Next week kicks off the Halo World Championship for 2016 as the top 16 teams go head to head for their chance at a $2.5 million prize pool. Teams from all around the world will be headed to Hollywood for this event that will take place this weekend. The winner will walk away with $1 million, the largest individual prize in console esports history.
Here is all of the information that you need to know to get the most out of the upcoming Halo World Championship 2016:
Where to Watch:
Day One: Playoffs - Friday, March 18th
9:00am to 8:00pm PT at Twitch.tv/Halo
Day Two: Playoffs - Saturday, March 19th
9:00am to 9:30pm PT at Twitch.tv/Halo
Day Three: Finals - Sunday, march 20th
4:00pm to 6:00pm at Twitch.tv/Halo or via the XLEi app on Xbox One
How does it work:
There are 16 teams that have been invited to the Halo World Championship 2016. Of these 16 teams 4 groups are made. The top two teams from each group will move forward while the bottom two teams in each group will make up the 9th-16th places in the tournament. This round will be a Best-of-5. The teams that qualify for the Championship bracket will play in a Single-elimination bracket, a best-of-5 series for the quarterfinals, and finally a best-of-7 series for the semifinals and finals. The placement in the bracket will be set randomly with some restrictions.
Across all of these rounds the following maps and modes will be eligible:
- Team Slayer: Coliseum, The Rig, Plaza, Eden, Regret, Truth
- Capture the Flag: Coliseum, Truthh, Fathom
- Strongholds: The Rig, Coliseum, Eden, Empire, Plaza
Teams and casters:
- Group A: Chosen Seuad (Mexico), exceL (UK), Team Allegiance (NA), and Team Liquid (NA)
- Group B: Team Infused (UK), Team Exile5 (New Zealand), Evil Geniuses (NA), and Renegades (NA)
- Group C: Team Immunity (Australia), Denial eSports (NA), FabE (Germany), and eLevate Wildcats (NA)
- Group D: Counter Logic Gaming (NA), Skyfire (Asia), Epsilon eSports (UK), and Cloud9 (NA)
Providing commentary and analysis throughout the entire event the Halo World Championship Series will feature the following personalities: Alex "Goldenboy" Mendez, Dave "Walshy" Walsh, Mike "Strongside" Cavanaugh, Mark "Onset" Hatcher, Andy "Bravo" Dudynsky, Miles "Wra7h" Ross and Richard Simms.
What you can get for watching:
It's not just about the competition as viewers of the finals will get to learn a bit more about the upcoming Warzone Firefight mode that was teased last update. This new Warzone Firefight will be a new PvE mode for those who want to take the fight back to the Covenant. On top of that viewers will be able to get a code that will allow them to download a free Halo World Championship REQ pack and a Halo World Championship Gamerpic. This REQ pack will contain an all new "Challenger" armor set and a Halo World Championship 2016 emblem for you to show off. This code will be unusable after 9:00 am PT on March 21st so be sure to get one and use it fast.
For more information on the teams participating in the World Championship there are team and player spotlights on the official Halo YouTube channel and even more news about the event will be shared this Thursday. If you wish to read the full blog post then the link is here.
Are you excited to watch the Halo World Championship? What team are you rooting for? Are you just in it for the Gamerpic? Share your thoughts in the comments below!