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.

Amateur Meta Trends: September 15th – 28th

The introduction of Ana to the Nexus this week brought quite a few changes to unpack, which only added to the host of adjustments brought by the September 20th balance patch. It looks like these changes are only slowing affecting the meta though. Overall, the top five heroes in the Warrior and Assassin roles have not changed much over the last month. The Support role is starting to see some more life though. Let’s see how the amateur Heroes of the Storm meta was shaped over the past two weeks!  

Note: The following statistics are based solely on the games streamed during the HGC Open Division and HeroesHype tournaments from September 15th through September 28th. 33 games were analyzed for this article, thus serving as a slice of the overall amateur meta.

Warriors:

E.T.C. remains the top Warrior for the entire month of September, showing up in a staggering 97% of the amateur games studied over the last two weeks. He’s a top priority in drafts, he never made it through the second ban phase. He was played in 21 games and banned in 11 others. It does seem that opposing teams are perfecting counters to him, as his win rate dropped from 63% two weeks ago to its current 52%.

The rest of the Warrior field is much more spread out compared to two weeks ago. Dehaka dropped quite a bit over this period, from 72% participation to 48%. He was played 5 times, banned 11 times, and holds a 40% win rate. Anub’arak and Arthas claimed the 3rd and 4th spots (39% and 30% respectively).

Finally, Garrosh was the 5th most popular Warrior over the last two weeks. He was played in only 3 games but banned in 5 others, winning 66% of the time.

Assassins:

Greymane continues to be the king of the Assassins in amateur Heroes of the Storm. Two weeks ago he was at 81% participation, a month ago he checked in at 68%. Over the last two weeks his numbers nearly topped out, he showed up in 97% of the games analyzed. He was played in 21 games and banned in 11 others. It also looks like players are truly utilizing the Worgen better, as his win rate bumped up 18 points to an impressive 63%.

The next three Assassins merely swapped places around a little bit. Valla showed up in 67% of the amateur games studied, while Malthael appeared in 55%. Malthael’s win rate is rising, it hit 69% over the last two weeks. Genji took the 4th place spot with 52% participation. He was played in 8 games and banned out in 9 others.

Support:

Reghar and Uther tied for the top Support spot over the last two weeks with an 88% participation rate. Rehgar was played in more games (24 compared to Uther’s 19) and had a much better win rate (58% to Uther’s 42%).

The third spot for Support is where things get a little interesting, as Lúcio has skated his way back into the spotlight. Played in 20 games and banned in 2 others, the Overwatch DJ/Freedom Fighter found success in both solo and double support team comps. He boasted a 55% win rate over the last two weeks as well.

Finally, Lt. Morales’ rework has given the medic some much needed love. She was the 4th most picked Support over this period, playing in 5 games and getting banned out in another 5. Her win rate isn’t as clean as Lúcio’s though, as her teams only won 40% of the time.

As always, Tassadar continues to hover around an 80% participation rate. This time he was played in 8 games and banned in 18 others.

What You Missed – HGC NA Week 10

The 10th and final week of Phase 2 for HGC North America has come and gone, giving the 8 professional Heroes of the Storm teams one last chance to practice before the next step. Roll20 esports and Team Freedom are already moving on to HGC Finals at BlizzCon, while Lag Force and Even in Death must fight to stay in the HGC. For the four remaining teams, this weekend was a great warmup for the HGC Playoffs beginning on Friday, September 29th.

This is the third 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!

Gale Force Esports defeated Superstars 3-1

On paper, the first series of the weekend between Gale Force Esports and Superstars should not have been as close as it actually panned out to be. Despite the standings, Superstars showed a lot of life in Weeks 8 and 9 with victories over Tempo Storm and SpaceStation Gaming. On the flipside, Gale Force Esports has struggled lately, losing to the top two teams in North America and just scraping by against Lag Force. Combine recent history with two teams that can get fairly creative with their drafts (I’m looking at you The Lost Vikings), and HGC North America was treated with an entertaining series to start off Week 10. Gale Force Esports rode a few late game team fights to walk away with the win in four games.

If you only watch one game:

Watch Game 4, a back and forth brawl on Infernal Shrines that ultimately gave Gale Force Esports the series.

Roll20 esports defeated SpaceStation Gaming 3-0

Wanting to lock in the #1 seed for North America, Roll20 esports logged in on Friday as a confident team. They had only dropped one game in Phase 2, and their level of comfort was readily apparent in their drafts and the dominant way they won Game 1. Meanwhile, SpaceStation Gaming had substituted Daihuu for Equinox, forcing a shift not only in teamwork, but role assignments as well. Even with the role swaps, SpaceStation Gaming put up a fight in Games 2 in 3. They just couldn’t hold it together long enough to survive late game team wipes from Roll20’s aggression.

If you only watch one game:

Watch Game 3, where SpaceStation Gaming impressed with their map control during the midgame on Infernal Shrines, but Roll20’s team composition was just too strong to beat in the end.

