When is the next Halo Championship Series Major?
The next Halo Major is fast approaching.
With Split 1 coming to an end, the final event for this portion of the Halo Championship Series season takes place in Kansas City, Missouri from April 29th until May 1st.
The previous event, HCS Anaheim, saw a dominant Cloud9 roster finally challenged in the form of a new look OpTic Gaming featuring FormaL in place of Pistola, who despite their best efforts would ultimately fall short in a six-game series versus C9 in the Grand Finals.
The event will feature the top professional Halo teams from North America, Mexico, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand all competing for the lion's share of the tournament’s $250,000 prize pool.
Kansas City Major: Format
The Kansas City Major will also feature a double-elimination Open Bracket that will advance eight teams into the Championship Bracket.
Four teams from the Open Winner's Bracket will be placed in Pool Play above, with the four teams coming from the Open Lower Bracket being placed directly into the Championship Bracket on the elimination side.
There will also be a $5,000 FFA tournament open to all attendees, but you will need to preregister on hcs.ee.gg prior to checking in, check-in takes place on Saturday with the competition itself beginning Sunday at 10 AM local time.
Where to Watch
Fortunately for those who are watching from home HCS has been nice enough to provide four different streams on both Twitch and YouTube that will cover every match that takes place in Pool Play, as well as the Championship Bracket itself, so you won’t miss any of the action.
The “A” stream will cover the games that take place on the main stage, the “B” stream will be for other important matches and will also feature commentary, and typically the “C” and “D” streams will just be gameplay only.
There will also be exclusive HCS item drops that are only available if you tune in, so be sure to link your Twitch and Xbox accounts before next weekend.
How to Attend
The event will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center the weekend of April 29th and you’ll either need a 3-day spectator pass if you’d like to watch in person or play in the FFA, and a team pass if you plan on entering the main tournament. Feel free to use any partnered team name as a discount code to recieeve 10% off your tickets, as well as support the HCS partnered teams directly.
All spectators and competitors under 13 years old are required to submit a parental consent form.
Pool Play teams
Cloud9 - Eco, Penguin, Renegade, StelluR
OpTic Gaming - aPG, Trippey, Lucid, Formal
eUnited - Spartan, Rayne, RayNoob, King Nick
FaZe Clan - Snip3down, Bound, bubu dubu, Falcated
Sentinels - Snakebite, Royal2, Frosty, Lethul
XSET - Cratos, Suspector, Arctic, Suppressed
G2 Esports - Gilkey, Sabinater, Str8 Sick, Tusk
Pioneers - Druk, Soul Snipe, Taulek, Manny
Acend - Snipedrone, Lqgend, Shaady, Sica
NaVi - Kimbo, Jimbo, Respectful, tuf0xy
Quadrant - SLG, Fragxr, Shad, TchiK
JLINGZ Esports - Septiq, Quadios, Morguhhh, Qristola
Chiefs ESC - Barcode, Pipz, Slayz, Madsy
Cruelty - DanyKnight, Rinnegan, Dragoniak, Nugget
PK Knights - Tapping Buttons, Atzo, Drift, Gambino
Be sure to check the official Halo Waypoint blog for additional information and resources, as well as ForerunnerGG during the tournament for updates and highlights.