The Halo Championship Series continued its run in 2022 with the HCS Kansas City Major. This time around, it was Sentinels that showed up in a big way on Championship Sunday, dominating both OpTic and Cloud9 on their way to the trophy.
- Sentinels annihilate Cloud9 with 4-0 sweep in Grand Finals.
- OpTic finish Top 3 after nailbiting 5 map series with Sentinels.
- HCS Kansas City Major featured $250K prize pool.
After a few weeks of online competition, Halo Infinite finally returned to LAN once again. The HCS Kansas City Major is now in the books as teams from around the globe battled for their share of $250,000.
With huge roster changes since the last Major, it was certainly a spicy event to say the least. From a recap of results to a full look at the event format, here’s all there is to know.
HCS Raleigh Major: prize pool & placements
|Placement||Team||Prize Money (USD)||HCS Points|
|17-24||Built By Gamers||$1,400||3,000|
|LOU Red Wolves|
|Chiefs Esports Club|
HCS Kansas City Major 2022: Results
Saturday, April 30
Note: Bracket play matches kicked off after final pool play matches concluded
|Winner’s Bracket Day 1|
|Quadrant 2-3 Sentinels||10AM||1PM||6PM|
|Acend 1-3 OpTic||10AM||1PM||6PM|
|Cloud9 3-0 FaZe||10AM||1PM||6PM|
|eUnited 3-1 PIT Knights||10AM||1PM||6PM|
|Lower Bracket Day 1|
|Chiefs 1-3 EasternMediaGG||5PM||8PM||1AM|
|JLINGZ 3-0 Luminosity||5PM||8PM||1AM|
|Team Cruelty 0-3 BLVKHVND.EU||5PM||8PM||1AM|
|Natus Vincere 2-3 LOU Red Wolves||5PM||8PM||1AM|
|Built By Gamers 1-3 EasternMediaGG||5PM||8PM||1AM|
|Complexity 3-1 JLINGZ||5PM||8PM||1AM|
|Spacestation 3-0 BLVKHVND.EU||5PM||8PM||1AM|
|Gamers First 3-1 LOU Red Wolves||5PM||8PM||1AM|
Sunday, May 1
|Lower Bracket Day 2|
|G2 Esports 3-1 EasternMediaGG||10AM||1PM||6PM|
|XSET 3-1 Complexity||10AM||1PM||6PM|
|Fnatic 3-2 Spacestation||10AM||1PM||6PM|
|PIT Knights 2-3 Gamers First||10AM||1PM||6PM|
|FaZe Clan 3-0 G2 Esports||10AM||1PM||6PM|
|Quadrant 3-1 XSET||10AM||1PM||6PM|
|Pioneers 3-2 Acend||10AM||1PM||6PM|
|eUnited 3-0 FaZe Clan||12PM||3PM||8PM|
|Cloud9 3-0 Pioneers||12PM||3PM||8PM|
|eUnited 0-3 Cloud9||2PM||5PM||10PM|
|Winner’s Bracket Final|
|Sentinels 3-2 OpTic||2PM||5PM||10PM|
|OpTic 0-3 Cloud9||4PM||7PM||12AM|
|Sentinels 4-0 Cloud9||6PM||9PM||2AM|
Friday, April 29
|Cloud9 3-0 Acend||10AM||1PM||6PM|
|XSET 3-1 Chiefs|
|XSET 1-3 Acend||12:30AM||3:30PM||8:30PM|
|Cloud9 3-0 Chiefs|
|Cloud9 3-0 XSET||3PM||6:00PM||11PM|
|Acend 3-0 Chiefs|
|FaZe Clan 3-0 Navi||11.15AM||2:15PM||7:15PM|
|OpTic 3-0 Fnatic|
|FaZe Clan 3-2 Fnatic||1:45PM||4:45PM||9:45PM|
|OpTic 3-0 Navi|
|OpTic 3-0 FaZe Clan||4:15PM||7:15PM||12:15AM (April 30)|
|Navi 1-3 Fnatic|
|G2 1-3 Quadrant||11:15AM||2:15PM||7:15PM|
|eUnited 3-0 Cruelty|
|eUnited 3-2 G2||1.45:PM||4:45PM||9:45PM|
|Quadrant 3-0 Cruelty|
|eUnited 3-1 Quadrant||4:15PM||7:15PM||12:15AM (April 30)|
|G2 3-0 Cruelty|
|Sentinels 3-2 Knights||10:00AM||1PM||6PM|
|Pioneers 3-1 JLINGZ|
|Pioneers 3-0 Knights||12:30PM||3:30PM||8:30PM|
|Sentinels 3-0 JLINGZ|
|Sentinels 3-1 Pioneers||3:00PM||6:00PM||11PM (April 30)|
|JLINGZ 1-3 Knights|
Saturday, April 30
|XSET 3-1 Spacestation Gaming||10AM||1PM||6PM|
|Acend 3-1 Spacestation Gaming|
|Chiefs Esports 0-3 Spacestation Gaming||12:30AM||3:30PM||8:30PM|
|Cloud9 3-0 Spacestation Gaming|
|OpTic Gaming 3-0 Complexity||11.15AM||2:15PM||7:15PM|
|Fnatic 3-1 Complexity|
|Navi 2-3 Complexity||1:45PM||4:45PM||9:45PM|
|FaZe Clan 3-0 Complexity|
|Quadrant 3-2 Gamers First||11:15AM||2:15PM||7:15PM|
|G2 Esports 3-1 Gamers First|
