HCS Daytona serves as the first live event of the 2017-18 season. Originally conceived as an event with a $25,000 prize pool, 343 pulled from crowdfunded REQ pack sales to increase the prize pool to $75,000. Responding to player and fan feedback, the decision was also made to increase the spread of the prize pool so that the top 16 teams all earn money. This makes HCS Daytona the first event to pay out beyond the top 8 since UGC St. Louis 2015.
HCS Daytona is also the first event to use the 2017 map layouts and game type settings, notable for removing Assault Rifles and limiting the effectiveness of the on-screen motion tracker, among other things.
Open BracketTeams seeded by online seeding tournament results Double-elimination bracket, best-of-5 series Top 4 teams in Winners Bracket advance to Championship Bracket as Seeds 9-12 Top 4 teams in Losers Bracket advance to Championship Bracket as Seeds 13-16
Group StagePro-seeded teams qualify automatically 8th spot given to online tournament winner, seeded based on Halo World Championship 2017 placing 4 team groups, double-elimination brackets, best-of-5 series
Championship BracketGroup Stage teams seeded 1-8 based on Group standing Double-elimination bracket, best-of-5 series, best-of-7 series (Grand Finals)
Official Rulebook - umggaming.com