Liquid and OpTic Qualify for HCS Pro League
This weekend, we witnessed the final two teams make it into the HCS Pro League. Sixteen teams went into the LCQ after a series of other qualifiers and played in group play leading into a double elimination bracket. When it was all said and done, only two teams advanced.
Team Liquid : Tyler “Spartan” Ganza, Braedon “StelluR” Boettcher, Kevin “Eco” Smith, and Clete “Assault” LoRusso
OpTic Gaming : Nick “MaNiaC” Kershner, Brett “Naded” Leonard, Aaron “Ace” Elam, and Cory “Str8 SicK” Sloss
Team Liquid absolutely dominated throughout the LCQ, taking down both OpTic and eLevate along the way to the grand final, both of whom later faced off in the loser's bracket final to determine who would qualify for the league. Team Liquid ultimately won the entire LCQ.
The loser's bracket final started with a dominating performance by OpTic, but eLevate clutched out a few wins to keep themselves alive. The team to come out on top would be OpTic as they swiftly dominated in the sixth game.
The rest of the NA Qualified Pro League teams (Counter Logic Gaming, Evil Geniuses, Team Allegiance, Team EnVyUs, Enigma6, and Renegades) and the EU Pro League teams will be facing off every week starting in June. The first set of matches begin June 2 at 5 pm PDT on Twitch.tv/halo, and then again on June 3.
Each team will face each other twice throughout season play, and the top four teams will advance to the finals. Fifth and sixth placing teams will have their spots guaranteed for the Fall season. The seventh and eighth place teams will need to work their way up through the open circuit all over again to make it back to Pro League play in the Fall.
Did the team you've been following throughout qualification make it season play? Who are your picks to win on opening week of league play? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @GAMURScom.