Focus Down Week 1: A Blank Slate
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

It’s hard to believe that just two short weeks ago Gen.G was named the 2018 Mid-Season Brawl Champions at Dreamhack Summer in Sweden. HGC fans wanting their weekly dose of action will have to wait no further, as league play resumes this weekend! The caster rotation for Phase 2 will be identical to Phase 1, with Jaycie "Gillyweed" Gluck joining Josh "JHow" Howard for the first five weeks and Wade "Dreadnaught" Penfold tagging in for Gilly for the final five weeks before the HGC Finals.

As Phase 2 begins, team records have been reset to 0-0, players have swapped rosters, and the next mountain to climb is within sight: the HGC Finals. With this blank slate in mind, here are the important matches you don’t want to miss during Week 1.

Gen.G vs Team BlossoM - Friday June 29 at 4:00 a.m. PDT / 1:00 p.m. CEST

After retiring a year ago, Tae Jun "merryday" Yi is returning to HGC Korea as Team BlossoM’s Support player. However, his debut also brings a steep challenge: his former team Gen.G. Hot off their Mid-Season Brawl win, Gen.G is the team to beat in not only Korea, but the entire world. Although rare, Team BlossoM has taken maps from Gen.G in the past, and nearly qualified for the Mid-Season Brawl themselves. If BlossoM takes a page from Team Dignitas’ playbook, they could put give Gen.G a tough homecoming.

Fnatic vs Team Liquid - Saturday June 30 at 11:00 a.m. PDT / 8:00 p.m. CEST

A year ago, Fnatic won the 2017 Mid-Season Brawl. This year they knocked out Method 3-2 in the lower bracket before being sent home by Team Dignitas 3-1. Fnatic has made some significant roster changes with the departure of team captain Dob "QuackNiix" Engström and the return of Simon "scHwimpi" Svensson. This shuffling will be put to the test right away in Week 1 against Team Liquid on Saturday. Always the bridesmaid, Team Liquid failed to qualify for both the Western Clash and Mid-Season Brawl in 2018. Keep your eye on this marquee matchup from Europe to see which team kicks off Phase 2 on the right foot.

LFM Esports vs Team Octalysis - Saturday June 30 at 2:00 p.m. PDT / 11:00 p.m. CEST

At the beginning of May, LFM Esports successfully defended their spot in the HGC by defeating XD 4-2 in the Crucible. While they ultimately ended Phase 1 with a 2-12 record, LFM showed sparks of potential, taking maps off Tempo Storm and HeroesHearth. They lacked consistency in the first half of the year but gained veteran Warrior player Manny "Fury" Medina for Phase 2. Will his guidance be enough to challenge the reworked Team Octalysis? They will be challenging a familiar face in Nicholas "Drated" Broyles, a former LFM player now on Team Octalysis.

Don’t forget to pick up your tickets to the Western Clash! Be sure to tune in live here at as Phase 2 begins this weekend. Matches kick off with Supernova making their HGC debut against Feliz on Friday June 29 at 2:00 a.m. PDT / 11:00 a.m. CEST.

The Final Rosters for HGC Phase 2
Note that we do not yet who replaces Psalm on Tempo Storm.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

The HGC roster change window has closed, and while teams could swap up to five players, no team swapped more than three. Teams not listed here (e.g. Team Dignitas or Tempo Storm) made no changes. Without further ado, here is how the cookie crumbled for North America, Europe, and Korea.

Europe Joining Leaving
Fnatic scHwimpi, LastHope QuackNiix, BadBenny
Method BadBenny, adrd scHwimpi, Arcaner
Team Liquid Arcaner Splendour
Monkey Menagerie* Splendour GranPkt
Zealots QuackNiix, robadobah adrd, Mopsio
Leftovers Leftovers Lauber
Diamond Skin RaiDbawZ, Meinkraft robadobah, Roskmeg

*Tricked Esports has relinquished ownership of their HGC team to Alexander "Remmerballer" Remmerswaal. The roster formerly known as Tricked Esports will play under the name Monkey Menagerie starting in Week 1 of Phase 2.

Korea Joining Leaving
BlossoM HongCono, merryday DDuDDu, Nasang
Miracle NaCHoJin, Frankle, Bluebeetle H82, Gunza, Jaehyun
GLuck Asgard, Darvish, Kcb Relic, Tseron, Bluebeetle
Feliz DDuDDu Frankle

North America Joining Leaving
Team DJ* Kure, daneski Fury, akaface
LFM Esports Fury, Droplets Drated, Tea
No Tomorrow akaface Equinox
Team Octalysis Prismaticism, Drated Kure, Daneski
Simplicity TigerJK Prismaticism

*Gale Force Esports has relinquished ownership of their HGC team. Blizzard has awarded the ownership of the roster to the quorum of remaining players in accordance with section 4.2 of the HGC rulebook which can be found here. The roster will play under the name Team DJ starting in Week 1 of Phase 2.
This article was originally published in forum thread: HGC Phase 2 - Focus Down Week 1, Final Rosters started by Nerraw View original post
Comments 4 Comments
  1. Leetbeartank's Avatar
    If Blizzard put the resources they waste on HOTS esports into HOTS itself, it might be a good game.
  1. mmoc00f573e3be's Avatar
    Isn't Psalm leaving TS for fortnite?
  1. Nerraw's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by B4lmung View Post
    Isn't Psalm leaving TS for fortnite?
    He is, but we don't know who will replace him yet.
  1. Rawrajishxc's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Leetbeartank View Post
    If Blizzard put the resources they waste on HOTS esports into HOTS itself, it might be a good game.
    True that.

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