The HCS Anaheim Pools have been revealed and Cloud9 will face Sentinels in Pool A

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The pools for the Anaheim Regional Finals were revealed live today on the Xbox Twitch channel. The tournament takes place next weekend, February 11th-13th, and will feature Pool Play as well as a 16 team double-elimination Championship Bracket. The top eight North American teams from Raleigh automatically qualified for Anaheim's Pool Play and the final eight teams were determined via an Online Qualifier. The tournament's Open Bracket was moved online due to COVID19 concerns which also canceled the DreamHack portion of the event.

8 teams qualified from Raleigh

  • Cloud9
  • eUnited
  • FaZe Clan
  • Sentinels
  • G2 Esports
  • OpTic Gaming
  • Spacestation Gaming
  • KC Pioneers

8 teams qualified from Open Bracket

  • Complexity
  • Fnatic
  • Gamers First
  • Incognito
  • Pushin P (Unsigned Talent)
  • Oxygen Esports
  • we love anime
  • XSET

Anaheim Pools Format

Winning your pool gives you a first-round bye, teams that finish second and third will be placed in upper bracket round one, losing your pool means you have the start the tournament in lower bracket round one.

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Pool A includes both Cloud9 and Sentinels, and since these teams don't scrim each other often it'll be a good opportunity to see how they stack up against one another. In Pool B you have three HCS partnered teams in FaZe, SSG, and Fnatic who is making their first Infinite LAN appearance. OpTic Gaming will have to face G2 Esports, Complexity, and Incognito, and they are expected to go 3-0. Pool D is the pool that sticks out to me the most, eUnited has to face three tough opponents in KCP, XSET, and an underrated Unsigned Talent roster lead by Abature.

Here are the maps and game types that will be played at Anaheim, the tournament will see a best of five format except for the Grand Finals which will be best of seven.