HCS Pro League 2015 Summer Qualifier Preview

This is a reblog from Halo Waypoint:

California, here we come… Coming into this weekend, only two teams have locked up spots in the Halo Championship Series: Pro League Summer 2016 Season – Counter Logic Gaming claimed the first spot with their dominant win in the Halo World Championships this March, with their rivals Evil Geniuses sliding into the second spot by virtue of their outstanding win in the HCS Pro League Invitational at PAX East 2016 by ESL this April.

This brings us to the North American Summer Qualifier, which kicked off on the virtual battlefields this past weekend. Sixteen teams took to Xbox Live in the online round of the Summer Qualifier to narrow the field down to the top eight teams in the North American region. These eight teams are now on their way to Burbank, California to compete at the ESL studio on May 8. From there, they will battle it out in double elimination groups with the top four teams punching their tickets to the HCS Pro League for the Summer 2016 Season.

Let’s take a look at the eight teams heading to the west coast to capture Halo esports glory – and maybe even a nab a solid tan while they’re at it hpl_group_announce_burbank_lan-6069da9ee779473399df18593123eecb

HFFL: Okay, who do you have garnering the top 4 spots out of these 8? I’m really torn here. There’s really only 1 I can see NOT getting top 4. That being Soul Red. Envious had a strong showing. Team Allegiance, while not the same team as they were at HWC2016 can still make it in. I’m partial to Optic Gaming and Renegades. Liquid and Enigma6 are tougher to predict for me, with the edge to E6.

The HCS Pro League 2016 North American Summer Qualifier will take place at the ESL Studios in Burbank, California on May 8th. Veteran Halo casters StrongsideGoldenboy, and Gaskin will be bringing you all the action starting at 12pm PT on twitch.tv/Halo to find out which four North American teams will stake their claim to a spot in the HCS Pro League Summer 2016 Season.

In addition, May 8th will also see eight of the top European Halo teams –  based on their performance in the Halo World Championship – battle it out in the European Summer Qualifier. This qualifier will see the top two teams advance directly to the European HCS Pro League, while the remaining six will drop to the Last Chance Qualifier. Let’s meet the teams and players who will be fighting for glory abroad…

Doodle, Batchford, Warlord, Flux

Snakey, Mose, Kimbo, Respectful

Lunny, Flamez, Vexzeus, Qristola

Solar, CXLII, SLG, Krystalx

Tufoxy, Jimbo, Snipedrone, Chalkie

BUK20, BUK57, Ramirez, Riotz

Hborg, Puni, Talic, Fragxr

Septic, Anima, Meentlaan, Alpha

HFFL: So who of these team will get the other 2 spots?  Immediately, I go to Online Warriors. Snakey was BEAST at worlds. The other I’m hoping for is Dinosaurs, though Penta and Pulse have a chance.

As always, for all the latest Halo Championship Series news, keep your internet dials locked on to Halo.gg, and follow @Halo@HCS, and @ESLhalo on Twitter.

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