HCS Global Invitational: Halo Esports Odds

The Ultimate Gathering of Halo Esports Titans

The battle for Texas starts next week as 16 of the best Halo esports teams converge in Dallas for the HCS Global Invitational. The HCS Global Invitational will go down at the Dallas Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. The tournament begins on June 2nd and will run through June 4th. Make sure to check the Esports schedules to catch all the intense gaming action.

The 2023 Halo Championship Series kicked off earlier this year with its first esports event in Charlotte. In a fantastic Grand Finals match, OpTic won against fellow Halo esports powerhouse, FaZe. Going into the HCS Global Invitational, it’s no surprise that these two have the top esports odds again.

Here’s everything you need to know going into the HCS Global Invitational.

Participating Teams

Sixteen teams have qualified for the HCS Global Invitational, ten from North America, four from Europe, and one from Mexico and Australia. Each team has been split into four groups for the pool play round.

Here are all sixteen qualified teams, along with their esports odds to win the HCS Global Invitational.

HCS Global Invitational

TEAM *Last Updated: 5/26/2023 MONEYLINE
OpTic Gaming +200
Spacetation Gaming +225
FaZe Clan +250
Complexity +1200
Native Gaming Red +1200
Gamers First +1600
Native Gaming White +1800
Sentinels +2200
Shopify Rebellion +2200
Quadrant +2500
The Avengers +2600
NAVI +4000
Aw0babobs +5000
JLINGZ Esports +6600
Six Karma +8000
VERTEX +8000

HCS Global Invitational Format and Pools

Below is the tournament format and the pools of the teams.

  • Pool Play: four groups of four teams in a round robin
    • The top 2 of each group advance to Championship Upper Bracket Round 1
    • 3rd of each group advances to Championship Lower Bracket Round 1
    • 4th of each group is eliminated
    • All Matches are Bo5
  • Championship Bracket: 12 teams in a double-elimination bracket
    • All Matches are Bo5 except the Grand Final, which is Bo7 with a Bracket Reset

HCS Global Invitational Pools

Spacestation Gaming FaZe Clan OpTic Gaming Native Gaming Red
The Avengers Native Gaming White Gamers First Complexity
Shopify Rebellion Sentinels Quadrant NAVI
VERTEX Six Karma JLINGZ Esports Aw0babobs

Top Teams to Watch at the HCS Global Invitational

OpTic is the clear favorite going into the HCS Global Invitational, but there are three other teams Halo and esports fans should watch in the future. Those three teams are Spacestation Gaming, Gamers First, and NAVI.

Spacestation Gaming

This Spacestation Gaming roster is the old Cloud9 roster that found success in the 21/22 season. Kevin “Eco” Smith, Zane “Penguin” Hearon, and Braedon “StelluR” Boettcher were part of that highly successful roster. Alongside Adam “Bound” Gray, Spacestation finished third at this season’s first Major in Charlotte. They are considered the third-best team at the HCS Global Invitational, and at +225 could give a nice little payout.

Gamers First

Gamers First are one of the newer teams in the HGC system and have quietly been on the rise! They lost two key players in Suspector and PreDevoNatoR, but the new kids they’ve brought in will slot right in with the other veterans. G1 stayed in the middle of the pack since coming into the league in 2021, but after a decent performance in Charlotte, they could be a cheeky bet at +1600.


Despite not doing too well in every HCS tournament, NAVI is considered one of the best teams in Europe. They consistently get the top two in every European competition, have a deep squad of backups who can slot in, and have generally kept the same roster and coach for a few years. While their odds are at +4000, they can be considered a dark horse at the HCS Global Invitational.

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