HGC Open Division Cup 7:
For the third Open Division tournament in a row, LFM eSports and Imported Support qualified for the Grand Finals of Cup 7 on Tuesday night. This was the final chance for teams to earn points and lock in a position for the Phase 1 Playoffs, meaning LFM and Imported Support had already earned 1st and 2nd seeds respectively. This led to a rather entertaining final matchup as the only thing at stake was the prize pool: $600 versus $300.
Game 1 on Cursed Hollow featured creative drafting picks on both sides (Stitches, Nova) as well as some playfully aggressive positioning. Some non-standard heroic abilities were also in play with Tyrael choosing Judgment and Sylvanas opting for Mind Control. Using better priority on structure damage and the map objective, Imported Support walked away with a victory in Game 1. The team compositions were closer to standard in Game 2 on Infernal Shrines, where LFM eSports pulled off a victory using superior firepower between HecarimJ on Alarak and SoyYossarian on Kael’thas. Imported Support ended the series with a dominating performance in Game 3 on Dragon Shire.
Imported Support won the HGC Open Division Cup 7, snapping LFM eSports 3-cup winning streak. This was Imported Support’s second HGC Open Division championship.
The HGC Open Division Cup 7 Semifinals and Finals can be seen here: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/139716987
Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 1 – Week 3:
Wednesday night brought Week 3 of the Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series, a six-week amateur Heroes of the Storm tournament. Earning their spot in the Week 3 Grand Finals was Firm Handshake (FH) and Blank, who placed 2nd in Week 1.
Game 1 – Infernal Shrines
Firm Handshake: Gul’dan, Falstad, Malfurion, Varian, Kerrigan
Blank: Lúcio, Valla, Zarya, Li Li, Anub’arak
Blank drafted a strong Li Li secondary support, something Heroes of the Storm players have seen quite a bit lately. Firm Handshake used a burst composition to try and eat through the healthy lineup from Blank. Using the bursting queen Kerrigan and a Corruption build Gul’dan, FH could chew through even Anub’arak’s health pool in a flash when the combination worked.
Blank earned the first Punisher after a close skirmish. Securing two kills after the Punisher died allowed Blank to play aggressively until the second shrine appeared. Blank gave the second Punisher to take the bottom Fort, which was oddly timed because they were not able to take a fight with their heroic ability advantage.
A great sacrificial Twilight Dream by Coby21 allowed Firm Handshake to kill two heroes, giving them enough time to win the third Punisher and weaken the top Keep’s defenses. On the fourth shrine, Hayyoo dropped a perfectly timed Sound Barrier to keep Blank’s team alive and win a 3-0 teamfight. Using the Punisher, Blank was able to destroy FH’s middle Keep, but FH had a great answer. They sent Dsteves on Falstad to the bottom lane, destroying Blank’s Keep and keeping the game very close.
In fact, the game was stunningly close during the fifth shrine, as a very prolonged team fight allowed catapults on both Cores to lose plenty of health. FH sent Falstad back to clear out the catapults while Blank sent both Lúcio and Li Li, allowing FH to secure two kills on a split up Blank. FH took this advantage and decided to rush on Blank’s Core, whittling it down to 3% before Blank was able to successfully fend them off to win Game 1.
Game 2 – Dragon Shire
Firm Handshake: Falstad, Zeratul, Muradin, Kael’thas, Uther
Blank: Dehaka, Malfurion, Anub’arak, Cassia, Li-Ming
Firm Handshake went with a full damage composition for Game 2, leaving Uther to solo support. Once the game began, both teams played very conservatively, attempting to outpoke one another. Both teams earned level 10 at the same time and the shrines traded hands like a revolving door.
Ten minutes into the game, Blank was able to secure the first Dragon Knight of the game when Araragi snuck into the middle lane to capture it. This allowed Blank to destroy FH’s bottom Fort and opened up the map with mercenary pressure. With level 16 advantage, Blank took the second Dragon Knight, destroying FH’s bottom Keep along with it.
Keeping the pressure up, Blank turned their eyes on level 20 while staying a solid one and a half levels ahead in experience. Before level 20, FH found an opportunity by killing an aggressive Dehaka as well as Cassia, giving them a chance to take the third Dragon Knight for themselves and work on closing the experience gap. The opportunities kept appearing and FH took a great fight in a narrow location for a 2-0 fight.
However, this was where FH’s luck ran out. 24 minutes in, Blank took the Dragon Knight and pushed into the open bottom lane to destroy the Core, taking Game 2 and the series.
While not highlighted above, Grizz on Anub’arak in this series was a treat to watch with solid crowd control throughout.
Blank won the Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series Week 3 tournament by defeating Firm Handshake 2-0.
The standings for the Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series are now:
- Blank – 13 points
- 7th Empire – 11 points
- Team Naas – 10 points
- The New Guys – 8 points
- Players Unknown – 7 points
- Four Guys and a Legend – 7 points
- Firm Handshake – 7 points
- Full Standings can be seen here.
If you missed Week 3, the videos can be viewed here.
Amateur teams can register now for the Week 4 via Battlefly here.
Amateur Events for Next Week:
|Wednesday 5/10/17||6 PM PDT||Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 1 – Week 4||https://www.twitch.tv/heroes_hype|