Announced on September 3, the Halo open is the first event in UGC's four-part Open Series, which features Halo and three other games being played in open tournaments. The prize pool was set at $25,000, with crowd funding and boosting possibilities mentioned in the press release. It eventually reached a peak of $28,000.
Teams seeded by online seeding tournament results
Top 4 teams qualify for ESML Minor League Fall 2016
Top 16 (minus any registered Pro League teams) advance to Pool Play
Double-elimination bracket, best-of-5 series
Up to eight Pro League teams and at least eight Open Bracket teams split into four pools
Top 2 teams from each pool advance to Championship Bracket