HCS Week 5 Preview
ALG Halo Faces Two Must-Win Series In Week 5
In order to climb up the standings and save themselves from potential relegation, Team Allegiance's Halo squad needs to come out strong against Evil Geniuses (3-5) and Team Liquid (5-3) in their Halo Championship Series Week 5 matchups. ALG faces EG on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 9:30 p.m. EST / 6:30 p.m. PST, and faces Liquid the following day at 7:30 p.m. EST / 4:30 p.m. PST.
Allegiance vs. Evil Geniuses
Allegiance and Evil Geniuses previously faced off in Week 1, with EG taking a hard-fought 3-2 series victory. During that matchup, ALG convincingly won two Strongholds gametypes, but were unable to pull out close games in Slayer and Capture the Flag. It was the first of three series this season in which ALG contested a Game 5, but ultimately lost.
Both teams have fallen on hard times in recent weeks, with Allegiance being swept in their past three matchups, and Evil Geniuses losing four series in a row after their hot start. In an attempt to turn their seasons around, both teams opted to take advantage of the in-season transfer period. Team Allegiance added Cory "Str8 Sick" Sloss to replace Ryan "Shooter" Sondhi prior to Week 4, while Evil Geniuses dropped Cameron "Victory X" Thorlakson and signed Braedon “Stellur” Boettcher as his replacement.
Allegiance vs. Team Liquid
Allegiance lost a heartbreaker to Liquid in Week 2, with Liquid pulling off a miraculous reverse sweep to defeat ALG in five. The last gametype of the series went down to the wire, with Liquid barely eeking out the win, 50-49. This loss signalled the beginning of ALG's recent woes—they have won just one map since.
Liquid has seen an uptick in their fortunes since then, going 3-1 after a 2-2 start, good for 3rd place in the Pro League Standings. Liquid is one of the only teams—Team EnVyUs and OpTic Gaming are the others—to not make any roster changes during the midseason transfer period.
What to Watch For
- Strongholds - ALG won their first four Strongholds gametypes this season, and were considered one of the strongest teams in the gametype. If they want to have any hope of winning their matchups, they're going to need to find their early-season form.
- Slayer - With the addition of one of Halo's more talented slayers in Str8 Sick, look for ALG to improve their record in Slayer. Six of the eight teams in the Pro League have negative records in those gametypes, so ALG has an opportunity that they can take advantage of.
- Coliseum CTF - Outside of Envy, no team has found consistent success in this gametype. In fact Liquid, arguably the league's best CTF team, has yet to find a win in it. On the other hand, both of ALG's CTF wins have been on Coliseum. So while the team generally struggles in CTF games, Coliseum may be an opportunity for them if it isn't vetoed.
With just three weeks left in the HCS Fall 2016 season, Allegiance needs to make a push this week if they want to control their own destiny and avoid relegation.
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