HCS Open Circuit Revealed
The details for the HCS open circuit have finally been revealed. This circuit is the way that players will be able to move up in the ranks from an amateur player to joining the Pro League next season.
The open circuit consists of a series of online tournaments hosted by ESL in both North America and Europe. These tournaments will resemble the online cups of the second HCS season, held during Halo 2 Anniversary.
Over the course of five weeks, teams will work to earn HCS points. On the sixth week, the eight teams with the most points, as well as the top eight teams from the previous cup, will play in a finals tournament that will decide the final placings. Presumably, if there is crossover between HCS points and a team placing in the fifth online cup, they will pull a team from a lower placing.
Only the top two amateur teams will have the chance to try and make it into the pro league, which means every cup will count.
The cups will take place over two days, as the open bracket will be played on Saturday and then the top sixteen teams will play the following day in the legendary bracket. The full breakdown for HCS points has yet to be revealed.
The first cup will start on Saturday, June 4, and the circuit will run all the way to the weekend of July 2, with the finals taking place the following week. But if that is not early enough for you and your team, there will be a preseason cup to test the format and help seed the first online cup on June 3.