Halo Championship Series Pro League – Fall Season Finals Recap

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A lot of talent exists outside of the Halo Championship Series (HCS) Pro League.  The Fall Season relegation bracket showed the depth of teams vying for the handful of spots in the Pro League. Despite the amount of talent, OpTic Gaming and Team EnVyUs (nV) compete from a higher pedestal. Their dominance continued throughout HCS Pro League Fall Season until game seven in the second grand finals.


Team EnVyUs vs. Str8 Rippin | EnVyUs win 4-0

Str8 Rippin snuck into the playoffs during the last week of the HCS Pro League. And while their playoff spot puts them among the best Halo teams, EnVyUs outclasses them in the first series.

Up 2-0 headed into game three, nV continues rolling past Str8 Rippin. Eden – Strongholds stays close early on, but spirals out of control within a few seconds. Tied at 20, Camouflage and Overshield both go over to nV. As Huke pushes with the Overshield, Camouflage keeps Snip3down alive around the catwalk. His survival stalls Str8 Rippin’s attempt at map control, while the rest of nV slays around them.  EnVyUs wins 100-21 before sweeping the series 4-0.


Halo Championship Series Pro League – Fall Season Relegation Recap

The Halo Championship Series (HCS) Fall Season relegation matches favoured no team in Burbank, California. During a previous optional event - the HCS Las Vegas Open Circuit - these same four teams finished high in their brackets.

3sUP Enterprises and The Money Matches Team (TMMT) challenged the Pro League teams, forcing multiple series to game six or seven. Although Enigma 6 (E6) and Allegiance once sat near the top of the league, both teams wrangled for each win. Both Enigma 6 and Allegiance reclaim their spots as one of North America’s top eight Halo teams.


Enigma 6 vs. 3sUP Enterprises | Enigma 6 wins 4-3

The first best-of-seven series ties at two going into game five. With both of E6’s wins coming from Capture the Flag (CTF) games, Eden – Slayer already favours 3sUP. Bubu dubu’s efficient sniper play early helps E6 pull away with a 12-2 lead. The early cushion dissolves in the final minutes. Up five with under a minute left, Prototype’s shotgun kills tie the game at 43 for 3sUP.

The game shifts into overtime where the score explodes to 49. 3sUP leads, but members trickle single file, feed the E6 comeback. Right after bubu dubu kills Rammy to tie the game, a 3sUP teammate swoops in from behind to end the game 50-49. Despite bubu dubu’s 21 kills, E6 drops game five.

An individual performance didn’t save the Eden game for E6, yet Regret – Slayer swings with one play by Shooter. With the score close, Rammy, equipped with an Overshield and Plasma Caster, drops down from the red rampart. He dives onto Shooter below him, but Rammy can’t capitalize on the advantageous position. A Shooter melee and Rammy’s missed shots turns over the Plasma Caster to E6. Shooter uses that same weapon to end the game 50-45. E6 advances in the winners brackets, sending 3sUP in the losers bracket.

Halo Championship Series Pro League - Week 7 Day 2 Recap

Luminosity’s recent losses come at the worst time as Str8 Rippin surges from the depths of the standings into a tie for fourth. If both teams win their last series of the Halo Championship Series (HCS) Pro League, map win percentage gives Luminosity the last playoff spot. To eliminate any last day comebacks, a Luminosity win shuts out any remaining teams seeking a top four spot.

Evil Geniuses (EG) beating Luminosity on day one doesn’t just end their losing streak since adding Stellur, it also gives them a chance to sneak out of relegation. If Enigma 6 (E6) loses another series, they might join Allegiance or EG in Burbank, California for the relegation matches.


Team EnVyUs vs. Allegiance | EnVyUs win 3-1

If all the perfect scenarios play out and Allegiance sweeps, they could avoid relegation. While a lot must go wrong for other teams, the math shows a small chance for an upset.

Allegiance plays into their minuscule opportunity, winning Rig – Strongholds to start the series. To compete with Team EnVyUs’ (nV) slaying power, Allegiance relies on efficient Railgun usage. Both Contra and Falcated finish with 18 kills, hoping to at the very least, win this series before the rest of the league plays.

Whatever nV discussed following the game one loss, it helped them beat Allegiance three games in a row. On Plaza – Strongholds, Allegiance pulls away early, taking a 12-6 lead, which grows to 30-20. nV regroups from there as they score eight unanswered kills to cut the lead to three. The nV spree continues and they tally 13 kills over Allegiance’s two kills in the same time frame. The game ends 50-42, and nV takes the series 3-1.

Halo Championship Series Pro League - Week 7 Day 1 Recap

A lot can change in the final week of Halo Championship Series (HCS) Pro League. OpTic Gaming and Team EnVyUs (nV), despite sitting at the top of the standings, both want the first seed’s prize money. The rest of the league fights to climb the standings as three teams play for the last playoff spot. Evil Geniuses (EG) won’t make the playoffs regardless of who wins or loses, but a winning final week digs them out of relegation.


Allegiance vs. Enigma 6 | Allegiance wins 3-2

Down 1-2 in the series, Allegiance rallies on Coliseum – Capture the flag (CTF) after their first flag capture. PreDevoNatoR pushes the Enigma 6 (E6) cave, kills two and runs the flag untouched through bottom middle. Although E6 scores first, they can’t recover. Once Allegiance scores two in a row, Falcated clears an open lane on the sniper side of the map for the last capture.

Going into game five Eden – Slayer, Allegiance won a single series of their six game-fives throughout the Fall Season. Allegiance’s seventh game-five slows downs as teams fight at the furthest ends of the map. Suspector snipes from blue platform while Allegiance tries to bring the rocket launcher from the red base. Neither team risk a push, so players hunker down behind cover.

Down six, Allegiance hold red base with a full sniper rifle and a fresh rocket launcher. The power weapons don’t matter as E6 builds the lead again to 10. Forty second remain when Allegiance turns the deficit into a four-kill lead. E6 needs to push. Down to one with 10 seconds left, E6 can’t find the last kill. Allegiance destroys E6’s playoff chances, sending them down into possible relegation.

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OpTic Gaming vs. Allegiance | OpTic wins 3-1

While Allegiance works to climb out of relegation, technical issues don’t help. Falcated misses the entire series while he works to resolve his console malfunction. Rammy, coming off the free-for-all win, fills in to take on OpTic Gaming. Rammy proved himself a capable player by substituting for teams like OpTic in the HCS Pro League, but the lack of team practice handicaps Allegiance.

Whether it’s the player substitution or OpTic’s coordination, Allegiance starts Plaza – Strongholds flat footed. OpTic ends the game in a flash, controlling the bottom mid stronghold point for a 100-10 win. Plaza – Slayer ends better for Allegiance when Contra leads his team to a comfortable 50-35 win.

After the back-to-back Plaza games, OpTic exploits the substituted Allegiance squad with two quick objective victories. Falcated never resolves his Xbox One problems, but the result matches the disappointing season for Allegiance. OpTic takes the series 3-1.

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