Halo Infinite esports: What we know so far

With Halo Infinite just around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to get all that esports goodness in one place*.

* This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

Game types and settings

 BR75, the starting weapon for Ranked / Competitive play for Halo Infinite

Confirmed so far:

  • BR75 starting weapon
  • Grenade Hitmarkers in competitive play will be disabled.
  • Motion Tracker has also been disabled
  • Friendly Fire will be turned on.
  • Modes will be Slayer, Capture the Flag, Strongholds, and Oddball.
  • Weapons, equipment, and grenades on maps will be set on static spawners meaning they will always appear in the same location on each map and mode combination, and will respawn at the same intervals.

You can read the full Halo Infinite Competitive Settings breakdown and reveal on the Halo Waypoint blog post.

Major Format

Standard HCS Major Format

Via the Kickoff Major Raleigh 2021 blog, Halo Esports Lead at Microsoft Tashi has confirmed the following format for all Halo Infinite Majors.

  • Open Bracket: Big open brackets where any team can sign up and compete in the tournament are part of Halo’s esports DNA and we hope to see more teams competing this season than ever before. This will be a double elimination bracket where the top 8 teams will move on to the next stage in the tournament. The top 4 from the winner’s bracket moving forward into pool play, and the top 4 from the elimination bracket (or lower bracket) moving on to the championship bracket (starting in the elimination bracket portion). The HCS Majors are global events and will be open to players from around the world.
  • Pool Play: We will be providing accommodation and travel stipends for 16 qualified teams made up of teams from North America, Latin America, Europe, and Australia / New Zealand. Teams will be  drawn into 4 pools of 4 where they will be joined with the top 4 teams from the Open Bracket to play in a single round robin format. The Top 2 teams from each pool will go into the winner’s portion of the championship bracket. The 3rd place team will go into round 3 of the elimination portion of the championship bracket. The 4th place team will go into round 2 of the elimination portion of the championship bracket. And finally, the 5th place team in each pool will go into the 1st round of the elimination portion of the championship bracket where they will start in the first round and will face off against teams coming from the elimination portion of the open bracket.
  • Championship Bracket: Ultimately, a 24 team double elimination championship bracket-style will determine the tournament winner. This is the culmination of the both the open bracket and pool play, the winner will take home the lion’s share of the $250,000 starting prize pool. Think you’ve got what it takes to make the championship bracket?
  • Free-For-All: Once the open bracket has concluded, we will be hosting a Free-For-All tournament with a $5,000 prize pool open to all of those in attendance. More format info will be provided at a later date. 

HCS Raleigh 2021: Major Modified Format

Because of (a) the limited window between game release and Raleigh; and (b) the inclusive spirit of the HCS, we have a modified format for Raleigh that expands the Championship Bracket from 24 teams to 32 teams.

For the Open Bracket: The top 16 teams from the Open Bracket will be entered into the Championship Bracket, with 8 from the Open Bracket winners added to Championship winners, and top 8 from the elimination portion of the Open Bracket added to the elimination portion of the Championship Bracket.

For the Pool Play: We will be providing accommodation and travel stipends for 16 qualified teams made up of teams from North America, Latin America, Europe, and Australia / New Zealand. Teams will be drawn into 4 pools of 4 where they will play in a single round robin format. The Top 2 teams from each pool receive a bye and are added to the 2nd round of the winner’s portion of the Championship Bracket. The bottom 2 teams from each pool are added to the 1st round of the winner’s portion of the Championship Bracket where they will compete with the top 8 from the open bracket.

Championship Bracket: In the end, a 32 team double elimination-style championship bracket will determine the tournament winner. This is the culmination of both the open bracket and pool play, the winner will take home the lion’s share of the $250,000 starting prize pool.

PC Overview

In their October blog ‘The great journey on PC’ we also saw news about how ranked will work between different inputs.

  • Ranked Controller Hopper
  • Ranked KB/M Hopper
  • Ranked Cross-Input Hopper
  • Anti-Cheat
  • Deployable LAN Server
  • Xbox/Discord/Steam Friends Integration

HCS Partnered Teams

In Designing the Halo Esports Ecosystem (08.21) nine teams were announced as the first wave of partnered teams for Halo Infinite, these teams will be working with 343 industries in revenue sharing, in-game team packs and other content creation opportunities.

CLOUD9

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EUNITED

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FAZE CLAN

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