Any competitively inclined player knows the grind doesn’t stop. If you’re looking for something new to try your hand at, aiming to support your fellow players, or maybe snag some new nameplates to adorn your Gamertag in MCC, you have options and I’m here to be your guide.
There's a whole slew of events happening so hopefully you find something that is your cup of tea!
THE HALO INFINITE ESPORTS ECOSYSTEM
The HCS team has been quietly laying the groundwork for the future of Halo Infinite esports. We've been lucky to get some peeks behind the curtain in the form of their "Designing the Halo Esports Ecosystem" series of blogs. Tashi's latest edition explains why sponsors are important to an esports program and how they will play a role in our future endeavors. If you're interested, read up on it now!
If you aren’t familiar with Cliptrocity, it’s basically Top Shots for Halo. Did you land some super sick 720 no-scope? Get a clutch exterm to win a match? Land an insane killtac? If you didn’t clip it, it didn’t happen, but if you have clips, then the HCS team wants to see those plays! Grab a Twitch clip, put “#HaloCliptrocity” somewhere in the name, then tweet it out using #HaloCliptrocity and tag @HCS to throw your hat in the ring.
If you’re like me and just here to see the plays you can only dream of, you can watch the latest Top 10 and take notes.
Grassroots BTB Playdate – Ladies' Night
If you’ve set your sights on the Subzero Sniper nameplate, you have another chance to bag it tomorrow, May 14. HCS Grassroots member @Lady_Echidna has put together a squad of superwomen and will be setting up shop in MCC’s Big Team Battle. You’ll find the ladies searching Halo: Reach, Halo 3, and Halo 4 with all options EXCEPT Heavies and AR starts selected. Match them in-game (and complete the match!) between 5-7pm PT to earn your very own nameplate.
PS – Did we mention that each streamer has 5 Frozen Ring nameplates up for grabs too? You’ll have to cheer on the streamers to earn that one since awarding it is up to each lady’s discretion. Catch the action on your choice of stream:
HCS GRASSROOTS SWATNATION – HALO 4 EVA
If you prefer more fast-paced action, SWATNation is here to serve up headshots. On Wednesday, May 19 from 4-6pm PT, join the crew on MCC for some Halo 4 SWAT. If you find yourself lucky enough to go toe-to-toe with them, you’ll earn a Frozen Ring nameplate of your very own. Alternatively, you can hang out in chat and cheer people on for a chance to snag the Subzero Sniper nameplate from the streamer.
So who should you be on the lookout for? I gotchu covered:
Europa Halo – May BTB
For those that are across the pond or in timezones that are less favorable to matching US streamers, the folks over at Europa Halo are hosing their own BTB night on Tuesday, May 18. Find UberNick and his company of hired guns to nab your own Frozen Ring nameplate. And, much like the Grassroots playdate, each streamer has 5 Frozen Ring nameplates in their pocket to give away as they deem fit.
Here’s the crew to keep an eye out for. Oh and good luck, you’ll need it:
Europa Halo x EGL 4v4 Series
The Spring Series is on-going and sign-ups for week 2 are open now. If you're in Europe and want to jump in for some 4v4 Halo, you can sign up today. No team? No problem! Join their Discord to find some battle buddies to party up with. Signing up is free so you should definitely do that today. If you want more information, you can always keep an eye on their Twitter account.
GTHALO SPRING FLING AND SNIPER SHOWDOWN
April shower bring May flowers which is the perfect time for a Spring Fling! Our friends at Greater Toronto Halo are putting together a unique 4v4 tournament for MCC. It’s a showdown of unique proportions as you can only register with a buddy and teams of 4 will be created by pairing up duos. Put your communication, callouts, and teamwork to the test as you run the gamut of games across MCC. Exclusive nameplates are on the line so if you’re up for a challenge, check out the information from GTHalo. Good luck!
One shot. One kill. That's all it takes when it comes to a battle of the long barreled rifles. If you think you've got the precision, focus, and determination that it takes to best your fellow Spartans in a sniper shootout, it's all going down on May 26. Keep an eye on the Greater Toronto team for more information as the event draws closer.
KELLOGG'S ESPORTS ARENA TOURNAMENTS
The series of Halo 5 FFA tournaments over the past 5 weeks all comes down to this. With $15,000 on the line, the Grand Finals kick off on Sunday, May 16 at noon. The culimination of the top 8 players from the previous qualifiers square off in the arena 1v1. First place goes home with a cool $10,000 so this is a show you won't want to miss. Follow the EsportsArena Twitch channel and turn on notifications so you can join chat for the action!