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Evolution complete
September 19, 2017
Fnatic has their Abathur composition on point, with ScHwimpi showcasing some excellent macro gameplay in the 3-0 series against Zealots in the HGC Europe Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
ScHwimpi was MVP of Game 1 hands down. Playing the hero Tyrande, ScHwimpi spent the majority of the early game stacking his Sentinel and attempting to use his trait to pick up some early game kills. Due to some heavy misplaying, Fnatic was never fully able to utilize Tyrande's early game potential. Before the Tyrande rework this would have been an issue, now however, Tyrande finds herself as one of the higher skill cap late game carries. With well timed owls, ScHwimpi was able to obliterate Zealots, chunking their Chromie down to 10 percent health after just two consecutive hits. ScHwimpi's best play was at the 18 minute mark when Zealots were up 20-18 and Fnatic was down two members. WIth Zealots pushing in Fnatic's core, ScHwimpi went in from behind for a wild one man flank, nearly killing the enemy Chromie. With the threat of Chromie falling, Zealots immediately turned about and began to chase ScHwimpi. This chase would turn out massively in Fnatic's favor as they not only defended core, but picked up three kills as well. Games 2 and 3 were not even a contest with Fantic running an amazingly well played Abathur composition with ScHwimpi playing our favorite slug. When Fnatic was able to out trade structures in the early game an win teamfights pre-clone you know its going to be a rough game for the opposition.
Incredible synergy
September 19, 2017
QuackNiix was perfectly in sync with his teammates in the 3-0 victory against Zealots in the HGC Europe Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
QuackNiix got brutally destroyed in Game 1 as he made a very questionable level 13 talent choice on the hero Valla. Opting for Siphoning Arrow instead of Gloom, QuackNiix would get one shot multiple times by the enemy Chromie after the 14 minute mark. These two late game deaths would make Fnatics Game 1 victory a very uphill battle. Game 2 and 3 had QuackNiix on his near legendary Greymane. Throughout Game 2 we witnessed QuackNiix at his finest, diving deep into the Zealots backline for kill after kill. His most impressive plays were in his beautiful executions under Wubby's use of Tyraels Judgement. At the eight minute mark, Wubby and QuackNiix together were able to kill the enemy Flastad so fast that he was not able to use his Gust to steal the Boss Mercenary camp.
Looking sharp
September 19, 2017
Breez was a blast to watch in the 3-0 victory against Zealots in the HGC Europe Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
Breez was playing E.T.C in Game 1 on the map Dragon Shire. Opting for Stage Dive at level 10, Breez never hesitated to join the fight. While he did have some good uses of this heroic, he never really had any outstanding plays. Game 2 had all eyes on Breez as he absolutely crushed the Zealots with some very impressive Anub'arak play. Not only was Breez able to pick up first and second blood before the three minute mark, he was also able to do it on Falstad and Valla, two heroes who excel at avoiding gank attempts. Breez's best play came at the five minute mark when he was able to land a three man Burrow Charge, which ultimately turned into three tasty kills for the former nerubian king. With these kills and a full map to explore, Fnatic was able to make massive gains by creating a full two level lead. Game 3 had Breez playing Tyrael to perfection. Never using his Sanctification a moment too soon or too late, he was able to secure a very convincing two man core rush with the help of QuackNiix on Greymane.
Untouchable Chromie
September 19, 2017
Prismaticism had a great night during a 3-0 victory over Lag Force during the 2017 HGC Group Stage Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
Prismaticism started out in Game 1 on Infernal Shrines with an out of this world Chromie pick. Stacked behind 4 melee heroes, Prismaticism was able to hang back and shoot from a safe distance, hardly worrying about any form of counter-attack. Thanks to this safety net of melee heroes, Prismaticism was able to bring the heat and mass up a 70,000 hero damage night, which to put in perspective, was nearly double what the next highest in the team was. Prismaticism also scored a 1/1/9 KDA and cemented himself as one of the most annoying Chromie players in all of North America. Game 2 was another Chromie game, though this time on Tomb of the Spider Queen. While he didn't have the wall of melee heroes available to him, Prismaticism did manage to scrounge up a 4/0/13 perfect KDA. Very well done by Prismaticism this night.
Epic Garrosh play
September 19, 2017
Justing had a strong series in a 3-0 victory over Lag Force during the 2017 HGC Group Stage Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
Justing started out with an old favrote of E.T.C. in Game 1. He immediately put this hero to good use, scoring some strong stuns and body blocking during the second punisher round and helping to secure 3 kills in the process. Justing wasn't done there though, he was just getting started. His overall KDA for the Game 1 Infernal Shrines map was a 1/1/8 with nearly 70,000 damage tanked. Game 2 saw Justing on a hero that is quickly becoming a new favorite for him, Garrosh. This tanky damage mitigating hero is outstanding to watch, thanks in large part due to the top-level precision that Justing has with this new orc hero. In this game, Justing managed to earn a 4/1/9 KDA, and completely demolish all of Lag Force in the process. If one thing could be learned from this series it would easily be "don't let Justing have Garrosh."
