Bloodlust Open: Cup #4
The final chance for amateur teams to earn points to qualify for the Bloodlust Open Finals was Tuesday night during the Cup #4 tournament. Cup #3 champions Buttered Toast returned to the finals to square off against the HGC Open Division runners up Imported Support. You’ll recognize many of the names on Buttered Toast: Khroen, McIntyre, Arthelon, Yuuj, and ishb00.
This best of three series actually only consisted of one grueling 34-minute game on Tomb of the Spider Queen, when Buttered Toast killed two heroes to secure themselves a 33 minute Boss. Game 1 ended around 1:30 AM EDT and Imported Support forfeited the rest of the series due to time constraints.
If you missed the Bloodlust Open: Cup #4, the video can be seen here.
The Bloodlust Open Season Finals will begin at 10 AM PDT on July 15th, 2017.
Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 2 Week 1:
It was a busy week for amateur Heroes of the Storm players, as the Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 2 kicked off on Wednesday night. This six-week tournament features five weeks of league play followed by the Series Finals on July 26th, where the top 8 teams from Weeks 1-5 will compete. Be sure to contribute to the prize pool by redeeming a free $1 coupon on the tournament’s Matcherino page, using the code hhtempo2. More information on the Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 2 can be found here.
If you felt déjà vu in the Week 1 finals, you weren’t alone as the Series 1 champions 101st North Umberland Fusiliers (formerly Four Guys and a Legend) took on the Series 1 2nd place team The New Guys.
Game 1 – Battlefield of Eternity
101st North Umberland Fusiliers: Stitches, Arthas, Malfurion, Thrall, Lunara
The New Guys: Diablo, Dehaka, Uther, Li-Ming, Tychus
Despite Malfurion’s recent nerfs, 101st North Umberland Fusiliers deployed a deadly combination from Stitches’ hook (played by Jin) into Malfurion’s root (played by elhayM). By consistently landing this combo, 101st dominated Game 1, securing pick after pick and winning each Immortal phase. Taking the Core in under 15 minutes, 101st North Umberland Fusiliers led the kill count 20-1 and won Game 1.
Be sure to check out this blind hook landed by Jin, demonstrating great map awareness and complete control over the Undead abomination.
Game 2 – Infernal Shrines
101st North Umberland Fusiliers: Johanna, Dehaka, Uther, Auriel, Valla
The New Guys: Diablo, Stitches, Rehgar, Greymane, Kael’thas
It’s easy to see that mind games were a part of this series, as The New Guys drafted Stitches themselves after suffering from Jin’s deadly hooks in Game 1. However, it wouldn’t be enough to burn down the incredible sustained health pools of Johanna, Dehaka, Uther and Auriel. Taking each Punisher, 101st North Umberland Fusiliers continued the tight grip they had during Game 1 to destroy The New Guys’ Core in under 13 minutes.
101st North Umberland Fusiliers won Week 1 of the Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 2 by defeating The New Guys 2-0.
If you missed Week 1 of the Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 2, the video can be viewed here.
Amateur teams can register for Week 2 via Battlefy here.
Amateur Hero Trends
Note: The following statistics are based solely on the games streamed during the Bloodlust and Heroes Hype tournaments, thus serving as only a slice of the overall amateur meta. In future weeks, I will work to incorporate additional information from off-stream games.
Warriors: Anub’arak had 100% participation in the 13 streamed games, but was only played in 3 games during the Bloodlust Open. In all 10 games where he was banned, it was during the first ban phase, showing his continued relevance in the meta.
Dehaka was another primary focus for warriors, seeing 76% participation (6 games played, 4 games banned). Additionally, the effects of the Mid Season Brawl were quite clear on the amateur scene as the popular in Europe Stitches was played 7 times this week.
Assassins: Genji was the most popular assassin this week, reaching 92% participation. The cybernetic ninja was played 5 times and all 7 of his bans were during the first ban phase.
Greymane came in second for the assassins with 69% participation, 5 games played and 4 games banned. Valla closely followed with 5 games played and 2 games banned, reaching 54% participation.
Support: Uther showed up in every streamed draft this week, being played in 9 games and banned in 4. His influence on the meta clearly showed as he was the first overall pick 7/9 times and was part of the first ban phase each time he was banned.
Auriel was the second most popular support, seeing 72% participation. She was played in 8 games and banned in 2 others. She was paired with Valla in half of her games.
Amateur Events for Next Week:
|Monday 6/26/17||6 PM PDT||HGC Open Division Cup 1||https://www.twitch.tv/arcane8||Register Here|
|Wednesday 6/28/17||6 PM PDT||Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 2 Week 2||https://www.twitch.tv/heroeshype||Register Here|