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Everything you need to know about Heroes of the Storm and esports

The MOBA for every Blizzard Fan.

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Blizzard has their hand in every honey pot when it comes to online gaming and esports; including their own MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena).

Heroes of the Storm, or HOTS, is a fast-paced, competitive real-time-strategy game that takes place in a multiplayer online battle arena. HOTS pits two teams of five powerful champions head-to-head in an open battlefield, with each team using every resource available to overcome the other team and claim the main objective. The roster of champions has been pulled from other Blizzard games, making a strange spin-off of universes, where World of Warcraft characters can face off against space marines, assassins and mechanised warriors.

The objective of the game can alternate depending on modes but generally involves slaying enemy heroes and destroying the other team’s home base on the opposite side of the map. The first team to fulfill the requirements of the map’s objective wins.


Each year the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship is held, where the top professional teams battle for supreme victory in regional premier leagues, elite international exhibitions and a Mid-Season Brawl. HGC begins in November, where the elite play against each other live online to be in the top bracket of their region. Each of the eight teams plays the other seven teams twice during the ten weeks of play. The winning team automatically qualifies for the Mid-Season Brawl, which is a tournament between the top 12 teams from every region fighting for a $250,000 prize pool. This continues throughout the year, allowing various teams to qualify for the HGC.

The top three teams in each region are invited to either the Western Clash or the Eastern Clash in March. The teams compete in a double-elimination format for the $100,000 prize. This is followed by the Mid-Season Brawl in June, where the top 12 qualifying teams fight for the second biggest victory of the year, and a share of $250,000. The Brawl has two stages: a round-robin group stage and a double elimination Phoenix Bracket. The round-robin group stage splits the field into two groups of six and each team faces off twice, with the 5th and 6th place finishers eliminated. This then goes onto the Phoenix Bracket where each match in the double elimination mode is set at best-of-five (except for the finals which is best of seven). Teams are eliminated until two remain, facing off and crowning a victor for the Mid-Season Brawl.

A second series of Eastern and Western Clashes are held in July, closely following the completion of the Mid-Season Brawl, and work much the same way. However, all team standings are wiped clean after the Mid-Season Brawl so all teams must re-qualify for the Clashes again.

In November the HGC Finals are held, with the top two teams from each regional HGC league moving into the finals. Information about how the HGC Finals will be run has not yet been released, with Blizzard holding their cards close to their chest until the finals get closer. However, we do know that the Heroes Global Champions will take home the crown and the share of a cash grand prize.

The Teams

Heroes of the Storm consists of a five-player team, with all heroes working together against the enemy team of five. Teams generally consist of five main players, along with some substitutes in case of illness or tactical changes.

Single players often move between teams and can even have their own fan followings, with many using on the side to broadcast their training gameplay for extra money or followers. It is not uncommon for teams to separate following events or tournaments, so to get a better view of the Australian rankings for Heroes of the Storm here are the top earners in Australia (the more they win the more they earn):


Teams can consist of players from a single country or from all over the world, with tournaments being held both online and in person.


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