The CenturyLink Field Center played host to this year's moments of Halo’s annual big prize event. A series of intense events that went through the likes of Orlando, London, Sydney, Mexico City, and Columbus found its final destination in Seattle. Sixteen teams qualified, each with hopes and dreams of becoming the next World Champion, however, in the end, there was only one team who could be crowned this year's new competitive kings.
When the HaloWC 2018 Columbus Finals not only featured a ridiculous amount of top North American esports talent but also gave fans a preview of the incredible action awaiting Halo fans at the big event, the World Championship. In Orlando, the Elevate roster was the only team to come through the Open Bracket and break into the Top 6, and at Columbus, they proved their worth by earning a spot at the Halo World Championship among the strong forces, past winners, and the biggest names of the Halo community. Even with those accomplishments and upsets in the previous events, Elevate came into the weekends' events as underdogs against the likes of teams such as Tox, Splyce, Envyus, Renegades, and many more.
Elevate came into the weekend as apart of Group D, which included Team Immunity, Team Envyus, as well as Vexed gaming. Beforehand, player Suspector talked about the teams comfort level going into the games and how it is representing the Elevate brand for Worlds “We feel very confident, Halo 5 is a game where anything can happen and definitely feel like we are overlooked which is good for us, and it feels good to be representing Elevate seeing as I worked with them at the beginning of Halo 5. They’re a bunch of great guys”.
It most definitely seemed like the team was more than just comfortable, they were dominant! Not dropping a single map in their games against Immunity and Vexed, unfortunately, we could not pull of the pool play sweep as Envyus took the series 3-1, making out championship bracket run a not so easy with our first match being against the reigning champions in Tox (formerly known as OpTic Gaming). Tox Gaming would eventually end up winning the series but not without a fight, Elevate did what not a lot expected and took a map of the world-renowned roster shocking quite a few. The bigger shock happened in the next series though, we would sweep the heavy fan favorites, Str8 Rippin. Unfortunately, that would be the last good news for the Elevate squad as in the next series we’d lose the series to our pool partners Envyus, ending our Halo Worlds run. After the matches I was able to speak with team player, Sabinater, here’s what he had to say about the team's performance, “I’m happy with our performance, people don’t really talk about our team but it feels good showing everyone how good we really are with the run we made”. Elevate finished the event officially taking the 5th/6th placings alongside Renegades and taking home $35,000.
The Top 8 placing, as well as earnings, goes as follows:
1. Splyce - $500,000
2. Tox Gaming - $200,000
3. Team Envyus - $100,000
4. Reciprocity - $50,000
5/6. Elevate/Renegades - $35,000
7/8. Team Infused/Str8 Rippin - $20,000
Also, we at Elevate like to formally congratulate Splyce on their win and being crowned the new Halo World Champions. To keep up with everything Elevate related make sure to follow our Twitter! #RedRebellion