One year after the first-ever Halo World Championship, 12 teams will converge on Burbank, California for the second annual HWC. At stake? $1 million.
The action begins Friday with three-team group play and kicks off with a match between a pair of goliaths: Team EnVyUs and Splyce.
The two teams consist of former Denial Esports teammates, Cuyler “Huke” Garland and Jesse “bubu dubu” Moeller. The pair broke into the international scene at last year’s event, placing fourth after upsetting Team Liquid in the quarterfinals.
Since Huke and legendary player Eric “Snip3down” Wrona joined the EnVyUs roster, the team has captured several titles. The first came at HCS Las Vegas, and followed up with a HCS Pro League title in the fall. The team also has placed third at UGC St. Louis and ME Las Vegas.
The defending champions are back and on a hot streak. Bradley “Frosty” Bergstrom, Tony “LethuL” Campbell Jr., Mathew “Royal2” Fiorante, and Paul “SnakeBite” Duarte are just a year removed from capturing the most prestigious title of their careers. Now under the OpTic Gaming banner, the former CLG team enters Worlds less than a month after winning the Millennial Esports Las Vegas. OpTic only lost three maps total in the tournament, finishing with a 19-3 map record. Their only losses came to eventual runner-up Team Liquid.
The other teams competing are FAB Games eSports, London Conspiracy, Luminosity Gaming, SoaR Gaming, Splyce, Str8 Rippin, Supremacy, TMMT Crowd Pleasers, Team Immunity, and Team Liquid. The 12 teams will be split into four groups of three and play round-robin. The top two in each group will enter the upper bracket while the remaining four enter the lower bracket. The four teams will have to play in a single-elimination bracket while the others have the luxury of double-elimination.
All the games will be available to stream at Twitch.tv/Halo, Twitch.tv/ESL_Halo, and Beam.pro/Halo. Both Twitch and Beam have respective mobile apps so you can watch away from home.
The full schedule for this weekend is below. All times are eastern.
Friday – March 24
Team EnVyus vs. Splyce, 1pm, Twitch.tv/Halo and Beam.pro/Halo
TMMT Crowd Pleasers, 1pm, Twitch.tv/ESL_Halo
FAB Games eSports vs SoaR Gaming, 2pm., Twitch.tv/Halo and Beam.pro/Halo
Luminosity Gaming vs London Conspiracy, 2:30pm., Twitch.tv/ESL_Halo
Team Immunity vs. Team EnVyUs, 4pm., Twitch.tv/Halo and Beam.pro/Halo
Supremacy vs. OpTic Gaming, 4pm, Twitch.tv/ESL_Halo
Team Liquid vs. Luminosity Gaming, 5:30pm, Twitch.tv/Halo and Beam.pro/Halo
SoaR Gaming vs. Str8 Rippin, 5:30pm, Twitch.tv/ESL_Halo
OpTic Gaming vs. TMMT Crowd Pleasers, 7:00pm, Twitch.tv/Halo and Beam.pro/Halo
Splyce vs. Team Immunity, 7:00pm, Twitch.tv/ESL_Halo
Str8 Rippin vs. FAB Games eSports, 8:30pm, Twitch.tv/Halo and Beam.pro/Halo
London Conspiracy vs. Team Liquid, 8:30pm, Twitch.tv/ESL_Halo
Upper Bracket Round 1 Match #1, 10:00pm, Twitch.tv/Halo and Beam.pro/Halo
Upper Bracket Round 1 Match #2, 10:00pm, Twitch.tv/ESL_Halo
Upper Bracket Round 1 Match #3, 11:45pm, Twitch.tv/Halo and Beam.pro/Halo
Upper Bracket Round 1 Match #4, 11:45pm, Twitch.tv/ESL_Halo
Saturday – March 25th
Upper Bracket Round 2 Match #1, 1pm, Twitch.tv/Halo and Beam.pro/Halo
Upper Bracket Round 2 Match #2, 1pm, Twitch.tv/ESL_Halo
Lower Bracket Round 1 Match #1, 2:45pm, Twitch.tv/Halo and Beam.pro/Halo
Lower Bracket Round 1 Match #2, 2:45pm, Twitch.tv/ESL_Halo
Lower Bracket Round 1 Match #3, 4:30pm, Twitch.tv/Halo and Beam.pro/Halo
Lower Bracket Round 1 Match #4, 4:30pm, Twitch.tv/ESL_Halo
Lower Bracket Round 2 Match #1, 6:15pm, Twitch.tv/Halo and Beam.pro/Halo
Lower Bracket Round 2 Match #2, 6:15pm, Twitch.tv/ESL_Halo
Lower Bracket Quarterfinals Match #1, 8pm, Twitch.tv/Halo and Beam.pro/Halo
Lower Bracket Quarterfinals Match #2, 8pm, Twitch.tv/ESL_Halo
Upper Bracket Finals, 1pm, Twitch.tv/Halo and Beam.pro/Halo
Sunday – March 26th
Free-For-All Showmatch Finals, 1pm, Twitch.tv/Halo and Beam.pro/Halo
Lower Bracket Semifinals, 2pm, Twitch.tv/Halo and Beam.pro/Halo
Lower Bracket Finals, 3:45pm, Twitch.tv/Halo and Beam.pro/Halo
Grand Finals, 5:30pm, Twitch.tv/Halo and Beam.pro/Halo