What You Missed – HGC NA Playoffs

One last shot.

This past weekend four teams entered the HGC Playoffs for North America: Superstars, SpaceStation Gaming, Tempo Storm and Gale Force Esports. Competing in a ladder bracket, these teams fought to keep their HGC 2017 season alive. Once a team lost their best of five series, they were knocked out and their season concluded. The last team standing would earn their tickets to compete at HGC Finals at BlizzCon.   

This is the fourth edition of “What You Missed”, a showcase of HGC North America. It features results, standout performances, and major events over the weekend. For those who are under a time crunch, I’ve selected one game from every series and included the VOD to give you a sense of how that series felt. Enjoy!

SpaceStation Gaming defeated Superstars 3-1

A lot of the SpaceStation Gaming and Superstars series can be boiled down to execution. For Game 1, SpaceStation Gaming put all of their eggs in the wombo-combo basket and it simply paid off. During Game 2, Superstars couldn’t heal enough with Malfurion and Stukov to compensate for SpaceStation Gaming’s Gul’dan and Sonya. Superstars executed well to dominate Game 3 behind Erho’s precision Stitches hooks and Srey’s Entombs on Leoric. Ultimately, the series ended in an anticlimactic fashion during a 13 minute Boss fight on Warhead Junction. SpaceStation Gaming looked clean (except Game 3) and prepared to win this series.

If you only watch one game:

Watch Game 1 on Battlefield of Eternity. SpaceStation Gaming drafted a combo-centric team composition, but pulled it off to set the tone of the series.

Tempo Storm defeated SpaceStation Gaming 3-0

Timing their boot camp for the week leading up to the HGC Playoffs was the best possible route for Tempo Storm, a team that looked like they had lost their identity during the second half of Phase 2. Tempo Storm looked focused and their strategy for the entire weekend was calculated.

Overall, their goal to outlast SpaceStation Gaming using double Supports paid off, and they continued to outlive their opponents during team fights. Additionally, reserving nuclear warheads for just the right time gave Tempo Storm a quick victory in Game 2 on Warhead Junction. It is unfortunate that Equinox misclicked his Zeratul heroic during Game 3, because SpaceStation Gaming looked to be in control on Sky Temple.  

Who to Watch:

Pay close attention to Fury throughout the short series. His Garrosh flips in Game 1 were an integral part in Tempo Storm isolating kills. His crowd control as E.T.C. in Game 2 and Anub’arak in Game 3 were stunning to behold. Fury showcased why he is a (if not the) top Warrior in North America.

If you only watch one game:

Watch Game 1 on Braxis Holdout. The matchup was close prior to Level 10 and stayed that way due to Zerg rushes, but Tempo Storm prevailed in the end.

Tempo Storm defeated Gale Force Esports 3-0

As the longest standing roster in North America, Tempo Storm had a large burden to bear coming into the Playoffs. If they lost, BlizzCon would be the first Global tournament that they missed. To win, they would need to get past Gale Force Esports. Continuing their trend against SpaceStation Gaming, Tempo Storm relied heavily on psalm playing Valla with a double Support to back him up.

Throughout the series, Tempo Storm made a point to emphasize map control. Early in Games 1 and 2, the teams would have prolonged fights, but very few heroes would ultimately die. This left Tempo Storm to decide the fate of each map through stronger team compositions and overall execution of their plan. In the end, it felt like Tempo Storm was the better prepared team that also had more confidence.

Who to Watch:

There was a lot of fire and passion from psalm in the post series interviews on Saturday and Sunday, and for good reason. He demonstrated Tempo Storm’s hunger for victory both outside and during the games. He slung maximum damage on Valla in Games 1 and 2, and his Medivh portals set up invasion after invasion to secure kills in Game 3. For those reasons, keep a close eye on psalm.

If you only watch one game:

Watch Game 3 on Towers of Doom. Tempo Storm broke away from Valla and used psalm on Medivh to constantly control every part of the map through fast rotations.

What’s Next?

