Heroes Hype Weekly Amateur Recap – May 26th, 2017

Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 1 Finals:

After five weeks of fierce competition, eight amateur Heroes of the Storm teams emerged to play in Wednesday night’s Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 1 Finals. This week, there was a lot more at stake than simple bragging rights, over $1400 in cash raised by the phenomenal Heroes of the Storm community.  

On the top side of the bracket, the 4th seeded Four Guys and a Legend (4GL) flew past the Weeks 4 and 5 champions Scorpion Raccoon as well as an amateur staple Miasma eSports to qualify for the best of three Grand Finals. The bottom side of the bracket brought a few closer series as 3rd seed The New Guys first took down Team Naas and then won a close 2-1 series over Chicken Chips to earn their own spot in the Grand Finals.


Game 1 – Tomb of the Spider Queen

4 Guys and a Legend: Diablo, Tyrael, Brightwing, Valla, Probius

The New Guys: Johanna, Leoric, Malfurion, Gul’dan, Nazeebo


Legend on Probius helped construct a massive base for a snowman for 4 Guys and a Legend, consistently pushing the top lane without any resistance coming in from The New Guys. 4GL turned in first, getting a successful first WebWeaver push by nearly destroying two Forts. However, The New Guys put a stop to the snowball with a great 4-1 team fight while defending 4GL’s second Web Weaver summon which helped them close up the experience gap.

TNG did a great job in trying to stop the bleeding by extending the game and hoping to last until level 20 for Nazeebo. Signalling a potential win condition, 4GL took Boss while TNG was still soaking for level 20. 4GL was able to secure a few picks while pushing with the Boss to take the top Keep and the Core for a Game 1 victory.


Game 2 – Battlefield of Eternity

4 Guys and a Legend: Tyrael, Malfurion, Medivh, Jaina, Genji

The New Guys: Muradin, Rehgar, Tyrande, Greymane, Alarak


4 Guys and a Legend started Game 2 by utilizing Genji and Tyrael’s mobility to destroy TNG’s middle well back in their main base. TNG landed an quick first blood with a great burst off of a rotation as the first Immortals spawned. 4GL responded with 3 kills during the battle for the 1st Immortal, earning the map objective and a level lead in experience.

By the second Immortal fight, 4GL was nearly two levels ahead of TNG, which allowed them to secure the Immortal with a massive shield to take the top Keep. TNG looked to momentarily turn the tides by securing two kills during the third Immortal fight, but this was quickly halted by LzGaMeR on an epic Genji play. 4 Guys and a Legend successfully pushed with this Immortal to win Game 2 and the series.

 4 Guys and a Legend won the Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 1 Finals by defeating The New Guys 2-0 using a strong early game to zoom past The New Guys.


If you missed Series 1 Finals, the videos can be viewed here.


Amateur Events for Next Week:


Saturday 5/27/17 12 PM PDT  

HGC Crucible: Imported Support vs. Team Naventic

Sunday 5/28/17 12 PM PDT  

HGC Crucible: Even in Death vs. No Tomorrow

Tuesday 5/30/17 6 PM PDT  

Bloodlust Open: Cup #1

Wednesday 5/31/17 6 PM PDT  

Heroes Hype Tempo Amateur Series Week 77


Heroes Hype Weekly Amateur Recap – May 18th, 2017

HGC Open Division Playoffs

Monday and Tuesday were long nights for fans of amateur Heroes of the Storm competitive play, as the top 16 teams in the HGC Open Division duked it out in the Phase 1 Playoffs. As others have noted, there were some big surprises in the Semifinals as the #1 seed LFM eSports was knocked out of the tournament by Even in Death, while the remainder of the UTA Dorm team lost to Imported Supported.

In the Grand Finals, Even in Death won the best-of-five series 3-2, and will get to choose their HGC opponent. They will face either No Tomorrow (3-11) or Team Naventic (2-12) for chance at becoming a professional Heroes of the Storm team. Imported Support will play against the other HGC team in a bid to relegate them back down to the HGC Open Division.

The HGC Open Division Semifinals and Finals can be seen here.

The HGC Crucible will be May 27-28, and will decide if Even in Death and Imported Support can earn a spot as a Pro team, or if Team Naventic and No Tomorrow will retain their position in HGC.


Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 1 – Week 5:

Week 5 was the final chance for amateur teams to score points and earn themselves a spot in the Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 1 Finals, taking place on Wednesday May 24th. Breaking their way into the Grand Finals for the second week in a row was the Week 4 champion Scorpion Raccoon (SR), as well as an amateur staple: Miasma eSports.


Game 1 – Towers of Doom

Scorpion Raccoon: Muradin, Leoric, Malfurion, Genji, Greymane

Miasma eSports: Arthas, Anub’arak, Uther, Abathur, Cassia


Scorpion Raccoon did a nice job in the beginning of Game 1 to maintain even experience with Miasma’s Abathur soak, even getting a lucky trade off on the first blood when Miasma’s Anub’arak (played by Vestige) burrowed himself inside of SR’s wall. Right after both teams hit level 10, Miasma set up a clean trap on Malfurion, giving them a 2-0 team fight and a chance to secure two altars to take a lead on Core shots.

Scorpion Racoon found their groove during the next altar phase with Electromad on Genji tearing up Cassia, Miasma’s primary damage dealer. This snowballed into a 4-1 team fight victory and opened up the map for SR. LexUther positioned himself as Abathur quite aggressively throughout, leading to 4 deaths that could have been avoided, which held Miasma back from gaining the experience lead. Scorpion Raccoon was able to end the game by consistently holding onto 5 Keeps and staggering kills to limit Miasma’s full potential.


Game 2 – Sky Temple

Scorpion Raccoon: Muradin, Leoric, Malfurion, Greymane, Abathur

Miasma eSports: Arthas, Anub’arak, Kharazim, Li-Ming, Falstad


Game 2 featured a very similar team composition for Scorpion Raccoon, taking 4 out of the 5 same heroes, replacing the banned out Genji with Abathur. souray on Abathur maximized SR’s experience soaking, giving them a level advantage going into level 10. This allowed for SR to bully Miasma around, walking away with 2 easy kills in the bottom lane. Dsteves on Falstad was ready for revenge though, pushing Scorpion Raccoon into a tough position with Mighty Gust and setting up 3 kills of their own.

Miasma had caught up in experience, but souray’s choice of MULE at level 7 enabled Scorpion Raccoon to establish a healthy structure lead through sheer repairs on their own Forts. This is an obvious advantage on Sky Temple since Scorpion Raccoon could whittle down Miasma’s structures to establish a win condition.

Throughout Game 2, Miasma did a great job at locking down Malfurion early on in team fights to minimize the damage from Twilight Dream. Additionally, Vestige on Anub’arak chose excellent targets for Cocoon, often trapping the real or cloned Greymane for damage reduction. However, Miasma’s lack of structures doomed them in the end, as Scorpion Raccoon captured the Boss for a Week 5 victory.

 Scorpion Raccoon won the Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series Week 5 tournament by defeating Miasma eSports 2-0. This was Scorpion Raccoon’s second tournament win in a row.


The standings for the Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series are now:

  • Miasma eSports/Firm Handshake – 20 points
  • 7th Empire – 17 points
  • The New Guys – 16 points
  • Four Guys and a Legend – 15 points
  • Scorpion Raccoon – 15 points
  • Team Naas – 12 points
  • Blank – 12 points
  • East Coast Revolvers – 11 points
  • Full Standings can be seen here.

If you missed Week 5, the videos can be viewed here.


