Halo Championship Series Season 2 Dates And Details: $250,000 Prize Pool, More Online Cups Await The Top Pros

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Apr 01, 2015 10:18 AM EDT

Season 1 of the Halo Championship Series wrapped up last month, concluding in an exciting final tournament with a $100,000 prize pool.

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The details for Season 2 have officially been announced by circuit operators ESL, who have upped the ante for the Halo 2 Anniversary eSports league. Teams were left scrambling to create a roster capable of competing with champions Evil Geniuses, and there's even more money on the line this time around.

The total season prize pool is now $250,000, with a $150,000 pool waiting at the season finals. There will only be two LAN events ahead of the final this year, with a long series of online cups padding the season for both pro points and prize money. You can see an outline of the schedule above.

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Two pre-season cups will begin the season on April 5 and 12--just around the corner. The first live event will kick things off in full, a $25,000 tournament in Atlanta from April 17 to 19. Following this, the online cups will really come into play: there's no LAN tournament again until late June, with eight online cups planned on the weekends through all of May and most of June. Each of these will have a $3,000 prize pool, and the point rewards for both the online tournaments and live events can be seen in the chart below.

LAN tournament play will return a the $50,000 Indianapolis event June 26 to 28, with just one Open Cup for no pro points between then and the $150,000 final at ESL Studios in Burbank, California on July 26.

Rules this season include needing a majority (not just half) of a team to maintain pro point seeding if you drop a member, and players can only be added during three designated transfer periods. Several new maps will be tested as well during the preseason tournaments--you can find links to each on the announcement page and try them through file share.

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