|Cruelty 0-3 Gamers First||1.45:PM||4:45PM||9:45PM|
|eUnited 3-0 Gamers First|
|JLINGZ 1-3 Built by Gamers||10:00AM||1PM||6PM|
|Sentinels 3-0 Built by Gamers|
|Knights 3-2 Built by Gamers||12:30PM||3:30PM||8:30PM|
|Pioneers 3-1 Built by Gamers|
HCS Kansas City Major 2022: Streams & Schedule
The Kansas City Major was streamed live on the official Halo Twitch channel, as you would expect. Secondary broadcasts were also spanning the backup HCS channels as well, with each stream focusing on different games to cover as much as possible.
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Below is a quick breakdown of the full event schedule for the Kansas City Major:
- Open Bracket: Friday, April 29 – Saturday, April 30.
- Group Stage & Championship Bracket: Saturday, April 30 – Sunday, May 1.
HCS Kansas City Major 2022: Format & Prize Pool
The Kansas City Major kicked off with an Open Bracket. Throughout this stage, squads that purchased their own team passes battled through a lengthy double-elimination bracket. The top four teams advanced to the Group Stage while the next four teams advanced to the Championship Bracket.
In the Group Stage, 16 qualifying teams from North America, Europe, Mexico, and Asia Pacific battled against the top four from the Open Bracket. This stage was purely a fight for seeding as squads looked to secure the best spot in the upcoming Championship Bracket.
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This time around, said Championship Bracket featured 24 teams in total, with all squads fighting through one last double-elimination bracket to crown an ultimate winner. All matchups were best of fives with a mix of Slayer, Capture the Flag, Stronghold, and Oddball.
While $250,000 was the base prize pool, no different from the very first Major in Raleigh, that was purely a starting point once again. With crowdfunding in effect this year, prize pools can expand as players buy unique esports cosmetics in Halo Infinite.
Below is a full breakdown of the prize pool as it stood before bonus funds were added in:
- 1st: $100,000
- 2nd: $60,000
- 3rd: $30,000
- 4th: $15,000
- 5th – 6th: $8,000
- 7th – 8th: $5,000
- 9th – 12th: $2,250
- 13th – 16th: $1,500
- 17th – 24th: $1,000
HCS Kansas City Major 2022: Teams & Players
20 teams in total were set to kick things off in the HCS Kansas City Major group stage. 16 had already earned their spot in regional competitions around the world. Meanwhile, the last four spots were filled by teams that advanced through the open bracket.
Below is a full look at the qualified squads along with their rosters for the event.
|OpTic Gaming||North America||aPG, Lucid, TriPPPeY, FormaL|
|FaZe Clan||North America||Snip3down, Bound, Falcated, bubu dubu|
|eUnited||North America||Spartan, RyaNoob, KingNick, Rayne|
|G2 Esports||North America||Sabinater, Gilk3y, Str8 SicK, Tusk|
|Cloud9||North America||StelluR, Penguin, Eco, Renegade|
|Kansas City Pioneers||North America||Manny, Druk, SoulSnipe, Taulek|
|Sentinels||North America||Lethul, Royal2, SnakeBite, Frosty|
|XSET||North America||Cratos, Suspector, Artic, Suppressed|
|Acend||Europe||Snipedrone, Lqgend, Shaady, Sica|
|JLINGZ esports||Europe||Morguh, Qristola, Quad, robs1n|
|Natus Vincere||Europe||Kimbo, Jimbo, Respectful, tuf0xy|
|Quadrant||Europe||Fragxr, SLG, TchiK, Shad|
|Pittsburgh Knights||Mexico||Atzo, Drift, Tapping Buttons, Gambino|
|Team Cruelty||Mexico||DanyKnight, Deco, Reaper, Rinnegan|
|Chiefs Esports Club||Oceania||Barcode, Praties, Pipz, Madsyy|