Amateur Events for Next Week:


Wednesday 5/24/17 6 PM PDT Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 1 Finals https://www.twitch.tv/heroeshype

Heroes Hype Weekly Amateur Recap – May 11th, 2017

Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 1 – Week 4:

This Wednesday was Week 4 of the Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series, a six-week amateur Heroes of the Storm tournament. With only two final chances for amateur teams to earn points to qualify for the Finals on May 24th, these matchups have certainly intensified! This week’s Grand Finals featured The New Guys (TNG), who placed 2nd during Week 2, as well as Scorpion Raccoon (SR), a Canadian team that formed two weeks ago.  

Game 1 – Dragon Shire

Scorpion Raccoon: Anub’arak, Leoric, Uther, Genji, Nazeebo

The New Guys: Johanna, Artanis, Malfurion, Greymane, Falstad


In Game 1, Scorpion Raccoons busted out the Genji in the first available tournament for Heroes Hype. After a rocky first kill and death, Electromad played Genji well, moving all over the map and providing the hero’s solid damage and chasing capabilities. After both teams attained their heroic abilities, SR grabbed the first Dragon Knight of the game. However, it was only useful for taking down outer defenses as no Forts fell.

SR took the second Dragon Knight as well, pushing more aggressively with it along with their level 16 talent tier advantage. TNG defended relatively well, only losing one Fort during the dragon’s reign. TNG then struck back with a clean 3-0 team fight in their own Siege Giant chokepoint. Although TNG was behind in structures, they led in experience and picked up level 20 talents first.

After carefully dancing around the shrines for awhile, SR found the beginning of the end with a great 4-0 team fight that used a very restricting Entomb and Divine Storm combo. After SR finished off Johanna for the full team wipe, they easily walked into TNG’s base to win Game 1.


Game 2 – Infernal Shrines

Scorpion Raccoon: Arthas, Dehaka, Auriel, Lunara, Greymane

The New Guys: Johanna, Tyrael, Malfurion, Kael’thas, Tychus


During the first shrine phase of Game 2, TNG was able to isolate and eliminate Lunara and then followed up with a quick kill on Dehaka from Tychus’ painful minigun. This freed up the shrine and let TNG pick up the first Punisher of the game to take out the SR’s outer wall of the top lane.

SR earned level 10 first at a crucial point during the second shrine phase, allowing for a kill and forcing TNG to retreat. Along with the second Punisher of the map, SR destroyed the bottom Fort and held onto a slim experience lead. The middle of Game 2 turned into an all-out brawl, with leads and advantages swapping back and forth by the minute.

This definition of a brawl was clearly demonstrated during the fourth shrine, as SC ultimately walked away with a 4-1 teamfight, but TNG’s StuManchu had a heads up play on Johanna to steal the Punisher right before dying. This Punisher denial was huge play, effectively keeping the game on even playing ground instead of giving SC a ridiculous map advantage.

SC found that advantage just a few moments later when they caught TNG way out of position and without their level 20 talents in the bottom lane. A quick four kills later and SC was able to sweep across the map to win Game 2.

 Scorpion Raccoon won the Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series Week 4 tournament by defeating The New Guys 2-0.


The standings for the Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series are now:

  • The New Guys – 14 points
  • Blank – 13 points
  • 7th Empire – 12 points
  • Team Naas – 11 points
  • Four Guys and a Legend – 11 points
  • East Coast Revolvers – 9 points
  • Scorpion Raccoon – 8 points
  • Full Standings can be seen here.

If you missed Week 4, the videos can be viewed here.

Amateur teams can register now for the Week 5 via Battlefly here. Week 5 is the last chance for teams to earn points and qualify for the Finals on May 24th!


Amateur Events for Next Week:


Monday 5/15/17 6 PM PDT HGC Open Division Playoffs  



Wednesday 5/17/17 6 PM PDT Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 1 – Week 5 https://www.twitch.tv/heroeshype

Heroes Hype Weekly Amateur Recap – May 4th, 2017

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

The HGC Open Division Playoffs will begin on May 15th at 6 PM CDT. Full standings from the Phase 1 can be seen here. Once the bracket is available, it can be viewed here.

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


Heroes Hype Weekly Amateur Recap – April 27, 2017

Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 1 – Week 2:


The Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 1 continued this week with Week 2 of the six-week amateur Heroes of the Storm tournament. This week saw 4 Guys and a Legend (4GL) facing off against The New Guys (TNG) for the Finals in the first tournament since the massive Heroes of the Storm 2.0 changes were introduced. This update brought some exciting new choices in the amateur scene meta. For example, Uther was either banned or picked in all three games for the Finals, while Li Li was also ready for adventure!


Game 1 – Infernal Shrines


4 Guys and a Legend: Johanna, Lúcio, Uther, Valla, Lunara

The New Guys: Muradin, Malfurion, Li Li, Greymane, Kael’thas


Game 1 set an interesting standard for the majority of the Finals, double Support compositions. Uther served as a great second support for stuns and building up the armor for teammates who needed it, while on the other end Li Li’s new damage and blinds worked well against two auto attack heroes.


Even though we saw excellent macro play from The New Guys in the quarterfinals, they didn’t quite seem in sync this game, capturing a Bruiser camp immediately after defending 4 Guys and a Legend’s second Punisher. This effectively wasted the camp and demonstrated the missed opportunities on TNG’s side for Game 1.


TNG had to give up multiple shrine phases due to uneven talent tiers, allowing 4GL to win all 5 Punishers in the map. During the 4th Punisher, 4GL was able to destroy the middle Keep, rotating to the top Keep for even more destruction. TNG put on a great chase however, killing both Valla and Lúcio, only losing Greymane from massive damage being dished out by Lunara.


Later, TNG continued to show signs of life, with a well-timed Gravity Lapse by Attaro going into a excellent Twilight Dream from Phoenix, obliterating Lunara in the process. Following this kill, TNG pushed the bottom lane to no avail. By winning the 5th Punisher in the bottom lane, 4GL had a steep hill to climb since TNG still had both their Keep and Fort remaining. However, these were small obstacles for 4GL, as they pushed with the Punisher to destroy first the Fort, then the Keep, and finally whittle down the half-health Core to win Game 1.


Game 2 – Cursed Hollow


4 Guys and a Legend: Muradin, Varian, Lúcio, Abathur, Valla

The New Guys: Johanna, Uther, Auriel, Li-Ming, Cassia


Just like last week, Muradin in the Finals picked up Perfect Storm, although this week it was being played by Jin. The talent choice made sense with the lack of damage on the side of 4 Guys and a Legend, which certainly set them back in the early game prior to level 10. The New Guys were able to capitalize on the weak early game of Abathur by capturing the first two tributes.


Level 10 came too late for 4GL, as they were weak from attempting to stall curse point, allowing TNG to pick up the tribute and spawn a curse for their side. During the curse, 4GL was able to secure a 3-0 team fight, minimizing the damage from the curse itself. Coming off these kills, 4GL captured their own boss and took the lead in experience, thus swinging the momentum of the match in their favor.


Despite TNG pulling ahead on kills and capturing their own Boss on top, 4GL stayed ahead with the global pressure of Abathur. But in a close game like this, every action has an equal and opposite reaction, as TNG captured their third tribute for another curse. They were able to get a lot more value out of this curse, taking 4GL’s bottom Keep and rotating up to destroy the middle Keep as well. Additionally, they postured to take the Core after killing Valla, but 4GL managed to knock down both Cassia and Li-Ming, forcing TNG to retreat.


4GL decided to press this newly created advantage and take the top Boss, which could have ended the game if they didn’t invade TNG’s bruiser camp, forcing 4GL to lose Lúcio in the process. Shortly after, history repeated itself when 4GL took the bottom boss and lost both Valla and Varian immediately after. Ultimately, the teams ended up racing for one another’s Core, with TNG winning a very tight Game 2.


