HeroesHype Tempo Storm Series 3 Week 3 Recap – September 13th, 2017

Week 3 is over ladies and gentlemen! Teams are beginning to accrue points, especially our current front runners: Team Numerics and Animals.  The majority of the teams are deadlocked though, so the next two weeks will be extremely important for them. Up to eight points can be earned each week, so although it will put your skills to the test, it’s not too late for you or your team to join the Series. If you’re interested, take a look at our Battlefy here. Want to see the current standings? Check here. You can also watch this week’s Series here and all future matches on our Twitch channel here.

Twenty teams competed this week. In the end, it came down to a best-of-three match between Team Numerics and 6Sense. Team Numerics was represented by: FlyestRaven, Caesarsalad, Quonzar, fasdfasdzzxx, and ViN. 6Sense was represented by: ETOMyX, rokblin, LaBarbi, Insecure, and dBlaNk.

Game 1 – Infernal Shrine

Team Numerics – 1st Pick

Bans: E.T.C. & Diablo

Heroes: Sonya, Arthas, Gul’dan, Lúcio, Stukov

6Sense – 2nd Pick

Bans: Cho’Gall & Lt. Morales

Heroes: Tassadar, Rehgar, Johanna, Valla, Tychus

Initial setup for 6Sense was all-mid. Team Numerics went 2-1-2 and refused to adjust other than a few rotations to help when needed. 6Sense eventually split into 2-1-2 to ensure lane farm. 6Sense immediately forced Numerics out of the first Shrine. When Numerics countered back, Arthas took too much damage and had to retreat. This left Sonya by herself in the middle of the entire enemy team. 6Sense adjusted targets and Sonya quickly went down for First Blood.

6Sense secured the first Altar, but Numerics shut down the Punisher behind their Gates. Great lane rotations by both teams during the early game kept experience even. The first team fight happened when 6Sense secured and pushed with the second Punisher. Numerics barely pulled ahead in the fight, but lost some Towers in the process.

Numerics started pulling ahead when they secured the third Punisher and picked up a Fort and a takedown. That changed fast when they walked into a 3vs4 fight and lost two Heroes and the next Punisher. Great lane rotations during the Punisher push allowed 6Sense to start edging ahead. That advantage allowed them to gain level twenty first which had a huge impact in this team fight:

Wasting no chances, 6Sense chased down and killed Gul’dan after. With Numerics on the ropes, 6Sense rotated to bot and easily destroyed the Core.

Game 2 – Dragon Shire

Team Numerics – 1st Pick

Bans: E.T.C. & Malthael

Heroes: Dehaka, Falstad, Stukov, Stitches, Lunara

6Sense – 2nd Pick

Bans: Tassadar & Cho’Gall

Heroes: Rehgar, Greymane, Tyrael, Arthas, Probius

Numerics decided to go all-mid at the start. 6Sense only committed four Heroes to mid, which prompted an immediate attack by Numerics. Stitches hooked Greymane, who was immediately taken down for First Blood. After the dust settled, 6Sense kept Probius on bot while the rest of the team did constant rotations. Numerics had the same strategy, but kept lane presence on top instead.

Musical Shrines was the name of the early game. Constant lane rotations kept Shrines never in one team’s possession for long. Those rotations meant skirmishes everywhere too, but Numerics began to pull ahead in trades. Their advantage eventually allowed them to grab the first Dragon Knight.

Two Forts and a take-down was the toll incurred by Numerics during the Dragon Knight push. A counter-push by 6Sense gained them some traction, but they immediately lost it when Dehaka snuck in a Dragon Knight capture.

Numerics destroyed bot Keep with that Dragon Knight and picked up a kill shortly after thanks to a Stitches hook. Forced to retreat, 6Sense pushed back after securing some Camps. Their Greymane died though due to a Stitches hook early into the push. Falstad used a great Gust to throw their retreat into disarray and forced a team fight:

Numerics picked up the Dragon Knight after, and having already destroyed bot Keep, went straight for the enemy Core and tied the match.

Game 3 – Towers of Doom

Team Numerics – 2nd Pick

Bans: Rehgar & Abathur

Heroes: Arthas, Tassadar, Illidan, Tyrande, Malfurion

6Sense – 1st Pick

Bans: Dehaka & Stukov

Heroes: E.T.C., Uther, Greymane, Genji, Sonya

Numerics quickly established a 2-1-2 lane setup. 6Sense kept a constant presence on top, but rotated between the other lanes. During the first Shrine phase, their rotations allowed them to easily capture two Shrines. They then heavily committed to an invasion for the third. Not only did they capture the last Shrine, but they gained a double-kill First Blood with no losses of their own.

Holding an absolute iron-grip on the Camps, 6Sense destroyed a Tower and gained another take-down before capturing a Shrine. Experience was rather even at this point, but Core health was 40vs23 in 6Sense’s favor.

The third Shrine phase was an equal trade, but 6Sense won a team fight right after. Growing confident, they attempted a Camp invasion, but it backfired and they lost E.T.C. right as Shrines spawned in. Numerics captured both Shrines bringing Core health to 28vs19 in 6Sense’s favor. As a triple Shrine phase started, Numerics went on the offensive:

Winning that fight was a huge turn around for Numerics. They captured all three Shines and now led the game by three Core health. 6Sense took a solo Shrine after though, and at this point, it was anyone’s game. With the game so close, both teams committed to the next Shrine:

After securing the Altar, Numerics got an unopposed Boss kill. Numerics held the lead at 14vs7 in Core health. They lost a three for one trade at the next solo Shrine though, and enemy Camps did enough damage to tie the game. Attempting to regain Towers before the next Shrines activated, Numerics wasn’t ready for when 6Sense engaged them:

With Tassadar dying shortly after, 6Sense was unopposed to capture Shrines and won the final game of the match.

You could see in the first two games who the likely winner would be, but the third game was one hell of a brawl. Everything came down to that final team fight, and although that’s a horrible way to lose, it was fun as hell to watch.  Thanks to both of these teams for the great Finals match-up and all the others who competed. A special thanks goes out to Halorin and Kala for their great shot-by-shot game casting. Thanks to all those that tuned in to watch as well, we hope to see everyone again next week for the continuation of HeroesHype Tempo Storm Series 3.

HeroesHype Tempo Storm Series 3 Week 2 Recap – September 6th, 2017

HeroesHype Tempo Storm Series 3 Week 2 has come and gone.  For anyone still interested in participating, time is running out before it’s too late! As a free agent, or a team, you can register on our Battlefy here. If you missed the Twitch stream of Week 2, you can watch it in entirety here. You can also watch all future games every Wednesday at 9pm PDT on our channel here.

Nineteen teams competed this week in the mad dash for points. The matches before the finals are single-elimination, so only the best make it to the end to earn the most points. The finalists this week were Team Numerics and Animals. This was the third week in a row we’ve seen the two teams face-off in the finals of different events. Team Numerics was represented by: FlyestRaven, Caesarsalad, Quonzar, fasdfasdzzxx, and ViN. Animals was represented by: Olecb, Droplets, EToby, Evandrinde, and EKevin.

Game 1 – Towers of Doom

Animals – 1st Pick

Bans: Gall & Tracer

Heroes: Dehaka, Garrosh, Rehgar, Tychus, Sylvanas

Team Numerics – 2nd Pick

Bans: E.T.C & Lúcio

Heroes: Tassadar, Arthas, Malfurion, Valla, Zeratul

The game kicked off with a 4v4 skirmish in mid, but with no real winner. Team Numerics split their Heroes from there into a 1-1-3 bot-heavy lane setup. Animals had been doing lane rotations, but quickly copied the lane setup. Garrosh was among those on bot and was able to throw Valla back into his team for a hopeful First Blood. Malfurion negated all damage done to Valla though, and Arthas had rotated down from mid to help. The tables turned on Garrosh, and he instead became First Blood.

