UPDATE: Multiple events in HCS will now be crowd-funded, starting with HaloWC 2017. All REQ Pack sales going towards prize pools.
As most halo fans would’ve watched in the spring/autumn depending on where you are, the Halo World Championship is returning next year for Halo 5, which is bound to be more interesting due to the new maps, the changes on those maps and the changes to come.
2017 will showcase a lot of the teams shown this year, and pretty much works the same in terms of qualifying and rules, etc. Here’s the official announcement video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bcQ8ytzPZ4
So far the qualifications dates have been announced in St. Louis, London, Mexico city and Las Vegas with a prize pool spanning a total of $145,000 with London and St. Louis having $50,000 each. But here are the details for the continent qualifications according to HALO waypoint:
For North American region qualification, we’re excited to partner again with UGC and Millennial Esports for some incredible Open LAN events as well as online qualifiers.
NA Halo World Championship 2017 Qualifier: St. Louis by UGC – Jan 20-22
NA Halo World Championship 2017 Qualifier: Las Vegas by Millennial Esports – Mar 3-5
In North America there will be two Open LAN tournaments that will each send the Top 3 teams directly to the Halo World Championship 2017 Finals. The tournaments will be open for any teams that think they have what it takes, and the Top 8 will move on to the Championship bracket, where the North American HCS Pro League teams will await. More details and official handbook are coming soon.
NA Halo World Championship 2017 Online Last Chance Qualifier – March 11
After both Open LAN tournaments, teams will compete in one final Last Chance Qualifier to find the final team who will compete at the Halo World Championship 2017 Finals.
KEY DATES NORTH AMERICA:
- Jan 14 – Online Seeding Tournament
- Jan 20-22 – NA Halo World Championship 2017 Qualifier: St. Louis by UGC
- Jan 28 – Online Qualifier #1
- Feb 4 – Online Qualifier #2
- Feb 11 – Online Qualifier #3
- Feb 18 – Online Qualifier #4
- Feb 25 – Online Qualifier #5
- Mar 3-5 NA Halo World Championship 2017 Qualifier: Las Vegas by Millennial Esports
In Europe, our friends at Gfinity will once again host both online and Open LAN experiences, with the weekly online tournaments used to seed the Open LAN event.
EU Halo World Championship 2017 Qualifier: London (Gfinity Arena) – Feb 17-19
8 teams from Open Bracket will meet the 6 HCS Pro League teams + Top 2 in HCS points in the Championship Bracket. Top 2 teams go to HaloWC Finals.
EU Halo World Championship 2017 Online LCQ – Feb 26
KEY DATES EUROPE:
- Jan 21 – Online Seeding Tournament
- Jan 22 – Oniline Qualifier #1
- Feb 5 – Oniline Qualifier #2
- Feb 12 – Oniline Qualifier #3
- Feb 17-19 – EU Halo World Championship 2017 Qualifier: London by Gfinity
- Feb 26 – Online Last Chance Qualifier
LATIN AMERICA/SOUTH AMERICA
In addition to Europe, Gfinity will also be partnering up for the LATAM/South America region. Qualification will feature weekly online tournaments that lead up to the Mexico City Open LAN tournament, where just one team will make it to the main event. There’s some truly incredible talent just waiting to make their mark, but who will get their chance?
LATIN AMERICA Halo World Championship 2017 Qualifier: Mexico City – Feb 24-26
KEY DATES LATIN AMERICA
- Jan 28 – Online Seeding Tournament
- Jan 29 – Online Qualifier #1
- Feb 5 – Online Qualifier #2
- Feb 12 – Online Qualifier #3
- Feb 24-26 – Latin America Halo World Championship 2017 Qualifier: Mexico City by Gfinity
We’re proud and excited to partner up with ESL Australia to host a series of weekly online tournaments that will culminate in a furious and frenetic online regional qualifier to decide what top team from down under will earn the chance to make their mark in the Halo World Championship 2017.
Australia/New Zealand Halo World Championship 2017 Online Regional Qualifier – Feb 26
8-team, double elimination tournament, with the winning team heading to the Halo World Championship 2017 Finals. Weekly online tournaments will feature teams competing for cash and HCS qualifying points. Top 7 in points go to Online Regional Qualifier, with the online LCQ cup determining the finals seeding in Online Regional Qualifier.
KEY DATES AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND:
- Jan 21 – Online Seeding Tournament
- Jan 22 – Online Qualifier #1
- Jan 29 – Online Qualifier #2
- Feb 5 – Online Qualifier #3
- Feb 12 – Online Qualifier #4
- Feb 19 – Last Chance Qualifier
- Feb 26 – Online Regional Qualifier
This looks to be a very exciting moment for the HALO E-sports calendar for 2017 and be sure to sub/follow to twitch.tv/Halo to stay tuned on all the events happening in the World chamionship