Game 3 – Tomb of the Spider Queen


4 Guys and a Legend: Johanna, Arthas, Lúcio, Valla, Probius

The New Guys: Muradin, Zarya, Malfurion, Kael’thas, Lunara


Game 3 brought some more standard team compositions with the teams moving away from the double-support picks. Once the game began, 4 Guys and a Legend set an aggressive tone early, securing three kills within the first two minutes by establishing a stranglehold on the top and middle lanes with strong Probius play coming from Legend and slick rotations out of the 4-hero group.


4GL didn’t take their foot off the accelerator, earning level 10 first and turning in for their second Webweaver of the game. This Webweaver allowed 4GL to destroy TNG’s top and middle Forts while putting a significant dent in the outside walls of the Keeps as well. 4GL continued to show the upper hand in macro play as they perfectly timed a Boss capture to counter TNG’s first Webweaver spawn. This placed 4GL three levels ahead in experience.


This experience gap played a large hand in team fight near the bottom turn in, as 4GL was able to wipe out 4 heroes from TNG, forcing them to drop over 30 gems and stick with the talent-tier advantage. With their third Webweaver spawn, 4GL was able to destroy both the middle and top Keep, continuing their dominance in Game 3.


Finally, TNG attempts a 5v4 team fight on an even talent tier (levels 17 vs. 19), but without fully committing they aren’t able to kill anyone else on 4GL’s side. After picking up the Boss, 4GL marched alongside it for victory in Game 3 and the series.


4 Guys and a Legend won the Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series Week 2 tournament by defeating The New Guys 2-1.


The standings for the Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series are now:

  • Team Naas – 9 points
  • Players Unknown – 8 points
  • 4 Guys and a Legend – 7 points
  • Blank – 6 points
  • 7th Empire – 6 points
  • The New Guys – 6 points
  • Order of the Sleeping Dragon – 4 points
  • Miasma eSports – 4 points
  • Full Standings can be seen here.


If you missed Week 2, the video can be viewed here.


Amateur teams can register now for the Week 3 via Battlefly here.


Amateur Events for Next Week:

Monday 5/1/17 6 PM PDT HGC Open Division Cup 7 Opening Rounds  



Tuesday 5/2/17 6 PM PDT HGC Open Division Cup 7 Semifinals and Finals  



Wednesday 5/3/17 6 PM PDT Heroes Hype Tempo Storm Series 1 – Week 3  




Interview with The Gauntlet Winners – Accident Free Since

As Heroes Hype gears up for another thrilling tournament series, let’s take a moment to reflect on the winners from our previous 6 week tournament.

By winning Week 3 of The Gauntlet, Accident Free Since (formerly Gear Gaming) earned enough points to qualify for the Gauntlet Finals, where they went on to win the entire tournament. Following their recent success, I reached out to the team to learn a little more about them and their aspirations as an amateur Heroes of the Storm team.


First off, congratulations on your victory in The Gauntlet!


Percival: Thank you.

Mysticleez: Thank you.


I want to go a little bit back in time, how and why did you get into Heroes of the Storm?


Percival: I grew up playing games and I was always competitive. My first MOBA was HoN, Heroes of Newerth. That pretty much originated from DotA so it tried to really copy the heroes and all the items. It was the first game that I tried to take my level to competitiveness. Then it sprouted to League, and then to Heroes. Heroes grabbed me because I love the lore and the Blizzard universes. I was always a huge supporter of Blizzard and now that they were in the MOBA, it just felt right.

Mysticleez: I played a ton of sports in high school and then out of high school so i’ve always been a big competitor. Once I graduated, I didn’t look into playing in college at all. But I didn’t realize how important competition is for me. So I started playing League the summer of my senior year…and I really sucked. I wanted nothing to do with computer games and I felt really bad and my brother just urged me on. After a couple weeks of playing I started to get pretty good, and I had a lot of people that were telling me they thought I could be really good. So I took League serious for about a year. That would be late Season 3? I thought it was saturated and I knew that I wanted to play competitively, the same kind of game. I saw Heroes when it was Alpha so I decided when that came out I was going to switch from League over to that. I got involved with Heroes, played in some Amateur teams, I stumbled across Gale Force which I had my most competitive success, and now here I am with these wonderful, wonderful characters.

Needham: I basically used to compete in Call of Duty for a couple of years, and I went to LAN’s for that and enjoyed playing it competitively. I wanted to take that experience to this game, I got into the Alpha for it randomly. When I tried it out I definitely saw the potential the game had especially with the Blizzard universe and the fact that Blizzard generally knows how to back their game and advertise it so I figured it would do really well. So I got in the Alpha, started playing a lot of it, and back then…I became a Valla one-trick main, and I just enjoyed the game. Eventually, I got decent at it, met these guys and now we’re playing this game together.


How did this current roster form?


Mysticleez: So basically, Ham, Skull and Percy have played together on a team before for the past couple of months, on and off. Me and Ayy played together for almost a year and a half or two years, on and off. I really like these people outside of the game as well. When I find something I like I try to stick around with them and make it work. So, we’ve been trying for I’d say, the past six months some sort of formula or another. Skull has been out of the competitive HotS scene for a bit. So it was me, Ham, Percy and Ayy just trying to find the right formula. We finally just threw together a team and we asked Skull to just try it out. So basically it was just a joke, we said “For Science”. We literally played the tournament with just the one scrim block. We played the first Heroes Hype just for science, just for fun, you know? It just turned out to be pretty good synergy between us, everyone seemed like they were having a good time, that’s basically how this team was spawned. Even though a lot of us have egos, it seems to work because we kind of check each other as well. It’s a pretty good team dynamic, where everyone’s really competitive, but not to the point where we are toxic towards each other.  

Percival: I think that’s a good point that Mystic brought up. We have a lot of checks and balances on this team. Even though at some point we all think that we are right or we are wrong, the fact that we can step back and view the whole scenario of how we played is really strong. There are a lot of egos in competitiveness, especially in Heroes of the Storm. If you are able to take criticism, it can go a long way. I think we all collectively take criticism pretty well and that helps us grow.


What is your overall goal as this team?


skullkid: Professional players. Hopefully.

Mysticleez: I think we all want to be professional. I think that resonates with all of us, we’ve been around the scene for awhile. I’ve always felt like a high-level player I just never had the right opportunity. I finally feel like, with this roster we have a chance to show that each of us are talented, individual players. But then as a group together, we can be better than some of the HGC teams.

AyyLMAO: This first half of HGC we are mainly focusing on improving as 5 and building synergy. The goal is obviously to qualify for the HGC crucible, but we won’t be discouraged if it doesn’t happen in this first round.

Percival: Yeah. A lot of our schedules were conflicting before. Mystic was focusing on Dorms, I went to Florida and Ayy had spring break. So there were just a lot of conflicting schedules. We all knew that we wanted to play with each other, and now finally, we get to move forward together and show what we can do.

Mysticleez: Now we have time to discuss strategies and watch VoDs together and do all the team activities. I’m looking forward to the next month and to see what kind of potential we have, if we can improve and become the team I think we can be.


My next question is, what does competing in Heroes Hype or other amateur tournaments, what does that mean to you as a team?


Needham: It helps us with progression. Right now we’re just a bunch of players that are decent at the game, but we don’t just want to be decent, we want to be the best.  We’re always trying to improve somewhere and these Heroes Hype tourneys definitely help us do that. Not to mention it helps with the tournament nerves, just working on that type of stuff as well, in a more pressured environment rather than just a scrim block where sometimes we may not necessarily care about the outcome.

Percival: I think it’s also good to show that we are up-and-coming, we want to show what we’re about. We all had success in one way or another. When people say amateur team, it doesn’t make sense to me. I think it’s more like semi-pro. Because Myst and skull and everyone here, even Ham and I when we were on RFS and Myst when he was on Gale Force and skull was on Wild Growth. I mean we were all high competitive players at one time in semi-pro. “Amateur” doesn’t seem like a proper name for it. So I think if we change the language of that a little bit to “Semi-pro”. There are other teams out there that have players that are really good, that have gone to LANs before and calling them “amateur” again doesn’t make sense to me. But competing spreads the name, spreads the org. It gets our name out there.


