The Top 16 teams for Anaheim are set, who will walk away in first place?

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Today HCS held open qualifiers for the upcoming Anaheim LAN tournament. The event which originally planned on only adding four teams to pool play at Anaheim, instead was modified to include eight in response to the tournament's open bracket being canceled due to covid concerns. 390 teams signed up for their chance at earning a paid trip to Anaheim and the opportunity to play Halo Infinite on LAN.

The eight teams from today will join Cloud9, FaZe, eUnited, OpTic, Pioneers, G2, Spacestation, and Sentinels who already qualified for Anaheim’s Pool Play because they placed Top 8 at Raleigh in December.

Gamers First – Squallaye, PreDevoNatoR, Marbs, Commonly
Complexity – Triton, Hysteria, Vetra, Rob The Turtle
XSET – Cratos, Suspector, Artic, Suppressed
Oxygen Esports – Common, Haines, Name, Swish

These four teams qualified for Anaheim through the qualifiers open bracket in an incredibly close series. Gamers First, Complexity, and XSET all had to win five-game series in order to qualify, defeating Built by Gamers, Fnatic, and We Love Anime respectively. It only took Oxygen Esports four games to qualify but they also had to face very stiff competition in an Unsigned Talent squad.

Unsigned Talent – Abature, Huss, HotShotGhost, FilthyG
Incognito – Karmea, PiggySaiyan, Tonisun, Cykul
We Love Anime – Rammyy, Boamx, Neuronical, Kuhlect
Fnatic – SuperCC, Juziro, Sceptify, Envore

From the losers bracket, we have Incognito who beat Built by Gaming 3-1, We Love Anime, Unsigned Talent, and Fnatic beat a Solaris team 3-1 who earlier in the losers bracket eliminated a Roy lead Status Quo from the tournament.

The roster lock for Anaheim is tomorrow and despite Formal being available no teams are expected to make a roster change until after the LAN. The HCS North American Regional Championship takes place February 11th-13th and there will be $125,000 on the line with crowdfunding potentially raising that amount to $175,000.