The early game was dominated by skirmishes and trades. However, Animals slowly started taking the lead in kills. Their Sylvanas also chose the talent Mercenary Queen, which allowed them to do intense siege damage with Camps. Animals efforts gained them a level advantage leading into the first team fight:

Now with a bigger lead, Animals’ Garrosh taunt/throw combo continued to disrupt Arthas. Animals’ continued map control allowed them to kill boss, furthering their lead. Bot altar activated soon after though, and both teams converged on it. Losing the game, Team Numerics needed to turn the tides, so they eventually forced a team fight:

With an Ace in hand, a triple altar phase began shortly after with Team Numerics appearing more confident. Each team easily secured an altar but a team fight ensued over the third. Team Numerics won, and with it, tied up the Takedowns. Now holding a level advantage, they pushed with their momentum on Sapper Camps and Towers.

Dehaka was caught alone in mid at Tower and killed. The rest of Animals stepped in to defend, but couldn’t compete being down a Hero. Only Sylvanas survived and the Tower switched hands. A Boss kill for Team Numerics brought the game even closer before another Altar Phase. Team Numerics captured both and left Animals’ Core with only one health.

Both teams regrouped and did lane rotations attempting to find an advantage. Hidden near camps, Zeratul’s stealth allowed him to watch enemy movement. Caught unprepared, Animals had nowhere to go:

Team Numerics immediately split up around the map and converted Towers. With only one Core health, that meant an immediate win and Game 1 went to Team Numerics.

Game 2 – Tomb of the Spider Queen

Animals – 1st Pick

Bans: Gall & Malfurion

Heroes: Tassadar, Rehgar, E.T.C., Li-Ming, Sonya

Team Numerics – 2nd Pick

Bans: Garrosh & Illidan

Heroes: Uther, Stitches, Gul’dan, Stukov, Greymane

Both teams immediately went all-mid. The normal early pokes kicked things off, but devolved into a full blown team fight. When Animals tried to back off, their E.T.C. was hooked and found himself all alone. He immediately goes down for First Blood before the thirty second mark. After recovering from the early action, Animals attempted to setup a kind of lane composition, but Team Numerics’ constant lane rotation threw that out the window.

Early fights were dominated by Team Numerics. Whenever Animals would seem to be winning a fight, a Stukov silence stopped them in their tracks. Then in the ensuing retreat, an Uther stun or Stitches hook ensured their death.

With Animals unable to counter them, Team Numerics had almost total map control. Back-to-back Spider Queen turn ins and a Boss kill put the game deeply in their favor. No other way to turn the tide, Animals forced a team fight, but barely escaped with a one for one trade. That distraction allowed the Boss to destroy the last top Fort, which left only bot and mid last Forts still standing.

Team Numerics continued their campaign of whittling down the remaining enemy Forts. However, Animals was finally able to sneak in a turn in. Team Numerics had just captured Boss again though, leaving Animals with a tough decision on where to commit. They decided to defend their bot Spider and a team fight broke out:

Animals had left the Boss alive and attacking the Core though, so losing that team fight was the final nail in the coffin. Team Numerics swept in and assisted the Boss in destroying the Core to win Game 2, and with it, the Finals.

Despite Animals winning the last two times the teams met in the Finals, Team Numerics came away as the winners of HeroesHype Tempo Storm Series 3 Week 2. Although Team Numerics barely won the first game by the skin of their teeth, Game 2 was undeniably controlled by them.  Thanks to both of these teams and all the others who competed. A special thanks goes out to Halorin and Kala for their great shot-by-shot game casting. Thanks to all those that tuned in to watch as well, we hope to see everyone again next week for the continuation of HeroesHype Tempo Storm Series 3.

You can see the points earned by each team this week on our standings page here.

HeroesHype Tempo Storm Series 3 Week 1 Recap – August 30th, 2017

HeroesHype Tempo Storm Series 3 is upon us folks! Week 1 is already under wraps though, so if you’re interested in participating, join now before it’s too late! As a free agent, or a team, you can register on our Battlefy here. If you missed the Twitch stream of Week 1, you can watch it in entirety here. You can also watch all future games every Wednesday at 9pm PDT on our channel here.

Week 1 saw twenty teams compete for points and hopefully an early lead in the Series. In the end, it came down to Team Numerics and Animals in a best-of-three final match. These two teams were last week’s Amateur Series finalists as well, so we had a great rematch to watch for Week 1. Team Numerics was represented by: FlyestRaven, Caesarsalad, Quonzar, fasdfasdzzxx, and ViN. Animals was represented by: Olecb, Droplets, EToby, Evandrinde, and EKevin. I think I jinxed it last week by saying we haven’t seen a 3 game match in a while, because these two teams did it again:

Game 1 – Towers of Doom

Animals – 1st Pick

Bans: Gall & Cassia

Heroes: Illidan, Rehgar, Valla, E.T.C., Stukov

Team Numerics – 2nd Pick

Bans: Tassadar & Lúcio

Heroes: Uther, Arthas, Gul’dan, Malfurion, Garrosh

Animals started with a confident 2-1-2 lane setup, but most of them hid in brush. Due to the brush concealment, Team Numerics constantly rotated until they settled with a 2-1-2 setup as well. As their rotations finished, the first Altar Phase began. Team Numerics came out ahead with two captures, but almost lost an early team fight on bot to secure their last Altar.

First blood didn’t occur until the 4:15 mark when Garrosh and Arthas pursued the enemy Illidan too far. Animals’ E.T.C. and Uthur rotated up to assist, and they secured the kill.

Animals continued their streak of winning almost every skirmish in the early parts of the game, while Team Numerics pulled ahead on Altar captures. The lane pressure from Animals allowed them to pull ahead in shot count though, reducing the threat of Team Numeric’s Altars. They became too ambitious when a dive on bot turned out horribly wrong:

Team Numerics’ counter-attack picked up another kill, but they themselves were countered where they lost two Heroes. Garrosh continued to stay top during all of this, but rejoined his team shortly after. Finally all grouped up, Team Numerics went on the hunt. A team fight broke out on bot shortly after:

The two level advantage gained by Team Numerics spelled what looked to be the beginning of the end for Animals. Their immense lane pressure allowed Siege Camps to successfully deal Core damage while also picking up Altars. Animals started to recover, they even killed the Boss, but lost that momentum after this team fight:

With a death grip on bot lane, Team Numerics escorted a Siege Camp that successfully dealt Core damage. They invested so much effort into this because the last Altar was on bot. After the Camp did its job, Team Numerics secured the Altar and won the first game.

Game 2 – Dragon Shire

Animals – 1st Pick

Bans: Gall & Lúcio

Heroes: Sonya, Rehgar, Malfurion, Johanna, Li-Ming

Team Numerics – 2nd Pick

Bans: Tassadar & Valla

Heroes: Uther, Garrosh, Greymane, E.T.C., Chromie

Both teams used the same lane setups of 2-1-2 again. Skirmishes between the equal lanes were common, but there was no First Blood as Shrines activated. The early parts of the game were, as Halorin put it, “something of a game of musical Shrines.” The only highlight of the first six minutes of the game was a crazy escape by Uther in a 3vs1. First Blood finally occured at the 6:24 mark when Animals top lane pressure earned a kill against Chromie.

Musical Shrines continued, but with markedly more aggression from both teams. Trades and skirmishes occurred throughout the map and a few team fights only in mid. It took twelve and a half minutes, but the first Dragon Knight appeared after Garrosh died in mid, allowing Animals to capture.

The Dragon Knight only destroyed Gate and Towers on bot, but Animals started to pull ahead in experience. Not wanting to risk their lead, Animals played defensively between Shrine Phases. Musical Shrines didn’t happen this time though, because Animals put down the hurt against Team Numerics in a team fight. There were no deaths, but Animals easily secured the Dragon Knight.

Taking the Dragon Knight bot, the Keep there stood no chance. A stun-lock on Chromie led to her death immediately after. From there, Animals decided to go all-in for the win:

Game 3 – Infernal Shrines

Team Numerics – 1st Pick

Bans: Tassadar & E.T.C.

