Today was an action packed 12 hours of games as the pool and open play tournaments came to an end, the championship bracket kicked-off, and the highly hyped Goldenboy vs Walshy rematch took place.
FaZe and Sentinels lose to OpTic, Cloud9 next up?
After topping all three online tournaments, OpTic ended their pool play group with a straight 9-0 map record before then taking Sentinels down in a 3-0 scoreline. Following this a 3-1 result against FaZe put them into the upper bracket semi-finals with this being their lone map loss of the tournament so far.
That means today OG took down two of the tournament’s top-four favourites in an incredible fashion leaving just Cloud9 as the only pre-event favourite left to take down.
Cloud9 themselves also topped their pool play group and have only lost three maps all tournament -- one each against SSG, Acend, and Quadrant. These are undeniably lower quality opponents than the calibre OG has faced making their meeting tomorrow a tough one for them with the victor being on the perfect path towards the title.
KCP and eU meet in an unlikely semifinal
While OG, Sentinels, FaZe, and C9 all fought it out in the top half of the bracket, the lower half saw its top-seeded team, G2 Esports, be eliminated by the all-French Acend roster. Acend then, in turn, lost to KCP who are likely happy for their loss against OpTic in the pool play earlier the same day as it gave them arguably an easier path through the bracket.
eUnited meanwhile are on a fairly impressive run themselves. After topping their own group at a 9-2 map record, they have since beaten both Mock-It and SSG in 3-0 scorelines, only OpTic has had a better tournament than them so far.
Now, KCP and eUnited are set to meet again after their prior meeting during the second open cup ended 2-1 to KCP. Despite not being the most massive names in Halo Infinite, this looks to be a solid matchup with both teams having a strong chance to upset through the rest of the day.
Sentinels and SSG set to face in lower-bracket
Out of all the lower-bracket games, it is the somewhat likely meeting between Sentinels and SSG that all attention will be on.
SSG just needs to beat the victor of War vs Status Quo while Sentinels needs to take down both Unsigned Talent and Acend, something both teams should be able to achieve.
Should this happen we’ll get the much anticipated FormaL meeting after he bailed on Spacestation Gaming to join Sentinels in Royal2’s place less than 24 hours before the event’s roster lock. This forced SSG to scramble for a replacement which they found in Tusk.
All three EU teams on the edge
Also in the lower-bracket are all three of the non-NA hopes: NAVI, Quadrant and Acend. This comes after the rosters were taken down by SSG, C9, and KCP respectively in the upper-bracket leaving them each with just one life left.
While Acend has a likely meeting against Sentinels to fret over, things do look up for NAVI and Quadrant’s chances as they both sit next to each other in the bracket. Should NAVI be able to beat the open bracket team The Guard (who in the round prior knocked out another French team, Mock-It) this will lead to a NAVI vs Quadrant meeting.
This would guarantee a top-eight finish for the victor who is then set to meet FaZe in round five of the lower bracket. While this seems like an impossible matchup, Quadrant in particular has had a really good tournament so far beating OxG 3-0 and ending map versus Cloud9 with notable scorelines of 250-22, 49-50, and 1-2.
It looks like Europe’s on their way out but there may be some bite left yet.
Team Goldenboy wins the back-to-back
Finally, a best-of-three game ended the day in a rematch from the 2019 HCS Invitational between Team Goldenboy and Team Walshy in the Big Team Battle Bonanza #2.
While the game was truly one of the closest all weekend, Walshy’s team which included Halo greats of Ogre2, Snip3down, and Lunchbox as well as the CEO of OG, HECZ, was bested 2-1 by Goldenboy’s lineup which starred C9’s Renegade, OpTic’s aPG, the professional wrestler of Adam Cole, and the caster of Chris Puckett.
The showmatch which was treated with the pageantry of a WWE match reaffirms Goldenboy’s title in an event that will likely become a staple for future Halo Majors.
Tomorrow the grand final Sunday will finally crown both the Raleigh Major victors as well as the FFA solo champion. Stay tuned here at ForerunnerGG for full details of this matchup.