Korea has long been considered the best region in the game and based on the results of the Eastern Clash that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon. Much like the Western Clash, one region was clearly favored going into the event. Although eStar from China was considered a threat to break into the Top 3, L5 and MVP Black from Korea were thought to be a clear step above the other teams. Early play was dominated by the favorites. The first seven matches were all sweeps, putting a quick end to any hopes of a Cinderella story. While L5 comfortably advanced to the Winners Final, eStar and MVP Black battled in an epic five-game series with a spot in the Winner’s Final on the line. eStar jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, but MVP Black was able to pull off a thrilling reverse sweep and steal the win


Countdown to the Eastern Clash

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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

When the Western Clash began it was almost a foregone conclusion that the finals would be an all European affair. Although Team Dignitas had long been a fixture at the top of the EU scene, recent results had most people predicting that it would be Fnatic and Misfits squaring off in the finals. With both teams advanced to the Winners Final this appeared to be correct. After Fnatic defeated Misfits 3-1 in the Winners Finals attention shifted to the Losers Bracket. Team Dignitas began their unexpected trip to the Grand Final by facing off against Team 8. Although Team 8 showed potential, Dignitas completed a 3-0 sweep to advance to face Misfits in the Loser’s Final. The stage appeared to be set for a Fnatic versus Misfits Grand Final after Misfits claimed the first two games. Dignitas had other plans however, and proceeded to win the next three games to take the


Teams Set For Western Clash Final

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Four teams entered the final day of the Western Clash hoping to lay claim to the title of best in the west. The day began with Misfits and Fnatic squaring off in the Winners Final. Considered the top two teams coming into the event, the stage was set for an epic showdown. Misfits vs. Fnatic The first game of the series took place on Infernal Shrines. Play was fairly even thru the mid-game when Fnatic made a bold strategic call during the fifth Punisher phase. Rather than contest for the Punisher in the top lane they opted to push to take down a Keep in the bottom lane, which proved to be a key factor in the outcome of the game. After securing the Keep, Fnatic was able to defend against Misfit’s top lane Punisher and retain a slight advantage. Given the power of late game Punishers; it appeared that

We are less than 24 hours away from the start of the Western Clash and there is a lot to look forward to. Not only will we get our first look at cross region play in the HGC as teams from EU, NA, Latin America, and Australia/New Zealand square off, but the opening day coverage will also include an exclusive announcement. Spin up your warp drives, Heroes, and tune in tomorrow for an exciting announcement during the #HGC Western Clash! >https://t.co/BrzJfp4LWq pic.twitter.com/BTyizv0x9Y — Heroes of the Storm (@BlizzHeroes) March 2, 2017 Many fans had been speculating that Stukov would be the next Hero released, but this most recent tweet clearly points to a Protoss Hero. Karax and Fenix are two of the more popular guesses in light of this new information. According to some sources, which I am still trying to confirm, there is an exclusive announcement scheduled for 9:20 AM


Lessons From The HGC Week 5

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It is that time of the week again, where we look at how the professionals play and think to ourselves, “That looks easy, I think I’ll do it too!” It is important to keep in mind that while the rest of us have moved on to a new patch and a new Hero, the players in the HGC are still on the Valeera patch. This means no one is breaking it down and no one is impossibly hard to kill and only counts as a quarter of a Hero even if you do manage to kill him. Those are topics for another day. Today it is all about fetishes, the kids who never get picked for dodge ball, and knowing when to move on. Shaking With Excitement I think we can all agree that there is something wrong with Nazeebo. No, I don’t mean he is OP or bad for

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

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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

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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

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