Master of new heroes
September 19, 2017
Goku was awesome in a 3-0 victory over Lag Force during the 2017 HGC Group Stage Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
Goku was 10 steps ahead of the meta in his series against Lag Force. Opting for a Malthael pick in Game 1, Goku absolutely shredded the enemy team, grabbing a killer 5/1/6 KDA in the process, not an easy feat on a melee assassin in Infernal Shrines as the amount of team fighting on that map is ridiculous, and very easy to die in as a relatively low health hero. Game 2 was another insane match for Goku. This time he went with D.va and was a nightmare for the enemy to deal with. Playing on Tomb of the Spider Queen, Goku amassed quite a bit of poke damage while also tanking the top damage for his team at over 61,000. Goku earned himself a nice 4/2/11 KDA while also contributing the most experience for his team at 15,546. Overall this was an impressive series for Goku and he definitely played very well.
Same heroes different day
September 19, 2017
Glaurung played well in a 3-0 victory over Lag Force during the 2017 HGC Group Stage Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
Glaurung had a rough start in Game 1 on Infernal Shrines. He opted for a Zeratul pick that was actually very good considering his team comp with Chromie in the backline and E.T.C./Uther to do a sick wombo combo. Despite the smart drafting, Glaurung had issues keeping himself alive and escaping CC during the match, resulting in three un-needed deaths. Glaurung did manage some good solid kills but with a 3/3/8 KDA, he left much to be desired. Game 3, however, was a different story. Glaurung typically only plays a small handful of heroes, however in Game 3 on Battlefield of Eternity, he took one for the team and stepped out of his comfort zone with a Tyrande pick. This pick was insane as he focused down the boss with his Hunters Mark and dealt 25 percent more damage to it, winning the objective for his team. Glaurung posted a much better 4/1/5 KDA this match and showed that while he almost always plays only the same heroes, sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone pays dividends.
Uther standout in sweep
September 19, 2017
Buds was superb with Uther in a 3-0 victory over Lag Force during the 2017 HGC Group Stage Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
Buds started off strong in Game 1 with a clutch Uther pick. Playing on Infernal Shrines, much of the game was centered around team fighting at objectives and Buds did an incredible job keeping the team alive while the double melee assassin duo of Glaurung on Zeratul and Goku on Malthael went to town on Zuna, the main tank for Lag Force. With a 1/1/9 KDA, it's clear that Buds has a solid handle on Uther. Game 2 on Tomb of the Spider Queen was a little more rough for Buds, however. For this map he chose Stukov, and his positioning left much to be desired. While he did have some good healing and clutch silences, securing multiple kills in the process, Buds had a very hard time keeping himself alive and the result of that was less than stellar, aa 0/3/15 KDA. Not his best run, but his amazing play with Uther throughout the series more than made up for a few small blunders in Game 2.
Bringing E.T.C. back
September 18, 2017
zugrug had a great series in a 3-0 victory over Lag Force during the 2017 HGC Group Stage Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
zugrug opted for a Stitches pick in Game 1 on Infernal Shrines. Working in tandem with daneski, zugrugs plan was to run some cheese strategies with the stitches hook into the Tassadar force wall. Thankfully, his play with stitches was so great in the early game that this strategy had a lot more room for failure. zugrug slammed his way to a 1/1/7 KDA, with his death being for the greater good of the team overall. In Game 2 on Sky Temple, zugrug grabbed E.T.C. and was playing out of his mind. zugrug has clearly done his homework because he was so strong with E.T.C. he appeared to be untouchable. By the end of the match, zugrug had amassed an impressive 0/1/11 KDA with top tanking over Dehaka at 57,000 and a lot of respect won over from his enemies.
Rough start but solid finish
September 18, 2017
nazmas started off rough in a 3-0 victory over Lag Force during the 2017 HGC Group Stage Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
nazmas started out on Valla in Game 1 on Infernal Shrines. While he did play very well overall, he had some blunders that forced teammates to overextend and save him and even died once in the process. nazmas posted solid stats on Valla with a 3/1/5 KDA but the stats don't always tell the whole story, and this time the story was that nazmas needs to work a little on his Valla if he plans on playing her in the future. Game 3 was by far the best match for nazmas, though. Playing as Lunara, nazmas threw a ridiculous amount of hero damage at over 85,000, which was over 50,000 more than the best on the other team. Nazmas also managed a 2/2/8 KDA which could have been a little better had he not been so thirsty for blood. nazmas has a long history of starting weak but ending strong, this series was no different.