Heroes: Sonya, Uther, Lúcio, Arthas, Gul’dan

Animals – 2nd Pick

Bans: Gall & Malfurion

Heroes: Rehgar, Dehaka, Valla, Muradin, Brightwing

Breaking the trend, both teams went all mid. Valla kicked off a team fight and damage went out everywhere, but no kills. Animals did a 2-1-2 lane setup after, but Team Numerics rotated four Heroes to bot. They caught Gul’dan off guard and secured First Blood seconds before the first minute ended.

Team Numerics continued to play aggressively by rotating around, putting pressure wherever they went. Unfortunately for them, Animals escaped every attempt.

The first Shrine was an extremely prolonged fight, but Animals ultimately secured the Punisher. It destroyed the Walls in mid, but only did minor damage to the Fort.  After, both teams resumed their earlier strategies, but Animals began to come out on top of most skirmishes.

As the next Shrine activated, Sonya wasted no time in racking up kills. Abandoning the Shrine, Team Numerics caught Arthas in a 5v1. They secured the kill and mid Fort in the process, but had to retreat to deal with the Punisher on top. They weren’t able to stop it from destroying the top Fort, but they put up a defense at the Keep. Gul’dan’s well placed Horrify threw all of Team Numerics into disarray though:

Skirmishes and Camp captures led to the next Shrine activation. Surprisingly, Team Numerics doubled down on their strategy of ignoring the Shrine and pushed bot. All of Animals, minus Sonya, rotated down to stop their advance:

Team Numerics couldn’t afford to capture the shrine though, because the pressure from creeps was too great. After Animals’ team respawned, they secured the Punisher and pushed mid. The Keep dropped and a crazy team fight broke out:

Only Brightwing and Rehgar survived for Team Numerics, leaving only two supports in defense of the Core. The two put up a valiant defense, but weren’t even able to stop Sonya from killing Brightwing right as the Core fell.

After losing the first game, Animals bounced back with their two consecutive wins to become the winners of HeroesHype Tempo Storm Series 3 Week 1. All three games appeared to be anyone’s game until a few pivotal plays ultimately determined the winner. In my opinion, those are the best games to watch, and it’s great to see teams put in so much effort for these Series.  Thanks to both of these teams and all the others who competed. A special thanks goes out to Halorin and Kala for their great shot-by-shot game casting. Thanks to all those that tuned in to watch as well, we hope to see everyone again next week for the continuation of HeroesHype Tempo Storm Series 3.

You can see the points earned by each team this week on our standings page here.

HeroesHype Amateur Series Week 82 Recap – August 23rd, 2017

If you haven’t heard the news, HeroesHype Tempo Storm Series 3 has been announced! Have a team already or want to enter as a free agent? Head over to our Battlefy page here to enter. The Series runs for five weeks on Wednesdays at 6p.m. PDT and starts on August 30th, so sign-up ASAP!

That being said, this week’s regular Amateur Series was a very important chance for the teams who competed to get some practice in before next week. Thirteen teams competed, with some new teams taking the field too. Ultimately, the two final teams were Animals and last week’s winners, Team Numerics. Animals was represented by: Olecb, Droplets, EToby, Evandrinde, and EKevin. Team Numerics was represented by: FlyestRaven, Caesarsalad, Quonzar, fasdfasdzzxx, and ViN. Surprisingly, we haven’t seen an Amateur Series reach three games in a while, but that changed this week:

Game 1 – Towers of Doom

Animals – 1st Pick

Bans: Uther & Malfurion

Heroes: Tassadar, Arthas, Illidan, Kharazim, Greymane

Team Numerics – 2nd Pick

Bans:  Dehaka & Rehgar

Heroes: Stitches, Abathur, Valla, Stukov, Chen

Animals started the game off in a 2-1-2 lane setup and Team Numerics responded with a 1-1-3 setup after some rotation. Top lane saw Animals’ Tassadar and Illidan  applying constant pressure against Chen. Chen retaliated by dishing out a good amount of damage to Illidan, but pursued too far and gave Animals First Blood.

Team Numerics captured most of the Altars during the first three Altar Phases, but Animals was ahead in kills and Shots. As the fourth Altar phase approached, Team Numerics gathered on bot before pushing on the mid Altar where a team fight broke out: 

Four kills, an Altar, and a Keep were the rewards for Animals winning that team fight. Team Numerics immediately secured their Keep, but were a full level below their enemy. That advantage came into play for the next Altar Phase where Animals easily gained two of the three Altars.

A few minutes of up and back rotations put both teams at equal Shots again. Animals made a play for top Keep, but retreated back to Boss as Team Numerics rotated up. Another team fight broke out in the brush:

Animals secured both Altars that appeared during that fight and led the Core health at 20v8. They immediately killed Boss after and Chen when he attempted to interfere. Arthas converted bottom Keep but was attacked by Team Numerics before he could retreat. His team came to his aid though, and another team fight broke out:

With most of Team Numerics out of the fight, the next Altar Phase was entirely unopposed. Needing only four Shots, Animals’ win was assured.

Game 2 – Dragon Shire

Animals – 2nd Pick

Bans: Uther & Kharazim

Heroes: Malfurion, Rehgar, Arthas, Illidan, Greymane

Team Numerics – 1st Pick

Bans: Tassadar & Xul

Heroes: Dehaka, Falstad, Stukov, Cho’Gall

Animals started with the same lane setup of 2-1-2 and Team Numerics went 1-1-1 with Cho’Gall rotating everywhere. His rotations immediately bore fruit as he helped kill Malfurion on bot for First Blood.

The first Shrine Phase was a long bloody fight. Both teams did equal trades and constantly fought for possession of the Shrines.  A team fight broke out on bot, but this time Team Numerics was the clear winner with three kills and a Fort Kill. Falstad flew to top after and Stukov picked up the Dragon Knight finally at 14:30 minutes in.

It took them a while, but Team Numerics destroyed mid Fort before their Dragon Knight expired. A rotation to top went nowhere for them, so they stopped their advance. More rotations brought both teams to bot where a Fly/Gust combo by Falstad started another team fight:

Dehaka burrowed his way out of that situation, but a 4v1 trade for Animals tied the game back up. They easily picked up the next Dragon Knight, but accomplished little.

During the wait for the next Shrines, Cho’Gall led skirmishes on bot. His immense lane presence put pressure on Animals. The distraction allowed Dehaka to sneak in and secure the Dragon Knight. Team Numerics went all bot with the Dragon Knight, but Illidan’s Hunt started a team fight outside of the Gate:

Team Numerics melted bot Keep and went straight for the Core. With all their team alive and the Dragon Knight at nearly full health, Animals couldn’t push them back. Team Numerics won the game and tied up the Series.

Game 3 – Infernal Shrines

Animals – 1st Pick

Bans: Gall & Greymane

Heroes: Dehaka, Uther, Malfurion, Valla, E.T.C.

Team Numerics – 2nd Pick

Bans: Tassadar & Genji

Heroes:  Arthas, Rehgar, Malthael, Medivh, Gul’dan

After an initial all-mid poke, both teams began rotating through lanes. Dehaka stayed top against Malthael while the rest of both teams constantly rotated between mid and bot until first Shrine on bot. Malthael rotated down, but he and Reghar died to win the Shrine race. The Punisher achieved nothing though, and Animals received First Blood.

Dehaka drags and E.T.C slides put Animals ahead in most of the skirmishes early in the game. Their lead gave them level 10 much earlier than Team Numerics and also helped secure a Punisher. During that Punisher push, the major advantage of having level 10 before your enemy showed:

When all of Team Numerics respawned, they inexplicably chased Animals on top. Even after Animals stopped by the safety of their Wall, Team Numerics forced a fight:

The Ace gave Animals a 2 ½ level lead on Team Numerics. Their advantage gave them free reign over the next Shrine. An E.T.C. tower Mosh dive picked up two kills and the first Keep. As the Keep went down, Team Numerics forced another fight that gave Animals two more kills. Those deaths caused a 3 level difference. 