So you guys have already touched on this between Dorms and traveling – with your busy schedules and long hours of scrims, how do stay motivated? As a team as well as personally?


skullkid: I think it’s up to the individual. If you really want it or not, you’ll stay practiced or committed.

Needham: Yeah pretty much. We’re all just trying to get better at the game. And the person who doesn’t get better, it’ll show and they’ll drag the team down. Nobody wants to be the reason for that.

Percival: Exactly what Ham said. Good motivation is each and every one of these teammates. I don’t want to be the person that lets them down, so I will take or do whatever I can to make sure that when the time comes, I’m ready to roll with them. I want to go to war with these guys and I want them to have me as well. Your teammates are everything in this game, so if you have great teammates they push you and hopefully you push them. That’s what makes a great team.  


So I want to shift gears just a little bit to speak more about the amateur or semi-pro Heroes team in general. What tips do you have for forming an amateur Heroes team?


skullkid: Study. Study, study, study. And practice.

Needham: Watch all the streams.

skullkid: Copy the people that are better than you, figure out why they are doing it and become better at it. You beat them and then you can make your own decisions. High-tier Korean players is what we tend to study a lot. We try to get in their minds and figure out what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. Try to translate that into our play and talent decisions.

Needham: I agree with that. But also at the same time, once you get to a certain point, I think you also have to be able to make decisions yourself, based off the knowledge that you’ve learned. Obviously there’s always a good cookie-cutter build for every hero. But a lot of talents are made for a reason, even if some of them seem garbage 99% of the time, there might be one situation where it’s really good. So once you gain the knowledge from playing a bunch and watching a lot of streams and kind of imitating your favorite pro player, eventually take that knowledge and put it somewhere. Because just cookie-cuttering doesn’t work all the time, and it might hold you back as a player.

Mysticleez: For up-and-coming people trying to get involved, try to stay with a committed team for awhile. It might not be the most fun losing a lot, but in my experience, moving from team to team, you don’t really grow as a player. If you can stay for 1 to 2 to 3 months, give it a shot, and pick something. Have one thing that you are trying to focus on each week: map awareness, shot-calling, things like that. Also, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. I’m a really aggressive player, but I learn how and when I can be by messing up a lot.    

Percival: Yeah, I think they both nailed it. Consistency on the team and then also improving your own plays is crucial. Finding your own niche is really crucial too. Not everyone is going to be a Korean god, you know? Not everyone is going to run EU the way EU runs it. It’s their own style, so you have to find your own thing. But you should learn why they do things a certain way.

AyyLMAO: Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get instant results. Also, be able to take criticism. Team synergy is the biggest thing in this game. Drafting, mechanics, and shot calling can all be learned: What is really key though, at least in the amateur scene, is getting a core group of 5 who are putting the time in together and actively working to improve.


Okay great! I just have one more detailed question and it’s more of a fun one: what non-meta hero do you wish saw more competitive play?


Needham: I would tell you a lot of heroes. I think just about any hero is viable. I think Butcher is the least viable and I wish he would be changed into a solo-laner. Because first of all – his kit is outdated. It’s basically a worse Varian, and you know who is getting charged before it even happens. Even if it’s through the fog of war, so I think that’s really outdated. I’d also like to shoutout Probius, I think a lot of people are calling him a garbage character, but he has a lot of potential. With a few slight health buffs and baseline talents added to his kit, I think he’s a really strong character too.

skullkid: Zul’jin on every map and every situation. (Everyone laughs)

Percival: That’s it?

skullkid: That’s it. (laughs)

Percival. Umm, I mean there are a lot of heroes that are just…the problem with Blizzard right now is that they always seem to just buff or nerf the heroes that are in meta instead of just buffing the heroes that are non-meta. That’s why you always get the same heroes fluctuating in and out, because they buff one hero and then they need to nerf the same hero. It always seems like the same heroes are in the rotation. It seems like they are scared to have every hero competitive, and I don’t know why. They make heroes like Probius and Gazlowe that just probably would never have a competitive edge, as I see it right now. They need to do something. I think we would all love to see Butcher become competitive, at least our team as a collective.

Mysticleez: Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah….

(Everyone laughs)

Percival:I definitely want to see Butcher competitive.

Mysticleez: Let me state on the record. First of all, I wish they would remove Medivh from the game (everyone laughs). I think shielding heroes are really unhealthy. Personally, I really don’t like them in this game. As far as heroes that I wish I could play more: Kerrigan and Alarak. I really like Alarak’s kit and I really think that there is a ton of playmaking potential with it. But at the moment, I feel like there’s too much risk versus the reward you get with him. While he can do a bunch of damage, you are so combo-based that his talents are pretty one-dimensional too.

Percival: I think he plays really well in our whole team’s dynamic. We’re a really aggressive team, so we really like those really aggressive heroes. So, definitely Alarak.


I’ve seen that you have played him on Braxis Holdout, at least twice on Heroes Hype, so maybe branch out beyond that map?


Mysticleez: Yeah. He’s pretty decent on Battlefield too, but I’d like to see him on other 4-man rotational maps. Depending on how it goes, we’ll have to test it out more. I really just think he has a ton of potential. His kit is just, really good.

AyyLMAO: Chen has been one of my favorite heroes since I started playing, and I would love for him to see more action. I don’t think he’s necessarily in a terrible spot balance-wise, but with the strengths of the other warriors it’s hard to find a spot in a draft where he is the best choice.


That’s pretty much all of the questions I had, but to wrap-up: do you have any shoutouts or anyone you want to thank?


Percival: Shout out to Heroes Hype, my org, my teammates,  we all hate each other. (Everyone laughs)

Mysticleez: HyperX.

Percival: HyperX and Matcherino, yeah.

Needham: And all the fans.

Percival: All of this wouldn’t be possible without the fans.

Mysticleez: I’d like to shout out too to my school: Robert Morris University esports and being really open and available with me playing amateur as well. Allowing me to be on two teams at the same time, even though I had to split my focus on both of the teams. They were really nice about me and my schedule so I really appreciate that.


Thank you to all five members for taking the time to answer questions: Mysticleez, Percival, Needham, skullkid and AyyLMAO. Additionally, thank you to their manager Kam for arranging the time through various schedules.

Heroes Hype Weekly Amateur Recap- March 25, 2017

HGC Open Division Cup 4:


This week gave amateur teams another chance to earn points in the HGC Open Division as we move past the halfway mark before the Phase 1 Playoffs. A big story of Cup 4 was the UT-Arlington Heroes of the Dorm team losing to Even in Death in the Semifinal round 0-2. UTA HOTD had won Cups 1 and 2 before sitting out during Cup 3, and are currently undefeated in the Heroes of the Dorm tournament.


After the loss, Yuuj tweeted: “FeelsBadMan. Though honestly glad we lost, learn more from losses and these matches don’t really matter too much. GGs to EiD though”. This sentiment was echoed in a tweet from Kure: “gg to EiD, my drafting and play needs lot of work, very wp tho! good to see that we are mortal so that we can work 2x as hard to win dorm”.


This set up the Final round between Even in Death and Looking for More eSports, featuring the one and only skeleton king in all three games: Leoric. LFM eSports took a relatively close Game 1 on Tomb of the Spider Queen after EiD overcommitted on a WebWeaver push in the top lane. EiD struck back during Game 2 on Cursed Hollow after LFM eSports allowed 60% of their Core health to be lost from catapult pressure. Despite having an early structure lead in Game 3 on Sky Temple, LFM was able to refortify their structures with BBJ on Malfurion taking M.U.L.E. at level 7. This talent choice allowed LFM to rebuild a nearly destroyed Keep back to health. Additionally, EiD simply could not outlast LFM eSports during team fights, eventually losing a close game.