Lag Force defeated Even in Death 3-0

Both of these teams are already headed to the HGC Crucible, but it seems like Lag Force will have a stronger chance at defending their HGC spot in October. Granted, the results of this matchup had no effect, so Even in Death busted out a full Orc team in Game 1 before swapping to more traditional drafts. Lag Force held a firm grip on each game using aggressive calls for teams fights. They secured kills early and often to win their final series 3-0.

If you only watch one game:

Watch Game 3 for another glimpse of Lag Force’s double reset team featuring E.T.C., Lúcio, Genji and Li-Ming (Dehaka was swapped out for Leoric for this game).

Team Freedom defeated Tempo Storm 3-2

If you only have enough time to watch one series from Week 10, it needs to be this one. Tempo Storm has clearly been putting in the work to recover from their recent stumbles in Phase 2. When they won in Games 2 and 4, they dominated Team Freedom in the early game and never took their foot off the gas. When they lost in Games 1 and 3, they lost later on over Boss control. Taking Team Freedom to 5 games, Tempo Storm looks very strong as they prepare for the HGC Playoffs this upcoming weekend.

Who to Watch:

Check out Psalm on Kel’Thuzad during Games 2 and 3. Available for the first time this weekend, the Archlich was picked 3 times and banned for another 4 games. Psalm’s ability to gain Blight stacks early to boost Spell Power made him a force to be reckoned with, and a preview for future games to feature the hero. Psalm’s skill even drew a Kel’Thuzad ban from Team Freedom in Game 5.

If you only watch one game:

Watch Game 5, a 30 minute nail-biter on Battlefield of Eternity. Tempo Storm held on with no Keeps and their Core at 44% for 16 minutes, but Team Freedom was able to finish the game off late.

HGC Playoffs

This weekend, the four “middle of the pack” teams will duke it out for one last chance to qualify for BlizzCon. On Friday, #6 Superstars will face off against #5 SpaceStation Gaming in a best of five series. The winner of Friday’s match will play #4 Tempo Storm on Saturday. Finally, Saturday’s winner will play against #3 Gale Force Esports on Sunday. The winner of that match will earn their ticket to compete at HGC Finals during BlizzCon.

Each of these matches will begin at 2 PM PDT on the Heroes of the Storm Twitch channel: 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.

What You Missed – HGC NA Week 8

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

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

SpaceStation Gaming defeated Gale Force Esports 3-0

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

If you only watch one game:

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

Team Freedom defeated Superstars 3-0

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

Who to Watch:

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

If you only watch one game:

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

Tempo Storm defeated Lag Force 3-2

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

Who to Watch:

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

If you only watch one game:

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

Roll20 esports defeated Even in Death 3-1

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

If you only watch one game:

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

Team Freedom defeated Gale Force Esports 3-1

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

If you only watch one game:

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

Superstars defeated Tempo Storm 3-1

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

If you only watch one game:

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

Meta Notes

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

HotS Community Groups up for Hurricane Harvey Relief

What started as a 5 a.m. idea to raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief has evolved into a true community-driven effort. Created by Nelstar and Nayelie, Heroes for Harvey is a 72 hour Heroes of the Storm marathon on Twitch featuring 25 broadcasters raising money for the American Red Cross.

“I am actually from the Beaumont/Port Arthur area. I spent 24 years of my life there, that is the area that got hit most recently by Tropical Storm Harvey: approximately 26 inches of rain in 24 hours.” Nelstar said. “I tweeted it out and Nayelie saw it and ran with it. In 3 hours it had turned from this crazy 5 ‘o’clock in the morning idea that I didn’t really think was going to do anything, to 72 hours with a $10,000 goal.”

Since making landfall last Friday night, Hurricane Harvey has caused catastrophic flooding in Texas and Louisiana, displaced tens of thousands and killed at least 38. The storm could be the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history with estimates ranging around 190 billion dollars.  “We’ve dealt with our share of hurricanes over the past 50 to 60 years but it’s nothing where one stalls over the city and dumps 9 trillion gallons of water over southeast Texas.” Nelstar added.

The stream schedule and donation link can be found on the Heroes for Harvey Tiltify page: https://tiltify.com/events/heroes-for-harvey. So far, $900 has been raised of the $10,000 goal prior to the marathon beginning. “The support has been overwhelming.” Nelstar continued, “From Twitch, from Blizzard, from the Heroes community. From outside the Heroes community, there are people from the Elder Scrolls Online community that have reached out to help Heroes for Harvey.”

For viewers who cannot support the relief effort financially, Nelstar believes sharing the stream on social media is a helpful alternative. “I think it’s GoFundMe that warns you when you are about to leave a page ‘One share could raise $37’ and it holds true. Get the word out to let people know what we are doing.”

The marathon stream can be viewed on the Heroes for Charity Twitch channel: http://www.twitch.tv/heroesforcharity. The stream begins Friday at 8 PM CDT and will run until Monday at 8 PM PDT.

