Team Immunity will be heading to the world stage next month after blitzing through the qualifiers for the 2017 Halo World Championships.
With captain ‘Heff’ stepping down from the team this year, Immunity were led by newly-crowned captain ‘Benno’, staple players ‘Voltage’ and ‘Seduce’, as well as introducing new player ‘Junior’ to the line-up.
Held in the Los Angeles county of Burbank, California, the 2017 Halo World Championships is the premiere event for Halo teams across the world.
One of twelve teams to be present, Team Immunity are the only representatives from the Australia and New Zealand region. Seven teams will hail from North America, three from Europe, and one team from Latin America.
The finals will consist of a group stage format followed by a double elimination bracket, after which one team will be crowned victorious.
Finals begin on Friday, May 24, and will run through to Sunday, May 26. The series will be presented alongside ESL, and features a $1,000,000 prize pool.
Road to HWC
Immunity’s run towards the HWC began earlier this year, with seeding and weekly qualifiers held over the course of mid-January to early February. In total, eight teams were present in the online regional qualifier, all vying for one single qualifying spot in the Halo World Championships.
The finals qualifier featured a double elimination bracket, with best-of-five matches on game modes CTF, Slayer and Strongholds.
Team Immunity breezed through the winner’s bracket, providing flawless 3-0 victories over teams Left For Dead, Godly 4 and Final Form.
Looking to continue their unbeaten run, Team Immunity faced Gryffindor in the grand finals, with the final map victory featuring Immunity coming from behind on Plaza Strongholds with a triple-cap to take the win 4-0.
With a clean 13-0 sweep across all matches, Team Immunity have proven that they are among the best in the region, and will look to continue their fine form on the world stage.
Congratulations to our Halo team for providing an outstanding performance over the course of the qualifiers. We wish them the best of luck as they battle among the best in the word next month in the 2017 Halo World Championships.
Luke “Sjambok” Harris