Heroes of the Storm esports in 2018
A new system for Heroes of the Storm esports tournaments in the ANZ region.
The Heroes of the Storm esports scene for Australia and New Zealand has been progressing steadily over the past few years, with one team consistently leading the competition. Now, however, there are more teams that are considered top contenders for HGC glory in the regional matches. As such, the whole ANZ tournament system is getting a complete overhaul intended to nurture the flourishing growth of the local Heroes of the Storm esports scene.
The HGC ANZ Premier Division
As of 2018, a new HGC ANZ premier Heroes of the Storm league will be held. It will consist of the top eight teams in the region. In a double round robin set, each series will come down to a best of three matches, and the top four teams that have retained at least a majority of their team from the previous Phase 2 roster will automatically qualify for the HGC ANZ.
The first three teams for the HCG ANZ have already been confirmed, with Nomia, Crimson and NMD already set to enter. The remaining five teams will all be decided in an open qualifier on the 22nd of January.
Viewsonic Dark sided would have automatically qualified for the HGC ANZ, but the team recently announced the departure of three of its players, losing the majority of their previous roster. This means they will have to qualify with their new roster in January.
The Heroes Open Division will be a developmental league available to all ANZ Heroes esports teams, and the two top teams from it will be promoted to the Premier Division in Phase 2 for 2018.
The HGC ANZ Premier Division has a total prize pool for $80,000 AUD, with $40,000 AUD going to the players and teams in each phase.
The HGC Intercontinental Clash - ANZ vs LATAM
A new initiative for the ANZ Heroes scene in 2018 is the HCG Intercontinental Clash. The best players from Latin America will pit themselves against the best from Australia and New Zealand, with the clash capping off both regions' regular seasons. The Phase 1 HGC ANZ Premier Division finals will be held in Latin America, with the top two ANZ teams travelling to a TBD location in the Americas to battle for the ANZ championship.
At the event, the top two teams from the HGC Copa America League will face off to determine the Latin American Champion. The newly crowned HGC ANZ Champion and the Latin America Champion will then face off for a spot at the HGC Mid-Season Brawl.
Phase 2 will be hosted by Australia in Sydney, where the winner of the LATAM vs ANZ series will win a wildcard spot at the HGC Finals at BlizzCon 2018.
The HGC ANZ scene
The local scene is a huge focus for the Heroes of the Storm ANZ esports ecosystem. Blizzard plans to work closely with all parties to build team and player profiles, along with providing guidance and support to assist teams on their way to success.
Heroes will still be working with Gamestah TV to provide top quality viewing experiences.
In 2017, the ANZ Heroes esports scene saw the emergence of all-new rivalries and some colourful personalities on the scene. 2018 should be even bigger, with this new format allowing for fresh opportunities and stories to be told.
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