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Liquid heats up in Week 3 of the Halo Championship Series: Pro League Fall Season

Jessica Paek
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After a three week break, the Halo Championship Series: Pro League returned for the last full week of Fall 2017 Season. Every team fought hard to finish strong in the penultimate week of Pro League, bringing us one step closer to Finals at DreamHack Denver.

DAY 1

The first match of the week brought OpTic Gaming up against Naventic. Naventic won their first game of the day with some of the best Halo we’ve seen from them all season long. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to prevent a 3-1 loss from OpTic.

Splyce and Luminosity Gaming both went into their series 2-2, but ultimately Splyce tipped the scales after sweeping LG in a Bo5 to earn their third win of the season. In the third match of the day, the undefeated Team EnVyUs squared up against Ronin Esports. EnVyUs secured the second sweep of the day, bringing their record to 4-0.

To close out the day, we saw a heated series between Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses. In the first series of the night that went to a Game 5, Liquid came out on top with a hard fought 3-2 win.

DAY 2

Naventic were looking good as they brought their first game against Splyce into OT, but at the end of the series, Splyce came out on top with a 3-0 win. In the second match of the day, OpTic swept Ronin to pick up their second win in a row after falling to EnVyUs at the end of Week 2.

To close out the last full week before Finals, EnVyUs took on Evil Geniuses. After winning Game 1 on Eden Strongholds 100-1, EnVyUs powered through their next two games to win the series 3-0 and continue their undefeated streak.

Match of the Week: Team Liquid v. Luminosity Gaming

The series between Liquid and Luminosity brought former team mates up against each other as foes in an intense grudge match between two very talented teams. Liquid started off very strong on Empire Strongholds, controlling the Pit and the tempo of the game to finish Game 1 with a 100-18 win.

Luminosity fought back on Rig Slayer, working to keep Liquid from running away with the game. Unfortunately for Luminosity, StelluR went on a Killing Spree for Liquid and created the biggest gap at that point in the game. Luminosity managed to stop the bleeding, bringing the score to 48-49 in the final moments of the game. Despite the comeback from Luminosity, Liquid took the final kill to bring the series to 2-0.

CTF on Truth was aggressive and fast-paced as Luminosity sought to stave off defeat. Luminosity held onto a 1-0 lead for the first half of the game and seemed to be keeping Liquid at bay. Liquid responded accordingly with two back to back flag caps to take a 2-1 lead. Luminosity tried to come back and tie the game, but Liquid brought the heat in the final minutes of the game to secure the last flag cap and win the series 3-0.

TUNE IN

Will Team EnVyUs remain undefeated after they face off against Splyce? Will Naventic earn their first win of the season against Luminosity Gaming? You can watch the final week of the NA HCS Pro League Fall 2017 broadcasts on the Halo Twitch channel and ESL Halo Facebook page on Sept 27! Be sure to follow the ESL Halo Twitter and Facebook for updates as we continue the #HCS Pro League Fall 2017 Season.