Previous rank: #1
They won the first LAN, they won both online Pro Series so far, and they are clear-cut number 1 team right now. Cloud9 has also nearly been flawless since Raleigh, losing only two games in the past two Pro series tournaments combined.
When you look at the statistics it’s easy to see why they’ve been so successful. When the dust settled on the first NA Pro Series three-quarters of Cloud9 ranked in the top 10 in both KDA and DMG differential, a good indication that they were overpowering their opponents in a major way. The core of C9 has always been known for their exceptional teamwork and coordination, if they continue to slay at this level it will be a tough task for any team looking to pass them up.
2. OpTic Gaming
Previous rank: #5
Despite exiting the first Pro Series in a stunning 9th place, OpTic is once again looking like the team that won early on in Halo Infinites life span.
After losing a tight 3 game series to Cloud9 in the Winner's Bracket, they would go on to eventually face and defeat Spacestation Gaming, the team that eliminated them the week prior. In their next series, they beat Raleigh Runner Ups eUnited before eventually facing FaZe clan in the Losers Bracket Finals. The two teams would trade relatively unclose games until a Game 5 Recharge Team Slayer that would be decided by 5 kills in OpTics favor. Trippy lead the way with a 14-7 effort whereas on the other team Bound put up a very uncharacteristic 7 kills and game-high 17 deaths.
Anaheim is coming up and they are determined to not blow it like at Raleigh. They've struggled against both Sentinels and Cloud9 and will have to find a way to consistently beat those teams going forward.
Previous rank: #3
Depending on who you ask FaZe Clan is arguably the second best team in Halo esports and it’s easy to see why certain fans feel that way. Although they don’t have any wins to their credit their frequent and very competitive appearances late in tournaments has left a lasting impression. FaZe clan has been in five consecutive Losers Bracket Finals and lost three game fives in the process. This team’s ceiling is incredibly high and it’s only a matter of time until Snip3down and crew work out the kinks.
Previous rank: #2
While they might have been the second-best team on LAN at Raleigh, they’ve seemingly returned to the middle of the pack in online competition. Despite reaching the Grand Finals on LAN eUnited still hasn’t reached one online, and that’s a problem with covid potentially forcing more tournaments online. Their best effort online so far has been a Loser Bracket Finals loss to FaZe Clan in the first Pro Series, a disappointing result for a team who nearly just won it all. It will be interesting to see if eUnited is able to reverse this trend or if underperforming online will continue to be an issue all season long.
Previous rank: #4
Sentinels have been off to a rough start this HCS Season given their lofty expectations but they still have a lot to be excited about. This team was on a roll before Royal 2 was suspended and it's quite possible they pick right back up where they left off when he returns. In the first pro series, they lost to Cloud9 in the winner bracket semifinals, and then lost to eUnited in the loser bracket semifinals, landing in 4th place yet again.
Previous rank: #6
Once one of Halo Infinite's most exciting teams to watch it's been over a month since the Kansas City Pioneers have placed Top 4. They've lost in back-to-back pro series versus Built By Gamers and they'll need to overcome that hurdle if they want to start trending upwards again.
Previous rank: #7
Despite all the drama, Spacestation Gaming has been and remained a Top 8 HCS team.
Their major flaw so far has been consistency, in the First Pro series they eliminated OpTic Gaming and then in the next series would lose to Oxygen Esports. They seemingly have a permanent roster with new additions Ziyon and Flazin and it's quite possible they move up once they settle in and grow as a unit.
8. G2 Esports
Previous rank: #8
G2 Esports is hanging onto a top 8 power ranking spot but they're currently in danger of being passed up by teams like XSET and Built By Gamers. Has G2 Esports hit their ceiling? It will be interesting to see if G2 is able to improve their standings once Tusk has more time to get acclimated to the roster.
Teams to look out for
9. XSET - Beat BBG twice in route to an impressive fourth-place finish last pro series.
10. Built by Gamers - Beat SSG and KCP pro series 1, beat KCP pro series 2, poised to make the top 8 ranked teams if they can remain consistent.
11. Oxygen Esports - Beat G2 and SSG in the first pro series.
12. Fnatic - Has been close to claiming top 8 status on multiple occasions.
13. Unsigned Talent - This roster gets poached frequently and as a result has a hard time placing higher.
14. Complexity Gaming - Hysteria played great in the second Pro Series, with FFA star Vetra and x-factor Rob The Turtle, Complexity has what it takes to upset some good teams.
15. Status Quo - Failed to qualify for the pro series on two separate occasions but this team has the ability to make an impact on LAN.
16. Gamers First - Once a very relevant roster, G1 has faded into relative obscurity and can't afford to miss another pro series.