Week 5 is over, and with it we now know our finalists for HeroesHype Tempo Storm Series 3! Team Numerics maintained their hold on first place and we have Animals and Five Musketeers tied for second. You can check out the rest of the standings here to see all of our finalists. You can also watch this week’s Series here and the exciting finale to HeroesHype Tempo Storm Series 3 on our Twitch channel here.
Twenty-four teams competed this week. Team Numerics didn’t compete this week, so we didn’t see a possible five week win streak from them. Instead, we had two other great teams we’ve seen in the finals before: Animals and 6Sense. Animals was represented by: EKevin, Droplets, EToby, boris, and x420blazeitx. 6Sense was represented by: ETOMyX, betoGG, dBlaNk, Insecure, and rokblin.
Game 1 – Infernal Shrines
Animals – 1st Pick
Bans: Genji & Lúcio
Heroes: Tassadar, Greymane, Malthael, Johanna, Brightwing
6Sense – 2nd Pick
Bans: Auriel & Uther
Heroes: Rehgar, E.T.C., Sonya, Valla, Tyrande
Both teams started all-mid, but after staring at each other for a while, they split into lanes. Both teams maintained presence in top and mid while rotating in and out of bot. As the first Shrine activated, four Heroes from each team came head-to-head at the Shrine. E.T.C. caught the enemy Brightwing in a power-slide, and the rest of 6Sense took him down for First Blood.
The fight continued at the shrine that 6Sense won after killing Johanna, forcing Animals back. At the same time, Sonya killed Malthael on top. With the unanswered take-downs and continued lane pressure, 6Sense kept control of the early game.
After a devastating push on top, 6Sense held a two-level advantage. Animals answered right after with a two for three trade that slightly closed the gap. They lost the fight for the third Shrine though, and 6Sense destroyed a Keep during the push, once again gaining a two-level advantage. Catching Animals in bot lane soon after, 6Sense forced a team fight and destroyed the Core shortly after:
Game 2 – Dragon Shire
6Sense – 1st Pick
Bans: Auriel & Malthael
Heroes: Tassadar, Arthas, Valla, Stitches, Lt. Morales
Animals – 2nd Pick
Bans: E.T.C. & Brightwing
Heroes: Rehgar, Greymane, Abathur, Johanna, Falstad
Other than Abathur, all of Animals rushed to top and destroyed a Tower. 6Sense attempted to interfere, but were far too late. Both teams went to lanes after and did a 2-1-2 setup with plenty of rotations throughout. An injured Falstad was hooked before he could escape on bot, and was taken down for First Blood. The distraction his death caused allowed 6Sense to immediately capture the first Dragon Knight too.
The Dragon Knight didn’t accomplish much, but showed 6Sense’s continued domination of the early game. They continued their control by gaining the second Dragon Knight. Pushing bot, they picked up a kill and destroyed everything up to the Keep. They followed up with another push on bot two minutes later, but things went horribly wrong when Falstad flew in behind them:
Animals used the moment to destroy bot Fort, but lost the chance to easily secure the next Dragon Knight. That didn’t matter though, because both teams met in mid for another bloody team fight in Animals’ favor:
Animals finished up the rest of the enemy Forts and held a two-level advantage after their Dragon Knight push. Both teams kept their distance from each other after while looking for any advantage. Animals eventually found it when Falstad flew in for another great Gust:
Tassadar was the only Hero from 6Sense to survive, and he was powerless to stop Animals from destroying the Core.
Game 3 – Cursed Hollow
Animals – 1st Pick
Bans: Genji & Tassadar
Heroes: Abathur, Arthas, Malthael, Zeratul, Stukov
6Sense – 2nd Pick
Bans: E.T.C. & Uther
Heroes: Rehgar, Greymane, Falstad, Lúcio, Anub’arak
6Sense rushed to top and snuck in two Tower kills before Animals could react. Animals chased, but lost the fight and started to retreat. Zeratul was the focus of all the damage though, and he quickly dropped for First Blood. Afterwards, both teams setup with lane presence in bot and rotations through the other two lanes.
First Tribute saw both teams dancing around each other looking for an advantage. Being the final game of the match, both teams played defensively looking to make no mistakes. Animals ultimately won the Tribute after taking down Anub’arak. Animals gained the next Tribute as well, but lost two Heroes in the process. Shortly after they attempted to invade on a Camp, and lost another Hero. 6Sense slowly started to take the lead, especially with their continued Camp captures.
Their advantage allowed the capture of two Tributes and even more take-downs. At this point, both teams held two Tributes and the fight was on for the Curse:
Only Zeratul escaped and 6Sense picked up their Curse Tribute. They immediately secured Boss while their Falstad pushed bot. Although they had lost some time on the Curse, they still made the most of it by hard engaging on bot. Animals was forced to respond and a team fight broke out:
6Sense dominated the early game throughout the matches. Although Animals turned things around in Game 2, 6Sense just had too much of a head start in the other games that made all the difference.
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 for the Finals of HeroesHype Tempo Storm Series 3 on October 11th!