Announcing HeroesHype Latin America

HeroesHype is proud to announce an expansion into Latin America with new regional tournaments. In a continued effort to expand the amateur Heroes of the Storm scene, these tournaments will provide the LatAm region with opportunities for players to hone their competitive skills. The first tournament will be held on Thursday September 14th, 2017 at 5:00 PM PDT and is open to all Latin American players. Teams can register for the tournament on Battlefy.

Genre, the HeroesHype LatAm Tournament Manager is looking forward to the effect these tournaments will have on the region. “I’m really excited that HeroesHype decided to venture into the LatAm scene. The LatAm community is filled with many aspiring amateur players that desperately need support to develop their talents and we’ll be trying our hardest to make sure these players have a platform to practice their craft and eventually reach the upper echelons of the LatAm competitive scene.”

The LatAm tournaments will be streamed every Thursday night starting September 14th on the HeroesHype LatAm Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/heroeshype.

About Heroes Hype

HeroesHype is a premiere Heroes of the Storm organization that serves to foster growth in amateur players and teams. Their Amateur Series tournaments began in early 2015 with the goal of building and supporting the competitive community for Heroes of the Storm. Since then, HeroesHype has hosted amateur tournaments, charity matchups, and educational content to serve the community.

Contact

Facebook (Tournament Announcements): https://www.facebook.com/HeroesHypeLatAm/

Heroes Hype Discord (Tournament Administration): https://discord.gg/6br2TCZ  

Heroes Hype Website: http://heroeshype.com/     

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

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

Welcome to the Nexus, Garrosh!

Welcome to the Nexus, Garrosh!

Lok’tar Ogar (Victory or Death)

Unfortunately, Garrosh will likely experience death more than victory these first few weeks. He’s got all the right tools, they’re there. But his tools just aren’t quite sharpened enough to come together for that devastating impact you expect the former Horde Warchief to deliver. They’re also difficult to master. It’s strongly recommended playing him a few levels past 5 before entering ranked with him.

He’s a bruiser for sure and that sets up a risky proposition. Tanks either have weaker attacks and high health pools or lower health pools with hard hitting attacks. When your sustain is connected to damage dealt through an ability or his current health bar and damage received it becomes a precarious high wire act that’s one follow up stun away from a quick kill. Currently, he seems to be in a great spot as a bruiser. Some of his abilities are immensely strong that any tweaking makes him overpowered. I mean a warrior with a cleanse? Thank you, Blizzard. It’s an earned strength though. His abilities have a high skill floor and an even further ceiling.

Lok-Regar (Ready for Orders)

Garrosh is shaping up to have a primary build with some viable secondary talents. 

Level 1

Primary: Body Check seems to be the talent to take.

Secondary: Unrivaled Strength is possibly a good situational talent or while in the solo lane.

Level 4

Primary: Thirst for Battle can be a huge boon to his sustain.

Secondary: A self-cleanse!?! Whaaaat? Who needs supports anyway?

Level 7

Primary: Into the Fray. You all thought the self-cleanse was the cleanse! Nope! Actually, cleanse other heroes out of CC! 

A Hero League cleanse is like a cicada. It’ll happen once every 17 games.

Other options at 7 are the 40% Attack Speed reduction for targets hit by Groundbreaker and a 50% Healing Received reduction for 4 seconds for targets of Body Check.

Level 10

It’s like Sonya and Lunara had a melee Heroic Talent! No, no it’s nothing like that. One can dream though? Right?

Primary: Decimate is a bit too much damage to enemies to pass up. Currently, his solo Q role as a bruiser only leaves one option here. Those of you in Team League might be able to utilize Warlord’s Challenge.

Level 13

He becomes frustratingly difficult to kill as his health gets lower. The bait potential is high in this one.

Primary: Without Thirst or Battle (4) Double Up is the first real talent at survivability, take it. The enemy DPS power spikes only get more brutal from 13 and up. 

Secondary: Armor (preventing damage) is better than receiving healing after it’s dealt. The potential here is situations without heals, Quickmatch (hopefully),

Level 16

Primary: Earthshaker adds a stun to an already CC’ed target and then stuns additional targets. It’s hard to make a better argument.

Secondary: Mortal Combat obviously has benefits in the combo by reducing Wrecking Ball’s cooldown to 6 seconds.

Level 20


Primary: Maximizing targets with Decimate is going to open Garrosh up to back line damage. This lets him come out of the heroic swinging.

Lohn’goron (Hero’s Sojourn)

Garrosh has a bunch of awesome tools. They don’t quite mesh together seamlessly and he definitely has some talent flexibility. He even has a reset talent at Level 4, In for the Kill, that will certainly earn him a place on Infernal Shrine. The nature of his CC doesn’t quite have the same impact as most main tanks and his survivability really kicks in when he’s low on health. It makes for a high skill floor hero that doesn’t it all too well into the nature of random 5 man teams.

Let’s see how he plays out over the coming week though. Initial impressions are a bit mixed. He’s definitely useful in a more coordinated scenario like Team League. Off tanking, solo laning, and the bruiser slot finds him at his most impactful. He’s creatively and well designed packing the most unique CC ability yet released. It’ll be interesting to see how he develops as a part of the future meta.

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

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