Last weekend's $1 million Halo World Championship saw the past year's best teams come together to prove who is superior (and complain about the venue - but that's another story).
Although North American teams dominated throughout, we had two teams represent the UK in what proved to be a fantastic tournament.
London Conspiracy went into the tournament as clear underdogs; I doubt anybody had them down as viable winners of even their group, let alone the tournament.
The team of Andrew “Ramirez” Corrigan, Casey “Lunny” Lunn, Christopher “Qristola” O’Keeffe and team captain Rob “SeptiQ” Singleton are no doubt disappointed with their T12 placement, despite their underdog status.
Regardless, they put on a brave face to communicate their feelings to fans over Twitter.
4 NA events, 4 Top 12s. Got to break that barrier some day. GG's to CP!
— Rob Singleton (@RobSeptiQ) March 25, 2017
Although we didn't make it far, we Played some serious talent and learned a lot from it. looking forward to watching tomorrows games. 👍
— Chris (@Qristola) March 26, 2017
After going 0-6 in map count in Pool Play, London Conspiracy finally managed to take a map from Crowd Pleasers in a 4-1 loss, bowing out of the tournament in Loser’s Bracket Round 1.
FAB Games Esports
FAB had a slightly better tournament, despite still not quite breaking the top six, as was the plan of James “Jimbo” Bradbrook.
We get closer and closer every time EU come over. Sadly this time we didn't hit top 6. Onto the next event #TeamEU
— James Bradbrook (@JimboGPK) March 25, 2017
He, along with teammates Perry “TuFoxy” Kenyon, Italian Luciano “Mose” Calvanico and team captain and Brandon “Respectful” Stones, finished in the top eight, after being knocked out of the tournament by a very strong Splyce side who even managed to take Str8 Rippin to a game seven.
"London Conspiracy and FAB Games came out this weekend to prove why the UK is not going to give up any time soon in their quest for Halo glory."
As well as Splyce, fabE also came up against eventual winners OpTic Gaming and Str8 Rippin throughout the tournament, so there is no doubt they could have gone much further had they been given easier match-ups.
Here is one of fabE’s finer moments of the tournament, taking the surprise CTF win against Splyce:
— ESL Halo (@ESLHalo) March 25, 2017
Despite the seemingly poor placings, both teams should be proud of their performances.
Whilst NA persistently dominates console esports, London Conspiracy and FAB Games came out this weekend to prove why the UK is not going to give up any time soon in their quest for Halo glory.