Team Numerics found no way to come back after this point. Animals secured the next Punisher and pushed. After melting a Keep, a token resistance happened at the Core, but Animals couldn’t be stopped.

With that win, Animals became the HeroesHype Amateur Series Week 82 winners. The first two games were well fought, but Animals huge level difference in Game 3 helped them win the game that mattered most.  Thanks to both of these teams and all the others who competed. A special thanks goes out to CavalierGuest and HeroPhysio for their great shot-by-shot game casting. Thanks to all those that tuned in to watch as well, we hope to see everyone again next week for the start of HeroesHype Tempo Storm Series 3. A full stream of the Series can seen on our Twitch account here.

HeroesHype Amateur Series Week 81 Recap – August 16th, 2017

This week saw another great Amateur Series take place between 14 teams. New and old teams competed, including WhoIsThisTeam, winners of last week’s Series. If you and your friends want to compete, there’s no better time than now! Visit our Battlefy page here and join in on the action!

As usual, this recap focuses on the top two teams of the Series. Last week’s winners, WhoIsThisTeam, made another great showing and reached the finals again this week. Their roster was: Faatz, Sirius, Liamsterz, edwardtorres, and SheezyDeezy. Their competition was Team Numerics, whose roster was: Caesarsalad, FlyestRaven, ViN, Jougonaut, and fasdfasdzzxx. A look at the entire series’ brackets can be seen here, but without further a do, let’s get into how these two teams fared.

Game 1 – Dragon Shire

Team Numerics – 1st Pick

Bans: Stitches & Genji

Heroes: Tassadar, Valla, Arthas, Rehgar, Illidan

WhoIsThisTeam – 2nd Pick

Bans: Auriel & Stukov

Heroes: Dehaka, Uther, Greymane, Falstad, E.T.C.

The game opened with both teams doing lane rotations to press any possible advantages. When Tassadar went from mid to top to help his Illidan fight Dehaka, Falstad wasn’t far behind.  A 2v2 fight broke out with Falstad and Tassadar falling at the same time for an even trade, which brought the game’s First Blood(s).

First Shrine Phase was the the normal up and back damage trading with both teams trying to pull ahead. Team Numerics had a very close opportunity to seize the Dragon Knight that led to an intense fight in mid:

The fight for the Shrines continued, though. Minor fights took place across the lanes and take-downs against Rehgar and Illidan put WhoIsThisTeam ahead. That advantage helped for the team fight that finally happened on bot:

Tassadar wasn’t able to escape after that fight either, which gave WhoIsThisTeam the time they needed to capture both Shrines. After a Mighty Gust by Falstad, Greymane picked up the first Dragon Knight. Their push in mid destroyed the Fort, but Team Numerics rallied for a counterattack:

E.T.C. barely escaped, but that fight showed Team Numerics superiority in concerted team fights. That definitely showed in the next Shrine Phase when they made a 5 man push on bot:

Rather than fully focus on the Shrines, Team Numerics used their team fight win to push bot and destroyed the Fort. After some lane rotations, they had both Shrines captured but no one in mid to pick up the Dragon Knight. When Dehaka contested bot Shrine, Team Numerics came in force to stop him and another team fight broke out. No deaths occurred, but Team Numerics came out on top and pushed mid. Another team fight broke out there, this time with deaths:

Team Numerics went straight for the Shrines after and contested both. Dehaka attempted to contest bot, but Team Numerics was ready for him and easily gained another kill and their level 20. Illidan rotated from top, picked up the Dragon Knight, and then went down to bot. Team Numerics easily destroyed bot Keep, and then rotated to mid. Dehaka respawned however, and helped his team to push back Team Numerics. Team Numerics rotated afterwords to bot and hid in brush where they attempted to spring a trap:

Playing against the odds, Team Numerics went back for more with only 3 Heroes to kill Uther. The rest of WhoIsThisTeam wouldn’t let this slide though, and finished off the rest of Team Numerics. Meanwhile, Illidan respawned and Tassadar wasn’t far behind him. WhoIsThisTeam went all-in and pushed the core. Tassadar shielded the core though, and Illidan picks off WhoIsThisTeam one-by-one with the help of Core splash damage:

At that point, four of Team Numerics’ Heroes were alive and they went straight for WhoIsThisTeam’s Core. With absolutely no resistance, their victory was assured. A heart-crushing defeat for WhoIsThisTeam, but with little time to reflect on any errors, they went straight into Game 2.

Game 2 – Towers of Doom

Team Numerics – 2nd Pick

Bans: Dehaka & Lunara

Heroes: Valla, Tassadar, Rehgar, Leoric, Chen

WhoIsThisTeam – 1st Pick

Bans: Abathur & Stukov

Heroes: Auriel, Stitches, Uther, Xul, Gul’dan

The beginning of the game saw both teams poking in mid before the eventual split and lane rotations. WhoIsThisTeam favored rotations to attempt to pick up a kill while Team Numerics only rotated to respond to their opponent’s pressure. Xul versus Chen on top was a perfect example of this. Xul was slowly chipping away at Chen, so Leoric rotated top to help and gained First Blood for Team Numerics.

Shortly after, first Altar Phase began. Due to dropping Xul on top, Team Numerics came out ahead in Altars. Lane rotations continued as usual until Team Numerics attempted to invade a camp on bot where things didn’t go as planned:

Team Numerics licked their wounds after that failed invasion and continued their normal rotations. As the next Altar Phase began, both teams converged to the lone Altar. Although prolonged, a fight did break out there:

After some small lane rotations and Leoric coming back, WhoIsThisTeam pushed bot. They came out ahead on the team fight there, but neither team gained any kills. WhoIsThisTeam did destroy the Gate and Towers there, though. Meanwhile, Xul and Chen both rotated to mid and started poking each other there. Leoric rotated in and helped pick up the kill on Xul before a team fight broke out:

Team Numerics’ Ace allowed the guaranteed pick-up of the third Altar Phase for a 32-24 Core and full level advantage. WhoIsThisTeam respawned shortly after and lane rotations resumed as normal.

As the next Altar Phase began, Xul and Leoric did an even trade on top while WhoIsThisTeam retreated from a push on bot. Leoric’s ghost phase ended just in time to help interrupt the retreat, and Team Numerics dropped the enemy Stitches while securing the Altar for a 12-point Core advantage.

While Xul continued to rotate through lanes, the rest of WhoIsThisTeam resumed their push on bot. They finally picked up the Keep on bot and gained extra Altar damage right as the next Altar Phase began its countdown. This Altar Phase had two Altars on top and one in mid. Chen went for mid and barely escaped a 1v5 with his Barrel. Meanwhile, Rehgar and Uther secured an Altar for each of their teams with one still being open for the taking. WhoIsThisTeam ultimately secured the last Altar, but not without Leoric failing to intervene, which granted them another kill.

After killing the enemy Leoric, WhoIsThisTeam pushed for Boss,  but Team Numerics moved to intervene. A team fight broke out, but doesn’t end how you would think:

Team Numerics said “thanks for the idea,” and wipe the boss off the map for a 19-13 Core advantage. They rotated right after to secure their bot Keep again, but are caught by the fulled respawned WhoIsThisTeam. Leoric dropped in the fight, and WhoIsThisTeam pulls out for the next Altar Phase. Leoric pursued them as a ghost though, and put himself in position to contest an Altar:

WhoIsThisTeam secured one altar before that fight, but Leoric secured the second one, putting the game at 15-9, Team Numerics advantage. Team Numerics was quick to finally secure their bot Keep and pushed on to gain the enemy Keep as well. WhoIsThisTeam respawned and immediately secured their bot Keep before ambushing part of Team Numerics in mid. Both teams went all-in and a team fight broke out:

Team Numerics secured mid Keep after the fight and went straight for bot Keep as well. After securing bot Keep, Team Numerics had full control of the battlefield and shortly after won the game.

