach)

EUROPE

FAB Games eSports

  • Jimbo
  • Mose
  • Respectful
  • Tufoxy
  • Xavi (Coach)

Supremacy

  • Fragxr
  • Solar
  • SLG
  • Punisher
  • TaliC (Coach)

London Conspiracy

  • Qristola
  • Lunny
  • Ramirez
  • SeptiQ
  • Riotz (Coach)

LATIN AMERICA

SoaR Gaming (previously Shock the World)

  • Atzo
  • Drift
  • Bullet
  • Munoz
  • Lestat (Coach)

AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND

Team Immunity

  • Seduce
  • Junior
  • Benno
  • Voltage
  • Mantis (Coach)

Anthony "Shotzzy" Cuevas-Castro, the youngest player in the entire tournament, looks to lead Splyce to glory in the HaloWC 2017 – photo credit: Millennial Esports

EVENT INFO

Catch all the action on March 24-26 from the HaloWC 2017 Finals at twitch.tv/Halobeam.pro/Halo, facebook.com/Halo, and for the first time, the action will be live on Twitter!

HOW TO WATCH

Every match will be streamed! Read on for a detailed look on exactly when and where you can tune in to cheer your favorite squad on to victory. 

VENUE

  • Dates: March 24-26, 2017
  • Venue: ESL America Campus
  • Location: 700 North Mariposa Street, Burbank, CA 91506

PASSES

While the Halo World Championship Finals are nearly sold out, a few spectator passes are still available!

4v4 FORMAT

GROUP STAGE

  • Round-robin group stage featuring four groups each consisting of three teams
  • The top two teams with the best record in each group begin in Winners Round 1 of the Double Elimination Bracket
  • The one team with the worst record in each group begin in Loser’s Round 1 of the Double Elimination Bracket
  • Best of 5 matches

BRACKET STAGE

  • 12-team double elimination bracket
  • 8 teams starting in Winners Bracket
  • 4 teams starting in Losers Bracket
  • Best of 7 matches

FFA FORMAT

  • Single-elimination
  • 6-player FFA
  • Top 3 move on each round
  • Prizes awarded to the Top 3 (see below for Prize Pool info)

4v4 Schedule

Friday: Group Stage + Winners Round 1 in the Double Elimination Bracket

  • Doors Open at 9:30 a.m. PT
  • Broadcast starts at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET
  • See below for detailed Friday schedule (NOTE: times are subject to change based on match results; all times PT)

MAIN STREAM 

8:00 a.m. – Warm-up

10:00 a.m. – Team EnVyUs vs Splyce

11:30 a.m. – FAB Games esports vs Soar Gaming

1:00 p.m. – Team Immunity vs Team EnVyUs

2:30 p.m. – Team Liquid vs Luminosity

4:00 p.m. – OpTic Gaming vs TMMT Crowd Pleasers

5:30 p.m. – St8 Rippin vs FAB Games esports

7:00 p.m. – Winners Bracket – Round 1, Heat 1

8:45 p.m. – Winners Bracket – Round 1, Heat 2

BRAVO STREAM 

8:00 a.m. – Warm-up

10:00 a.m. – TMMT Crowd Pleasers vs Supremacy

11:30 a.m. – Luminosity vs London Conspiracy

1:00 p.m. – Supremacy vs OpTic Gaming

2:30 p.m. – Soar Gaming vs St8 Rippin

4:00 p.m. – Splyce vs Team Immunity

5:30 p.m. – London Conspiracy vs Team Liquid

7:00 p.m. – Winners Bracket – Round 1, Heat 1

8:45 p.m. – Winners Bracket – Round 1, Heat 2

Saturday: Continuing the Double Elimination Bracket

  • Doors Open at 9:30 a.m. PT
  • Broadcast starts at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET

Sunday: Continuing the Double Elimination bracket + Grand Finals

  • Doors Open at 9:30 a.m. PT
  • Broadcast starts at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET

FFA Schedule

Saturday

  • Doors Open at 9:30 a.m. 

Sunday: FFA Grand Finals

  • 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET

PRIZE POOLS

4V4

  • Overall – $1,000,000
  • 1st – $500,000
  • 2nd – $200,000
  • 3rd – $100,000
  • 4th – $50,000
  • 5th/ 6th – $35,000
  • 7th/ 8th – $20,000
  • 9th/ 12th – $10,000

FFA

  • Overall – $3,000
  • 1st – $1,500
  • 2nd – $1,000
  • 3rd – $500

ON-AIR TALENT

As always, for all updates on the Halo Championship Series and Halo esports, follow @HCS on Twitter, and keep it locked to Halo.gg on the web. 

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