ESL Master Chief Collection Launch Tournament Preview: Watch Tomorrow As Eight Pro Teams Compete For $50,000 In Halo 2 Anniversary
ESL's Master Chief Collection Launch Invitational tournament will be taking place tomorrow, preparing for the game's release by pitting some of the best Halo pro teams against each other in Halo 2 Anniversary.
We'll be posting a link to the live stream so you can catch the action, which kicks off tomorrow at 5 p.m. EST (2 p.m. PST). The tournament is an invitational, so no general public open teams will be competing-the event is made up of eight pro teams of four only.
You can check out our preview of the teams, which features the biggest names in Halo. The majority of top pros who competed in Halo 3, Halo Reach, and Halo 4 formed teams for the event, so the quality of play is sure to be at an elite level. Some of the players involved helped keep the community alive through the past few (relatively lean) years, while others such as Tom "TSquared" Taylor are coming out of retirement to compete. Halo 4 Global Champion and $200,000 prize winner Aaron "Ace" Elam is competing as part of Optic Gaming, the favorites for the event based on the PAX Prime Showdown performance.
Halo developers 343 Industries and Microsoft recently announced the Halo Championship Series, the first console developer-run league. This first tournament is not part of the circuit, but ESL and Twitch will partner with the developers once the competition gets under way--you can read details about its future here.