By Official HCS -
HCS Daytona is officially in the books, and the beach-side battle did not disappoint in the slightest, bringing us a wild weekend of incredible matchups. The sunshine state storylines were infinite and epic, with both veteran champions and surprising new blood delivering some magical moments for Halo fans everywhere, whether they were here at Daytona themselves or tuning in online from across the globe.
Between the group play, the furious FFA, and the Open and Championship Brackets, HCS Daytona delivered the action on all fronts, and stood as an incredible kickoff to the Summer 2017 Season for Halo esports. Let’s check out where your favorite teams landed in the final standings!
CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET RESULTS
In the end, there could be only one, and the Grand Finals gave us an incredible and memorable showdown between the undisputed two best Halo teams on the planet, #1 OpTic Gaming and #2 Team EnVyUs. In the opening set, nV brushed off a near-collapse to take the first seven-game series and reset the bracket for one final showdown. What followed was a truly amazing display by both teams, with nV winning a brilliant Game 7 on Truth Slayer to upset the defending champs and reclaim their spot at the top of competitive Halo. Congratulations to Snipedown, Pistola, Mikwen, Huke, and Elumnite for taking a truly epic victory - one that will no doubt be remembered for a long time to come by everyone who witnessed it.
OPEN BRACKET RESULTS
It wasn’t just the HCS Pro League teams – or the Florida sun – bringing the heat. The open bracket featured a fury of top amateur teams fighting for both points and position. Teams like Oxygen Supremacy showed that Open teams can be a force to be reckoned with no matter who they play, as they bowled their way through the Open Bracket, then opened up the Championship Bracket play with a 6-1 record, taking down Luminosity 3-1, and then sweeping Str8 Rippin 3-0. For a full breakdown of all teams and results, check out the final bracket results HERE.
While Championship Sunday saw the crowning of a new 4v4 champ, the day's festivities opened up lone-wolf style, with the Grand Finals of the HCS Daytona FFA tournament. After battling their way through a talented and impressive field, TiZoXiC emerged victorious to take the $2,000 top prize after breaking a 31-31 tie with Juziro in the final second to take the FFA Grand Finals 32-31.
And with that, we close the book on another epic open Halo event – a huge thanks to our friends and partners at UMG, all the teams and players, and to all of you who joined us, whether in person or online! Next up, join us on May 20 for the HCS Pro League qualifier! First HCS Pro League match for the Summer 2017 Season takes place on May 24 – we look forward to seeing you there online!