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Summer 2016 Last Chance Qualifier Recap

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This weekend, some of the top Halo teams and players from around the world took to Xbox Live for one final opportunity to punch their ticket into the Halo Championship Series: Pro League via the Last Chance Qualifiers. After the last flags had been captured and final stongholds secured, the lineups for both North America and Europe were finally set for the HCS Pro League Summer 2016 Season.

The action got properly underway on Saturday in Europe, and the tension was palpable right out of the gate. In a day filled with crazy comebacks and incredible plays, perhaps the highlight of the EU tournament was the Game 1-Game 2 punch that saw Dinosaurs turn a 99-55 Strongholds deficit into a reality-bending 100-99 win over Vitality, followed by a meticulously-paced back and forth Slayer match that saw Vitality return the favor in a late 47-46 win as time expired.

In the end however, Dinosaurs would take the series 3-1 and earn their place in the EU HCS Pro League, joining Pulse Gaming, Deception, and Realest Tins as the four teams to make it through the EU last Chance Qualifier. These four teams now round out the EU HCS Pro League alongside XMEN and Online Warriors, with Summer 2016 Season Play just around the corner.

[tweet]<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Incredibly happy to be in the <a href="https://twitter.com/HCS">@HCS</a> EU Pro League with <a href="https://twitter.com/FlamezEU">@FlamezEU</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/Qristola">@Qristola</a> and of course <a href="https://twitter.com/BUK57">@BUK57</a>! Lots to work on but so much potential.</p>— Alex Buck (@BUK20) <a href="https://twitter.com/BUK20/status/734142726489411584">May 21, 2016</a></blockquote>
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On the other side of the Atlantic, the action was just as tense. After group play on Saturday to pare down the field from sixteen to eight, Sunday saw a fiercely contested bracket stage for the right to claim only two remaining NA HCS Pro League spots.

In a powerful performance that was perhaps unsurprising only to their rabid fans, Team Liquid made it clear early that they were going to be the team to beat, blazing a path straight through bracket play en route to claiming the first spot of the LCQ – a path that included a dominating 4-0 sweep of OpTic Gaming, and culminated in a 4-2 win over Elevate in perhaps the only true challenge faced by Team Liquid.

For the final spot of the day – and of the HCS Pro League – it all came down to OpTic “being OpTic,” who with their backs against the wall pulled out an inspired performance to take down French Toast Mafia, Clown Fiesta, and Elevate in succession to come out of the Losers Bracket on top and snatch the final HCS Pro League spot in the eleventh hour.

[tweet]<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Just qualified for the <a href="https://twitter.com/HCS">@HCS</a> Pro League with the squad <a href="https://twitter.com/OpTicGaming">@OpTicGaming</a>! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GreenWall?src=hash">#GreenWall</a> baby!! LETS GO!</p>— Brett ''Naded'' (@Naded) <a href="https://twitter.com/Naded/status/734559110373474304">May 23, 2016</a></blockquote>
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With Team Liquid and OpTic Gaming securing the final two spots, they join CLG, EG, Allegiance, EnVyUs, Enigma6, and Renegades in the NA HCS Pro League. It goes without saying that huge congratulations are in order to all teams that made it through the grueling qualification process – next up, Summer 2016 Season Play.

Now that qualification has officially ended for both Europe and North America, let’s take a look at the first week schedule, as well as all of the teams that will be competing in the HCS Pro League Summer 2016 Season – and as always, for all the latest Halo Championship Series news and action, make sure to keep your radars locked on the web at Halo.gg, and on Twitter at @Halo and @HCS.

EUROPE

THE TEAMS

XMEN: Jimbo, Snipedrone, TuFoxy, Chalkie

ONLINE WARRIORS: Respectful, Mose, Snakey, Kimbo

Deception: Batchford, Phlux, Warlord, Doodle

Pulse Gaming: CxLii, KrYsTaLx, SLG, Solar

Dinosaurs: BUK 20, BUK 57, Flamez, Qristola

Realist Tins: Ramirez, Lunny, Riotz, Speed

WEEK 1 SCHEDULE 

NORTH AMERICA

THE TEAMS

Counter Logic Gaming: Snakebite, Royal 2, Frosty, Lethul

Evil Geniuses: Roy, Lunchbox, Snip3down, Suspector

Team EnVyUs: iGotUrPistola, Rayne, Mikwen, El Town

Enigma6: Huke, bubu dubu, Cratos, Shooter

Team Allegiance: Predevonator, Contra, Ryanoob, Goofy

Renegades: Ninja, Victory X, Commonly, Penguin

Team Liquid: Eco, Assault, Spartan, Stellur

OpTic Gaming: MaNiaC, Str8 Sick, Naded, ACE

WEEK 1 SCHEDULE 

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