March 19, 2017, is a big day for 15 H1Z1 teams as they fight for their share of $300,000 in the first team-based tournament for the hit game from Daybreak Games.
The prize pool breaks down with 1st place taking the lion's share of the $300,000 taking home $180,000. Second place takes home $60,000 with the next 3 places taking $30,000, $18,000 and $12,000 respectively.
Of the 15 teams invited Rogue and Luminosity have both been mentioned as early favorites to win the top prize. However, a late roster change by Luminosity has cast some doubt on their ability to perform up to expectations. Rogue, on the other hand, looks as strong as ever and with a solid foundation of teamwork and practice the other 14 squads will have their work cut out for them.
Luminosity does have Ninja, who is widely regarded as the best player in all of H1Z1: King of the Kill. Still, his expertise lies primarily in solo games, team games will require a bit of adaptation from the budding superstar.
Despite talk of favorites and competition, the most noticeable hallmark of the H1Z1 competitive scene is the camaraderie among players, both teammates, and competitors. Rarely in esports do we see this much mutual support among players. In this case, this camaraderie seems to originate in a deep love of the game and a desire to see it succeed, as an esport or otherwise.
The full list of teams invited includes.
- Echo Fox
Counter Logic Gaming
Enigma 6 group
The tournament will air at 9 p.m. on April 20 on The CW and will be preceded by a miniseries following team Echo Fox as they prepare for the tournament.