Halo Championship Series

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The Halo Championship Series (HCS) is the official Halo eSports league created and maintained by 343 Industries.[1] The league establishes a standard for tournament rules and gametype settings for use in official tournaments.[1] 343 Industries originally teamed up with Electronic Sports League (ESL) to host tournaments.[1] However, 343 eventually shifted over to Major League Gaming to host tournaments.

The official game of the HCS was Halo 2: Anniversary during the 2014 to 2015 season.[2] Halo 5: Guardians replaced it for the 2016 to 2018 season, and Halo 3 made a return to the circuit for the 2019 season.

Tournament rules[edit]

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The HCS operates on a points system.

Maps and gametypes[edit]

Halo 2: Anniversary[edit]

The following maps and gametypes were approved for use in HCS tournaments:[3] As the tournaments progressed, alterations were made to the games, including changes to map pools, gametypes, and weapon layouts.

Halo 5: Guardians[edit]

Halo 3[edit]

  • Team Slayer
  • Capture the Flag
  • Oddball

Gametype settings[edit]

Halo 2: Anniversary[edit]

HCS uses the following gametype settings:[3]

Global[edit]

  • Primary weapon: Battle Rifle
  • Secondary weapon: None
  • Motion sensor: Off
  • Death cam: Off
  • Map loadouts: Off
  • Weapons on map: Default

Team Slayer[edit]

  • Time limit: 15 minutes
  • Score to win: 50

3 Flag CTF[edit]

  • Score to win: 3
  • Time limit: 30 minutes
  • Flag at home to score: No
  • Flag return: Disabled
  • Flag reset time: 15 seconds

5 Flag CTF Classic settings[edit]

  • Score to win: 5
  • Time limit: 30 minutes
  • Flag at home to score: Yes
  • Flag return: Instant
  • Flag reset time: 15 seconds

Team Crazy King[edit]

  • Score to win: 250 seconds
  • Time limit: 12 minutes
  • Hill movement: Progressive
  • Hill duration: 1 minute

Neutral Bomb Assault (3 Bomb)[edit]

  • Score to win: 3
  • Time limit: 30 minutes
  • Bomb Arm time: 5 seconds
  • Bomb Fuse Time: 3 seconds
  • Bomb reset: 30

Neutral Bomb Assault (5 Bomb)[edit]

  • Score to win: 5
  • Time limit: 30 minutes
  • Bomb Arm time: 5 seconds
  • Bomb Fuse Time: 3 seconds
  • Bomb reset: 30

Halo 5: Guardians[edit]

Global[edit]

  • Primary weapon: Assault rifle (2016-2017), Magnum (2017-2018)
  • Secondary weapon: Magnum (2016-2017), None (2017-2018)
  • Motion sensor: On (2016-2017), Off (2017-2018)
  • Death cam: Off
  • Weapons on map: Default

Team Slayer[edit]

  • Time limit: 15 minutes
  • Score to win: 50

Sources[edit]