LFM eSports won the HGC Open Division Cup 4 by defeating Even in Death 2-1.


After four tournaments, the Open Division Standings are now:


  1. LFM eSports – 280 points
  2. UTA – 270 points
  3. Imported Support – 245 points
  4. Even in Death – 170 points
  5. Team No Sleep – 70 points


The Grand FInals videos for the HGC Open Division Cup 4 can be seen here:


Heroes Hype – Amateur Series Week 74:


On Wednesday, Heroes Hype hosted their 74th Amateur Series tournament, giving amateur Heroes of the Storm teams a useful battleground for practice as well as competitive exposure. The Week 74 Finals pit 7th Empire against Yikes!


Game 1

On Cursed Hollow for Game 1, Yikes! boldly chose a solo Dehaka as their tank while 7th Empire banned Arthas right out of the gate as the second overall ban, showing a shift in priority with the recent patch.


Initially, 7th Empire’s team composition seemed to allow them to bully Yikes! around, but Yikes! struck back with a 2-0 team fight led by a great push from Tracer played by Allenarwf and a Li-Ming reset from Airwreka. The first eight minutes were relatively even as the teams traded blow for blow, tying one another with 6 kills each. Yikes! pulled off two additional kills just as their curse-point tribute spawned, allowing them to pull ahead in structures by destroying all 3 of 7th Empire Forts along with a two level lead.


In a move to catch up in experience, 7th Empire chose to secure the bottom Boss. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to assist it beyond the Fort as they had to return to their base to defend the top Boss encroaching on their Keep. After level 16, 7th Empire began to dictate the pace once they began to isolate Tracer with Tyrael’s (Dreadnought) Judgement, and turn one kill into two or three. After earning their own curse, 7th Empire split the positioning of Yikes! in two to kill three heroes and destroy the Core to win Game 1.


Game 2

During the draft for Game 2, 7th Empire again showed their distaste in playing against Arthas by banning the hero at the top of the draft. Yikes! opened Game 2 on Sky Temple by pushing 5 strong in the top lane, but was simply out-pushed by 7th Empire’s four-hero squad (Lunara, ‎Lúcio, Zarya, E.T.C.) in the bottom lane. These four heroes were able to destroy the bottom fort in the first minute and a half of the game, foreshadowing the pace and control of this game.


7th Empire’s team composition heavily relied on Lunara’s poison (played by Felix), and it certainly paid off for them. Combining Lunara’s slowing abilities with Unfair Advantage and ‎Lúcio’s movement speed enhancement, 7th Empire was able to consistently burn through the health pools of Yikes!. Controlling the map through constant kills and temple shots, 7th Empire never allowed Yikes! to catch up from a 4-level experience deficit. Game 2 ended with 7th Empire leading 15 kills to 1.


7th Empire won the Heroes Hype Amateur Series Week 74 tournament by defeating Yikes! 2-0.


If you missed the Amateur Series Week 74, the video can be seen here.


Amateur teams can register now for the Amateur Series Week 75 via Battlefly.


The Maelstrom Tournament Series #1


On Tuesday and Thursday, Gear Gaming hosted their Amateur week for The Maelstrom Tournament. The top four amateur teams at the end of Thursday will play four invited HGC pro teams (Gale Force eSports, No Tomorrow, SuperStars, and Team Naventic) beginning on Tuesday March 28th. This week’s tournament narrowed down the entered amateur teams to the following four:


  1. Imported Support
  2. Gear Gaming
  3. 3D
  4. Thunder Awaken


Tuesday’s games can be watched here and here. Thursday’s portion of The Maelstrom Tournament can be seen here.


Amateur Events for Next Week:



Saturday 3/25 10am PDT Heroes of the Dorm Round of 16 https://www.heroesofthedorm.com/watch
Sunday 3/26 12pm PDT Heroes of the Dorm Round of 8 https://www.heroesofthedorm.com/watch
Tuesday 3/28 6pm PDT The Maelstrom Quarterfinals https://www.twitch.tv/geargamingesports
Wednesday 3/29 6pm PDT Heroes Hype Amateur Series Week 75 https://www.twitch.tv/heroes_hype
Thursday 3/30 6pm PDT The Maelstrom Quarterfinals https://www.twitch.tv/geargamingesports

Heroes of the Storm Amateur Recap 3/17/17

 The Arcanum Week 4:

During the fourth and final qualifier for The Arcanum, LFM eSports met the Week 3 champion: Vox and the Busted Bullets. In the Finals, Vox had a slow start during Game 1 on Cursed Hollow with 6 deaths as well as allowing LFM eSports to capture the first curse. However, after reaching the level 13 talent tier, Vox were able to secure numerous kills on top of an aggressive boss capture, ultimately winning the game after starting their own curse. In Game 2 on Battlefield of Eternity, Vox utilized a high damage racing composition with Lunara, Greymane and Ragnaros to easily win all three Immortal fights. Without losing a Fort, Vox and the Busted Bullets won Game 2 and finished in 1st place for Week 4 of The Arcanum. This victory tied Vox and the Busted Bullets with NICE! as the number 1 seed for The Arcanum Season 1 Finals on April 1st.

Vox and the Busted Bullets won The Arcanum Week 4 by defeating LFM eSports 2-0.


The Arcanum Week 4 video can be seen here: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/128742844


Heroes Hype – The Gauntlet Season 1 Finals:

After five weeks of tough competition, the Top 8 amateur teams were invited to compete in The Gauntlet Season 1 Finals. The night was full of surprises, as the number 7 seed Thunder Awaken advanced to the Grand Finals after defeating #2 Hour’tanis Ore They’re Tanis 2-1 and #3 Team No Sleep 2-0. On the top half of the bracket, #8 Gear Gaming (previously named AwwOooLeedleLeedleLeedleLee) defeated #1 Miasma eSports 2-0 and #5 HecarimJ from UTA 2-1 to earn their own spot in the Grand Finals.


Previously, the highest Thunder Awaken had placed in The Gauntlet was 2nd during Week 1, while Gear Gaming won Week 3 (as AwwOooLeedleLeedleLeedleLee).


Game 1

Game 1 on Braxis Holdout featured an interesting trend reintroduced with the Probius patch: triple-warrior compositions. Thunder Awaken built their team around Sonya, Muradin and Zarya. This triple-warrior choice proved just as inefficient as it did earlier in the night when HecarimJ from UTA used Dehaka, E.T.C. and Anub’arak against Gear Gaming. Neither team was able to put out enough damage to challenge Gear Gaming.

Gear Gaming looked strong in both the Quarterfinals and Semifinals, but their Grand Finals appearance was defined by non-stop aggression. Within the first 7 minutes of Game 1, Gear Gaming already had 8 kills against Thunder Awaken, using well-timed crowd control combos on thier E.T.C., Malfurion and Alarak. After reaching level 10, Gear Gaming was able to achieve 100% on the Zerg beacon and pushed the top lane with the Zerg rush. Gear Gaming killed 2 heroes, destroyed the top Keep, and pushed to the Core to win Game 1 in under 9 minutes.


Game 2

For Game 2 on Cursed Hollow, Gear Gaming drafted a team composition with a lot of burst potential. With Tracer and Li-Ming following up possible roots from both Arthas and Malfurion, Thunder Awaken looked to have an uphill battle ahead of them. Gear Gaming was able to turn this game plan into a reality, jumping on Thunder Awaken for 2 kills within the first 23 seconds of the game.