With their second win, Team Numerics won HeroesHype Amateur Series Week 81. Both games could have gone either way at pivotal points, but ultimately Team Numerics came out on top. Those are the kinds of games that are great to watch and we’d like to thank not only those two teams, but all the other teams that competed this week. A special thanks goes out to Halorin and InVerum for their, as always, great shot-by-shot game casting. Thanks to all those that tuned in to watch as well, we hope to see everyone again next week. A full stream of the Series can seen on our Twitch account here.

HeroesHype Amateur Series Week 80 Recap – August 9th, 2017

With HeroesHype Tempo Storm Series 2 coming to a close, we are back to our normal, weekly amateur matches. Any number of teams are welcome to compete, and it’s a great platform for those teams to practice with. Each match is winner-take-all until the best two teams compete in a best-of-three match.

Seven teams participated, but it came down to a face-off between RIP The Dream and WhoIsThisTeam. RIP The Dream consisted of: i2ival, Blades, AEtherFoG, popo, and LtDan. WhoIsThisTeam was represented by: Faatz, SheezyDeezy, Liamsterz, ThreeDaThird, and edwardtorres .

Game 1 – Dragon Shire

RIP The Dream – 1st Pick

Bans: Dehaka & Lunara

Heroes: Uther, Valla, Brightwing, Johanna, Chen

WhoIsThisTeam – 2nd Pick

Bans: Auriel & Illidan

Heroes: Tassadar, Stitches, Greymane, Malfurion Falstad

WhoIsThisTeam immediately started the game on an aggressive note. Unable to find RIP The Dream in the opening seconds of play in, they went to engage when they showed up on bot. After some lane changes and a team fight in mid with no deaths, RIP The Dream cycled back to bot. Their Johanna strayed too far behind though and was caught by a Stitches hook, leading to First Blood for WhoIsThisTeam.

When first Shrine Phase kicked off, WhoIsThisTeam immediately captured the shrines and the Dragon Knight. Split pushing, they were able to destroy the first Gate and Towers for both bot and mid. The next few minutes were uneventful with both teams taking camps and trying to push across multiple lanes.

Second Shrine Phase began with WhoIsThisTeam attempting to capture the Dragon Knight as quickly as the first time. RIP The Dream is prepared though, and caught Stitches with a body-block on bot, securing both the shrine and a kill. After several lane changes and deaths on both sides, WhoIsThisTeam finally secured the Dragon Knight.

Chen attempted to stop the Dragon Knight capture, but was caught and immediately killed. Pushing mid, they quickly destroyed the Fort and destroyed the Gate and Towers of the Keep. Time still left on the Dragon Knight, they cycled to bot to finish off the damaged Fort there. Using their momentum, they continued their push after the Dragon Knight goes down:

Lane changes and minor lane pushes led up to the next major fight. After securing Camps on bot, WhoIsThisTeam moved top to push while their camps pushed bot. The inevitable team fight quickly broke out:

Coming out on top of the team fight, WhoIsThisTeam easily secured Dragon Knight. Pushing through the hole the camps made on bot, they immediately focused the Core and won the first game.

Game 2 – Infernal Shrines

RIP The Dream – 2nd Pick

Bans: Dehaka & Lunara

Heroes: Chromie, Uther, Anub’arak, Malthael, Rehgar

WhoIsThisTeam – 1st Pick

Bans: Tassadar & Greymane

Heroes: Auriel, Cho’Gall, Xul, Falstad

RIP The Dream started the game on the aggressive side, using multiple lane switches to attempt to pick up First Blood. They were unsuccessful though and both teams poked at each other until first Shrine.

An outnumbered Rehgar was taken down right as the shrine activated, putting RIP The Dream with a possible disadvantage on first Shrine. WhoIsThisTeam’s Xul went to farm xp however,  placing both teams on equal ground again. RIP The Dream slowly pushed their way into the Shrine, and ultimately secured the first Punisher.

The Punisher only destroyed the Gate and a Tower on bot though, while Xul single-handedly did the same damage to top. He wasn’t ignored however, and was killed later during a lane change.  Before his death, Xul had secured a few Camps that RIP The Dream were forced to stop in lane. That distraction put them out of place for the next Shrine, which WhoIsThisTeam secured without resistance.

The Punisher allowed them to push all the way to the Gates of mid’s Keep. Surprisingly, there was no team fights during the push, but there was one shortly after:

RIP The Dream was forced to lick their wounds after that fight, while WhoIsThisTeam picked up bot Fort. The next Shrine activated on top and all of WhoIsThisTeam headed top except Falstad. He is caught and killed in mid, giving RIP The Dream a Hero advantage for the Shrine fight:

Despite their disadvantage, WhoIsThisTeam winning the team fight allowed them to farm Shrine kills to 39/40. After their team regrouped, they summoned the Punisher and pushed top. A fight for the Keep quickly broke out:


Instead of risking a Core fight, WhoIsThisTeam moved to mid to take down the Gate there. Afterwards, they picked up Camps to provide a distraction during the next Shrine. RIP The Dream killed the Camps however, and made it to the Shrine in time for a fight:

WhoIsThisTeam had the advantage in kills though, and Cho’Gall continued racking up Shrine kills with his bombs at a distance. At the last second, he dove in and stole the Punisher. Falstad flew in and saved Cho’Gall with a gust, but he was cocooned and killed after. The Punisher allowed a big enough distraction that WhoIsThisTeam freely farmed Camps. Using the Camp lane pressure, they destroyed bot Keep before retreating for the next Shrine.

All of RIP The Dream went to the Shrine while WhoIsThisTeam split their team between the Shrine and a Core push. When the Core came under attack, RIP The Dream attempted to Hearth back, but Cho’Gall and Auriel interrupted their channels. Falstad and Xul were able to quickly destroy the Core and secure the win for WhoIsThisTeam. With their second win, WhoIsThisTeam takes home the Week 80 title.

 

Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 2 Finals Recap – August 2nd, 2017

Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 2 has come and gone already. Wednesday saw five weeks of hard work for our eight finalist teams come to fruition as they met in the Nexus to do battle for the Community-Driven Prize Pool of $1012. Unfortunately, one of our original finalist teams, TQ, had to drop out of the tournament. To account for this, Bambooxuled, a team who had fought and lost for a spot in the finals through a tiebreaker, was brought back in for a second chance.

The finals deviated from how the weekly matches were played, in that every round was a best-of-three match. The eight competing teams were: Firm Handshake, Bambooxuled, Imported Support, East Coast Revolvers, Flame is Lame, 7th Empire, 101st North Umberland Fusiliers, and The New Guys. For a better look at how the Brackets for the Finals turned out, visit our Battlefy page here.

As usual, all rounds were played concurrently, so sadly not all matches were covered. Our great casters Halorin and Kala were there for play-by-play calls on the games that were covered, and you can rewatch those matches in their entirety here.

After a great effort by all the teams, Imported Support and 101st North Umberland Fusiliers fought their way to the finals. Imported Support had won every game so far and 101st  lost only one game to Flame is Lame. In the end, Imported Support won the Finals and remained undefeated throughout. Congratulations to them and all teams that participated, it was a pleasure to have you all compete in Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 2 and we hope to see you all in the future. Without further ado, here’s the Finals Recap.

