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The ANZ HGC Competition came to an explosive conclusion this weekend with the Grand Final Series. Over the past few weeks the Qualifiers have seen the best of the best duke it out for the honour of competing in this event. The four teams that managed to achieve this were Nomia, Sweet Dreams, Plantronics NV and Sassu. The production value of these online matches were impeccable, aside from the odd connection issue, and the talented Disconcur and Skimmy cast the event live from ESL studios in Sydney. One of the most enjoyable facets of the production was the minimal downtime between games having few breaks last longer than 5 minutes. More entertaining portions of the day came from the banter between teams in the Drafting Phase showing the larrikin nature of the ANZ players. Going into the competition the favourites for sure were Nomia. However, eagle eye punters believed Plantronics


Lessons From The HGC Week 4

by Alebeard on

What a weekend of HGC action! We found out which six teams will be representing Europe and North America at the Western Clash and we got our first look at professional play on the Valeera patch. Although Valeera herself only made a brief cameo (3 games), there was a noticeable change in the Meta as a result of the patch change. For starters, Tassadar was played or banned in 77% of the games played over the weekend. While this may sound high, he had been at 94% on the old patch. Malfurion continued to be a fixture in every game. Literally every game! Of the 75 games played over the weekend Malfurion was either picked or banned in every single one. Although his win rate was only 47% it still goes to show how much value the top players feel he has. Of Heroes who were played in at least


EU And NA Field Set For Western Clash

by Alebeard on

There is still one more week of league play before the HGC officially takes a break for the Western Clash, but we already know which teams will be representing Europe and North America. As expected, Europe will be sending Misfits, Fnatics, and Team Dignitas to Katowice. The North American representatives are much more surprising. Most people expected to see Tempo Storm and Gale Force eSports qualify, but no one would have predicted that Team 8 would advance, let alone how convincingly they would do so. Left on the outside looking in are well known teams like B-Step (Formerly Denial) and Team Naventic. Still to be determined are which teams will advance from the Latin America and Australia/New Zealand regions. Image courtesy of ESL The Western Clash will take place at the Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice, Poland. Games will get under way on March 3rd, with eight teams battling it

The ANZ Heroes scene was rife with competition this weekend as it was the last chance for teams to qualify for the ANZ HGC Grand Final Tournament. Over the past few weeks the Gamestah ANZ Qualifier Series has been running and teams have battled it out for the first two seeds into the ANZ HGC Grand Final Tournament. Those first two spots went to favourites Nomia and Sweet Dreams, two of the strongest teams on the scene. This weekend, however, marked the final Qualifier where first and second place attained the last two seeds. Casters Disconcur and GLPhoenix performed an excellent job shoutcasting the games and analysing the drafts, especially through the difficult moments caused by the aggressive nature of ANZ players. One example of this was in Game 3 of the Losers Bracket Final, which saw NMD and Plantronics continuously fighting over the Beacons on Braxis Holdout. It was certainly


Lessons From The HGC Week 3

by Alebeard on

Another weekend of intense HGC action means another opportunity to look to the pros for ways that we can improve our own games. One of the greatest parts of the HGC is that each region has its own distinct style of play and Hero prioritization. In addition to games from NA and EU, this weekend also brought us our first look at the Korean HGC. Considering that every Global HGC event with the exception of Blizzcon 2015 has been won by a Korean team, there is a lot to be learned from watching how our Korean Overlords play. Long Live the King! Varian saw a notable uptick in play this last weekend. North America had already been featuring a fair amount of Varian, but several Korean teams also drafted comps featuring the Alliance King. EU even got in on the action by picking Varian four times over the weekend after


Lessons from the HGC Week 2

by Alebeard on

Welcome back to Lessons from the HGC, where we study the competitive scene to look for ways that we can improve our own games. It is important to note that HGC games are currently being played on the Zul’jin patch, which means none of the reworks, buffs, or nerfs that were a part of the Valeera patch are in the build they are playing on. This is relevant because Tassadar continues to be a highly valued Hero, with an incredibly high ban and win rate. It also explains why no one is riding around on the sweet Golden Rooster mount. His Time Has Come Artanis has long had a loyal following of devoted players patiently waiting for him to rise to the top of the Meta. That day has finally arrived, at least in North America. What makes Artanis such a threat is the playmaking potential of Phase Prism, especially

It is certainly no surprise that Heroes of the Dorm is returning for 2017. The event is a perennial crowd favorite, and has garnered quite a bit of mainstream attention in its first two years of existence. What is a bit of a surprise is that this year’s event will be exclusive to Facebook Live. The Group Stage for this year’s tourney will begin on February 15th, and registration is open now. Bracket Play will begin on March 18th with the top 64 teams competing for their spot in the Heroic Four on April 8th. The location of the Heroic Four hasn’t been announced yet, but it will take place in front of a live audience. You can read all about this year’s event below, and if you would like to register a team simply visit the official Heroes of the Dorm site. This is also where you will want

Once an obscure hobby of stat driven baseball nerds, fantasy sports have become a global phenomenon. Whether it is managing a season long fantasy team, playing daily fantasy, or creating a March Madness bracket, it seems as if everyone is playing some type of fantasy sports. Being able to compete with friends and have a vested interest in the outcome gives fantasy sports an appeal that transcends beyond traditional sports fans. With the start of HGC right around the corner, a new website hopes to bring this same level of fan interaction to Heroes of the Storm. Much like traditional fantasy sports, Rosterpocalypse.com allows fans to test out their managerial skills and create their own Heroes Dream Team. Players can compete in public leagues in hopes of earning prizes like Heroes Bundles or Battlenet gift cards, and they can create and join private leagues to compete with friends (you can

The Heroes Global Championship series has been completely revamped for 2017 and one of the more interesting changes is the addition of the Open Division. For those not familiar, the Open Division is meant to provide the opportunity for non-HGC teams to compete regularly and potentially even win their way into the next phase of the HGC. Whether you are someone with dreams of playing professionally, or simply someone who enjoys Heroes eSports, the Open Division will be a great addition to the competitive scene. Today we learned more about how the Open Division will work, and when play will begin, thanks to a new post on the Heroes eSports page. The Open Division will consist of a series of seven weekend tournaments. Points will be awarded to the top 16 teams in each tournament and at the conclusion of the seven weekend tournaments the 16 teams will the most


Please Buff America

by balrogfanbp on

If you are anything like me this past year of Heroes has been a bit of a mixed bag. The game now feels more stable than it’s ever been but watching Esports still feels like it’s missing something. The production values are great with top notch commentary so the problem doesn’t lie there. The wait times between games can be a bit much but downtime isn’t really what bothers me as I can do other things while I wait. The thing about sports is that it needs to give you a reason to tune in. A rooting interest is built into most sports because of a lot of people having a hometown team and let’s face it, our Esports hometown teams are abysmal. The NA performances at the fall championship were brutal to watch and much like children sitting at the adult’s table, it felt more like an extended courtesy

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