HGC teams in North America have been struggling as a group to post results on the international stage. However, with Tempo Storm defeating Zealots and Fnatic at the most recent Western Clash, it’s beginning to look like the golden days of NA Heroes is yet to come.

Tempo Storm

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“Our group looks really solid. Basically, every team has a chance to make it out and it should create some pretty hype matches,” Said Tempo Storm team captain and shotcaller Ben “cattlepillar” Bunk. Tempo Storm shares a group with Gen.G, Ballistix, and Fnatic but points to Group B for the real threat. “Even with Korea looking as strong as ever, I think Dignitas’ track record this year makes them the team to beat.”

After exiting the Western Clash in third place, Tempo Storm had a good showing the second half of Phase 1 outside of losses against Team Octalysis and HeroesHearth Esports. “For us the hardest part was keeping a composed mindset after the matches we lost due to poor play on our part and we definitely managed to do that,” cattlepillar said. For now, it’s all eyes on the prize. “We’ll be boot camping in London for a few days before we travel to Stockholm.”

HeroesHearth Esports

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From zero to hero, HeroesHearth are the first team to ever ascend to the HGC through the Open Division and compete at a championship-caliber international live event. Their understanding of the meta and the diverse pool of pocket picks that team members can fall back on have set HeroesHearth apart from crowd.

“In terms of the meta in this tournament, I think each region will stick to a meta that they’re familiar with,” said team captain Khalif "Khroen" Hashim. “However, towards the end of the group stage, whichever meta proves to be the most dominant is what teams will try to adapt to. I think it will revolve around strong heroes such as Genji, Malfurion and Garrosh. I also do think Deckard Cain will see play.”

HeroesHearth and Tempo Storm are tasked with proving themselves against teams from China, Taiwan, and Australia/New Zealand in the group stage. Defeating teams from Europe and Korea would be the icing on the cake. All of that will have to be part and parcel of the real goal: taking the trophy back to North America.

Find out if Tempo Storm or HeroesHearth are up to the challenge when the Mid-Season Brawl begins on June 9! You can catch all the action when the games go live right here at playheroes.com/esports.