Today, ESL and 343 Industries announced some huge changes to Season 1 of the Halo Championship Series ahead of Gamers for Giving next week.
$100,000 Prize Pool at the Season 1 Finals
The Season 1 finals of the Halo Championship Series will be taking place at PAX East next month. Originally the prize pool was going to be $50,000 with only $25,000 going to the team in first place. After a lot of feedback and talks with various amateur and pro teams, ESL and 343 Industries have double the original prize pool bringing it up to $100,000 with $50,000 going to first place.
- 1st Place: $50,000
- 2nd Place: $20,000
- 3rd Place: $10,000
- 4th Place: $8,000
- 5th/6th Place: $4,000
- 7th/8th Place: $2,000
Season 1 Rule Changes
At past events, players have ran into issues with Halo: The Master Chief Collection. In particular, players were getting black screens during games, players getting kicked, etc. While 343 Industries is continuing to work on future content updates to stabilize the game, the following changes will be implemented to make events flow a lot easier.
- For Capture the Flag matches, the exact score will be taken from the time of the interruption. For example, if a team is leading a match 4-0 and there is a match interruption, the match will be replayed with an aggregate or “understood” score of 4-0, rather than a full 0-0 restart.
- For Team Slayer matches, the exact score will be taken from the time of the interruption. For example, if a team is leading a match 35-30 and there is a match interruption, the match will be replayed with an aggregate or “understood” score of 35-30, rather than a full 0-0 restart.
- For Oddball and King of the Hill, the match will be replayed with both team scores rounding down to the nearest 5 point increment. For example, if a team is leading 118-63 at the time of interruption, the match will be replayed with an aggregate or “understood” score of 115-60.
In all match replays, the match will be replayed with full time limit, with the aggregate score applied. If a match interruption happens before a team reaches five kills in a Team Slayer match, one capture in a CTF match, or 10 seconds of Ball / Hill time, the match replay rules will not be taken into effect, and the match will be restarted from 0-0.
These rules will be in effect starting with the HCS sanctioned event – Gamers for Giving next week and the Halo Championship Series Season 1 finals at PAX East.
Season 2 of the Halo Championship Series Announced
Season 2 of the Halo Championship Series is happening and will begin shortly after the end of Season 1. The kickoff event will be hosted by Iron Gaming in the first HCS sanctioned event of Season 2 on April 17th-19th, 2015.
Details are still being worked on including a road map, updates, prize pools, etc and will hopefully be released sometime after the Season 1 finals are over.
For more details on today’s huge update for the Halo Championship Series, be sure to check out Che Chou’s article over at Halo Waypoint by clicking here.
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Source: Halo Waypoint