Over the past weekend, the best teams from the Open Division faced off against the bottom teams from Phase 1 of the HGC in Korea, Europe, and North America. Here is the information you need to know from the Crucible:

Masterclass for Korea

If you remember the Phase 2 Crucible in 2017, HGC Korea underwent something of a reckoning. The Open Division provided new major players, with the challengers Team Ace and GLuck winning 4-0 over RRR and Raven. At the end of the first Phase in 2018 we have another new team, Master Theater, winning through the Crucible by knocking out Team Ace.

Master Theater is led by flex player Jun Hyun "NoCHAT" Lee, who spent the entirety of last year playing on the Team BlossoM roster. He retired shortly after the HGC Finals and took up a position as the main observer for HGC Korea. He’s since returned with Master Theater, who will be looking to make a splash in the region after the Mid-Season Brawl.

Lessons Learned in Loss

Master Theater was the only team to make it into the HGC through the Crucible this time around. The other would-be champions from the Open Division—King’s Gambit, XD, Granit Gaming, and Worst Positioning— lost their matches in North America and Europe.

While the series were close, many of these players have another season in the Open Division to look forward to. With the roster change window opening, however, it’s likely we’ll see some of these fresh faces claim spots on teams in the big leagues. At the very least, expect to see some of the same names in contention at the next Crucible before the HGC Finals at the end of Phase 2.

That’s it for Crucible talk! It’s time to begin our coverage of the Mid-Season Brawl. Stay with us here at playheroes.com/esports while we detail the competition set to take place in one month’s time in Jönköping.