The top amateur Heroes of the Storm teams are currently competing to earn a place at the HGC Crucible on October 7th and 8th. Lag Force and Even in Death will be defending their HGC spots at 12 PM PDT on the Heroes of the Storm Twitch page: https://www.twitch.tv/blizzheroes.

What You Missed – HGC NA Week 8

Heroes of the Storm fans wanting to keep up to date with all of the action in the Heroes Global Championship (HGC) must undertake a herculean effort. Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday during a Phase features two best-of-five series, creating a range of 18 to 30 games that could be viewed each weekend. Considering those six matchups are then doubled once you consider both Europe and North America are running during different parts of the day, it takes serious dedication to stay informed with all of the developments for HGC.

Don’t get me wrong, having too many Heroes of the Storm pro matches to watch is not a terrible problem to have. However, I feel like there should be an easier way to get a breakdown of the highlights from the previous weekend. This is the first edition of “What You Missed”, a showcase of HGC North America. It features results, standout performances, and major events over the weekend. For those who are under a time crunch, I’ve selected one game from every series and included the VOD to give you a sense of how that series felt. Enjoy!

SpaceStation Gaming defeated Gale Force Esports 3-0

With a weekend full of upsets and surprises, North America began Week 8 with SpaceStation Gaming handing Gale Force Esports their second loss of Phase 2. Even more surprising was the 3-0 fashion in which SpaceStation Gaming handled the series. Following an under-utilized Sylvanas in Game 1 and a devastating blow to Gale Force Esports on their home turf of Braxis Holdout, SpaceStation Gaming earned every bit of their victory.

If you only watch one game:

Watch Game 3, the closest game in the series on Battlefield of Eternity. Clocking in over 30 minutes long, the back-and-forth nature of Game 3 was a sight to see.

Team Freedom defeated Superstars 3-0

Team Freedom showed why they are one of the top teams in North America by making quick work of Superstars in all three games of the series. Using E.T.C. and Genji, Team Freedom looked extremely comfortable with their team compositions and overall synergy.

Who to Watch:

Daneski displayed excellent control and understanding of Genji’s Swift Strike, while KilluZiion supported Team Freedom extremely well by himself on Lúcio.

If you only watch one game:

Watch Game 2 to see Daneski’s Genji play as well as KilluZiion on Lúcio during Towers of Doom.

Tempo Storm defeated Lag Force 3-2

There seem to be some continued growing pains with the role swap that Tempo Storm has undergone, shifting Cattlepillar to the main Warrior role while moving Fury to the second Warrior and occasional Malthael slot. After a great two wins to begin the series, Tempo Storm seemed shaken by Lag Force’s odd team composition in Games 3 (utilizing Zagara and Abathur). Tempo Storm closed out the series by punishing Lag Force’s slow early game during Game 5 on Battlefield of Eternity.

Who to Watch:

Pay attention to Zuna’s sub for the series, Leonblack. This Warrior player’s confidence had them blending in well with veteran HGC players. They have a great feel for Garrosh’s Wrecking Ball and landed some solid Stitches Hooks in Games 3 and 4.

If you only watch one game:

Watch Game 3, where Lag Force turned the series around to force Games 4 and 5.

Roll20 esports defeated Even in Death 3-1

Roll20 esports has almost always been a terrifying foe to face in the regular season of HGC. Beginning the weekend with a 12 game win streak and facing the 8th place team in the standings, you could have expected Roll20 to dismantle Even in Death. However, Even in Death showed numerous signs of life in the series, despite having to play defensively for Games 1 and 3. Some of their success came from catching Glaurung out, which brought additional Roll20 members trickling in to their untimely deaths.

If you only watch one game:

Watch Game 2. Even in Death came back to end Roll20 esports’ 13-game winning streak on Sky Temple.  

Team Freedom defeated Gale Force Esports 3-1

Gale Force Esports knew they would have a tough opponent for Sunday’s matchup against Team Freedom. Prior to their Friday night loss, Gale Force Esports’ only previous loss in Phase 2 was to Team Freedom in the beginning of July. However, the July results mirrored Sunday’s, a 3-1 loss. In a surprising turn of events, it looks like Gale Force Esports is losing their “Home Turf” advantage over Braxis Holdout, suffering two defeats on the map this weekend alone.