Without letting up, Gear Gaming dominated the map, squeezing out close kills from skullKid on Tracer, and taking the first curse for themselves. By the end of the first curse, Thunder Awaken had lost all three of their Forts. After gaining a 3 level advantage, Gear Gaming pushed with the bottom Boss to take the bottom Keep, kill 4 of Thunder Awaken’s heroes, and end the game in 11 minutes.


Gear Gaming won the Season 1 Finals of The Gauntlet by defeating Thunder Awaken 2-0.


If you missed The Gauntlet Season 1 Finals, the video can be seen here: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/128968644



Amateur Events for Next Week:


Saturday 3/18 9am PDT Heroes of the Dorm Round of 64 https://www.heroesofthedorm.com/watch
Sunday 3/19 9pm PDT Heroes of the Dorm Round of 64 https://www.heroesofthedorm.com/watch
Monday 3/20 TBA Heroes of the Dorm https://www.heroesofthedorm.com/watch
Monday 3/20 6pm PDT HGC Open Division Cup 4 https://www.twitch.tv/arcane8
Tuesday 3/21 TBA Heroes of the Dorm https://www.heroesofthedorm.com/watch
Tuesday 3/21 6pm PDT HGC Open Division Cup 4 Semifinals and Finals https://www.twitch.tv/arcane8
Wednesday 3/22 6pm PDT Heroes Hype Amateur Series Week 74 https://www.twitch.tv/heroes_hype

Gauntlet Season 1 Pre Finals Hype

The Gauntlet Season 1 Finals are just around the corner, and there is plenty to be excited about for the end of this six week tournament. The Top 8 teams from Weeks 1-5 will be battling it out for a $500+ prize pool which includes a set of HyperX keyboards for the 1st place team, a set of HyperX Cloud headsets for 2nd place, HyperX mousepads for 3rd place in addition to cash for 1st-3rd. If that’s not enough to get you pumped, the Finals will be casted by Grizz as well as Michael Udall from Gale Force eSports in his Heroes of the Storm casting debut!



In preparation for the Finals tomorrow, we wanted to know a little more about the teams participating in the tournament, so we asked members from 3 of the Top 8 teams about their strengths, pre-tournament rituals, and anticipated matchups. Thank you to Ethix of Miasma eSports, Hoss of HecarimJ from UTA and AyyLMAO of AwwOooLeedleLeedleLeedleLee for their responses.


Going into the Season 1 Finals, what is your biggest strength as a team?


Ethix, Miasma eSports: “I think our biggest strength is our flexibility. Rather than committing to one play style, we tend to exploit our opponents’ weaknesses and play to the strength of our drafts.”


Hoss, HecarimJ from UTA: “The main strength is that we have our eyes on a task ahead of us and we’re determined to get there. $500,000 is a hell of a lot of money and Heroes Hype is part of that journey to get there. Vengeful from LSU deserves a big shoutout too.


Knowing that we are a Dorm team and that everyone wants to improve without feeling like their spot is a risk is a huge thing. Too many times amateur teams form and change rosters. It’s been 5 weeks of HH and NewTeamNewMe went through changes, Miasma has gone through changes and so have other teams. We can’t change. So we improve.”


AyyLMAO, AwwOooLeedleLeedleLeedleLee: “Our experience is probably our biggest strength. We have all been playing this game since the beginning, and have been around the competitive scene for awhile. Our roster is fairly new, and we have not had much time to practice as a group, but having 5 players who can all make plays and decisions on their own makes things a lot easier.”


Do you have any specific rituals you perform before every tournament?


Ethix, Miasma eSports: “I don’t have any specific rituals, but one thing I do before the start of any tournament is consciously raise the energy level of my team in comms. From the outside, it probably looks like me just being obnoxious and yelling in Discord, but my goal is to get people out of their own heads and engaged in the present. We reel it all in with our unofficial phrase “Let’s F** Go” and focus all that energy and excitement on the coming match.”


Hoss, HecarimJ from UTA: “Just warm up scrims. Nothing special.”


AyyLMAO, AwwOooLeedleLeedleLeedleLee: “Listening to at least 20 minutes of Dimmadubstep.”



Is there a matchup in the Season 1 Finals that you are looking forward to?


Ethix, Miasma eSports: “I am definitely looking forward to playing AwwOooLeedleLeedleLeedleLee the most. Needham, Percival, and Skullkid are all friends and ex teammates of mine (R.I.P. RFS). I have a lot of love and respect for those guys. That being said, we are going to give them a quick exit from this tournament in the first round.”


Hoss, HecarimJ from UTA: “Looking forward to the Miasma game. We lost 2-1 to them in
Week 2 so getting some revenge would be nice. The Ninjahood game should be pretty easy, and the same for the semifinal. The final should be a good match and we hope that we win. Winds needs a keyboard for Dorm finals.“


AyyLMAO, AwwOooLeedleLeedleLeedleLee: “Can’t say we are exactly looking forward to any matchup in particular. There are a few decent teams in the tournament, but we are confident that if we play and execute that we will come out on top versus any of the teams.”



On Wednesday March 15th at 6pm Pacific, 8 teams will enter The Gauntlet for the final time in Season 1. Who will emerge as the Season 1 champion and claim their set of HyperX keyboards? Tune in to https://www.twitch.tv/heroes_hype to find out!



Heroes Hype Weekly Amateur Recap- March 9, 2017

Heroes Hype – The Gauntlet Season 1 Week 5:


Week 5 for Season 1 of The Gauntlet was the final chance for teams to earn points in pursuit of qualifying for the Finals on March 15th. While most of the Top 8 spots had been secured from previous weeks, 7th Empire’s 4th place finish in Week 5 solidified their entry into the Finals.


The final weekly champion for The Gauntlet would be decided by a clash of titans: Team No Sleep and Miasma eSports. Of the four previous weeks, Miasma eSports had been crowned champion twice (Week 2 and 4) and Team No Sleep placed 1st in Week 1.


Game 1

Tomb of the Spider Queen would be the site for Game 1, where Miasma prioritized strong heroes for the map like Johanna and Jaina, whereas Team No Sleep drafted a team that lacked a solid way to reach Lt. Morales in the backline. Additionally, for Week 5 Miasma had a few roster swaps with two different players as well as a role swap with Ethix playing Support.


Prior to level 10, Miasma pulled off a triple kill, causing Team No Sleep to lose a lot of gems and giving Miasma a chance to get their first WebWeaver turn in. This allowed Miasma to attain level 10 first, with a 1 level lead.


After reaching level 10 themselves, Team No Sleep engaged in a fight by dividing Miasma in two with ETC’s Stage Dive, played by Dayun. Miasma turned the tide of this fight with a well-placed Ring of Frost by Fox’s Jaina and Miasma walked away with a 2-1 team fight victory. They took this chance to push with their second WebWeavers, securing the rest of Team No Sleep’s Forts.


Nearly 13 minutes into the game, Team No Sleep had not turned in a single gem. Following a tense battle where each team lost 1 hero, Team No Sleep’s Tychus, played by haeun, was able to turn in exactly 50 gems to start their first set of WebWeavers. Trailing behind in both structures as well as 1 level of experience, Team No Sleep needed a strong push with the WebWeavers to catch up in the game. By balancing playing it safe and pushing hard, Team No Sleep was able to clear out all 3 of Miasma’s Forts with back-to-back WebWeavers.


Unfortunately, the comeback would end prematurely for Team No Sleep, after losing 2 heroes at the tail-end of their 2nd WebWeaver push. Miasma used this hero advantage to take the Boss as well as initiate their own WebWeaver turn-in. With a strong top-lane push, Miasma eSports destroyed Team No Sleep’s Keep, as well as their Core to win Game 1.


Game 2

For Game 2 on Battlefield of Eternity, Miasma eSports chose to use Lunara again, while Team No Sleep continued to prioritize E.T.C. and Malfurion for their first two picks. Vestige played the Warrior role again for Miasma while Ethix showed flexibility by playing Support on Kharazim.


