HCS Arlington Results – 7/2/2023

Esports Stadium Arlington was the home of the second Major of the year. Starting on Friday and ending today, OpTic Gaming hosted the event, which yielded a $250,000 prize pool for the 4v4 portion and $5,000 prize pool for the Free For All competition. The top three teams (FaZe, OpTic, and Spacestation) were already predicted by many to repeat their placings in some iteration, but the tournament would surprise us in more ways than one. The Open Bracket was the toughest yet, filled with comebacks and upsets by teams we were and weren’t familiar with, all trying to earn one of the final four Pool Play spots. Pool Play didn’t fall short of surprises either, whether it was Cloud9 finishing first in Pool C after coming through the Open Bracket or the second best team from EU, NAVI, not making it through Pool B to the Championship Bracket. The highlight of the tournament, for me, was Quadrant making history and breaking the record for the highest placing by a non-North American team. A lot of us knew they had the talent to do so, it was just a matter of time.