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HWC NA Regional Finals Predictions

This weekend is the Halo World Championship North American Regional Finals. The top 8 teams will qualify for the 2016 Halo World Championship for a shot at the $2 million + prize pool. Here are my predictions.
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This weekend is the Halo World Championship North American Regional Finals. The top 8 teams will qualify for the 2016 Halo World Championship for a shot at the $2 million + prize pool. Here are my predictions.

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1st: Counter Logic Gaming

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Although they fell short to a very impressive EG team at X Games Aspen, I still feel that this team has what it takes to beat them. CLG didn't lose a single game before playing EG in the Grand Finals at X Games, and they can easily do the same at Regionals. I truly believe that if CLG plays their game and are able to out slay EG, they will come out on top.

 

2nd: Evil Genius

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EG showed us at X Games that they still have the hunger and talent to win. After playing a historical series in the Grand Finals over CLG, EG has to be a top contender coming into Regionals. Although I can't see them taking another series against CLG, I still believe that EG is better than almost every other team coming into Columbus this weekend, with the exception of Allegiance and Renegades, who both put up a good fight in the past.

 

3rd: Team Allegiance

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Allegiance impressed many this season. This team has been able to beat every top team and was the overall best team in the online qualifiers. Coming into Regionals, I expect Allegiance will once again perform very well, but I don't have enough confidence in this team to say that they will take this event.

 

4th: Renegades

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Ever since this team formed, they have showed immense promise. They have been able to beat almost all the top teams except for CLG, which shows me that if Renegades is red hot, they may even be able to place higher than 4th. However, I've noticed them making quite a few silly mistakes at X Games, which will be punished when competing at the top level.

 

5th: Team Liquid

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TL has had a pretty rough time this season. Several team changes has prevented them from maintaining any solid chemistry and sometimes it looks as if this team was never meant to be. It is quite obvious that this team needs to make some changes after this season. However, at times they do surprise us with their slaying.

 

6th: Denial eSports

 

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A young talented team that has looked very impressive online, Denial has been a threat to many of the top teams in the online qualifiers and I expect them to continue to be one in this event. They have enough talent to take on every team in their pool except EG, which makes me confident that Denial can break into the top 8.

 

 

7th: eLevate

 

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eLevate has been a pretty quiet team this season. They have been roaming outside of top 8 in almost all the qualifiers and they haven't really done much to make people think that they would be a threat. However, I have seen this team have their moments and I feel that if every player on this team does exactly what their supposed to do, they have a chance to break into the top 8. They have enough slaying power to really keep up with most of the teams here and with the help of Goofy's vocal intensity, this team can really get hyped up.

 

8th: OpTic Gaming

 

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OpTic has had a very rough season. Losing multiple players who were crucial assets forced OpTic to come into this event with minimal chemistry and minimal expectation from fans. OpTic just seems like a weaker team this season and that makes many concerned whether or not this team can break into the top 8. However, I do see some potential in this team after watching them compete in the last chance qualifier. They showed a lot of potential and I think the momentum they built off of winning the last chance qualifier will help them break into the top 8. The will have the necessary support from the pros and the Green Wall who will have their back along the way.

 

 

Do you agree with my predictions? Leave yours in the comments below.

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