The Heroes of the Storm Global Championship (HGC) is the premier competitive league for Heroes of the Storm. Top professional teams from North America, Europe, Korea, and China battle for supremacy in regional league play and elite international tournaments.
(All times are in PDT)
Korea: Fri-Sun 1:00 AM | Fri-Sun Europe: 9:00 AM | North America: Fri-Sun 2:00 PM | China: Mon-Wed 2:00 AM
During each phase of league play, every team will play every other team in the region twice. Win/loss records will determine placement in Clashes and the Mid-Season Brawl (Phase 1) or HGC Finals (Phase 2).
League play matches are best-of-five. Match days are scheduled for primetime viewing in each region. North America, Europe and Korea play on a Friday/Saturday/Sunday schedule. China plays on a Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday schedule.
At the end of Week 5:
After five weeks of league play, the four teams with the best records in each region are invited to a cross-regional Clash.
* The first Eastern Clash of 2018 will feature 3 Chinese teams and 1 team from Taiwan instead of 4 Chinese teams.
8 Teams | Double Elimination
Set at the halfway point of each Phase, Western and Eastern Clashes are eight-team tournaments featuring top teams from the West and East. A $100,000 prize pool is up for grabs in each Clash. In addition to cash and glory, the winner of each Clash will earn one additional spot for its region at the Mid-Season Brawl (Phase 1) or HGC Finals (Phase 2).
Clashes follow a double-elimination bracket format. Matches are best-of-three, except for the semifinals and finals, which are best-of-five.
Invitations to the Western and Eastern Clashes are determined by standings in league play.
* The first Eastern Clash of 2018 will feature three HGC China teams and one team from Taiwan instead of four Chinese teams.
Korea: Fri-Sun 1:00 AM | Europe: Fri-Sun 9:00 AM | North America: Fri-Sun 2:00 PM | China: Mon-Wed 2:00 AM
Five additional weeks of League Play determine the teams invited to the Mid-Season Brawl (Phase 1) or HGC Finals (Phase 2). Win/loss records are cumulative: they carry over from Weeks 1-5.
At the end of Week 10:
League Play Details
League play matches are best-of-five. Match days are scheduled for primetime viewing in each region. North America, Europe, China, and Korea play on a Friday/Saturday/Sunday schedule.
3-Day Event | Stepladder Format
The HGC Playoffs use a stepladder bracket format. It starts with the 5th and 6th-place teams in the standings facing off. The winner of this match plays the 4th-place team. The winner of that match plays the 3rd-place team, and so on, until only one team remains.
This means that the 2nd-place team in each region only needs to win one match to advance to the Mid-Season Brawl, while the 5th and 6th-place teams must claw their way through a brutal single-elimination bracket.
Note: In the regions that won the relevant Phase’s Clash, an additional team from the HGC Playoffs will receive a spot in the Mid-Season Brawl or HGC Finals. The top 2 HGC Playoffs finalists will still play each other for seeding purposes.
What’s at Stake
In the HGC Crucible, the 7th and 8th-place HGC teams in each region defend their spots against hungry Open Division challengers.
The top Open Division team chooses to challenge either the 7th or 8th-place HGC team. The 2nd-place Open Division team is matched against the remaining HGC team.
A best-of-seven series is played between each set of teams. The winners enter the HGC and will compete in the upcoming Phase. The losers are removed from the league.
Top 12 International Teams | Double Group Stage & Bracket
The Mid-Season Brawl has two stages. The first is a round-robin group stage with two groups of six teams. The 5th and 6th-place finishers in each group are eliminated. The remaining teams are seeded into a double-elimination Phoenix Bracket.
Group Stage Format
Each team plays a two-game match against every other team in their group. Winning a match with a 2-0 score earns a team 3 points; splitting a match 1-1 earns each team a single point. Losing 0-2 earns 0 points. Teams are ranked in their groups by total number of points earned. Standings at the end of the group stage determine seeding in the final Phoenix Bracket.
Phoenix Bracket Seeding Breakdown
Each match in the double-elimination Phoenix Bracket is best-of-five, except for the Grand Final, which is a best-of-seven with a one-game advantage for the finalist from the Upper Bracket.
Each Mid-Season Brawl and HGC Finals features a Intercontinental Clash winner from Australia, New Zealand, or Latin America and a Horizon Clash winner from either Taiwan or Southeast Asia. These slots are awarded to victors in each Phase’s Intercontinental and Horizon Clash.
In the HGC Open Division, teams from North America, Europe, Korea, and China compete for cash prizes and a chance to join the HGC.
Each region holds an open-entry tournament every other week. The winning teams earn points and cash prizes.
At the end of each Phase, the 16 teams with the most points battle it out in the Open Division Playoffs for cash prizes. Format is an 8-team double-elimination bracket with best of three for the first round, best of five finals for the second round and onward, and a best-of-seven finals with a 1-map advantage for the team from the upper bracket.
The 1st and 2nd-place teams from the Open Division Playoffs also earn the right to compete against HGC teams in the HGC Crucible for spots in the next Phase. In the HGC Crucible, the #1 Open Division team picks their opponent.