Following the First Halo Championship Series Online Cup of last week, it was time for the teams to compete on Halo 2: Anniversary in a LAN environment at Iron Games Columbus, for a prize pool of $15,000 and HCS points to further their seed. All throughout the weekend of December 12, 2014, some of the biggest names in Halo eSports have played against each other in the first sanctioned Halo Championship Series LAN event, truly showing that Halo is back in full force. Most people predicted that Evil Geniuses, comprised of Halo veterans Roy, the 2008 National Champion in Snipedown, Lunchbox and Pistola, would come out victorious as they won the HCS Cup #1, but, in the end, Counter Logic Gaming came out on top by winning two Game 5 series against EG themselves.
CLG, composed of Ogre 2, Heinz, Snakebite and Royal 2, made their way to the Grand Finals from the Winners Bracket by defeating Evil Geniuses 3-2 in the WB Finals, with a Warlord Team Slayer game coming down to the wire 50-48.
Evil Geniuses was then forced to play the green wall, OpTic Gaming, in the Losers Bracket Finals for a spot in the Grand Finals. EG quickly bounced back from their lost against CLG, winning Game #1, 3-1 on Warlord Neutral Bomb Assault. OpTic responded with a slow-paced Lockdown Team Slayer game that finished 50-40 in favor of the green wall. However, the celebrations did not last long as EG took Game #3, Lockdown King of the Hill, with Lunchbox and Pistola going +7 and +9 respectively, and followed with a 3-2 victory on Game #4, Warlord Capture the Flag, where Roy went +18, while all members of OpTic went negative.
Once again, EG faced themselves against CLG in the Grand Finals this time around, and a big challenge was waiting for them as they had to defeat their opponent in two best of five series in order to take home first place. Unfortunately, as hard as they tried, CLG emerged victorious as they came back from a 2-1 deficit to win Iron Games Columbus. Royal 2 and Snakebite absolutely clutched it in Game #4, Warlord Neutral Bomb Assault, and Game #5, Shrine Team Slayer, with Snakebite pulling off one of the sickest sniper shots I have ever seen to win the game 50-41 and end the series.
With this win, Counter Logic Gaming takes home 8000$ in prize money as well as 3000 HSC points to further their seed for the next event, which will be UGC 2015 in St. Louis from January 2 to January 4, 2015.
Despite the loss, Snipedown, a member of the Evil Geniuses team, was voted the Community MVP and took home $1000 for putting off an incredible show throughout the event.
Here are the teams that placed in the Top 8 during Iron Games Columbus:
- 1. CLG ($8000 in prize money, 3000 HCS points)
- 2. Evil Geniuses ($4000 in prize money, 2000 HCS points)
- 3. OpTic Gaming ($2000 in prize money, 1400 HCS points)
- 4. Cloud 9 ($1000 in prize money, 900 HCS points)
- 5. Believe the Hype (450 HCS points)
- 6. Str8 Rippin (400 HCS points)
- 7. Noble Reality Check (300 HCS points)
- 8. Scorched Halo (250 HCS points)
Reaching more than 14K viewers on its Twitch livestream, its safe to say that Iron Games Columbus was a success, and its good to see the resurgence of Halo in the competitive gaming community.
For more information on how to take part in the Halo Championship Series, visit the ESL website or follow at @ESLHalo on Twitter for more updates regarding Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s dedicated eSports league. Additionally, you can also read our review for MCC right here.
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