HCS Kansas kicks off April 25 and will feature the best teams from around the world.
HCS Kansas is just around the corner and will be competitive Halo’s next international LAN event. Cloud9 is looking to continue their sweep of the Halo scene. The boys in blue have won both LAN events they have attended this year, including the first international event, HCS Raleigh. Will C9 reign supreme or will another team step up to the plate?
Which teams will be competing at HCS Kansas?
With HCS Kansas being the second international LAN of the year, this tournament will feature a larger group of teams. Twenty of the world’s best will be competing for a chance of lifting the trophy and a share of the $250,000 prize pool.
From North America, the two teams to look at will be Cloud9 and OpTic Gaming. C9 have been the best team in the world for a long time and has not lost a tournament since their victory at HCS Raleigh. As for OpTic Gaming, the Greenwall will be debuting Formal into their roster who has been a fan-favourite member of OpTic for many years.
Formal replaces Pistola in the Optic Halo line-up
Former world champions Formal is joining OpTic Halo following Pistola's unfortunate departure.
On the side of EU, Acend will be looking to improve on their performance from Raleigh. The undeniable best team in Europe finished 9th-12th in their first international outing. Another team looking to impress on the stage is Natus Vincere. The EU side was the only team to take maps off of Acend at the recent HCS Europe super event.
What is the format for HCS Kansas?
The pool play portion of HCS Kansas will see twenty teams competing in four groups of five. Pool play will be used to determine where each team is seeded in the playoffs bracket. The top two teams will advance to the upper bracket and the three remaining sides will compete in the lower bracket. Each series will be a best-of-five.
The championship bracket will see twenty-four teams compete in a double-elimination bracket with every series being a best-of-five.
What is the prize pool for HCS Kansas?
The best teams Halo has to offer will be competing for an incredible $250,000 prize pool. Here is how the prize pool will be distributed amongst the teams:
- 1st: $100,000
- 2nd: $60,000
- 3rd: $30,000
- 4th: $15,000
- 5th-6th: $7000
- 7th-8th: $5000
- 9th-12th: $2,250
- 13th-16th: $1500
- 17th-24th: $1000