PAX East is now over and with it, Halo Championship Series season one is complete. This weekend nine teams battled it out in best of five series of matches for a chance to take home $50,000 and the bragging rights of being champions of season one. The nine teams that competed this past weekend were:
1st) Evil Geniuses
2nd) Counter Logic Gaming
3rd) Denial eSports
4th) OpTic Halo
6th) Str8 Rippin
8th) Noble Black
9th) TGN Vibe
In winner’s bracket round 1, Denial played against Str8 Rippin. The first match of the series was 5 CTF on Warlord. Str8 Rippin scored the first flag of the game putting Denial down 0-1. Denial was able to answer back and tie the game 1-1. With under 2:30 minutes left, Chig was able to get another flag taking the lead 2-1. Denial won the game 2-1 with Chig scoring both flags.
Second match of the series was Slayer on Shrine. Str8 Rippin stepped up their game this second match and took an early lead. They continued to hold that lead throughout the whole match. Denial was not able to overcome Str8 Rippin and barely lost the game 50-47. Kills are as follows: RyaNoob 14, Chig 14, Cloud 10, and Mikwen 9.
Third match of the series was King Of The Hill on Lockdown. Denial was able to start the match of strong with a thirty second lead over Str8. Str8 was able to answer back and took the lead. The two teams fought over each hill knowing that they needed to scrape up as much time as they can. In what looked like a comeback for Str8 in the end proved fruitless as Denial was able to get control of the last hill and by doing so won the game 161-147. Hill time for Denial is as follows: Chig 59, Cloud 43, RyaNoob 32, and Mikwen 27.
The fourth match of the series was 3 CTF on Shrine. Needing this win to take the series, Denial started off the game holding nothing back. Denial took complete map control from the beginning and by doing so got their first flag score in under two minutes. Denial was able to get the last two flags ending the game in under eight minutes 3-0. Flag capture are as follows: Chig 1, Cloud 1, and Mikwen 1. Winning the series 3-1 Denial moved into round two of the winner’s bracket.
Winner’s bracket round 2 put Denial against CLG. First match was Oddball on Warlord. CLG was able to put up points and gain a thirty second lead over Denial before Denial could answer back and gain a small lead. CLG was able to get a map control setup and gain a substantial amount of points before Denial could answer back. With only seven seconds away from victory Denial was able to stop CLG and come back from a thirty point deficit and win the game 200-193. Ball time is as follows: Chig 125, RyaNoob 40, Cloud 27, and Mikwen 9.
Second match of the series was Slayer on Lockdown. The game was started out with both teams playing carefully. The first five minutes was a close game until an internet connection at the ten minute mark forced a restart. Both teams had 16 kills when the internet was lost. With the restart, each team only needed 34 kills to win the match. From the restart, Denial took the lead and at one point was up seven kills over CLG. That was not enough though as CLG was able to make a huge push in the end and win the game 50-47.
Third match of the series was 3 Bomb on Shrine. CLG was able to get the first bomb planted at just over two minutes into the game. Denial was able to quickly answer back and in less than a minute planted a bomb and tied the game 1-1. Continuing off of that momentum, Denial was able to get a second bomb armed in just over a minute from their first arm taking the gaming 2-1. Bombs were planted by Mikwen and Cloud.
Fourth match of the series was King Of The Hill on Lockdown. This was one of the closest matches of the series. When one team gained the lead the other was quick to gain control of the next hill and answer back. Unfortunately for Denial, who had a one second lead over CLG, they lost the match at the very last second due to a CLG push in the very end. Denial lost the match 152-151. Hill time is as follows: Mikwen 61, RyaNoob 52, Cloud 27, and Chig 11.
Final match of the series was Slayer on Shrine. Denial was never able to get map control throughout the game and by not doing so, stayed behind in kills. Denial not being able to break the CLG hold lost the game 50-40. Kills are as follows: Mikwen 13, Cloud 12, Chig 8, and RyaNoob 7. Losing the match put Denial t into the loser’s bracket round two.
Loser’s bracket round two was Denial against Noble Black. Match one was 5 Bomb on Warlord. Noble Black made the first bomb plant of the game in under a minute. Denial, not phased, was able to answer back and tie the game 1-1. The rest of the game was close. Once one team scored, the other was able to answer right back. With the score tied 3-3 after regulation time ended, we went into overtime. Twelve seconds into overtime, Chig was able to get the plant Denial needed and won the match 4-3. Bomb plants are as follows: RyaNoob 2, Cloud 1, and Chig 1.
Second match was Slayer on Shrine. Denial, throughout the match, had better control of the power weapons and at one point, control of both sniper rifles. That would not be enough for Denial though, as Noble Black came out on top, being the better slayers. Denial lost the game 50-47. Kills are as follows: Mikwen 15, Chig 14, RyaNoob 12, and Cloud 6.
Third match was Team Crazy King on Lockdown. Denial took total control of the map in the beginning and was up 30-0 within the first two hills. Denial was able to have control for the most of the match until the end. Noble Black was able to fight back, gain control and win the game 148-141. Hill time is as follows: Cloud 63, Chig 53, Mikwen 16, and RyaNoob 9.
Fourth match was 5 CTF on Warlord. Noble Black was the first to get a flag capture in under a minute. RyaNoob answered back with a score of his own only a minute after Noble’s first score. Shortly after, the game was 2-2 and looked like it would be close. Denial, though, was able to regain their momentum and won the match 5-2 forcing a fifth match. Flag captures are as follows: RyaNoob 2, Cloud 1, Chig 1, and Mikwen 1.
Final match of the series was Slayer on Lockdown. Sadly, Denial lagged behind Noble the entire match in kills. Not being able to keep their momentum for the previous match, Denial lost 50-35 with the final death being from the stalactite sand, knocking them out of the tournament. Kills are as follows: Cloud 13, Mikwen 10, Chig 9, and RyaNoob 7.
Being knocked out of the tournament in loser’s bracket round two, Denial placed fifth in the championship taking home $4,000. The champions of the tournament would be the first place seed, Evil Geniuses. Season one standings are as follows:
1st) Evil Geniuses
2nd) Counter Logic Gaming
3rd) Noble Black
5th) Denial eSports
6th) Str8 Rippin
8th) OpTic Halo
With season one over, we look on at season two. Season two will start April 5th with a HCS online pre-season cup. April 12th will be the second pre-season cup and the first LAN event will be Iron Gaming Atlanta April 17th-19th. Make sure to catch the wolfpack practicing in the off season on twitch at: www.twitch.tv/ryanoob https://www.twitch.tv/imikwen