Game 1 – Sky Temple

Imported Support – 1st Pick

Bans: Uther & Malfurion

Heroes: Illidan, Rehgar, Auriel, Gul’dan, Stitches

 

101st North Umberland Fusiliers – 2nd Pick

Bans: Dehaka & Lunara

Heroes: Abathur, Genji, Brightwing, Arthas, Anub’arak

Initially, both teams split evenly across the map with one Hero in top and two each in mid and bot. 101st changed things quickly by becoming mobile and frequently changed lanes. Their strategy worked and allowed them a 5-1 Hero kill lead three minutes in. However, Imported Support stayed busy during this and focused on capturing Temples. After they captured both initial Temples, the teams were even in experience. Imported Support continued their focus on Temples when the third one activated. Although their Stitches was forced out at first, Imported Support regrouped and attacked in force with devastating effect:

The kills, structure damage, and winning the team fights in that hectic minute of play quickly turned the tide of the game. Using the boss and the remainder of the Temple shots, even more structure damage was dealt by Imported Support. Their efforts put them at a great advantage by placing them a level and a half above 101st. Continuing their almost single-minded effort at destroying structures, Imported Support gathered on bot with four Siege Giants where they destroyed even more structures, but weren’t able to reach the Keep.

The next few minutes saw both teams juggling control of the Temples and no fights other than minor pokes and harassments. 101st attempted to force a fight to regain momentum, but Imported Support simply walked away. Even with a push on top that resulted in the destruction of 101st’s Keep, no real fights broke out.

That all changed as both teams positioned themselves to fight the Boss again. Stitches walked off by himself and inadvertently started the fight:

Imported Support pushed straight from there for the Core and picked up the first win of the match.

Game 2 – The Cursed Hollow

101st North Umberland Fusiliers – 1st Pick

Bans: Auriel & Arthas

Heroes: Illidan, Abathur, Stitches, Genji, Malfurion

 

Imported Support – 2nd Pick

Bans: Tassadar & Rehgar

Heroes: Dehaka, Uther, Anub’arak, Greymane, Medivh

Whether it was momentum from the last game or a change of tactics, Imported Support immediately began the game on the offensive on top. Although they missed the hopeful kill on Malfurion, they knocked down a tower within the first minute, setting the pace of this game.

The aggressive plays picked up on both teams as they continuously harassed each other. Surprisingly, no takedowns occurred all the way to the first tribute phase. The only takedown was against Malfurion who became separated and killed, but much of the tribute was the same aggressive poking.

Imported Support continued last game’s strategy of applying pressure to lanes, thereby forcing 101st to come engage. A top push started taking a bad turn for Imported Support’s Uther, but with great protects and portals, they came out ahead:

Top Keep fell with that push as well, putting Imported Support a full level ahead of 101st. Both teams weren’t shy after their last fight and come into position as the next Tribute appeared. Stitches ran out to force Imported Support to engage in a team fight, and they replied in force:

Imported Support attempted to take Boss afterward for the scary combo of two tributes and an active boss, but were forced off. Uther was too slow to run away and gets taken down shortly after. Meanwhile, Dehaka almost gets taken down in mid as well, but Medivh saved him with a great portal.

With such a deficit already, 101st needed to win the next fight for tribute. As it appeared, both teams were quick to engage and an insanely long fight occurred where damage was thrown everywhere:

The game isn’t decided yet though. Imported Support pushed forward with the Curse, but found themselves on the receiving end this time:

Anub’arak continued his bot push during the Curse, but he also falls from being caught too far out. By then, Imported Support had respawned and immediately avenged Anub’arak with a Genji and Malfurion takedown. With the momentum back on their side, Imported Support quickly took down their Boss. 101st was aware of this and started fighting their boss. Imported Support was fast enough to intercept though, and gained a second Boss.

Using their stolen Boss, Imported Support dealt immense damage to top, but decided to retreat rather than risk a fight. That pressure allowed a free Tribute pick-up by Imported Support.

They go back to farm camps and looked for their next opportunity to strike. Imported Support found it when Stitches was a bit too far out from his teammates. After bursting him down, they attacked structures and had 101st pushed all the way to their last three Keeps.

With the fifth Tribute on the way, Imported pulled off their attack. Once again, they came together for a violent fight with deaths and insane damage on both sides, but Imported Support barely took the win because of Uther surviving with 60hp:

After that deadly bout, both teams stayed mobile looking for any opportunity to seal the deal. Nothing happened until the sixth Tribute appeared, where once again a fight broke out:

Imported Support immediately pushed top with their Curse. With two Heroes down, 101st was in an extremely bad position to defend. At full strength, Imported Support moved in and crushed the token defense. Illidan and Genji were able to respawn in time, but they too were easily taken down. Imported Support won the game, and with that, won the Finals for Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 2.

 

Once again, thanks to all the teams who’ve competed throughout the entire Series and congratulations to Imported Support for their undefeated streak through the Finals. Another thanks especially goes out to the community for watching the Series and a special thanks to those that contributed to the Community Prize Pool through Matcherino. We hope to see your continued support in future events with many more exciting tournaments to come.

Pre-Finals Interview: Shot from Flame is Lame

There are only five weeks in each Heroes Hype Series before Finals to determine the Series winner. That doesn’t leave a lot of room for error or bad decisions in-game as missing a week of the series can end a team’s bid for the finals before they even begin. None of this stopped the team Flame is Lame though. After missing the first week, they made a huge debut by winning every game of the Week 2. They also came out in force Week 3 by once again making it to the finals, but fell to Firm Handshake, the current leading team in standings.

As we near the Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 2 Finals, we reached out their Warrior player Shot to learn more about their team origin and growth. The following is a transcription of Shot’s interview, hosted by our Lead Caster, Halorin, our Production Manager, Argy, and our Lead Writer, Flagg.  

Be sure to catch Shot and the rest of Flame is Lame compete in the Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 2 Finals! The Finals are this Wednesday, August 2nd at 6 PM PDT and will be streamed on https://www.twitch.tv/heroeshype.  

Halorin (H): How’s it going Shot? Congratulations on making it 3rd place, and securing your spot in the finals for Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 2. How’s it feel making it to the finals?

Shot (S): It feels good, I wish we were 1st seed, but our last week’s tournament we kind of dropped the ball in the very first round, so we didn’t get as many points as we wanted to. It was a pretty off day, to say the least.

H: No problem, no problem, you still made it to the big dance. For those who may not have heard our interview earlier in the season, do you want to tell us about Flame is Lame, how long you guys have been together, what some of your aspirations are?

S: Alright, so Flame is Lame is a coalition of players that I just personally really, really like as personality-wise. We created the team after Darkchimaera and my last team Vox and the Busted Bullets disbanded, so we called it “Vox and the Disbanded Bullets” cause we’re really funny like that. So, after that, Dark was like “if you have anything just let me know,” and so I took a long time to find this roster, and I really the people that are on my roster. They all have great personalities. Flame is Lame roster right now is: Me, Darkchimaera on support, Legend on hard carry, TR4PQU33N on flex, and Deadly on melee-assassin, and I’m on tank. We’ve had a rough road since I switched to tank from being a ranged-assassin player. Moving to tank has been one of the hardest challenges I’ve ever had to do in competitive Heroes, because tanking in my opinion is legit the hardest role in the entire game to do properly and correctly. But that’s a little tidbit about us. We’re just a bunch of jokesters and we don’t like flame, even though we still flame each other.

H: (Laughs) I was about to say, knowing your personality in particular there is some contradiction in it.

S: I mean, (laughs) we flame people and we flame each other, but after we go “Flame is Lame.” It’s not 100% countered out, but it’s like half countered out? I don’t know, we’ll just move on, I’m just digging myself a hole.

H: Well one thing I think is really cool about how your team formed is that, you said that it’s based off liking the personality, something that I think is a problem, or that has been a problem in North America. People are just trying to put what they perceive to be the strongest talent together, and they don’t even worry about if there will be that kind of cohesion and synergy. Do you think prioritizing, you know, just the overall team synergy and coordination from a personality standpoint has benefited your team?

