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Halo World Championship NA Regional Finals 2016

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Halo World Championship Tour: Columbus
MLG Logo 2015.png
League Information
Organizer343 Industries
Major League Gaming
Event TypeOffline
Prize Pool$50,000
Start Date2016-2-19
End Date2016-2-21

Halo World Championship Tour: Columbus is a one-time qualifier to determine the eight teams, from the North American region (consisting of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico), that qualify for the Halo World Championship. The event takes place at the Arena in Columbus, Ohio from February 19-21, 2016. Halo 5 is played in 4v4 competition.



HWC Columbus was the culmination of two months of intense online competition between North America's finest. It signified the return of Halo to Major League Gaming, if only briefly, for the first time since 2012. Sixteen teams were invited to the event - fifteen through a series of five online qualifiers combined with a ladder, and one through a last chance qualifier. Prior to the fifth qualifier, a bombshell occurred, with Lethul leaving the heavily favored Evil Geniuses to join Counter Logic Gaming, replacing OGRE2. This resulted in a domino effect on the remaining teams, with some rosters not being solidified until minutes before the lock. With the teams set in stone nearly a month before the event began, players had plenty of time to put practice in, and in some cases, build chemistry with players they had never teamed with before.

The event's group stage featured predictable finishes, upsets and heartbreak. In Group A, Team Allegiance and Triggers Pound advanced, ousting 8th seeded Dream Team and fan favorites OpTic Gaming in the process. In Group B, Counter Logic Gaming easily advanced, leaving the second advancing team to be decided in a match between Noble eSports and eLevate. Though this match had been anticipated for weeks as one to watch out for, it ended up being a 3-0 rout for Noble. Group C went into the event as the fan-touted "pool of death", and it lived up to the name, featuring possibly the biggest upset of the event, as young gun squad Denial eSports, featuring a transitioning Call of Duty pro and three players who had never seen a major grand finals, took out Team EnVyUs, featuring two of the most prolific Halo players of all time in OGRE2 and iGotUrPistola, in four games. This eliminated EnVyUs from contention for making it out of the pool, meaning that HWC 2016 would not see two of Halo's biggest legends competing. Group D featured the highly anticipated rematch between Team Liquid and Renegades. Last time the teams had met, at X Games Aspen 2016, Renegades won the match in a rout, with Ninja defeating the team that dropped him. In Columbus, Team Liquid got their revenge, 3-0ing Renegades and taking 1st place in the pool. Renegades still advanced as the runner-up.

With the bracket set and the HWC qualifiers determined, it was now time to determine the distribution of the event's $50,000 prize pool. The top three seeds made short work of their opponents, but fourth seeded Team Liquid were upset in five games by the same Denial squad that had eliminated EnVyUs. Denial then went on to accomplish the unthinkable, defeating the #1 seeded Team Allegiance in Game 7 of the best-of-7 series to make the finals, the first major event finals for every member of Denial. On the other side of the bracket, possibly the most anticipated match-up of the event occurred between rivals Evil Geniuses and Counter Logic Gaming. EG had the most recent victory over CLG, having 4-3'd them at X Games. Here, CLG steamrolled EG, sweeping them out of the tournament and making a statement going into HWC. This was EG's first tournament loss since UGC St. Louis 2015. Denial looked to pull off another huge upset in the finals, but could only take two games off the dominant CLG squad.


  • Invitational tournament
    • Top 15 North American teams after NA Qualifier #5 invited and seeded #1-15. Winner of NA Last Chance Qualifier invited and seeded #16.
    • Top 8 teams advance to Halo World Championship Finals
  • Group Stage
    • Top two teams from four 4-team groups advance to Championship Bracket, bottom two finish 9-16th
    • Best-of-5 series
  • Championship Bracket
    • Single-elimination 8-team bracket, Round 1 - best of 5 series, Rounds 2-3 - best of 7 series

Game Types and Maps

  • Capture the Flag - Coliseum, Fathom, Truth
  • Strongholds - Eden, Empire, Plaza, The Rig
  • Slayer - Coliseum, Eden, Plaza, Regret, The Rig, Truth


The event features Chris Puckett, Goldenboy, Benson, Walshy, StrongSide and GH057ayame in a variety of broadcast positions.


A total of $50,000 USD is awarded.

Place Prize (USD) Seed Team Roster
Gold.png 1st $20,000 2 CLGlogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming LethulSnakeBiteRoyal2FrostyClutch
Silver.png 2nd $10,000 11 DNLlogo std.png Denial eSports ContrAPreDevoNatoRHukebubu dubuElumnite
SF.png 3rd-4th $5,000 1 ALGlogo std.png Team Allegiance NadedeL TowNCratosSuspector
SF.png 3rd-4th $5,000 3 EGlogo std.png Evil Geniuses SnipedownCommonlyLunchboxRoyTowey
5th-8th $2,500 4 TLlogo std.png Team Liquid AceAPGHeinzUnLegitElamite
5th-8th $2,500 5 RNGlogo std.png Renegades SpartanNinjaStelluRVictory XSymbolic
5th-8th $2,500 7 NBLlogo std.png Noble eSports RaynePenguinCalmSwift Kill
5th-8th $2,500 9 Logo std2.png Triggers Pound CloudHysteriaDanoxideAssault

Full Results

Group Stage

Group A
1. ALGlogo std.png Team Allegiance 3-0 9-3
2. Logo std2.png Triggers Pound 2-1 7-4
3. OpTiclogo std.png OpTic Gaming 1-2 5-7
4. DTlogo std.png Dream Team 0-3 2-9
Group B
1. CLGlogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming 3-0 9-1
2. NBLlogo std.png Noble eSports 2-1 7-4
3. ELvlogo std.png Team eLevate 1-2 3-6
4. OvDlogo std.png OverDrive 0-3 1-9
Group C
1. EGlogo std.png Evil Geniuses 3-0 9-1
2. DNLlogo std.png Denial eSports 2-1 7-4
3. NVlogo std.png Team EnVyUs 0-2 1-6
4. WFXlogo std.png Winterfox 0-2 0-6
Group D
1. TLlogo std.png Team Liquid 3-0 9-0
2. RNGlogo std.png Renegades 2-1 6-3
3. Astrallogo std.png Astral Authority 1-2 3-7
4. SoaRlogo std.png SoaR Gaming 0-3 1-9


  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  ALGlogo std.png ALG 3
  NBLlogo std.png NBL 1
  ALGlogo std.png ALG 3
  DNLlogo std.png DNL 4
  DNLlogo std.png DNL 3
  TLlogo std.png TL 2
  DNLlogo std.png DNL 2
  CLGlogo std.png CLG 4
  EGlogo std.png EG 3
  Logo std2.png Triggers Pound 0
  EGlogo std.png EG 0
  CLGlogo std.png CLG 4
  RNGlogo std.png RNG 0
  CLGlogo std.png CLG 3





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