The New Faces from China
The HGC Finals and the Gold Club World Championship (GCWC) acted as a precursor to what would be one of the most competitive Phases we’ve seen in HGC China. Longtime region leaders Super Perfect Team fell in the HGC Playoffs, making this the first international event the team has missed since 2016’s Fall Championship. With SPT out of the picture, China will have new representation at the Mid-Season Brawl.
For the first time in the team's history, CE (which stands for Chall Enge or Challenge Everything) will be competing at an international event as the first seed from China. This puts them in Group B at the Mid-Season Brawl, along with Team Dignitas, Tempest, HeroesHearth, Method, and Luna Meow. CE’s list of achievements in 2017 includes upsets against Tempo Storm and Team Octalysis as well as stealing some Battlegrounds off Team Dignitas, Ballistix, Tempest, and even Gen.G.
CE did well last year, placing on par or better than SPT in some cases. However, they burned out at the most recent Eastern Clash in Taipei—the only event they’ve competed at so far this year, losing 0-2 to Ballistix and SPT. The time for redemption is now for longtime scene veterans Gu "Alooffool" Jing and Chen "xuyu" Jing, whose combined experience will likely prove invaluable when the rubber hits the road in Sweden.
TheOne are a relatively new team led by Yi "hehe" Shen. The roster’s DPS player, Tianqi "Meng" Zhang, has received ample praise for his exceptional Assassin play with Heroes such as Greymane, Tracer, Genji, and Valla. The team has performed well on home soil in Phase 1, defeating SPT in the seeding tiebreaker for the HGC Playoffs before striking down Beyond the Game (BTG) in the playoffs to earn their spot at the Mid-Season Brawl. The win was especially sweet for TheOne’s Warrior player Jinze "Zjz" Zhou, who played for BTG for the entirety of 2017.
At the Eastern Clash, TheOne defeated Taiwan’s Luna Meow before taking a battleground off Team BlossoM, the team sitting in fourth place in HGC Korea. TheOne should look to capitalize on what has worked for them in the past if they want to make an impact in Group A.
If you’re looking to get up to speed on the rest of the field, check out our focused blogs on the competition from North America, Korea, Europe, Taiwan, and ANZ. Also, be sure to check out the newest Battleground and Hero to hit the Nexus! Catch all the action on June 9 when the Mid-Season Brawl begins!