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HCS New Orleans 2018 $250,000 Halo Tournament – Final Placements

Published: 16/Jul/2018 0:01 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:07

by Calum Patterson


The first open event following the Halo World Championship was set at the Ernest Morial Convention center, as the venue hosted both Halo and Gears of War tournaments for separate $250,000 prize pools.

As the first event of the 2018-19 season, 12 teams automatically qualified for pool play based on their World Championship placing combined with performances in recent online events.

There was also an open bracket which saw a number of amateur teams try their luck at advancing into pool play to get the new season off to a bright start.

Of course, coming off a dominant win at the World Championship Splyce were the heavy favorites, while TOX (formerly OpTic), Reciprocity and Renegades were also expected to finish in the top four.

It was the first event since the disbanding of Team Envy and roster changes on Reciprocity, so was their opportunity to prove the changes had paid off.

Former Reciprocity player Tyler “Spartan” Ganza looked to impress with his new Elevate lineup, while fomer nV players TriPPPeY and Pistola had moved over to Reciprocity.

Reciprocity just missed out on the top four, as the shock of the tournament came from open bracket team ‘Trifecta’, who secured the fourth spot after a run of upsets.

And it was to be a repeat of the World Championship Grand Final match up, as both TOX and Splyce continued to vie for the top spot in Halo.

TOX forced a second best of seven in the final with a big 4-0 sweep in the first, but Splyce showed composure beyond their years to secure another successive championship with a 4-2 series win.

MLG | HCS New Orleans 2018 Final Placements

Team Place Prize (USD)
Splyce 1st $100,000
TOX 2nd $50,000
Renegades 3rd $35,000
Trifecta 4th $25,000
Hitmen 5th-6th $10,000
Reciprocity 5th-6th $10,000
Berserker 7th-8th $5,000
Elevate 7th-8th $5,000
Str8 Rippin 9th-12th $2,500
Fung Four AG 9th-12th $2,500
Lux Gaming 9th-12th $2,500
Lucid 9th-12th $2,500
Fable 13th-16th
Skedoodle 13th-16th
Gosu Crew 13th-16th
Athletico 13th-16th
Mock-It Esports 17th-20th
Reborn 17th-20th
Vertacon 17th-20th
Operator 17th-20th

Cloud9 return to competitive Halo with star championship roster

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

by Albert Petrosyan


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.

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.