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 9

Phase 2 of HGC North America is quickly wrapping up, and Week 9 finalized much of what will be right around the corner for our 8 professional Heroes of the Storm teams. The week was full of clean 3-0 sweeps, and even a few ever elusive and entertaining “reverse sweeps”. Week 9 also locked in the two teams automatically qualifying to BlizzCon in November, while also determining the bottom two teams that must defend their HGC spot during the Crucible in October.

This is the second 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!

Superstars defeated SpaceStation Gaming 3-2

Both Superstars and SpaceStation Gaming came into Week 9 with high hopes after causing some big upsets during Week 8. Superstars defeated Tempo Storm and SpaceStation Gaming swept Gale Force Esports last weekend, making this matchup an exciting one to watch. After strong wins during Games 1 and 2, SpaceStation Gaming made a risky gamble by choosing Nova during Game 3, which Superstars punished. With consistent control during Game 4, Superstars forced a final close map, where they won to complete the reverse sweep.

If you only watch one game:

Watch Game 5, which ended up being the closest game between these two teams on Dragon Shire.

Team Freedom defeated Even in Death
3-0

Hungry for an automatic bid to BlizzCon, Team Freedom showed no signs of letting up on their opponents this weekend. They started with fast wins over Even in Death in Games 1 and 3, but struggled to put anything together in Game 2 until late in the game.  

If you only watch one game:

Watch Game 2 where Even in Death handedly controlled the first 14 minutes of the game, but Team Freedom put together an excellent comeback.

Team Freedom defeated SpaceStation Gaming 3-0

Team Freedom has been a force to be reckoned with during Phase 2 of HCG North America. With this 3-0 sweep of SpaceStation Gaming, Team Freedom improved their Phase 2 record to 15-4. By utilizing double support team compositions in Games 1 and 2, they drew out team fights by simply out-surviving SpaceStation Gaming.

Who to Watch:

Focus on Nazmas during this series, specifically when he played Valla in Games 1 and 2. Nazmas demonstrated just how much damage can be dished out from the Demon Hunter, especially when you land a well-timed Rain of Vengance.

If you only watch one game:

Watch Game 1, a close battle on Sky Temple that boiled down to one last team fight for the win.

Gale Force Esports defeated Lag Force
3-2

Last week’s HGC matches could be characterized by two upsets, but this week’s matches were all about the reverse sweep. Lag Force’s lethal team compositions in Games 1 and 2 were too much for Gale Force Esports to handle, but they couldn’t keep up with the map pressure Gale Force enforced in Game 4. The third and fifth maps of the series were much closer, so the rivalry between these two teams is still strong this late in the year. Despite the final results, Lag Force has demonstrated revitalized energy in the second half of Phase 2.

Who to Watch:

Pay attention to k1pro on Tassadar for his outstanding efforts to zone with Force Wall and interrupt altar channeling. Additionally, watch the level of comfort Fan has on Valla to risk himself securing late game kills.

If you only watch one game:

Watch Game 3, the turning point for Gale Force Esports on Towers of Doom.

Roll20 esports defeated Gale Force Esports 3-0

Serving as one of the marquee matchups for the weekend in North America, the actual competition between Roll20 and Gale Sports Esports was fairly one-sided. A demonstration of the disparity between these two teams can be seen with Roll20’s record-breaking 5:12 win on Warhead Junction for Game 2. Roll20 simply had better rotations and macro play in Game 1 and they won on team fights in Game 3. What’s even more impressive is that Roll20 was able to sweep Gale Force Esports without using two of their most game-changing heroes: Garrosh and Medivh.

If you only watch one game:

Watch Game 1 on Braxis Holdout, where Roll20 took down Gale Force Esports on Braxis Holdout with double Support and slick rotations. If you have an extra 5 minutes, go ahead and check out Game 2 as well for the fastest HGC win.

Tempo Storm defeated Even in Death 3-0

Relying on strong plays from Genji and Medivh, Tempo Storm took a quick 2-0 lead in their series against Even in Death. This prompted a smart shift from Even in Death to ban out both Medivh and Genji in Game 3, which gave them a fighting chance against Tempo Storm. It wasn’t enough, as Tempo Storm kept their wits about them during a long and tough final game to close out the series 3-0.  

If you only watch one game:

Watch Game 3, where Tempo Storm never gave up and recovered from Even in Death’s dominating early game pressure on Tomb of the Spider Queen.

BlizzCon & Crucible Notes

Roll20 esports and Team Freedom have clinched their automatic bids to BlizzCon after their wins this week, along with Gale Force Esports’ loss. The third North American qualifying team will need to outlast all of their opponents during the HGC Playoffs which are September 29th – October 2nd. Gale Force Esports, Tempo Storm, SpaceStation Gaming and Superstars will duke it out for the final spot. Final seeding for the Playoffs will be determined after Week 10’s results.

As for the Crucible, Lag Force and Even in Death sealed their fates with their losses during Week 9. They will defend their HGC spots from the top two HGC Open Division teams the following weekend, October 7th and 8th.

Announcing HeroesHype Tempo Storm Series 3

HeroesHype is thrilled to renew our continued partnership with Tempo Storm as we work to grow the amateur Heroes of the Storm scene. The HeroesHype Tempo Storm Series 3 is a six-week amateur Heroes of the Storm tournament beginning Wednesday August 30. Teams will earn season points for every round they play during the first five weeks of tournaments. The top 8 teams at the end of five weeks will be invited to compete in the Finals for a cash prize pool!

Join us over the next two months for a competitive, educational and entertaining tournament series aimed at making you a better Heroes of the Storm player!

Schedule

Click on each week to register your team on Battlefy!

Prizing

Your team will earn points for every week of the HeroesHype Tempo Storm Series that you play in:

  • 1st place: 4 points
  • 2nd place: 3 points
  • 3rd place: 2 points
  • 4th place: 1 point
  • Every round played: 1 point

The top 8 teams with the most points at the end of Week 5 will be invited to the Finals will be competing for cash.

Additionally, the HeroesHype Tempo Storm Series is community funded tournament, so check out our Matcherino page to see how you can donate as well as the variety of backer rewards that are available.

Finally, for just a moment of your time you can easily donate a free dollar to the tournament prize pool! On the Matcherino page, click Donate and enter in the code: hhtempo3 – this simple action raises the prize pool for our hard-working amateur teams.

How to watch

Watch all of the action every Wednesday night over on the HeroesHype Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/heroeshype! Be sure to follow us on Twitch to be notified when the tournament goes live!

Casters

The knowledgeable and fun casting duo of Halorin and Tempo Kala return in Series 3 to bring you the action each and every week! Halorin is a staple in the amateur Heroes of the Storm community, casting HeroesHype, Chair League and even the Heroes of the Dorm 2017 tournament. Casting alongside him is Tempo Storm’s coach Kala, otherwise known as the “fox of HotS”. Kala also serves as Tempo Storm’s manager and analyst, giving viewers valuable insight to the game.

Be sure to tune in every week to learn more about the strategies and mechanics of top level amateur competition from the ever entertaining Halorin and Kala!

Rules

Before registering, each team will need to read over the rules for the tournament series. The complete rules can be found here.

Contact

HeroesHype Discord (Tournament Announcements and Administration): https://discord.gg/6br2TCZ  

HeroesHype Website: http://heroeshype.com/     

HeroesHype Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeroesHype

 

Tempo Storm Website: https://tempostorm.com/

Tempo Storm Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tempo_Storm

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.

 

 

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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