By Official HCS
Open to teams in Mexico and South America, the HaloWC 2018 Mexico City Finals was a showcase not only of top-level Halo talent in the LATAM region, but also of the brilliant and passionate excitement these fans have for the Halo franchise itself. The turnout at the event certainly reflected these notions, with an outstanding increase in both participants and spectators alike over last year’s festivities.
The action kicked off on Saturday with Psychotic Gaming and Ultra Instinct getting wins to open their respective tournament runs strong – Ultra Instinct taking down both Columbian Legends and Infinity Gaming.
On Sunday, spectators both in attendance and tuning in online began to see the field take shape as the top squads sought to pull away from the competition. Psychotic Gaming continued their tear through the tournament, bringing Ultra Instinct back down to Earth with a 4-0 sweep in the Winners Bracket Finals. Meanwhile, Infinity Gaming rebounded from their early loss to sweep Columbian Legends 3-0 and earn an eventual rematch with Ultra Instinct in the Elimination Bracket Finals. With revenge on their minds, Infinity Gaming brought vengeance to bear on Ultra Instinct to the tune of a 4-1 series victory, faltering only once mid-series in a close 3-2 CTF match on Coliseum.
With Infinity Gaming’s victory over Ultra Instinct, the stage was set for a Grand Finals matchup with Psychotic Gaming. Though underdogs, the series started off well for Infinity Gaming, opening up with a surprising and early 2-1 CTF lead on Coliseum. However, the ancient Forerunner military compound would again play host to a frustrating CTF defeat for the challengers, as Psychotic Gaming took advantages of Infinity miscues to rattle off two impressive counter-caps to take the opening game. Feeding off their Game 1 success, Psychotic Gaming powered through the next three games to take the Grand Finals – and the tournament – with a 4-0 sweep.
When all was said and done, Psychotic Gaming’s lineup of Atzo, Pelubot, Drift, and Magico capped off an amazing tournament weekend to take a home a $10,000 USD grand prize and secure their place this April in Seattle for the Halo World Championship 2018 Finals. There they’ll represent the LATAM region and carry the passion and pride of its fanbase along with them as they take on the best Halo teams in the world.
The Mexico City Finals FFA tournament brought us another talented field of solo lobos, with a $5,000 prize pool at stake for the top slayer as well as automatic qualification for the FFA Finals in Seattle. In the Mexico City FFA, Cozmic added his name to the list of contenders heading to Seattle to fight for the ultimate FFA prize.
We can’t thank the fans and our partners at @Gamelta enough for helping make this event a truly memorable experience for everyone involved! Up next is the HaloWC 2018 Columbus Finals on March 23-25, where the best teams in North America will battle to earn the final spots in the World Championship Finals in Seattle.