If you only watch one game:

Watch Game 3 for the astonishing (Kaelaris inspired) Core defense, which gave Team Freedom their second victory and served as a turning point for the series.

Superstars defeated Tempo Storm 3-1

Superstars and Tempo Storm ended Week 8 for HGC North America, meaning there was just enough time for another upset. Although Superstars couldn’t get anything going against Team Freedom earlier in the weekend, they were firing on all cylinders against Tempo Storm on Sunday. Focusing hard on map control and taking an early lead set up Superstars on each of their 3 wins. Their use of Lúcio’s speed and overall game momentum brought one-upped the tempo of Tempo Storm.

If you only watch one game:

Watch Game 3. Even though Superstars won the series, this game on Tomb of the Spider Queen was close enough to provide an entertaining matchup between the two teams.

Meta Notes

Heavy emphasis was placed on E.T.C. during Week 8, as he was picked 14 times and banned 8 times with a 79% win rate. Malthael was also picked 14 times and banned 8 times but ended up with a 43% win rate. Finally, Abathur was played 6 times with a 50% win rate, while also getting banned out 7 different times.

Heroes Hype Weekly Amateur Recap- February 17, 2017

by Flagg05

Arcanum Week 2:

 

The Arcanum Week 2 Finals matchup featured a rematch from an Arcanum Week 1 Semifinal between NICE! and Even in Death. NICE! once again defeated Even in Death, going 2-1 in the Finals and securing back-to-back 1st place finishes for Arcanum. NICE! was able to come back after a tough loss against the reworked Murky on Dragon Shire in Game 1.

The Arcanum Week 2 video can be seen here:  https://www.twitch.tv/videos/122166339

 

Heroes Hype – The Gauntlet Season 1 Week 2:

 

Two well-known amateur teams competed during the final match for the second week of The Gauntlet: Miasma eSports and HecarimJ from UTA. The Gauntlet is a 6 week tournament series running every Wednesday night and is hosted by Heroes Hype.   

 

Game 1 on Cursed Hollow showcased a fairly standard set of heroes for the map, prioritizing globals with Falstad, Dehaka and Brightwing. However, HecarimJ did pick up the recently buffed Valeera, while Miasma chose Anub’arak to compliment their Diablo. Additionally, Miasma’s Fox chose the newly reworked Cursed Bullet as his Greymane heroic, showcasing just how fast and deadly Greymane’s new weapon can be.

 

Game 1 began with early pressure by Miasma eSports, but a curse 15 minutes in allowed HecarimJ to destroy the first Keep of the game. Four minutes later, HecarimJ took their own boss which destroyed Miasma’s bottom Keep. Rather than pushing with the boss, HecarimJ played it safe to defend Miasma’s boss, which was knocking on their own top Keep wall. This patient strategy paid off, denying Miasma a potential win condition. Ultimately, Game 1 was decided 22 minutes in when HecarimJ walked away after a lengthy 4-1 teamfight which set them up to take down Miasma’s Core.  

 

Game 2 on Braxis Holdout appeared to be a battle of the Specialists, as HecarimJ picked up Sylvanas and Miasma chose Zagara. Once the game began, Miasma’s 4-hero top lane was able to put out more stuns with Muradin and Malfurion while also producing more damage with Alarak and Gul’dan. With constant pressure, Miasma took the first Zerg rush 100-0 and HecarimJ was unable to muster a significant response. Miasma eSports won Game 2 in 14 minutes, setting up a Game 3 to settle the series.

 

Game 3 on Sky Temple featured a second Anub’arak as well as rare Raynor pick by Miasma eSports. The Raynor choice allowed Miasma to place two scouting drones with both Raynor and Malfurion taking the level 1 talent. This constrained movement and flanking from HecarimJ’s Zeratul, played by Drated.

