Blizzard Unveils HotS Global Championship (HGC)

Blizzard Unveils HotS Global Championship (HGC)

Top-tier Heroes of the Storm players will soon be battling it out for a place in the Global Championship and a shot at hundreds of thousands in prize money. Six major teams have already qualified to participate including: Team Dignitas, MVP Black, Denial eSports, Astral Authority, Fnatic, and Ballistix. Announced on the Heroes of the Storm website, the HGC 2017 will feature four regional divisions and two regular seasons (Spring and Summer), with two international…

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Heroes Brawl: Heroes of the Storm’s New Game Mode

Heroes Brawl: Heroes of the Storm’s New Game Mode

Blizzard recently announced a new game mode for their top-down MOBA Heroes of the Storm called Heroes Brawl. Heroes Brawl is a twist on the usual HotS gameplay which will “turn everything you thought you knew about the game on its head”. The mode will feature new arena maps, new single-lane maps and what Blizzard refers to as “mutations” on the standard maps. “In a nutshell, Heroes Brawl is Heroes of the Storm, seen through the lens…

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Blizzard Announces Heroes Global Championship

Blizzard Announces Heroes Global Championship

Blizzard may have their fingers in every eSports pie from the FPS to the RTS, but one of the few places they aren’t dominating the professional scene is the MOBA. Heroes of the Storm finds itself lagging behind other heavy hitters like League of Legends and Dota 2. In 2017 however, Blizzard hopes to start turning that around. The company plans to inject huge amounts of cash into the scene and the community, start a…

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Denial Esports Player Refuses Match at Bloodlust

Denial Esports Player Refuses Match at Bloodlust

No-one likes a ragequitter. When the going gets tough, good sportsmanship says you stick it out until the end. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case at the Bloodlust tournament on Saturday. After losing the semi-final to Gale eSports 2-0, Denial were to playoff with ex-2ARC rostered team Nice! An anonymous member of the Denial eSports Heroes of the Storm team refused to play alongside his teammates when they were bumped down into the losers’ bracket. The…

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TESPA Confirms Blizzard Collegiate League Rumours

TESPA Confirms Blizzard Collegiate League Rumours

Last week, it was rumoured that Blizzard and The eSports Association (Tespa) would be joining forces to create a series of year-long collegiate leagues. Tespa has now confirmed that rumour, announcing the titles involved, as well as the prizes and schedule. It has been confirmed that there will be three leagues – an Overwatch league, a Hearthstone league and a Heroes of the Storm league. This more or less coincides with what we already know,…

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GFE’s Roflcopter retires, Fan Yang steps in

GFE’s Roflcopter retires, Fan Yang steps in

Gale Force eSports is seeing some changes as one team member leaves the Heroes of the Storm roster to head back to school, and another steps in. Over the weekend, David “Roflcopter” Young made the hard, yet practical decision to go back to school to finish the final year of his degree in electrical engineering. Roflcopter released a statement on his private Twitter account about his retirement, naming individuals who have supported him and helped…

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HotS welcomes Auriel and Gul’dan to the team

HotS welcomes Auriel and Gul’dan to the team

Blizzard have released a video highlighting some exciting new changes coming to HotS in coming weeks. Most exciting are, of course, the two new heroes joining the Heroes of the Storm line-up: Warcraft’s Gul’dan and Diablo’s Auriel. Both appear to have two skins, Gul’dan making use of the Master skin and the Balespider skin, while Auriel boasts her own Master skin and the Demonic skin. There are some new skins arriving as well — Arthas gets a…

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Heroes of the Storm: World Cyber Arena Mega-Podcast Breakdown

Heroes of the Storm: World Cyber Arena Mega-Podcast Breakdown

When Walter Fedczuk and I started discussing how we wanted to cover the World Cyber Arena, it became clear pretty quickly that this was an event that demanded our full attention. An international tournament with $250,000 on the line in a Heroes of the Storm scene that has yet to fully develop is a big deal, and we wanted to make sure we did it justice. The bad news is that the WCA quickly revealed…

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Dreamhack Winter Clash: Heroes of the Storm Preview Podcast

Dreamhack Winter Clash: Heroes of the Storm Preview Podcast

While BlizzCon signaled the end for the first year of competitive play for Heroes of the Storm, Dreamhack’s Winter Clash event this Thursday and Friday marks the beginning of a new age within the European scene. Eight of the regions top nine teams according to GosuGamer’s power rankings will be attending the event, and the sheer number of storylines in play is almost as exciting as anything we’re likely to see play out on the Nexus….

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3 Things to Know Before Watching Intel Extreme Masters

3 Things to Know Before Watching Intel Extreme Masters

If you’ve never tuned in to an Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) event before, one of the most important things to know is that San Jose’s event isn’t just a one-off tournament. It marks the mid-point in a long and storied series. Organized by ESL and sponsored by Intel, IEM is the longest-running global eSports tournament series and marks many very important dates on gaming fans’ calendars. Instead of featuring competitors in just one game, IEM…

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