31 August 2017 - 15:02

HCS Pro League Week 2 Predictions

Who do we have winning this week's matches?
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The second week of the Halo Championship Series (HCS) Pro League fall season begins today. After a week of exciting matches, some teams are eager to build off of their initial success while others are hoping to finally get a win in the books. 

The matches will be broadcast on Halo's Mixer and Twitch pages.

Last week's predictions were fairly accurate, with six out of the eight being right. We figured we’d have another stab at these predictions for your own enjoyment with the hope that we will find the same level of success. We based these predictions off of team changes, prior performances, chemistry, and raw talent.

Wednesday Aug. 30

Starting at 4:30pm PT (7:30pm ET).

Evil Geniuses vs OpTic Gaming 

Evil Geniuses

Jason “Lunchbox” Brown

Justin “Roy” Brown 

Michael “Falcated” Garcia

Josbe “Tapping Buttons” Valadez 

OpTic Gaming

Paul “SnakeBite” Duarte

Mathew “Royal2” Fiorante

Bradley “Frosty” Bergstrom 

Tony “Lethul” Campbell, Jr. 

Despite EG’s growth as a team, it would be silly to say they can defeat a lineup as dominant as OpTic Gaming. EG may put up a fight, but OpTic will come out on top due to their composure and superior talent.

Luminosity vs Team EnVyUs

Luminosity

Tommy “Saiyan” Wilson 

Bradley “aPG” Laws 

Joey “TriPPPeY” Taylor 

Tim “Rayne” Tinkler

Team EnVyUs

Austin “Mikwen” McCleary 

Justin “iGotUrPistola” Deese 

Eric “Snip3down” Wrona 

Cuyler “Huke” Garland

Luminosity may enter this series with a bit of confidence after their 3-2 win against Evil Geniuses last Thursday. The team isn’t quite ready to take on a team as experienced as Team EnVyUs, however. Although they are close to being an even match up, EnVy will ultimately prevail. 

Team Liquid vs Splyce

Team Liquid

Zane “SubZero” Hearon 

Braedon “StelluR” Boettcher 

Kevin “Eco” Smith 

Tyler “Spartan” Ganza

Splyce

Jesse “bubu dubu” Moeller 

Ryan “Shooter” Sondhi 

Jonathan “Renegade” Willette 

Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro 

Both teams have what it takes to win, but Splyce has proven their ability to go all the way to win a championship with their win at Dreamhack Atlanta on July 23, while Liquid has not. Splyce takes this one. 

Ronin vs Naventic 

Ronin

Cory “Str8 SicK” Sloss 

Ayden “Suspector” Hill 

Visal “eL ToWn” Mohanan 

Sabur “Sabinater” Hakimi  

Naventic

Ryan “RyaNoob” Geddes 

Troy “DasTroyed” Dusman 

Cody “ContrA” Szczodrowski 

Kyle “Nemassist” Kubina 

Facing an 0-2 slump, Naventic will be coming into this series with a strong hunger to win. Both teams are equal in their abilities, but Naventic’s hunger will push them to win. This club, however, will need all of their players to perform at their top level. Part of the reason Nav lost both matches last week was due to their player’s inability to simultaneously perform well in every match.

Thursday Aug. 31

4:30pm PT (7:30pm ET).

Ronin vs Luminosity

Ronin

Cory “Str8 SicK” Sloss 

Ayden “Suspector” Hill

Visal “eL ToWn” Mohanan 

Sabur “Sabinater” Hakimi  

Luminosity

Tommy “Saiyan” Wilson 

Bradley “aPG” Laws 

Joey “TriPPPeY” Taylor 

Tim “Rayne” Tinkler

Both clubs have a solid slaying ability, but Luminosity appears to be more developed as an overall roster compared to Ronin based on their win against EG last week. Ronin still appears to be adapting to Sabinater’s play style meaning that LG takes this one. 

Naventic vs Team Liquid 

Naventic

Ryan “RyaNoob” Geddes 

Troy “DasTroyed” Dusman 

Cody “ContrA” Szczodrowski 

Kyle “Nemassist” Kubina 

Team Liquid

Zane “SubZero” Hearon 

Braedon “StelluR” Boettcher 

Kevin “Eco” Smith 

Tyler “Spartan” Ganza 

Team Liquid is not a roster Naventic is ready to face. Liquid has maintained the same roster with the exception of Spartan for seven months already and the players on this team appear to feel very comfortable with each other. Nav on the other hand just entered the Pro League this has shown that they have some improvements to make, based on their 0-2 standing.

OpTic Gaming vs Team EnVyUs

OpTic Gaming

Paul “SnakeBite” Duarte 

Mathew “Royal2” Fiorante 

Bradley “Frosty” Bergstrom 

Tony “Lethul” Campbell, Jr.

Team EnVyUs

Austin “Mikwen” McCleary 

Justin “iGotUrPistola” Deese 

Eric “Snip3down” Wrona 

Cuyler “Huke” Garland 

Both teams stand at 2-0 in the league with nV defeating Liquid and Nav and OG defeating LG and Splyce. This means that both squads are entering this match with all the confidence they need to win. OpTic however, will take this one not just by their recent 3-0 win against the Dreamhack champions that are Splyce but also because this squad has been around longer. Being together for over a year already, Optic is going to win based on their composure and chemistry.

Evil Geniuses vs Splyce

Evil Geniuses

Jason “Lunchbox” Brown 

Justin “Roy” Brown 

Michael “Falcated” Garcia 

Josbe “Tapping Buttons” Valadez 

Splyce

Jesse “bubu dubu” Moeller 

Ryan “Shooter” Sondhi 

Jonathan “Renegade” Willette 

Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro 

EG’s reason for losing this series is the same reason they will lose to OpTic. Splyce is simply too dominant of a lineup due to a combination of their superior slaying talent and chemistry.

The first match kicks off at 4:30pm PT (7:30pm ET) today. These matches will be broadcast on Halo’s Mixer and Twitch pages. 

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