Barcode: Rough ride in Kansas City will only sharpen Chiefs in hunt for Halo glory

The star Aussie squad already has one eye fixed on Orlando.

No, the Chiefs did not have the greatest time in Kansas City, star Aleks Barcode Krsmanovic tells Dot Esports. The Australian Halo Infinite pro doesnt beat around the bushthe teams 21-24th exit was disappointing, and (of course) very, very far from what they planned as they flew into Missouri last month.

But, their early Kansas City exit did give Chiefs something key: lessons.

Of course its disappointing, Barcode tells Dot a week after returning home from the international Halo Championship Series LAN event. We know, deep down, that theres so much more potential in all of us as players, so to have one of those events is always going to be very disappointing, for all of us.

Chiefs struggled to make a dent in Group A in Kansas City, falling to a 04 record behind Spacestation Gaming, XSET, and Halo heavyweights Acend and Cloud9. The fifth-place group placement put them straight into the losers bracket, where Open Bracket qualifiers EasternMediaGG put paid to their Kansas City hopes. The series ended 31 and Chiefs watched the rest of proceedings from the sidelines.

But Barcode, ever-cheery in the Discord call, still had high praise for the Halo teamcomposed of himself, Madsy, Pipz, and January pickup Slayzand their efforts against the 2021 title’s esports juggernauts.

There were just so many little things that added up, he explained.

I know that were a very good team. Theres just these things. American teams have this way of adding all the little things together. They get more time to play together, more practice in-game, and [their] ability to ice up is incredible.

Those little things become big lessons for Australias Halo heroes.

The small things do amount to such a large pile, Barcode said. I wouldnt say theres anything I can point to in one moment that these teams do, but every time I saw these habits and niche plays, picks, movements, I put it away. The calibre of teams really shows you how the game can be played.

I love it, he added. Kansas was that kind of event, but what it does is give us a lead-in to Orlando that we can work on. Well learn, yes, and were already adapting.

Theres a long road for Barcode and the Chiefs to walk before they get another chance at the Halo top dogs in Orlando, however. The way the competitive Halo Infinite calendar is laid out means regional groupings break away into their own packs for the next few months to battle for domestic supremacy.

For Europe, that means $100,000 USD up for grabs in Valencia in July. The titles Latin American competitors will host a similar event in Mexico City. And for the Chiefs and their Oceanic rivals, Melbourne lies on the horizon.

Barcode could not be more excited for itDreamHack 2022.

This is our first home event in what, four years? Weve had so much time waiting. Im definitely looking forward to Melbourne, he said. LAN events like these, theyre always a great time. 

He adds, Im just keen to see everyone.

Were hoping theres a lot of teams, a lot of players. Halo in Australia has a clear top-two in Chiefs and Divine Mind, but Barcode is hoping well see a lot more show up.

Photo via Halo Championship Series Press Pool

Between now and then, Barcode will continue honing his craft with Chiefs. Theres always the possibility a North American team comes knockingthe Aussie Halo veteran turned heads in Kansas City alreadyor the Chiefs core could even look to bootcamp across the Pacific, or make a more permanent move.

Right now, everythings possible for Chiefs post-Kansas City.

For many, seeing Chiefs (and rivals Divine Mind) hit the North American Halo circuit would be a major victory. Proximity to other HCS teams would give the Oceanic representatives better scrims, training, and opportunities.

Well see what happens, Barcode tells Dot Esports when that option is raised. The goal is definitely to end up over there, commit full-time. Thats the big dream, for me.

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