What You Need to Know About HeroesHearth and Leftovers
Last weekend, two new teams from the Open Division entered the HGC via the Crucible. While we bid farewell (for now) to Team Good Guys and Even in Death, we welcome the Leftovers and HeroesHearth, who fought valiantly to join the best teams in their region in the premier league for Phase 1 of 2018. More details on the 2018 season will be shared in the coming weeks, but for now let’s dig into these fresh rosters.
HeroesHearth is led by Khalif ‘Khroen’ Hashim, formerly of Gale Force Esports (GFE). Khroen competed with GFE in Phase 1 of this year's HGC, but was removed from the team along with Jon ‘Equinox’ Peterson when Keiwan ‘k1pro’ Itakura and John Paul ‘KingCaffeine’ Lopez were added.
“Six months after being removed from my old team, I’ve found my way back to the HGC," Khroen said. "We came together as a team in late May under the name Hold It Down. Mcintyre and I are both coming from the HGC last season, while Arthelon is returning to competitive after a long break. Ishb00 and BBJ are very strong players coming from the Open Division, who failed to qualify for the HGC initially.”
HeroesHearth has been scrimming against teams in the HGC since they formed, practicing for around six hours a day, six days a week. Khroen said, “We performed well in scrims, even versus top HGC teams, so we were good practice for them, and they didn’t have to worry about ever playing us in a tournament, so they could practice whatever they wanted to.”
In this "anything goes" environment, HeroesHearth has successfully become a well-oiled machine. “I don’t think our team has one specific playstyle," Khroen said. "Our coach, Dillon, helps us to keep practicing different playstyles and strategies so that we’ll become proficient at multiple playstyles, for example a macro-based global strategy, or a double support and put-me-on-a-hyper-carry strategy, as well as others.”
Lofty ambitions are present on HeroesHearth just like any other HGC squad. “I think the goal is always to do the best that we can, and if the No. 1 spot is there, that’s where I’ll be looking," said Khroen. "If we get there or not, I suppose we’ll see. There’s always more work to be done, more improvements to be made. I eventually want to get back to an international competition, and hopefully sooner rather than later.”
Europe’s Leftovers have set a perhaps more readily achievable expectation.
“We aim to place at least sixth place to avoid [the] Crucible," said Johan 'Lauber' Lauber, Warrior player and Leftovers' captain. "If we do that, we will start aiming higher." The team formed in March 2017. After losing in Phase 1 of the Open Division Playoffs, the team changed its roster, removing Wolfz for Mikolaj 'Potiboss' Potera and letting Arkadiusz 'Bl3kitny' Czarnecki assume drafting responsibilities.
We have a twitter up for our team @LeftoversHGC if you guys are interested in following our journey!— Lauber (@JohanLauber) October 9, 2017
Competing in Europe is no easy feat for a new team. “I think the two biggest threats are obviously Fnatic and Dignitas," said Lauber. "Team expert also looks strong, but they have dropped a lot of maps to teams lower in the standings, which shows they have some weaknesses.”
The Leftovers are excellent at punishing teams that make mistakes against them, and are capable of balancing on a small experience advantage until they have snowballed the game. Lauber and the rest of the Leftovers developed their playstyle against teams in the middle of the pack in the European HGC in Phase 2. “We learned a lot from Team Wish," Lauber said. "Mopsio is a very good drafter and shot caller and I respect his decision-making."
“I do think I’m a better E.T.C., though,” he added. “At least I can land my Moshpits!”
Stay tuned this week for more trash talk as we dive into our HGC Finals teams and prepare ourselves for the upcoming Crucible in Korea. Be sure to check out our schedule page for all the details.