Miasma was able to walk away with the first Immortal due to their superior ranged damage on Li-Ming, Lunara and Zarya. However, Team No Sleep aggressively chased Miasma as the Immortal slowly spawned, killing Ethix and minimizing the impact for the early Immortal.


That fast decision showed how quick Team No Sleep was on their feet for Game 2. They continued to demonstrate this after defending the Immortal with a rotation to push the top lane, forcing Miasma to slowly respond after they lost their front wall. Team No Sleep repeated this play in the bottom lane, showing faster rotations and dictating the pace of the game.


An aggressive defense by Team No Sleep on the second Immortal was led by a misplaced Kerrigan combo from haeun, which allowed Miasma to secure 3 kills on Team No Sleep and earn the second immortal at nearly full shields.  The Immortal helped Miasma destroy the bottom Fort as well as earn level 10 first.


Team No Sleep was firing on all cylinders for the fight over the third Immortal, winning a team fight 3-1 and earning their first Immortal of the map. This Immortal led Team No Sleep to destroy Miasma’s remaining Fort in the top lane as well as whittle the top Keep down to around 50%.


Team No Sleep’s momentum would momentarily grind to a halt after picking two separate fights prior to the level 16 talent tier, and losing both. They were able to salvage the next Immortal and take it for themselves after killing 2 of Miasma’s heroes on the objective while losing none of their own.


Team No Sleep pushed with their Immortal, destroying Miasma’s bottom Keep. Looking for an isolation outside of the Core, haeun found redemption with a great Kerrigan combo on Tantro’s Lunara, claiming Team No Sleep’s first necessary kill on the road to a victory. They continued the march of kills on Zarya, Kharazim and finally Muradin. Running off of isolation kills, Team No Sleep won Game 2, forcing a Game 3 to decide Week 5 of The Gauntlet.


Game 3

In the Game 3 draft for Sky Temple, Miasma eSports chose to deny E.T.C. from Team No Sleep by banning the hero first, while Team No Sleep decided to take Tassadar rather than banning him out as they did in the first two maps. Additionally, Team No Sleep banned Malfurion after taking Rehgar. Warriors and Support heroes were not the only difference for Game 3, as Miasma made an interesting choice in Sgt. Hammer.


During the first temple phase, Team No Sleep coordinated a quick 2-hero kill, allowing them to take an early map and experience lead. Team No Sleep maintained this lead going into the second temple phase, where they won the majority of the temple shots and earned their heroic abilities a level and a half before Miasma could.


Team No Sleep wanted to push their advantage, so they engaged the Boss while Miasma struggled to hit level 10 and defend. In a stunning turn of events, Miasma earned level 10 just as they initiated a fight over the open Boss. Using Zarya’s Expulsion Zone, Falstad’s Mighty Gust and Johanna’s inability to die, Miasma was able to not only steal the boss, but kill all 5 members of Team No Sleep as well.


Game 3 was defined by Boss steals, and Team No Sleep made a gutsy call for their own heist. They sent haeun on Kerrigan in alone to simply stand on the Boss point and Miasma’s Falstad reacted too slowly to use Mighty Gust. Team No Sleep’s new Boss had an easy task at hand, as Miasma’s bottom Keep was already at half health.


Outside of the Core, Team No Sleep postured for the isolation kills that worked so well to end Game 2. They ultimately decided to retreat once they lost their solo Warrior in Tyrael, with Miasma in hot pursuit. This aggressive chase would prove fatal for Miasma, as Team No Sleep was able to burst down Miasma’s Falstad and turn the tides to finish of the rest of Miasma’s defenses. Team No Sleep was able to come back from losing the first map to win Game 3 and Week 5 of The Gauntlet.


The Gauntlet is a 6 week tournament series running every Wednesday night beginning at 6pm PST and is hosted by Heroes Hype. Be sure to tune in for The Gauntlet Season 1 Finals on Wednesday March 15th!


If you missed The Gauntlet Week 5, the video can be seen here:




Amateur Events for Next Week:



Saturday 3/11 6pm PST Heroes of the Dorm Bracket Reveal Show https://www.heroesofthedorm.com/watch
Tuesday 3/14 5pm PST The Arcanum Week #4 https://www.twitch.tv/arcane8
Wednesday 3/15 6pm PST Heroes Hype, The Gauntlet Season 1 Finals https://www.twitch.tv/heroes_hype

Heroes Hype Weekly Amateur Recap- March 3, 2017

The Arcanum Week #3:


In the final round of The Arcanum Week 3, NICE! attempted to defend their winning streak against Vox and the Busted Bullets. On the surface, Vox and the Busted Bullets would have a steep hill to climb after they lost 0-2 to NICE! in The Arcanum Week 1 final round. However, with recent roster changes, NICE! was unable to destroy a single fort in their 14 minute loss to Vox and the Busted Bullets during Game 1 on Battlefield of Eternity. Game 2 on Towers of Doom had a similar result, as Vox and the Busted Bullets dictated the pace from beginning to end.


Vox and the Busted Bullets won The Aracanum Week 3 by defeating NICE! 2-0.


The Arcanum Week #3 video can be seen here:https://www.twitch.tv/videos/125498415 and https://www.twitch.tv/videos/125503907


Heroes Hype – The Gauntlet Season 1 Week 4:


Season 1 of The Gauntlet continued this week, and a familiar team for this tournament series made their final round debut: Hour’tanis Ore They’re Tanis. Placing 4th in Week 1 and 3rd in Week 3, Hour’tanis Ore They’re Tanis found themselves in the Week 4 Finals against Miasma eSports. This series would serve as a rematch from the 3rd/4th place matchup from Week 3, where Hour’tanis Ore They’re Tanis defeated Miasma eSports 1-0.


Game 1 was played on Tomb of the Spider Queen, where Hour’tanis Ore They’re Tanis centered their bold draft around Cho’Gall as their final two picks. Hour’tanis rounded out their composition with Auriel, Tychus and Zarya. However, Miasma kept up in experience with quick rotations and an early structure lead after turning in their gems for the first WebWeavers of the game. As soon as Miasma hit level 10, they initiated a team fight securing 3 kills and only losing 1 hero.


Miasma’s team fighting was solidly executed during Game 1, ZeroMax’s choice in Seven-Sided Strike for Kharazim along with Lunara’s constant poison damage worked well to erase Cho’Galls health. After taking a 4-0 team fight followed by a 3-0 team fight, Miasma quickly pulled 4 levels ahead of Hour’tanis. Miasma eSports’ momentum was unrelenting, securing a victory in Game 1 in 13 minutes.


While Game 2 on Infernal Shrines didn’t showcase a Cho’Gall, Miasma eSports’ synergy was still quite apparent. This was the first week that teams could choose Lúcio and Hour’tanis Ore They’re Tanis utilized the newest hero as their solo support. This may have been a misplay on Hour’tanis’ part, as their backline was ultimately very vulnerable without a way to shield Valla as well as going up against Falstad’s Mighty Gust (played by Taliant).


Miasma secured two early kills, but Hour’tanis was able to win the first Punisher with the help of Ragnaros’ Molten Core (played by FleshyBitz). After winning the second Punisher, Miasma hit level 10 first and won a 4-0 team fight after erasing Ragnaros’ Molten Core health with Gul’dan’s Corruption. Capitalizing on their talent tier advantage, Miasma took a 3 level lead after Hour’tanis questionably picked a fight without their heroic abilities.      


The game began to turn around for Hour’tanis after catching and killing an aggressively positioned Taliant, which allowed them to win the third Punisher and begin closing the experience gap. This opportunity was quickly squandered after Muradin (played by Ethix) narrowly escaped a 5-hero ambush set up by Hour’tanis. Miasma retaliated with a team wipe following Ethix’s failed blind date with death. Miasma’s team wipe was repeated a few minutes later over a tense battle for on the shrine, leading Miasma to win the Punisher and win Game 2.  


