HCS 2024 Arlington Major – Tournament Format & Guide

13 Mar 2024
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  • Halo Championship Series 2024 Arlington Major is set to begin on Friday, March 15, 2024
  • 16 Halo esports teams
  • $250,000 prize pool
HCS 2024 Arlington Major
HCS 2024: Arlington Major
Halo Championship Series (HCS) 2024 Arlington Major is an upcoming Halo esports tournament which will serve as a qualifier for the London Major, set for May 31 – June 2. The event will be hosted by OpTic Gaming and welcome some of the world’s best Halo esports teams, making it an event no Halo fan or punter should miss.

As a HCS Major, the HCS 2024 Arlington Major will be a big event for esports betting, and due to its significance, it’s well covered by all online betting sites, which includes Stake.com.
Stake offers very competitive betting odds, good esports market coverage, and generous bonuses for esports punters. That includes a welcome bonus of up to $3,000, with promo code NEWBONUS.

When Is HCS 2024 Arlington Major?


HCS 2024 Arlington Major will kick off on Friday, March 15, with the first round of the group stage. The tournament will run for two days and conclude on March 17, with the grand final.

Where Is HCS 2024 Arlington Major?


HCS 2024 Arlington Major will be hosted by OpTic Texas and take place at Esports Stadium Arlington, in Arlington, Texas. It’ll be the fourth event to take place in Texas and the first since Halo Championship Series 2023: Arlington Major, which happened in June-July 2023.

HCS 2024 Arlington Major Format


HCS 2024 Arlington Major will use a familiar format, starting with the open bracket. In the Open Bracket, non-HCS teams will compete for three spots in the tournament, where they’ll join 12 Halo esports teams that either made it to the tournament through the qualifiers or by having enough HCS points.

The tournament will begin with Pool Play (group stage), dividing the 16 teams into four four-team round robin groups. All matches will be played as best-of-five, with the top three teams advancing to the playoffs.

The final stage of HCS 2024 Arlington Major, the Championship Bracket will welcome 12 teams who will be seeded into a double-elimination bracket. All matches, except for the grand final are best-of-five, while the grand final will be played as best-of-seven, with a bracket reset.

Pool Play


  • 16 Halo esports teams
  • Four groups of four teams
  • Round-Robin format
  • All matches are best-of-five (BO5)
  • The first and second team in each group advance to Championship Upper Bracket Round 1
  • Third-placed teams in each group advance to Championship Lower Bracket Round 1
  • Fourth-placed teams from each group get eliminated

Championship Bracket


  • 12 Halo esports teams
  • Double-elimination bracket
  • All matches, except for the grand final are best-of-five (BO5)
  • Grand Final is best-of-seven (BO7) with a bracket reset

HCS 2024 Arlington Major Teams


Halo Championship Series (HCS) 2024 Arlington Major will welcome 16 Halo esports teams, including nine teams who made it to the tournament though their regional qualifiers, three teams who qualified though HCS points and four teams who will make it through the open bracket.

  • FaZe Clan – NA Qualifier #1
  • Spacestation Gaming – NA Qualifier #2
  • Sentinels – NA Qualifier #3
  • Complexity Gaming – NA Qualifier #4
  • OpTic Gaming – NA Qualifier #5
  • Shopify Rebellion – NA Qualifier #7
  • Business – NA Qualifier #7
  • Ascending Baseline – NA Qualifier #8
  • Foe – EU Qualifier #1
  • Proton Gaming – NA HCS Points #1
  • BitterSweet – NA HCS Points #2
  • Quadrant – EU HCS Points #1
  • TBD – Open Bracket
  • TBD – Open Bracket
  • TBD – Open Bracket
  • TBD – Open Bracket

What Is HCS 2024 Arlington Major Prize Pool?


HCS 2024 Arlington Major will offer a $250,000 prize pool. Divided among all 16 participating teams. The three teams who get eliminated first will receive $1,625 each, while the champions will collect $100,000.

Besides the prize money, the teams will also compete for six direct invites to HCS London Major and HCS Points.

  • Champions – $100,000 + 100,000 Points + London Major invite
  • Runners-up – $60,000 + 60,000 Points + London Major invite
  • 3rd-place – $30,000 + 44,000 Points + London Major invite
  • 4th-place – $17,500 + 36,000 Points + London Major invite
  • 5th-6th-place – $8,000 + 32,000 Points + London Major invite
  • 7th-8th-place – $5,000 + 28,000 Points 
  • 9th-12th-place – $2,500 + 22,000 Points
  • 13th-16th-place – $1,625 + 18,000 Points

HCS 2024 Arlington Major Betting Odds


HCS events were historically dominated by a few teams, and based on the offered outright betting odds, there are three strong favourites to win the HCS 2024 Arlington Major and a handful of outsiders.

FaZe Clan are priced as the leading favourites at 2.50, ahead of Spacestation Gaming at 3.00 and OpTic Gaming at 3.50. These are the only teams priced at single digits, with Sentinels (19.00), Shopify Rebellion (21.00), and Quadrant (23.00) rounding up the list of live underdogs.

Complexity, Business, Proton Gaming, BitterSweet, Foe, and Ascending Baseline are all priced at 26.00 or over, while bookmakers offer 51.00 on any of the open bracket teams to win the event.

  • FaZe Clan – 2.50
  • Spacestation Gaming – 3.00
  • OpTic Gaming – 3.50 
  • Sentinels – 19.00
  • Shopify Rebellion – 21.00
  • Quadrant – 23.00
  • Complexity Gaming – 26.00
  • Business – 29.00
  • Proton Gaming – 34.00
  • BitterSweet – 41.00
  • Any Open Bracket Team – 51.00
  • Foe – 67.00
  • Ascending Baseline – 81.00

Where To Bet on HCS 2024 Arlington Major?


HCS 2024 Arlington Major is one of the biggest Halo esports tournaments of the season, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone to learn that all online betting sites that offer esports markets will cover HCS 2024 Arlington Major. That includes Stake.com – one of the best bookmakers for betting on esports.

Stake offers highly competitive Halo esports betting odds, good market coverage, and has excellent bonuses and promotions for esports bettors to take advantage of. That includes a welcome bonus of up to $3,000 with promo code NEWBONUS.