ESL Cologne 2016

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Halo World Championship Tour: Cologne
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League Information
Organizer: 343 Industries
Electronic Sports League
Event Type: Offline
Format: 4v4
Number of Teams: 12
Prize pool: $50,000
Start Date: 2016-2-6
End Date: 2016-2-7
Results
Winner: Team infusedlogo std.png Team infused
Second: ExceL eSportslogo std.png exceL eSports
Third/Fourth: Epsilon eSportslogo std.png Epsilon eSports
Third/Fourth: FAB Games eSportslogo std.png FAB Games eSports

Halo World Championship Tour: Cologne was a one-time qualifier to determine the four teams, from the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region, that qualified for Halo World Championship 2016, taking place at the ESL Studios in Cologne, Germany from February 6-7, 2016. Halo 5 was played in 4v4 competition.

Overview

The EMEA Regional Finals followed the regional online qualifier series in addition to two live event qualifiers in London and Paris. Teams invited to the event included four teams from the United Kingdom (qualified through the Gfinity UK Finals), two teams from Germany, one qualified through a Germany-exclusive qualifier and the other qualified through a general Europe qualifier, four teams from France, one qualified through the XES France Championship 2016 and the other three from general Europe qualifiers and one team from South Africa, qualified through a South Africa-exclusive qualifier.

Arguably the biggest early surprise of the event was the elimination of Team Dignitas during the Group Stage. Dignitas had been a powerhouse team in the UK pre-qualifiers and had a strong 2nd place finish at the UK Finals event just weeks prior. In the Group Stage, they were handily defeated by both Millenium and FAB Games eSports, ending their hopes of competing for the $2,000,000 prize. After Groups were all said and done, 8 teams remained. Among them were four French teams, three UK teams and one German team. All four French teams were eliminated in the Quarterfinals, ending any hope of France being represented at HWC 2016. The qualifiers were decided - fabE, Epsilon, Infused and exceL, but there was still a huge prize pool to be won here in its own right. exceL made relatively short work of fabE, while a much more hotly contested battle occurred on the other side of the bracket. Longtime rivals Infused and Epsilon met once again, Epsilon having won the lion's share of their past meetings. This time, Infused came out strong and took a 2-0 series lead. Epsilon came back and tied the series 2-2, but Infused took the next two games to defeat their rivals and move on. In the finals, Infused made short work of exceL, winning 4-1 and winning the organization's first major Halo tournament, arguably the biggest Halo event to ever take place in Europe.

Format

  • Invitational tournament
  • Pool Play, top two teams from four 3-team pools advance to Championship Bracket, bottom teams finish 9-12th
    • Best of 3 series
  • Championship Bracket
    • Single-elimination 8 team bracket
    • Best of 5 series (quarterfinals), best of 7 series (semifinals, finals)

Game Types and Maps

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

Results

Place Prize (USD) Team Roster
Gold.png 1st $25,000 Team infusedlogo std.png Team infused BlackJackChalkieRamirezTuFoxy
Silver.png 2nd $15,000 ExceL eSportslogo std.png exceL eSports LunnyRiotzCreepeazYSnakey
SF.png 3rd-4th $5,000 Epsilon eSportslogo std.png Epsilon eSports BUK20BUK57JimboSnipedrone
SF.png 3rd-4th $5,000 FAB Games eSportslogo std.png FAB Games eSports DoodleKimboMonKeySpeed
5th-8th - Vlogo std.png Team Vitality BotinusHitaborgRenoxMephisto
5th-8th - PuLse Gaminglogo std.png PuLse Gaming Rs8KrYsTaLiXxCxLiiSLG
5th-8th - Supremacylogo std.png Supremacy FragxrPuniShRSiLeNTUnwiZe
5th-8th - Milleniumlogo std.png Millenium SeiFeRTaLicZankiohSolaR

Full Results

Group Stage

Group A
1. Team infusedlogo std.png Team infused 2-0
1. Vlogo std.png Team Vitality 1-1
1. ViNCO Gaminglogo std.png ViNCO Gaming 0-2
Group B
1. ExceL eSportslogo std.png exceL eSports 2-0
2. Supremacylogo std.png Supremacy 1-1
3. PENTA Sportslogo std.png PENTA Sports 0-2
Group C
1. FAB Games eSportslogo std.png FAB Games eSports 2-0
2. Milleniumlogo std.png Millenium 1-1
3. Team Dignitaslogo std.png Team Dignitas 0-2
Group D
1. Epsilon eSportslogo std.png Epsilon eSports 2-0
2. PuLse Gaminglogo std.png PuLse Gaming 1-1
3. Wrecking Gaminglogo std.png Wrecking Gaming 0-2

Bracket

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                     
  ExceL eSportslogo std.png xL 3
  Vlogo std.png VIT 0
  ExceL eSportslogo std.png xL 4
  FAB Games eSportslogo std.png fabE 1
  FAB Games eSportslogo std.png fabE 3
  PuLse Gaminglogo std.png PG 2
  ExceL eSportslogo std.png xL 0
  Team infusedlogo std.png infs 4
  Epsilon eSportslogo std.png Epsi 3
  Supremacylogo std.png Sy 0
  Epsilon eSportslogo std.png Epsi 2
  Team infusedlogo std.png infs 4
  Team infusedlogo std.png infs 3
  Milleniumlogo std.png Mill 1

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