S: It has benefited our team in a few ways and it’s been a detriment in different ways. It’s benefited us in the sense that whenever we’re in a slump or struggling, we don’t really go at each other’s throats often like a lot of teams for example: the original roster of Naventic was pretty aggressive towards each other to say the least. So whenever we mess up or anything, we’re really supportive of each other, however it can get to a point; I picked these players just because I like their personalities so the detriment part can be like that we like each other so much that we treat each other as friends and we sometimes don’t pay attention or we, not in like a tournament, but I meant like in scrimmages we’re not paying as much attention as we should or we’re not as focused much as we should. Or we’re making little jokes at each other. It can get bad in that sense because we don’t the optimal amount of practice that we should be getting, but in most cases I would say for a team that’s going to last longer however, would benefit from liking each other, more so than a short-term team. So, obviously, my team is more of a short-term team for right now. I don’t know what will happen if we don’t make it in HGC with the open division and all that, but regardless of that, I think that if a team is willing to stick together through the long-haul and lose together, and still like each other, everyone can get better. But if you just throw a team full of all-stars, you might have conflicted interests, you might have head-butting, and then once there becomes turmoil and relationships within your team, nothing will get done. Absolutely nothing. I always thought that personality was more important than raw skill. That’s why I joined a lot of the teams that I’ve been on, like Vox and the Busted Bullets where all my buddies before that resurgence, I was really good friends will all of them. I don’t know, I just don’t think that grabbing the best players from every role and sticking them together works every time. It just doesn’t. Sometimes you just have teams that just flop or disband in a week because somebody got into an argument with somebody else, or someone insulted another person’s girlfriend, or something. I don’t know. I prefer that I’m friends with my teammates, but at the same time it needs to get to a point that you still need to understand that it’s still a job, and we need to take this seriously and this isn’t like playtime.

H: Absolutely man. I personally think that you guys are one of those teams that have long-term potential, and I do hope you guys stick together. One thing that I think is particularly interesting about your team in particular is that, for me as an outsider, you know, watching you guys in action show up for week to week in Heroes Hype and things like the Open Division, it seems like it’s very much a personal journey for you specifically. You’re leading this team, you’re bringing your friends together, you’re over switching to a role that is very foreign from what you’re used to in a competitive scene. And I think that we’ve seen in a lot of ways the ups and downs of it.

S: Yeah.

H: I think you guys are coming out as a better team for it, but for you individually as a player, do you think this experience being on Flame is Lame has benefited you as both a player and a person?

S: As a person, I would say yes. As a player, I would also say yes. It’s just a matter of, this is just extremely hard for me. This has been the most stressful split of my entire career, and that includes all of the professional teams I’ve been on, like, those weren’t nearly as stressful (laughs). I, I don’t know. I used to shot-call for different teams, and that, I could not deal with. I would get so stressed out that I would beg somebody else to shot-call because it would stress me out to no end and then I wouldn’t perform properly. But tanking is like a whole other thing. And I was tanking and shot-calling when the team first formed, so I had to basically dust off the rust, which is a really bad way of saying not be rusty (laughs). Get rid of the rust on shot-calling as well as learn a brand new role, and it’s been such a struggle for me. Every single day my team is like, “you did this wrong, you did this wrong,” and I’m like “yeah, I know that now.” Now I have to go into my replays and I spend at least 2 hours of replays every night trying just to look at my own individual skill. And my team is so supportive of me, I love it so much. Legend even sent me one of game he thought Breeze from Fanatic played extremely well. He just said “put your camera on locked and then watch what Breeze does and just think about what he’s thinking the entire time” because Breezed is a fantastic tank player. And so, I just aspire to be one of those better tanks. And for what you said it’s a personal journey, I would also say just because of the tanking and the shot-calling and the leading this team, and blah-blah-blah; Yeah that’s a journey, but it’s also kind of a kind of last hurrah type of thing for me. I love competing, but I do know that my career has a time limit right now. I don’t know 100% when I’ll be done, but I really want to succeed and go out with a bang, so hopefully I will be able to do that.

H: Wow, so that means there’s a lot riding on the future and success of this team for you individually. I think that makes it all the more compelling story. For all those that will be cheering for you in the finals for Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series, what would you say to them?

S: Flame is Lame.

H: (Laughs)

S: But mostly I mean, I’m just, I’m so impressed that, actually, we even have fans to be fair. We’re kind of just a bunch of goobers and there’s some controversial figures on our team, mostly me and TR4PQU33N. Me because I have all that one online class thing, which is, not getting into that. I have a bunch of things that people dislike for me. TR4PQU33N was a dirty bug-abuser cause he’s really good at finding bugs, then he tries to perfect them in quick-match and he shows people. But he tries not to use it in Hero League and stuff, he won’t do it in ranked cause it’s messed up, and I also yelled at him. But also, there’s some controversial figures on our team, right? So, I’m really surprised that people are willing to back us and be like “We really like these guys and this is fun,” I also like your cat in the background Albert.

H: Rowboat in.

S: But I’m just so glad that people are supporting us, and I really hope that we don’t let you down. And I hope that I personally don’t let you guys down as well as the team itself, because I know a lot of it’s riding on my confidence per day, or my mechanics per day, my game knowledge per day. It fluctuates because I’m not comfortable in my role yet, so I really hope that I don’t let you guys down.

H: No man, I don’t think it’s possible for you to let anyone down, no matter how it turns out. I think yours is one of the most interesting and personal stories of all the Heroes of the Storm scene, from pro-level down. So, I always enjoyed seeing your evolution as a player. So, I can’t wait to see you out there and Flame is Lame, man.

S: Flame is Lame. Also, to the fans. Please don’t go into Hero League and flame people. Flame is Lame. It’s bad. If I see you, I’ll call you out.

H: You guys heard it here first. Alright, those are all the questions and innate points that I wanted to ask you. I think, I think you guys are ready, so just show up and play your game.

S: We just gotta show up and play our game. It’s all about consistency at this point. We know that we can be good, we just need to make sure that we’re good on game day.

H: There you go.

Flagg (F): Do you have a most memorable play?

S: Right, okay, so, the play that was probably the most memorable for me was the probably the one that is in the Heroes Hype trailer. I was on Stitches, which I really love to play even though I’m not fantastic at him yet, but I hope to get there. I was walking through mid lane on Sky Temple, and I over-extended at level 1, and I found the enemy team. I think I said in comms, “guys I think I found the enemy team.” So, I was basically booking it back to my gate. I honestly got to 1 HP on my character, I was about to die. I got behind the gate, the enemy team gave up and started walking away. I turned around and threw a hook through the gate to hit, I think it was Jin from Donkeys R Us, he was on Chen. I pulled him back to the gate and I think Dark came and cleaned up the kill. And I just really liked it because I was an idiot, and it worked out. So, and it looked really cool on stream.

H: Calculated.

S: I went back and watched it and was like “Ooh, that was really ooh. That was really good.” Except not, because the whole lead-up to it. The execution of the play was good, the lead-up to the play was bad. It’s probably my most memorable moment on this team so far.

F: Do you have any advice for others aspiring to form a competitive team?

S: If you’re aspiring to form a competitive team, it depends on whether or not you have the players or not already. If you have a group of five guys that want to create a team, my advice would be, it’s gonna suck for a little bit. You are going to lose, you’re not going to be top-dogs day one. You have to play together, you have to lose together, you have to grow together, that’s the only way to improve. If you win every single game against lesser opponents, you don’t learn anything. So, try to stay within your skill range. Try to find those teams that are near your skill-level, but a bit above you so you can start practicing against them. Once you beat them consistently, move on to slightly harder teams, and slightly harder teams, and slightly harder teams. That’s the only way to improve. And once you hit a point where you’re getting destroyed every single game, well it’s time to buckle down and think about why you’re losing. Why are you losing these games? Watch your replays. Replays are the most important thing in this game probably, and everyone hates doing them. Just because pros go “Oh, I gotta watch replays,” does not mean they enjoy it. They hate it. I’ll let you know right now that they hate watching replays, but it is mandatory in order to be successful at the game. Also, one other thing: you need to be able to take self-criticism, as well as criticism from others, because if you aren’t able to do that, then you will not perform well on any team.


Be on the lookout for additional interviews this week from SLICEBLADE of the 101st North Umberland Fusiliers as well as Vestige from Firm Handshake!