After mostly trading out during the first temple phase, Miasma gained a small lead by hitting level 10 first and securing structure advantage. A 5-1 team fight in favor of Miasma 9 minutes into the game gave them a healthy push with temple shots and a boss pushing on HecarimJ’s bottom Keep. While Game 3 was close on kills for both teams, Miasma had firm control over the temple phases, leading them to victory. In the end, Miasma eSports defeated HecarimJ 2-1 to win Week 2 of The Gauntlet.  

 

If you missed The Gauntlet Week 2, the video can be seen here: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/122398246

 

Amateur teams can register for The Gauntlet Week 3 now! Register via Battlefy here:: https://battlefy.com/heroeshype/heroes-hype-gauntlet-season-1-week-3/589bbc6af5e9ff3203d4d3d5/info?infoTab=details 

 

Amateur Events for Next Week:

Sunday 2/19 1pm PST Heroes of the Dorm Regular Season Match 2 No Coverage
Monday 2/20 6pm PST HGC North America – Open Division Cup 3 https://www.twitch.tv/arcane8
Tuesday 2/21 6pm PST HGC North America – Open Division Cup 3 Semifinals/Finals https://www.twitch.tv/arcane8
Wednesday 2/22 6pm PST Heroes Hype, The Gauntlet Season 1 Week 3 https://www.twitch.tv/heroes_hype
Wednesday 2/22 5pm PST Heroes of the Dorm Regular Season Match 3 https://www.heroesofthedorm.com/watch
Thursday 2/23 5pm PST Heroes of the Dorm Regular Season Match 3 https://www.heroesofthedorm.com/watch

The Gauntlet Season 1

The Gauntlet

Presented by HeroesHype          Sponsored by HyperX         Partnered with GFE


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TLDR;

Play with us this season from Feb 2nd to March 15th by signing up and/or watch here on Wednesdays 8PM CST.

What is happening?!

HeroesHype is holding a 6 week Heroes of the Storm tournament (the Finals being the 6th week), called the Gauntlet.

The goal of The Gauntlet is to support the amateur scene so teams can work to achieve the next level of play.

The Schedule

Season 1

Week 1 – Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Week 2 – Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Week 3 – Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Week 4 – Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Week 5 – Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Finals – Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Where to Sign up and where to watch?

Sign up Here

Watch Here  (every Wednesday at 6PM PST / 8PM CST / 9PM EST)

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Community Roundup 8/1

Twitch channels

Eye on the Storm

Eye on the Storm explores topics from every corner of the Nexus, hosted on MissCliks by @GillyweedSC2 and @AnnaProsser.  Episode 40 features a guest from Cognitive Gaming and discusses the NA Open. Tune in Thursdays at 7:15pm PST on twitch.tv/misscliks.

Metallica Performing Live at BlizzCon® 2014

Town Hall Heroes

Town Hall Heroes gathers @SolidJakeGG, @TheCooby, @schamtoo, and @TempoZoia. Episode 73 features @GillyweedSC2 and discusses Leoric, the July NA Open, and EU Road to Blizzcon. Town Hall also has videos available from their recent Invitational Tournament finals: game 1, game 2, game 3, game 4, and game 5. Tune in Wednesdays at 6pm PST on twitch.tv/solidjakegg.
powerhour

Heroes Power Hour

Heroes Power Hour brings together @TwizzBP @BalrogfanBP @DJTyrant and @Eldorian to help equip players with the knowledge to succeed in battle. Last week’s episode goes in depth into the build possibilities of The Butcher.  Tune in Tuesdays at 7pm PST on twitch.tv/TwizzCast.

Podcasts

Metallica Performing Live at BlizzCon® 2014

Stormcast

Stormcast podcast discusses different topics with @mickmontgomery and @notchplaysgames. Episode 52: No Leoric Murky! features speculation on Gamescon 2015, a discussion of Sylvanas, and some listener questions.
intoTheNexus

 

Into The Nexus

Into the Nexus is a podcast hosted by Garrett Weinzierl and Kyle Fergusson. Episode 60: “The King Doesn’t Walk”  talks about Leoric, his potential playstyles, new rules in Quick Match and Team League, and what it takes to get to rank 1.

lordsOfTheStorm

Lords of the Storm

Lords of the Storm hosts a weekly show to discuss all things Heroes. Episode 23 – “#DyingAsLeoricIsNotOkay” covers Store sales, the weekly hero rotation, Gamescom, and features Leoric as Hero of the Week.

