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HotS Mid-Season Brawl Preview

5 June 2018 14:14

Heroes of the Storm fans and players will once again descend on Jönköping, Sweden from the 9th June for the Mid-Season Brawl. Teams are playing for a $100,000 top prize at the event that coincides with DreamHack summer 2018, which also hosts LoL, CS:GO and Fortnite eSports tournaments. The Mid-Season Brawl is also the first tournament of the 2018 season that pits Western and Eastern teams against each other and it will act as a precursor to the HGC finals that are due to take place at the end of the year.

2017 saw Fnatic and Team Dignitas go to the final game of a Bo7 which was an absolute spectacle for all fans watching live and online. Fnatic took the honours that day, but with both teams returning for 2018, will they be able to replicate that success, or will they fade into insignificance?

The qualifying teams come from all over the world through the HGC regular season pro-leagues. Three teams qualified from the EU and KR regions, one more than the NA and CN regions due to their success at the Western and Eastern Clashes. The two teams that come from NA and CN are joined by the winner of the Horizon Clash and the Intercontinental clash. The teams competing are as follows:

  • Team Dignitas- EU winners
  • Fnatic- EU Runner-up
  • Method- EU Playoff winner
  • Tempo Storm- NA Winner
  • HeroesHearth- NA Playoff winner
  • Gen.G eSports- KR Winner
  • Ballistix- KR Runner-up
  • Tempest- KR Playoff winner
  • Chall Enge- CN Winner
  • TheOne- CN Runner-up
  • Mindfreak- Intercontinental clash winner
  • Luna Meow- Horizon clash winner

The Group stages are a round robin and each match is played as a Bo2, with the winner receiving 3pts or both teams getting 1pt for a draw. The top two from each group advance to the upper bracket, and 3rd and 4th go to the lower bracket. The playoffs are a double elimination Bo5 format, apart from the grand final, which is a Bo7, with the upper bracket winner starting with a one-game advantage.

All signs point to this being an EU vs KR tournament after the two regions dominated the Western and Eastern clashes. Team Dignitas will be favourites to at least reach the final for a second successive year after dominating HGC Europe to the tune of a 13-1 record and taking the title at the Western Clash, showing they can do it when it matters in both a group stage and knockout tournament. Fnatic, winners of the 2017 Mid-Season Brawl over Team Dignitas, were only just behind at 10-4 to get automatic qualification.

Gen.G eSports, formally KSV eSports, topped the HGC South Korea pro league thanks to a 7-0 run through weeks 6-10, whilst Tempest topped Ballistix in the playoffs despite finishing in third place during group play. All three of these teams featured in the semi-finals of the western clash, showing their dominance over teams from the Chinese Pro league and those coming from the Horizon and Intercontinental clashes. 

Written by Mika Brown

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Updated on: 2018-06-05

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