The Halo Championship Series: Pro League was announced last month, and now we know more details including when teams will be able to qualify, the schedule, and more.
Counter-Logic Gaming, the winners of the 2016 Halo World Championship, are already set to compete in the upcoming Pro League. That means there are seven remaining spots left for North American teams.
Qualifiers will take place throughout April and May with the Pro League season taking place in June and July. Each week of the season will have the top eight teams competing in two matches per week. Each team will play each other twice during the season.
The teams with the top four records will move on to the Summer 2016 Finals. The fifth and sixth best teams will not make it to the finals, but they'll have guaranteed spots in the following Fall season. However, the seventh and eighth-placed teams will have to compete to keep their spots.
All qualifying matches will be set on the same map and game type as the Halo World Championship 2016 Finals. You can check out the full list of dates and details below:
- PAX East LAN Qualifier - April 24 - Four invited teams, with the top team advancing into Pro League
- Invite Online Qualifier - April 30 - 16 teams will be invited based on Halo World Championship placings as well as historical HCS performance. The top 8 teams from this qualifier will advance to the May 8 LAN tournament.
- Qualification LAN Tournament - May 8 - The top eight teams from the online qualifier will battle it out for the next four spots in the HCS Pro League. The top four teams from this LAN secure their HCS Pro League spots.
- Open Qualifiers - May 14 and 15 - These tournaments will be open to all competitors and will identify the top teams who will advance to the Last Chance Qualifier.
- Last Chance Qualifier - May 21 and 22 - This multi-stage online tournament will be the last chance for teams to qualify for HCS Pro League, and winners from the Open Qualifiers One & Two will duke it out against the bottom 12 teams from the Invitational Qualifier. The LCQ will award the last two spots in the HCS Pro League.
More details will be announced in the near future. You can read more about the Halo Championship Series: Pro League over on Xbox's official website.