Halo Iron Gaming Columbus Live Stream: New HCS eSports League Begins Today, Watch Pro Teams Compete For $15,000
343 Industry's official Halo 2 Anniversary eSports league, The Halo Championship Series, is getting underway today with the IronGaming-sponsored LAN event in Columbus.
The league technically launched last weekend, when teams competed in an online bracket that determined seeding and provided the first Pro Points of the season. IronGaming's tournament is the first in-person LAN event, however, and live stream can be watched below via Twitch. The stream will begin at 1:30 p.m. EST, and run through the weekend until the winner is crowned on Sunday.
Evil Geniuses' Halo team (consisting of elite veterans Snipedown, Roy, Pistola, and Lunchbox) took home first place in the online competition, handily winning the series against two-time pre-season cup winners CLG (Ogre 2, Heinz, Snakebite, and Royal 2) before sweeping aside Believe the Hype (APG, Lethul, Maniac, and Legit) in the final.
CLG will be stuck with a low seed for the tournament due to the randomized bracket pitting them against EG early in the online competition, but Tom "Ogre 2" Ryan--the most successful Halo player of all time--is expected to lead his team to a high finish despite the added obstacles. Eric "Snipedown" Wrona, Justin "Pistola" Deese, and Justin "Roy" Brown of EG competed in the Master Chief Collection Launch Invitational, while Jason "Lunchbox" Brown was lured out of retirement to form a new roster with the game's two best slayers and his former-MVP twin brother.
These two squads are joined by Believe the Hype, Cloud 9 (Ninja, FearItself, Hysteria, Victory X), Str8 Rippin (T2, Naded, Str8 Sick, Prototype) and Optic (Flamesword, Ace, Assault, Aries) as those expected to compete for the first place Pro Points and the lion's share of the $15,000 prize pool. The official current standings can be seen on Halo Waypoint. Extra information and rosters can be found on the Beyond Entertainment forums. Enjoy the event!