The Eastern Clash begins this weekend with some of the best teams in the world squaring off for a share of the $100,000 prize pool and the right to call themselves the first ever Eastern Clash Champion.
Eight teams from Korea, China, Southeast Asia, and Taiwan have gathered in Shanghai, China for an intense weekend of Heroes action. While teams from North American and Europe may be more well known to the casual fan, there is no denying the fact that the best teams in the world play in the east. Any debate otherwise was disproven last year when every single global event was won by a Korean team.
L5, formerly known as Ballistix is clearly the team to beat going into this event. Since their victory at Blizzcon last year, they have gone on to win the Gold Club World Championship and are undefeated in the Korean HGC. MVP Black, eStar, Tempest, and ZeroPanda are all well-known teams hoping to end L5’s run of dominance. For those who like rooting for the underdog, there is Team Face Check from Taiwan and Resurgence from SEA. Both teams hope to follow in the footsteps of the now disbanded Please Buff Arthas and prove that smaller region teams are capable of competing on the big stage.
Play begins at 10:00 p.m. PST on Thursday with defending Blizzcon champions, L5, taking on Resurgence. Five other matches will follow and then play will resume on Friday and Saturday at 10:00 p.m. PST. You can watch all of the action live on Twitch. As always, you can find more information at the official HGC site, including a full schedule and an event preview including team rankings.