Miasma eSports won Week 4 of The Gauntlet by defeating Hour’tanis Ore They’re Tanis 2-0.


The Gauntlet is a 6 week tournament series running every Wednesday night beginning at 6pm PST and is hosted by Heroes Hype.


If you missed The Gauntlet Week 4, the video can be seen here: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/125743508


Amateur teams can register for The Gauntlet Week 5 now! Register via Battlefy here:



Amateur Events for Next Week:



Saturday 3/4 12pm PST Heroes of the Dorm Regular Season Regional Playoffs https://www.heroesofthedorm.com/watch
Sunday 3/5 12pm PST Heroes of the Dorm Regular Season Regional Playoffs https://www.heroesofthedorm.com/watch
Wednesday 3/7 6pm PST Heroes Hype, The Gauntlet Season 1 Week 5 https://www.twitch.tv/heroes_hype
Wednesday 3/8 12pm PST Heroes of the Dorm Regional Finals https://www.heroesofthedorm.com/watch
Thursday 3/9 12pm PST Heroes of the Dorm Regional Finals https://www.heroesofthedorm.com/watch

Heroes Hype Weekly Amateur Recap- February 24, 2017

by Aaron Blackman  @acblackman


HGC Open Division Cup 3:


The HGC Open Division held its third tournament early this week, offering a chance at $1,000 and points to qualify for the Phase 1 Playoffs. The Finals matchup was between Imported Support and Looking For More eSports. Imported Support won a close Game 1 on Cursed Hollow and handily defeated LFM eSports in Game 2 on Dragon Shire to win the third HGC Open Division tournament.


Both Imported Support and LFM eSports appeared in the Finals for a second time this season. Imported Support placed second to the University of Texas-Arlington Heroes of the Dorm team during the second Cup, while LFM eSports placed second to UTA during the first Cup.  


After three tournaments, the Open Division Standings are now:


  1. UTA – 240 points
  2. Even In Death – 100 points
  3. LFM eSports – 90 points
  4. Imported Support – 75 points
  5. Miasma eSports – 60 points


The HGC Open Division Cup 3 Semifinals and Finals video can be seen here: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/123835496


Heroes Hype – The Gauntlet Season 1 Week 3:


During Week 2, Miasma eSports defeated HecarimJ from UTA to win The Gauntlet. This week, the reigning champions Miasma eSports faced some stiff competition in the semifinal round against newcomers AwwOooLeedleLeedleLeedleLee (LLL). Despite an early 100-0 Zerg rush on Braxis Holdout, Miasma was unable to stop LLL’s consistent isolation and kills. LLL was able to utilize great Telekinesis pushes from Alarak, who was played by Mysticleez. LLL pushed their advantage and capitalized on Miasma’s staggered respawn timers to win their semifinal game.


This set up the final match for Week 3 of The Gauntlet between LLL and last week’s second-place team, HecarimJ from UTA. Game 1 brought us to Cursed Hollow, where HecarimJ repeated their focus on global heroes with Dehaka and Falstad as their first two choices, and Brightwing after the second ban phase.  


The early stages of Game 1 showed a tale of two different team priorities. LLL secured a few early kills with burst damage coming from Valeera and Valla’s Hungering Arrow build, but HecarimJ stayed even in experience due to their global presence.  A lengthy brawl 9 minutes into the game over a curse point tribute for both sides finally ended when LLL was able to eliminate Hoss’ Brightwing and take down 3 additional heroes with no way to heal themselves. Even though LLL’s curse was somewhat ineffective due to a conservative push, they were able to secure two more kills off of misplaced positions for HecarimJ and hit level 16 first.


HecarimJ from UTA began to quickly turn the game around once they started their own curse and killed Valeera on their push to LLL’s bottom Keep. A great Mighty Gust by Viccuri’s Falstad isolated E.T.C. for a second kill and allowed HecarimJ to destroy LLL’s Keep. HecarimJ was not done with their assault though, as they proceeded to rush Core against LLL’s three remaining heroes. Through smart use of Dehaka’s Adaptation and Tyrael’s Sanctification, HecarimJ was able to stick to the Core long enough to destroy it without losing a hero and win Game 1.


Game 2 on Infernal Shrines had an interesting draft from LLL as they picked up 4 melee heroes in E.T.C., Ragnaros, Greymane and Kharazim, with Zarya rounding out their composition. This melee focus worked in LLL’s favor, using aggressive rotations for two early kills and the first Punisher. LLL continued this early aggression and 12 minutes into the game set up a beautifully executed 5-hero Mosh Pit along with Ragnaros’ Sulfuras Smash and Kharazim’s Seven-Sided Strike to wipe all 5 of HecarimJ’s heroes. This served as a turning point in the game, as LLL destroyed HecarimJ’s middle Keep and gained a talent tier advantage. After earning the next Punisher, LLL’s E.T.C.( played by Percival) landed a crucial 3-hero Mosh Pit, and secured three more kills. LLL pushed to destroy the bottom Keep and then was able to take HecarimJ’s Core to win Game 2.


Game 3 on Battlefield of Eternity would decide Week 3 of The Gauntlet, and LLL picked E.T.C. for the fifth game in a row, using the hero in every map they played during the tournament. HecarimJ’s choice in Tyrande helped them win the first Immortal race, ending the balanced start to the game. HecarimJ was able to reach level 10 first after burning through the second Immortal race. Using Anub’arak’s Cocoon for isolation and Tyrande’s Hunter’s Mark for burst potential, HecarimJ’s team composition was able to separate and focus down heroes quickly to give them a two level lead.


14 minutes into Game 3, HecarimJ’s third Immortal was able to topple LLL’s top Keep and weaken the Core to 43%. 6 minutes later, LLL was finally able to win a 3-0 team fight after Needham’s Uther gives a perfectly timed Divine Shield to protect E.T.C.’s Mosh Pit. Unfortunately, HecarimJ’s catapults in the top lane had reached LLL’s Core, taking it down to 27% before Uther was able to clear them off.


At this point in the game, caster CavalierGuest pointed out, “AwwOooLeedleLeedleLeedleLee is going to have to play flawlessly if they want to win this game”, and LLL must have been thinking the same thing. Using a single-hero Mosh Pit, LLL stunned Anub’arak for their first kill, chased Greymane for a second kill, and destroyed HecarimJ’s bottom Keep to gain access to the Core. Not content with this minor victory, LLL pushed forward to eliminate an aggressively positioned Malfurion. With only 2 heroes remaining, HecarimJ from UTA was unable to defend against the onslaught from LLL.


AwwOooLeedleLeedleLeedleLee was able to stage a stunning comeback in Game 3 while their own Core sat at 27%, winning the game, the series, and Week 3 of The Gauntlet.  


The Gauntlet is a 6 week tournament series running every Wednesday night beginning at 6pm PST and is hosted by Heroes Hype.


If you missed The Gauntlet Week 3, the video can be seen here: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/124059593


Amateur teams can register for The Gauntlet Week 4 now! Register via Battlefy here:



Amateur Events for Next Week:



Sunday 2/26 1pm PST Heroes of the Dorm Regular Season Match 4 No Coverage
Tuesday 2/28 5pm PST The Arcanum Week #3 https://www.twitch.tv/arcane8
Wednesday 3/1 6pm PST Heroes Hype, The Gauntlet Season 1 Week 4 https://www.twitch.tv/heroes_hype
Wednesday 3/1 5pm PST Heroes of the Dorm Regular Season Match 5 https://www.heroesofthedorm.com/watch
Thursday 3/2 5pm PST Heroes of the Dorm Regular Season Match 5 https://www.heroesofthedorm.com/watch

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