 

Youtube videos

Epic Plays of the Week

Heroes of the Storm: Epic Plays Of The Week – Episode #40 by @kendricswish features some of the craziest HotS moments of the week.

Heroes Hottest Plays

Heroes Hottest Plays by HeroesForecast had their 40th episode this week, featuring some of the craziest and most impressive HotS moments of the last week.

 

Reddit Resources 

Beginning and new players can find tips, guides, and information on how to get started with HotS on r/NexusNewbies

Players who are looking for groups to play with, competitively or casually, can be found on The Looking For Group Page

More information, resources, funny clips, and other content can be found on r/HeroesoftheStorm

Clip of the Week

This week, our Clip of the Week shows an elusive Johanna keeping her entire team alive and changing the momentum of a fight. Click the link for the full video.

 

 

Heroes Hype’s Community Roundup is written weekly by Jeff “goliath” Light.
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Community Roundup 7/25

Twitch channels

Eye on the Storm

Eye on the Storm explores topics from every corner of the Nexus, hosted on MissCliks by @GillyweedSC2 and @AnnaProsser.  Episode 39 covers the Heroes NA Open and meta changes following recent patches. Tune in Thursdays at 7:15pm PST on twitch.tv/misscliks.

Metallica Performing Live at BlizzCon® 2014

Town Hall Heroes

Town Hall Heroes gathers @SolidJakeGG, @TheCooby, @schamtoo, and @TempoZoia. Episode 73 features @GillyweedSC2 and discusses Leoric, the July NA Open, and EU Road to Blizzcon. Tune in Wednesdays at 6pm PST on twitch.tv/solidjakegg.
powerhour

Heroes Power Hour

Heroes Power Hour brings together @TwizzBP @BalrogfanBP @DJTyrant and @Eldorian to help equip players with the knowledge to succeed in battle. This week’s episode goes in depth into the build possibilities of The Butcher. Tune in Tuesdays at 7pm PST on twitch.tv/TwizzCast.

Podcasts

Metallica Performing Live at BlizzCon® 2014

Stormcast

Stormcast podcast discusses different topics with @mickmontgomery and @notchplaysgames. Episode 51: Paint Your Face With War focuses on Leoric, current tournament action, melee warrior Sonya, and the Starcraft 2 Legacy of the Void cross-promotional event.
intoTheNexus

 

Into The Nexus

Into the Nexus is a podcast hosted by Garrett Weinzierl and Kyle Fergusson. Episode 59 ” All the Mail!”  features a a lot of fan emails and answers questions from listeners.

lordsOfTheStorm

Lords of the Storm

Lords of the Storm hosts a weekly show to discuss all things Heroes. Episode 22 – “Gizmo Gets Rekdt by Nazeebu” covers changes to matchmaking, Road to Blizzcon, a discussion of the Haunted Mines map, and features Nazeebo as the hero of the week.

 

Youtube videos

Epic Plays of the Week

Heroes of the Storm: Epic Plays Of The Week – Episode #40 by @kendricswish features some of the craziest HotS moments of the week.

Heroes Hottest Plays

Heroes Hottest Plays by HeroesForecast had A Special Episode this week, featuring a compilation of clips, including crazy combos, big plays, and great commentary.

 

Reddit Resources 

Beginning and new players can find tips, guides, and information on how to get started with HotS on r/NexusNewbies

Players who are looking for groups to play with, competitively or casually, can be found on The Looking For Group Page

More information, resources, funny clips, and other content can be found on r/HeroesoftheStorm

Clip of the Week

This week, our Clip of the Week goes to a very tricky Gazlowe dancing in and out of danger.

Credit for Clip of the Week goes to reddit user Jarredos