Pool D - eUnited, Pioneers, Pushin P
Roster: Cratos, Suspector, Artic, Suppressed
XSET is probably the only team on this list that has a real chance to win their pool but in reality, everyone in this pool can win it. Let's start with eUnited, XSET has brought them to a game three in the past and that was a full-strength eUnited roster, with Ryanoob's covid status still in question XSET could potentially face a eUnited team with Formal as their last-second replacement. XSET has also split series with the other big fish in their Pool, the Kansas City Pioneers, most recently defeating them 2-0 in the final Pro Series tournament before Anaheim. Pushin P is definitely the dark horse in this pool but any team would be unwise to count them out, they are 100% capable of hanging with and beating quality pro Halo teams. Suspector has been one of the best slayers in the NA Pro Series, his 1.42 K/D and 8.75 KDA rank number 1 in the entire esport, and if he can keep this pace up on LAN XSET will be a very formidable team in the Championship Bracket.
10. Oxygen Esports
Pool A - Cloud9, Sentinels, Esports Arena Red
Roster: Common, Name, Swish, Haines
Oxygen Esports might honestly be the most underrated team in Halo esports, people talk about Fnatic, Unsigned talent (now Pushin P), Complexity, but you rarely see fans mention Oxygen esports despite their early success. They've beat Spacetation Gaming, G2 Esports, Unsigned talent, and they've also beat Complexity twice. Although this team is pretty much guaranteed a third-place finish in their pool this is a team you should watch out for in the Championship Bracket.
Pool B - FaZe, Spacestation, Gamers First
Roster: SuperCC, Juziro, Envore, Sceptify
An org that was late to the HCS party, so far Fnatic has done a relatively good job holding their own against the mid-tier pro teams. Their biggest accomplishments so far have been a series win versus Spacestation Gaming and managing to take a game from Raleigh runner-ups eUnited in the final North American Pro Series. This team has the potential to make the Top 8 but they'll most likely end up in the 9-12 range if they continue to be unable to beat the other HCS partnered teams.
12. Pushin P
Pool D - XSET, eUnited, Pioneers
Roster: Abature, Huss, Filthy G, HotShotGhost
Formerly known as "Unsigned Talent" the core of Abature and HotShotGhost have made every North American Pro Series, despite fielding four different rosters in four weeks.
They've only beaten Oxygen Esports but just look at all the competitive series they've had against top teams like FaZe, Spacestation Gaming, and XSET. Pool D is going to be an absolute bloodbath and when it's all said and done, it's very possible that Pushin P avoids a 4th place pool finish and an automatic trip to the losers bracket.
13. Complexity Gaming
Pool C - OpTic, G2 Esports, Incognito
Roster: Hysteria, Vetra, Triton, Rob The Turtle
After finishing outside the Top 32 at Raleigh and a roster change, Complexity is now one of the 16 best teams in Halo esports. The addition of Raleigh FFA Champion Vetra seems to be just what the doctors ordered, the team has since reached three Pro Series in four attempts behind the young slayer. However, they didn't do much once they got there, losing two series against Oxygen esports and once to Fnatic in the final pro series. They would go on to avenge that loss a week later, beating Fnatic 3-2 and earning a trip to Anaheim's LAN tournament. The team also features Hysteria who is one of the best LAN Halo players ever, with five Halo 3 wins under his belt, you be supremely unwise to sleep on this team, especially on LAN.
14. Gamers First
Pool B - FaZe, Spacestation, Fnatic
Roster: PreDevoNatoR, Ali, Marbs, Squalleye
Gamers First finished Top 24 at Raleigh, and following a couple of roster changes, they are now once again competing in another HCS Championship Bracket. They don't have a lot of past series wins to hang their hats on, but they do have a tremendous amount of LAN experience. Ali has a LAN win under his belt, X-Games Aspen 2016, and PreDevoNatoR came in 4th place at the biggest Halo tournament ever, the Halo World Championships 2016.
Pool C - OpTic, G2 Esports, Complexity
Roster: Karmea, Cykul, Piggy, Tonisun
Incognito is a team that never qualified for the Pro Series but they showed up during the Qualifiers, defeated Built By Gamers 3-1, and secured themselves a trip to Anaheim. Karmea had one pro series appearance with Gamers First as their fourth, and they finished in 9th place. The following week Karmea left to team with Cykul and Gamers First failed to qualify for the Pro Series without him on the roster. Tonisun has also bounced around and played with different teams so far during Infinite, he finished in 9th place in the second Pro Series as a member of Unsigned Talent. Piggy won the MLG Denver Combine in 2010 and then finished top 16 on the famed Halo 3 MLG Circuit in the two tournaments following that. The pool play series between Complexity and Incognito is a must-win for this team, as it will most likely decide who comes in last place in the pool.
16. Esports Arena Red
Pool A - Cloud9, Sentinels, Oxygen Esports
Roster: Rammyy, Neuronical, Kuhlect, Boamx
Formerly known as 'We Love Anime" this roster comprised of solid Halo 5 talent had arguably found themselves in the hardest pool at Anaheim. With all due respect to Rammyy and co, there's nearly zero chance they beat either Cloud9 or Sentinels, which leaves a tough Oxygen Esports as this team's major hurdle. They nearly beat XSET in the Anaheim Qualifiers, they'll have to put up a similar performance against Oxygen if they hope to avoid the losers bracket.