Halo Championship Series/Season 2
|Season 1||Season 2|
|Pre-Cup #1||Pre-Cup #2||Iron Games Atlanta||Cup #1||Cup #2||Cup #3||Cup #4||Cup #5||Cup #6||Cup #7||HCS Indianapolis||Open Cup||Season 2 Finals|
Season 2 of the Halo Championship Series (HCS) takes place from April 17th, 2015 to July 2015. Halo 2: Anniversary is played in three LAN tournaments and eight online cups.
Season 2 of the HCS features a $250,000 prize pool spread out over three offline events, seven online cups and one open online cup.
Season 2 features a new point and event tier system. All LANs are now classified under the same tier and offer the same amount of points, regardless of prize pool.
In order to retain points throughout the season, teams must retain at least three members of their lineup. There are now three transfer periods in the season, an increase from the two in Season 1.
- Transfer Period 1: April 26 - May ~8
- Transfer Period 2: May 17 - May 23
- Transfer Period 3: June 7 - June 13
Maps and Gametypes
The preseason cups help seed teams going into the season. The first LAN event, Iron Games Atlanta 2015, is seeded by a combination of preseason results and FFA results.
Online Cup prize pools have increased from season 1, going from $1,000 to $3,000. They now take place over two day spans instead of one day. Saturdays feature the Open Bracket, where non top-8 seeded teams play in best of 3 series, while Sundays feature the Legendary Bracket with the top 8 teams facing off with the top 8 open teams in best of 5 series. As a result of the first cup being cancelled, it has been announced that the remaining seven cups will feature increased prize pools to make up the difference.
- Preseason Cup 1 - April 5, 2015
- Preseason Cup 2 - April 12, 2015
LAN events in bold.
- Iron Games Atlanta 2015 - April 17-19, 2015 (Prize Pool: $25,000)
- HCS Online Cup #2 - May 16-17, 2015 (Prize Pool: $3,400)
- HCS Online Cup #3 - May 23-24, 2015 (Prize Pool: $3,400)
- HCS Online Cup #4 - May 30-31, 2015 (Prize Pool: $3,400)
- HCS Online Cup #5 - June 6-7, 2015 (Prize Pool: $3,400)
- HCS Online Cup #7 - June 20-21, 2015 (Prize Pool: $3,400)
- HCS Indianapolis - June 26-28, 2015 (Prize Pool: $50,000)
- HCS Open Cup - July 12, 2015 (Prize Pool: $3,400)
- HCS Season 2 Finals - July 24-26, 2015 (Prize Pool: $150,000)
- The current Noble eSports seed competed at Iron Games Atlanta 2015 under the Velocity organization.
- The current Vanquish Gaming seed competed from Iron Games Atlanta 2015 to HCS Cup #1 as "Sunset Ballers".
- The current Team Liquid seed competed in HCS Cup #1 as "The Other Guys".
- The current Swarm seed competed from HCS Cups #2-7 as "neVo eSports" and in in HCS Cup #1 as "Glass Animals".
- The current Bittersweet seed competed from HCS Cup #1 to HCS Cup #5 as "Element 6 Gaming".
- The current Aware Gaming seed competed prior to HCS Cup #5 as "NME/Enemy eSports".
- Official Season 2 Announcement from ESL