Unkillable in sweep
September 18, 2017
Kure went all out in a 3-0 victory over Lag Force during the 2017 HGC Group Stage Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
Kure was a madman in Game 1 on Infernal Shrines. Playing Illidan, he managed to completely obliterate his opponents due to some huge blunders that Lag Force forced, namely a lack of hard CC to punish him. Kure was unstoppable with both KilluZiioN's AOE healing on Lucio and daneski's shields from Tassadar. In addition to playing a flawless game, Kure managed to put up huge numbers, topping the damage for his team at 26,000. Kure also managed to post a 2/0/6 KDA, not dying a single time throughout the match. Game 3 on Towers of Doom was another strong Illidan match for Kure, though for completely different reasons. This time Kure squared off against bkid on Dehaka in the solo lane. Throughout the game, Kure went full PvE mode and just pushed structures down and focused on siege damage and experience. Kure managed to farm so much experience that Team Freedom saw themselves two levels ahead, enough to get the level 20 storm talents far quicker than their opponents and secure a solid victory.
Can't stop, won't stop
September 18, 2017
KilluZiioN was on fire in a 3-0 victory over Lag Force during the 2017 HGC Group Stage Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
KilluZiioN made a statement in Game 1 with Lucio, the sound barrier boosting support class hero that genuinely allowed KilluZiioN to show off his excellent mechanical skills with superb wallriding and skillshot dodging. Playing on Infernal Shrines, KilluZiioN had quite an impressive 1/0/7 KDA while also putting out nearly 50,000 healing at 48,789. This was even more impressive when compared to the abysmal healing of Tomster on Rehgar with only 29,000 for his team. Game 2 was more of the same as KilluZiioN locked in Lucio for a second time. If it can be believed, KilluZiioN played even better this match and put up a 1/0/14 KDA with closer to 70,000 healing than 60,000. He also managed to accomplish this on Sky Temple, a map where his AOE healing is often reduced in value due to the common split pushing nature of the map.
Clutch on Tassadar
September 18, 2017
daneski showed off his versatility in a 3-0 victory over Lag Force during the 2017 HGC Group Stage Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
daneski started off hot in Game 1 with a Tassadar pick in a double support comp. Playing on Infernal Shrines, daneski focused on clearing the objective skeletons during Punisher events and empowering both Kure on Illidan and Nazmas on Valla. With Stitches as a main tank, there was no hard CC until level 10, meaning that the team relied solely on daneski for clutch saves and damage mitigation. Thankfully, daneski was in his groove and kept the team afloat until they got their heroic abilities at level 10, which skyrocketed Team Freedom into a lead they would not lose. daneski ended the match with a perfect 1/0/7 KDA. In Game 2, daneski went back to his roots with an assassin pick in Genji. His aggressive playstyle paid off huge in this match as he soared to a team-high 7/0/7 KDA and ending the match in just under 18 minutes.
Solid on E.T.C.
August 31, 2017
Casanova was great in a 3-0 victory over Even in Death during the 2017 HGC Group Stage Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
Casanova opted for an E.T.C. pick in Game 1 of the best-of-three series on Cursed Hollow. This allowed him the draft threat of taking Stage Dive that Even in Death had to counter as well as some beefy frontline to assist Jason on Lunara to do massive amounts of damage. While Casanova was expected to take heavy damage, he still managed to somehow pull off a perfect 0/0/14 KDA while also taking 27,000 damage. Part of the reason he may have escaped death was due to the short match; however. another part was due to the expert positioning he had. Very strong play from the warrior player. Game 3 was another match in which Casanova felt compelled to play E.T.C. Once again his play was spectacular, earning himself a 2/0/7 KDA on Sky Temple. In addition to this, his team also had another quick victory, likely due to the early game powerhouse a good E.T.C. can be in the right hands.
Picked up out of free agency
August 31, 2017
TigerJK has been signed by SpaceStation Gaming, according to the official Blizzard team roster website.
ANALYSIS
TigerJK, formerly the support hero for No Tomorrow, was quite possibly the worst player on his old roster. SpaceStation Gaming is taking a big risk by sponsoring him in their first ever venture into professional eSports. One theory as to why TigerJK was signed is an overall lack of talent in the North American scene for support players. Another thought is that TigerJK has played with all of the newly acquired players in the past and would not need additional time to develop team chemistry. To his credit, TigerJK has managed some decent games of late and is showing that he's capable of improving. That said, can he improve with SpaceStation Gaming? Is it worth the risk? Only time will tell.