Here it is. On Sunday we got confirmation and clarity about the upcoming Halo series for 2017. 2016 was a bit obvious from a Halo POV seeing as the game launched in November so from a competitive aspect you at least expected it to last the entirety of 2016. Now, we finally have some answers to what Halo will bring in 2017 and here it is, in all it’s glory.
So here we have laid out in front of us whats to come for at least the first half of 2017. Now lets look at the structure and all the glorious Halo you will be able to watch initially at the start of 2017:
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
On top of all this, we have crowd funding back again for the million dollar World Championship. Halo brought in $2.5 in crowd funding for the 2016 championship, so I’m excited to see what 2017 will bring.
This is the start Halo needed for it’s second year it what will hopefully a long run back to eSports dominance. 2016 had it’s ups and downs but I’m happy to see 343i and the Halo community embrace the game and help make 2017 possible. Where HCS will go beyond the World Championship? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Next up: We’ll dive into the Halo Winter Update, look forward towards the 2017 Halo year and Why Halo’s continued growth is important for eSports.
Once again, prayers up for No Radar in 2017.