Open Series changes format: double elimination, 256 team limit

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Credit: David Doran (@DavidSsandman)

Halo in 2022 is starting off quickly with the first open series of the year taking place today across all four regions. This tournament will see some of the best teams compete against each other for a combined $5,500 prize pool as well as HCS Points and for a spot in this week’s Pro Series tournament.

While last year we saw two open series take place which ended with OpTic winning in NA, Acend in EU, Pittsburgh Knights in Mexico, and Chiefs Esports Club in Oceania, this year’s series come with slight changes.

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While previously a 512-team double-elimination bracket was run, this was initially changed to a single-elimination bracket before complaints from players led double-elimination to be reinstated but with a 256 team limit.

Considering the first two series hit team counts of 406 and 512 in NA, this likely means that over a hundred teams will be missing out on this third series as signups closed before they could get their team listed. This, therefore, means they both miss out on the chance to compete in the first-ever Halo Infinite Pro Series and will be behind their equals in HCS Points going forward.

On the flip side, while prior open series have suffered from extended multi-hour delays between games, this change gets rid of the first upper bracket and the first few lower bracket rounds which should mean the day itself doesn’t end too late.

The NA Open Series #3 will kick off at midday EST, however, as the top-eight teams from the Raleigh Kick-Off Major automatically qualified to this week’s Pro Series there may be some big names missing from today’s matches.