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HaloWC 2017 Las Vegas Qualifier Preview

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With St. Louis, London, Mexico City, and Australia/New Zealand qualifiers in the books, the final piece to the Halo World Championship 2017 puzzle awaits in Las Vegas, where the last remaining spots will be filled by top North American teams. And if there’s anything Las Vegas is known for, it’s that you’re never quite sure when you’re about to hit the jackpot – or whether your luck has simply run out. This weekend, March 3-5, those questions will be answered, and the field for the HaloWC Finals will be set. Are you ready to see who rolls the dice?

TALENT ON TALENT

There’s perhaps no one better to give insight on the upcoming action than the folks who will be bringing it all to life in the booth. Let’s see what they had to say.

Q: What are you looking forward to heading into the HaloWC Qualifier: Las Vegas?

STRONGSIDE: The competition is closer than it’s ever been in Halo 5 and only the Top 6 teams qualify for the Halo world Championship 2017 Finals. With so much on the line I’m most excited to watch the Winners Bracket Round 2 matches and the Loser Bracket Round 3 matches (all of which are Bo7); These are the matches that truly decide a team's fate. Along with Ogre2 picking up the sticks again to join Evil Geniuses, Splyce putting up solid matches against OpTic Gaming online, Team Liquid’s powerhouse roster, and Team EnVyUs looking to bounce back from their St. Louis performance, we’re going to see some of the most intense matches we’ve seen all year.

GH057AYAME: I’m looking forward to seeing our North-American heavy hitters show up to the event with full preparation. After the last event in St. Louis, we saw a few teams look a bit out of sync, but I’m expecting to see everyone play their best this time around. We’ve seen Str8 Rippin’ and Team Liquid falter online a bit, while teams like nV and Splyce (formerly Inconceivable) have picked up steam. The biggest question though on everyone’s minds will definitely be: can Tom “OGRE 2” Ryan and Team EG show everyone that they've still got it? After a last-minute roster change, we saw Evil Geniuses pick up Halo’s very own Brett Favre – which will hopefully give us another unforgettable tournament in beautiful Las Vegas, NV. Only time will tell!

SIMMS: Overall the sheer hype of a North American open event is incredible. The stage is set and only six teams can walk away with their tickets punched to the finals, and quite franly, I can't call who those six teams will be. This will be the most hyped event of Halo 5 to date and the competition is as strong as ever. VEGAS BABY!

GOLDENBOY: Looking forward to seeing all the people who are going to come through for the last NA open event before Worlds. I'm expecting the atmosphere to be electric!

Q: Which six teams do you predict will Qualify for HaloWC Finals?

STRONGSIDE

  • OpTic Gaming
  • Team Liquid
  • Team EnVyUs
  • Str8 Rippin
  • Splyce
  • Evil Geniuses

GH057AYAME

  • Team EnVyUs
  • OpTic Gaming
  • Team Liquid
  • Str8 Rippin
  • Splyce
  • Luminosity Gaming

SIMMS

Didn't I just tell you I can't pick the finalists? Ugh, fine...

  • OpTic Gaming
  • Team EnVyUs
  • Team Liquid
  • Splyce
  • Evil Geniuses
  • Team Allegiance

GOLDENBOY

  • OpTic Gaming
  • Team EnVyUs
  • Team Liquid
  • Splyce
  • Evil Geniuses
  • Str8 Rippin

NOTABLE ROSTERS

Many will compete, but only six of the top teams in North America will move on from Las Vegas to the HaloWC 2017 Finals in California. Here are some of the most dangerous squads to watch for. 

OpTic Gaming

  • Frosty
  • Snake Bite
  • Royal 2
  • Lethul

Team Liquid

  • Penguin
  • Rayne
  • Eco
  • Stellur

Team EnVyUs

  • Snip3down
  • Pistola
  • Huke
  • Mikwen

Str8 Rippin

  • Ace
  • Heinz
  • APG
  • Renegade

Evil Geniuses

  • Roy
  • Lunchbox
  • Contra
  • Ogre 2 – The Goat has come out of retirement for shot at making HaloWC 2017 Finals – more details here.

Luminosity

  • eL Town
  • Victory X
  • Ninja
  • Saiyan

PNDA Gaming

  • Naded
  • Cratos
  • Str8Sick
  • Danoxide

Splyce*

  • Bubudubu
  • Shooter
  • Shottzy
  • Falcated

*secured the 8th seed in Champ Bracket through NA Online Qualifiers

EVENT INFO

VENUE

Neonopolis in downtown Las Vegas.

450 Fremont St, UNIT 380 Las Vegas, NV 89101

PASSES

  • Free to Spectate
  • Purchase a 4v4 pass HERE
  • Purchase a FFA pass HERE

FORMAT

Open Bracket

  • Gametypes and tournament details HERE
  • Double elimination
  • Best of 5 matches
  • Top 8 move into Championship Bracket

Championship Bracket

  • Gametypes and tournament details HERE
  • Double elimination
  • Best of 5 matches
  • Best of 7 matches for all qualifying matches into the HaloWC 2017 Finals
  • Top 6 qualify for the HaloWC 2017 Finals

HOW TO WATCH

Catch all the action on March 3-5 from the HaloWC 2017 Las Vegas Qualifier at Twitch.tv/Halo.

PRIZE POOLS

FFA

  • Overall – $5,000
  • 1st – $2,500
  • 2nd – $1,500
  • 3rd – $1,000

4v4

  • Overall – $50,000
  • 1st – $20,000
  • 2nd – $10,000
  • 3rd – $6,000
  • 4th – $4,000
  • 5th/ 6th – $3,000
  • 7th/ 8th – $2,000

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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