Halo esports has been revitalized following the release of Halo: Infinite earlier this month. With renewed excitement, hundreds of teams traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina on December 17th for the HCS Kickoff Major. All of the organizations that are officially partnered HCS teams were in attendance, except for Fnatic. Fnatic did not field a roster ahead of the Kickoff Major, but even though they weren’t competing at the first offline major for Halo: Infinite, they are still setting lofty goals for themselves.
In an official post on Twitter, director Colin “CoJo” Johnson and coach Casey “Strobe” Hebert relayed their plans for Fnatic Halo, which includes their desire to build a world championship-caliber roster that isn’t reliant on star power. Johnson and Hebert believe that Fnatic can find “four free agent players out there that we can win a world championship with that you probably haven’t heard of yet.” This approach would drastically contrast teams like Sentinels, OpTic, and Cloud9, who have brought in some of the biggest and most successful names in Halo esports history.
Hebert said not attending Raleigh will give Fnatic the advantage of additional scouting, which will put them in a position to capitalize on certain players during the roster shuffle that will likely occur at the end of Raleigh and at the beginning of 2022. It’s unclear whether Fnatic will sign a complete young team that’s perhaps competing in the Raleigh open bracket together or pick and choose players who it thinks have the highest potential.
The earliest we could see a Fnatic Halo roster in action, if the organization moves fast and opts to compete in North America, would be late January or early February for the NA Regional Championship.
(All information was provided by MSN)
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