Heroes Hype Pre-Finals Tiebreaker Recap – July 23rd, 2017

Heroes Hype Weekly Amateur Roundup

The Finals to Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 2 are quickly approaching. On August 2nd we’ll see eight teams duke it out for a chance at a community prize pool of over $600. Seven of those eight teams secured their position on Week 5, but two teams, 7th Empire and Bambooxuled, were tied for the 8th slot. A best-of-three tiebreaker game was held on Sunday the 23rd to determine who would go forward into the Finals.

Representing 7th Empire was Dreadnought, Bruneo, Gronmin, PUPKINSLARER, and Mochrie. Bambooxuled consisted of Allathonis, drakseye, Quickdraw6, Dscheibs, and Rexigon.

Game 1 – Infernal Shrines

7th Empire: Uther, Anub’arak, Tychus, Chromie, D.Va

Bambooxuled: Genji, Auriel, Diablo, Gul’dan, Medivh

At the onset of the match, both teams were quick to go all mid. Staying highly mobile, they continuously poked at each other but neither side gained an upper hand. 7th Empire was quick to split-up afterward with four Heroes going bot and D.Va going top. Bambooxuled copied the movement, and Genji alone goes to contend with D.Va. During a hard push, D.Va sacrificed her Mech to Genji, but couldn’t retreat fast enough and gave Bambooxuled First Blood.

The first Shrine appeared on bot. Both teams quickly regrouped and traded damage during a dead-locked race for Shrine kills. Genji ran too far from his team and was burst down. D.Va was quick to activate a great Self-Destruct, which forced Bambooxuled away from the Shrine. With the first Punisher secured, 7th pushed their advantage. D.Va’s boosters knocked Diablo out of place, and already missing health, he was quickly killed. 7th secured bot Fort during the push, and despite their Chromie being killed from an impressive Diablo Charge/Flip combo, held a full level advantage at the 5-minute mark.

After some minor fights and lane clearing, the second Shrine activated on top. 7th Empire’s Uther and Chromie rushed from bot through mid to regroup, but four of Bambooxuled were quick to intercept. Although they downed Chromie, 7th Empire already had half their Shrine kills before being opposed. Tychus used his Odin and Bambooxuled retreated, giving  7th another Punisher almost entirely unopposed. After a Cocoon put Gul’dan in a dangerous position, 7th quickly melted him. Bambooxuled decided to retreat and forfeit their top Fort.

After a push on mid and bot, 7th Empire went after a camp. Bambooxuled saw them however, and moved to intercept. Ambushing them with a Medivh portal, they started a team fight. 7th turned things around by separating the enemy team with Cocoon and Self-Destruct. The confusion that ensued allowed 7th to kill Auriel easily and Diablo after a small chase. Using their advantage, 7th started capturing camps and gained a 2-level advantage over Bambooxuled.

The third Shrine was a repeat of the second: Tychus’ Odin forced Bambooxuled away and 7th secured their third-straight Punisher. When the Punisher reached the gates on bot, all hell broke loose. Both teams inflicted heavy damage, but 7th focused their attacks and picked off Bambooxuled one-by-one, leaving only Genji alive. Continuing their push, 7th reached the Core right as all of Bambooxuled respawned. Auriel quickly died before the 7th focused the Core. Bambooxuled couldn’t stop them in time and the first win went to 7th Empire.

Game 2  – Dragon Shire

7th Empire: Tassadar, Stitches, Valla, Malfurion, Thrall

Bambooxuled: Auriel, Malthael, Falstad, Cassia, Johanna

Repeating the first game, both teams went all mid, stayed mobile, and aggressively poked each other. Valla ran out of position and Bambooxuled focused her down for First Blood. After, an almost shot for shot replay happened when both teams placed four Heroes on bot and one on top.

The first Shrine phase began with both teams aggressively poking and Malthael fighting Thrall on top. Bambooxuled maintained Shrine presence throughout and their Malthael took down Thrall. 7th Empire’s Stitches peeled off to go keep a presence in mid and stopped Falstad from summoning the Dragon Knight. When Valla died on bot however, Cassia went mid to force Stitches away long enough for Falstad to summon the Dragon Knight.

Bambooxuled then pushed all three lanes. Falstad used the Dragon Knight to destroy the Gate and Towers before the first Fort in mid, but nothing more. Meanwhile, three of Bambooxuled heavily damaged the Gates and Towers of bot before they retreated. Quick to counter-attack, three of 7th Empire went for the bot camp. Aware of this, Bambooxuled ambushed them right as the camp died. Though evenly matched, 7th retreated and forfeited the camp capture.

Leading to the next Shrine phase, both teams stayed mobile and applied lane pressure wherever they could. Although severely out of position to contest the Shrines at first, four of 7th Empire’s Heroes regrouped to team fight on bot while Thrall and Malthael fought on top. Coming from mid, Falstad waited unseen until he unleashed a Mighty Gust that displaced 7th Empire on bot. Valla immediately died while Falstad chased and killed Stitches.

Falstad went alone to secure the Dragon Knight again, but Thrall was waiting for him in the nearby Brush. With a great root, Thrall killed Falstad before his team could help. They were also too late to secure the Dragon Knight because Malfurion captured bot Shrine.

All of 7th Empire pushed top and ambushed Malthael. After killing him, they quickly captured the Shrine and pushed the lane. Thrall peeled off alone to attack mid. While this happened, three of Bambooxuled secured bot Shrine and then they too pushed lane. After Bambooxuled destroyed bot Fort, both teams retreated at the same time.

Seemingly tired of the up and back gameplay of the Shrines, 7th Empire went mid. With both Shrines secured, Bambooxuled made a move for the Dragon Knight. Thrall snuck off during this and captured top Shrine. The absence of Thrall convinced Bambooxuled to start a fight before he returned. They failed however, and as soon as Thrall returned, Stitches landed a hook on Cassia. 7th Empire unleashed heavy AoE damage, outright killing Cassia and severely hurting Johanna and Malthael. Bambooxuled retreated, but Johanna died after she was hooked too.

Using their advantage, 7th secured the Dragon Knight and destroyed the first mid Fort. They moved to bot, but were forced back. Stitches and Malfurion died during the retreat and Bambooxuled counter-attacked on bot. 7th Empire forced them back, but lost Valla and Thrall with no kills of their own.

Back at full strength, both teams captured a camp on bot and pushed the lane. When Malthael pushed too far ahead, Stitches hooked him. A stasis saved him for a second, but he died almost immediately after. 7th chased the rest of Bambooxuled and killed all but Falstad.

Shrines activated during this and 7th quickly secured both. While Thrall summoned the Dragon Knight, the rest of 7th destroyed the first bot Fort. Thrall headed to bot and another team fight broke out. 7th absolutely dominated the fight when Thrall simply punted Heroes of Bambooxuled away with the Dragon Knight. They easily picked up two kills and destroyed the final Fort on bot.

The next few minutes saw 7th Empire securing every single camp before the Shrines activated again. Thrall went alone to the top Shrine while everyone else went bot. He quickly secured the Shrine and headed bot while Bambooxuled forced a team fight. Thrall was quick to ambush from the rear and chaos ensued. Both teams dealt immense damage, but Malfurion’s heal kept the 7th going. Bambooxuled couldn’t sustain themselves and retreated after Auriel died. Valla used her speed to stop the retreat and killed Malthael, but died shortly after. Due to Valla’s pursuit and a good hook by Stitches, 7th caught up and aced Bambooxuled. They quickly pushed onward and secured not only the Core, but their place in the Playoffs.

Heroes Hype Finals Standings

With the last team decided for the Finals, there is a bye-week before they clash on August 2nd. First to last in current standings are: Firm Handshake, TQ, Flame is Lame, 101st North Umberland Fusiliers, Imported Support, East Coast Revolvers, The New Guys, and 7th Empire. For a more in-depth look at the standings, go to our Standings page.