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    Heroes Global Championship: A new era for new heroes

    http://us.heroesofthestorm.com/esports/en/news/20423956

    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    The opening weekend of the Heroes Global Championship (HGC) is fast approaching. Sixteen top Heroes of the Storm® teams, eight in North America and eight in Europe, will begin their quests for championship glory playing in new leagues, under a new structure, and at a new level of professionalism. Once they’re joined by teams from Korea and China, these teams will set the stage for a remarkable year of Heroes esports.

    The first match of HGC 2017 will kick off on Friday, January 20 at 9 a.m. PST/6 p.m. CET with Team Dignitas vs. Misfits. All series will be a best-of-five. The full opening week schedule for North America and Europe is as follows:

    Friday, January 20
    Saturday, January 21
    Sunday, January 22
    Europe Match 1
    9am PST / 6pm CET
    Team Dignitas
    vs.
    Misfits
    beGenius ESC
    vs.
    Synergy
    TRICKED eSports
    vs.
    Team expert
    Europe Match 2
    11:30am PST/ 8:30pm CET
    Team expert
    vs.
    Diamond Skin
    Fnatic
    vs.
    TRICKED eSport
    Misfits
    vs.
    Fnatic
    North America Match 1
    2pm PST/ 11pm CET
    Tempo Storm
    vs.
    Team Naventic
    Superstars
    vs.
    Team Freedom
    B Step
    vs.
    Team 8
    North America Match 2
    4:30pm PST/ 1:30am CET
    Team 8
    vs.
    No Tomorrow
    Gale Force Esports
    vs.
    B Step
    Team Naventic
    vs.
    Gale Force Esports

    Looking to the East, the final seven Korean HGC teams will be determined by January 22 after qualifiers have concluded, with the HGC Korea season kicking off February 3. All regular season games will take place live at the OGN studio and will be broadcast simultaneously in English on the official Heroes of the Storm Facebook and Twitch channels. All series will be best-of-five and will be streamed every weekend throughout the season on Fridays at 1 a.m. PST/10 a.m. CET.


    The casters piloting the ship this year will be none other than Gillyweed and Dreadnaught for North America, Khaldor and Trikslyr for Europe, and the duo of Wolf and GClef for Korea. The Western casters have made the journey to Southern California, from where they’ll provide the play-by-play commentary and analysis that fans have come to know and love.

    A special guest will be filling in for Khaldor for the first week while he packs his bags and heads west.

    Eastern Skirmishes

    In China, Netease, in partnership with Blizzard Entertainment, will host the HGC Gold League. The region is still finishing up the Gold Series and will join in the full HGC festivities around the time of the first Eastern Clash.

    Korea and China will run their premier HGC leagues with eight teams apiece, and each region will have their own Crucible to test the merit of those up-and-coming rosters vying for a spot in the top tier.

    All HGC games in North America, Europe, and Korea will be streamed on twitch.tv/BlizzHeroes and Facebook.com/HeroesEsports, which will be live Fridays through Sundays during the regular season, with one hour breaks between the European and North American slate of games, and four hours between games in North America and Korea.

    After several weeks of regular season play, the first exhibition clashes will begin. The Western Clash will take place at IEM Katowice on March 3–5 where qualified teams from North America, Europe, Latin America, and Australia & New Zealand will compete for their share of a $100,000 prize pool. Meanwhile, on March 17, the first Eastern Clash will take place at the Gold Series Stadium in Shanghai, with another $100,000 on the line for teams from Korea, China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia.

    We’re also excited to disclose preliminary details on the Mid-Season Brawl, the first major international tournament of the year. For MSB, Heroes esports will return to DreamHack Summer in Jönköping, Sweden on June 17 with $250,000 up for grabs to the twelve best HGC teams from around the globe.

    This should be an exciting year for the Heroes of the Storm esports scene—when the HGC gets underway on January 20, there will be no shortage of competitive play to enjoy. Join us on January 17 for the relaunch of the official HGC site, updated to feature the comprehensive 2017 schedule as well as league standings, news, VODs, and more.
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    Awwwww I wanna see Grubby casting the championships =(
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    What annoys me is the this is the weekend I'm moving house...

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    Just a reminder that the pro scene begins tonight!

    Reddit survival guide: https://www.reddit.com/r/heroesofthe...uide_hgc_2017/

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    Amateur hour is over. Watched one or two games of the open bracket on Grubby's channel a few days ago and - as good as Grubby's casting is - that was boring.

    First game tonight, Dignitas vs Misfits, is on a completely different level. Smart drafts, great plays and a super close game. All I need now is some unhealthy food...

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    I love the fact that custom games have it's own tournament-style draft mode now. It looks good on stream, and the breaks between games have been cut down significantly!
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    Team Freedom: "Superstars are dumpster tier"

    LOLOLOLOLOL HOWS THAT WORKING OUT FOR YOU BOYS
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikkaszal View Post
    Team Freedom: "Superstars are dumpster tier"

    LOLOLOLOLOL HOWS THAT WORKING OUT FOR YOU BOYS
    I feel like you are missing an important fact, Superstars name used to be DTS, or otherwise known has Dumpster Tier Superstars. So it is a joke.

    A lot of teams had to change their name after they got in HGC, Superstars, Team Freedom, Team 8 and etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by apepi View Post
    I feel like you are missing an important fact, Superstars name used to be DTS, or otherwise known has Dumpster Tier Superstars. So it is a joke.

    A lot of teams had to change their name after they got in HGC, Superstars, Team Freedom, Team 8 and etc.
    That makes more sense than just regular trash-talk
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    Home to see the last ~15 minutes of Game 1 Diamond Skin vs. beGenious. Even the 'lower tier' EU teams produce a damn good show.

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    Insane game currently going on between Expert and FNC. Excellent warm-up for Super Bowl 51 later

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    Return of the Kaelaris Core!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerraw View Post
    Return of the Kaelaris Core!
    Not very happy with him. I just got a 600sec ban for replying to his "team x will make north america great again" and replied in chat "trump surely will twitter out when america will have bottom places in next global tournament ".

    If he can say highly political phrases that are banned in chat - understood and reacted by taking as a joke on their stream - then he just is not pro. There is such a huge skill difference when they switch from EU to NA in terms of game-play that every single inch of American entertainment counts but as soon as they swap - even in the internet you will realize what choice Americans have made. And the already very strong rules to not make any political hints get even more important to be professional.
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    From this weekend on, games will be played on the current patch. That means Valeera, changed Tassadar, and buffed Sonya for all!

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    If you have a couple of hours to kill, you need to watch the first series from yesterday's EU games: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/121625396
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerraw View Post
    If you have a couple of hours to kill, you need to watch the first series from yesterday's EU games: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/121625396
    Overall an interesting series. However the fourth game looked silly, somewhere between a massive throw and a 'we give you game 4 and crush you in game 5' taunt. Can't force myself to believe if it was a 'do or die' game, that Fnatic plays as passively with lev 12 vs lev 9 and a half health punisher as they did here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thevoicefromwithin View Post
    Overall an interesting series. However the fourth game looked silly, somewhere between a massive throw and a 'we give you game 4 and crush you in game 5' taunt. Can't force myself to believe if it was a 'do or die' game, that Fnatic plays as passively with lev 12 vs lev 9 and a half health punisher as they did here.
    Last game was disappointing, though. The Braxxis Holdout game was great. Almost like a regular pub game, one team grouping as 5 in a cheesy comp but unable to stomp a 4 man, while one guy jut does his own thing.

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    Genuinely think I'm going to have to go into work to watch this

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