The sun has risen at the Willis Tower and with that comes a new pair of champions. Rising to the occasion, Joey “TriPPPeY” Taylor and Zane “Penguin” Hearon go home $5,000 richer by securing half of the $10,000 prize pool with a first place finish at the Red Bull Rise Till Dawn event.
After kicking off the tournament at 8:30pm CT, the two battled through hours of overnight matches to earn a spot in the playoffs where they found themselves pushing past the toughest of the competition.
They weren’t the only notable names competing and certainly had some tough competition on their way to the title. It was Eric “Snip3down” Wrona and Aaron “MLGACE” Elam who met the duo in the finals after pulling out a 3-0 sweep of Gabriel “Gabriel” Funes-Soto and Raul “Fantasy” Castillo.
Neither play is unfamiliar with championship level play having been members of top tier teams over the last several years. TriPPPeY made is debut in Halo 5: Guardians in 2016 and played on teams such as Reciprocity and Elevate helping the teams bring in over $90,000.
Penguin has represented Elevate, Noble, Renegades, and more during his career which also began in Halo 5 although he started playing in Halo 3. He was a member of the Team eLevate roster that walked away $250,000 richer from the 2016 Halo World Championship.
Add in the length of the overnight event and you have an added factor of exhaustion for most that meant those who could power through and focus during the latter parts of the event gave themselves an advantage.
Red Bull and the Halo Championship Series put on a spectacle of an event and one we’re sure many of the attendees will remember, especially Penguin and TriPPPeY.