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343 and MLG hint at Halo esports with Master Chief Collection on PC

Published: 12/Mar/2019 22:40 Updated: 13/Mar/2019 4:27

by Eli Becht

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Microsoft and 343 Industries announced big news that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming to PC and Steam, which has led some to wonder what this means for the future of Halo esports.

Years after its launch, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, along with Halo: Reach, is finally coming to PC.

The big news was announced during an episode of Inside Xbox but it will take a little longer for all games in the collection to arrive on PC.

Things are getting started with Halo: Reach, which is coming first.

This will be followed by Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST and then concluding with Halo 4.

343 says they want to have the best version possible for PC which is the reason for the staggered launch.

Since these games are coming to PC now, the conversation can now be started as to what this means for the Halo esports scene.

Overall interest in the Halo series has been dropping since it has been several years since the latest release and the rise of the battle royale genre.

It wasn’t that long ago that Halo was a powerhouse in the esports scene and that could be capitalized on with the release of the Master Chief Collection on PC.

 Tahir “Tashi” Hasandjekic, Microsoft’s lead esports producer, wrote on Twitter that more information about Halo PC esports will be revealed at the Halo Championship Series at SXSW.

He warns not to expect major announcements but he does want the conversation to open. MLG has also shown an inkling of interest in Halo esports on PC.

With the move to PC, there will likely be many players jumping into the action whether that’s new players or returning players who want to see what the game is like on PC.

Stay tuned for more information on this front in the future.

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Cloud9 return to competitive Halo with star championship roster

Published: 5/Oct/2020 20:13 Updated: 5/Oct/2020 20:37

by Albert Petrosyan

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Cloud9 have announced that they are re-entering the Halo competitive scene with a new roster stacked with experienced, veteran talent that has won it all.

The prominent esports organization had been absent from competitive Halo since 2016, as their third tenure in the scene was ended after several players left for Team Liquid.

Now, C9 are back in the fold, announcing a new, veteran lineup that’ll lead them back into the esport as the series’ next major title – Halo Infinite – is set to release in early 2021.

Cloud9 Halo roster:

  • Braedon ‘StelluR’ Boettcher
  • Zane ‘Pznguin’ Hearon
  • Kevin ‘Eco’Smith
  • Jonathan ‘Renegade’ Willette
  • Emanuel ‘Hoaxer’ Lovejoy (coach)

All four players formerly featured for the North American-based team Turning Point, which disbanded after all four left in May/June of 2020. The only player who was part of that lineup that’s not been included in C9’s new roster is Swift Kill.

StelluR and Eco, formerly of Splyce and Team Liquid, bring valuable championship experience to the squad after winning the Halo World Championship in 2018 and finishing third the year prior.

Renegade was also part of that Splyce team that won it all in 2018, and he holds the distinction of being the only player ever to have championships in both 2v2 and 4v4 Free-For-All. Last but not least, there’s Pznguin, who rejoins StelluR and Eco after the trio achieved strong success with Team Liquid in 2017.

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Kevin ‘Eco’ Smith said in a video released by Cloud9 that he’ll be acting as In-Game Leader.

The team will be coached by Hoaxer, who’s been around competitive Halo since 2011. His coaching accolades include a third-place finish at the HCS Finals in 2018 and fourth-place at the 2018 Halo World Championship.

Cloud9 have yet to reveal the details of their plans to ease back into the Halo scene, so it’s unclear when this new roster will make its debut. But with Infinite set to release in 2021, following a delay, it’ll be exciting to see this championship lineup flex its muscles sooner or later.

Written with contributions from Tanner Pierce.