Destination: Katowice

2017年2月19日

The first global event of the 2017 HGC campaign is upon us with the Western Clash set to begin March 3 in the Polish city of Katowice. In one of the biggest esports weekends of the year, HGC teams will be anxious to get their first taste of interregional competition as teams from North America, Europe, Latin America, and Australia/New Zealand finally get a chance to square off with each other after several weeks of domestic play. Now that the teams are set, it’s time to look ahead to what we can expect from the HGC Western Clash.

The Facts

$100,000 USD Prize Pool

  • 1st - $30,000
  • 2nd - $20,000
  • 3rd - $15,000
  • 4th - $10,000
  • 5th & 6th - $7,500
  • 7th & 8th - $5,000

SCHEDULE: All times Pacific Time

Friday, March 3 

3:00 a.m. Start Time

  • Round of Eight
    • Misfits – EU (1) vs. Nomia - ANZ (8)
    • Team 8 – NA (4) vs. Team Dignitas – EU (5)
    • Tempo Storm – NA (2) vs. Infamous – LATAM (7)
    • Fnatic – EU (3) vs. Gale Force eSports – NA (6)
  • Lower Bracket
    • Match 1
    • Match 2

Saturday, March 4

3:00 a.m. Start Time

  • Winners Bracket Round 2
    • Match 1
    • Match 2
  • Lower Bracket Round 2
    • Match 1
    • Match 2

Sunday, March 5

2:40 a.m. Start Time

  • Winners Bracket Final
  • Lower Bracket Round 3
  • Lower Bracket Final
  • Grand Finals

The Casters

Host: Paul “Redeye” Chaloner

Jaycie "Gillyweed" Gluck

Wade "Dreadnaught" Penfold

Tim "Trikslyr" Frazier

Thomas "Khaldor" Kilian

Jacob "SolidJake" Kulinski

Josh "JHow" Howard

Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen

Christopher "Tetcher" Ivermee

The Opportunity

To have a shot at the Western Clash, some ambitious team will have to figure out a way to beat Misfits. The affiliate of the NBA’s Miami Heat comes into the global event with a perfect record through seven contests in HGC Europe, only dropping five Battlegrounds so far. Stocked with German nationals, Nils "Nurok" Gebhardt and RTS veteran Dennis "HasuObs" Schneider have Misfits looking extremely comfortable as the top seed in the Western Clash. A team looking to knock out HGC Europe’s finest will have to show flawless execution and then hope Misfits has a bad day.

While Misfits cruise into the Western Clash undefeated in HGC Europe, Fnatic and Dignitas bring a brewing rivalry of their own to Katowice. Dignitas knocked off Fnatic in the semifinals of the major Heroes of the Storm event in Katowice last year on the way to the championship. Each roster remains relatively intact in 2017, so there’s plenty of potential for hard feelings. Fnatic’s Jonathon “Wubby” Gunnarsson was part of that championship Dignitas team last year, so it’ll be worth keeping an eye on the Swedish national at the Western Clash.

For North America, Team 8 is one of the better stories in HGC this season as they overcame roster upheaval just before Week 1 to qualify for the Western Clash. They’ve gotten into a rhythm behind Mike “Glaurung” Fisk and Justin "Justing" Gapp’s strong play and have managed to handle every team in HGC North America except Tempo Storm. Should Tempo and Team 8 cross paths in the Western Clash, it will be a golden opportunity for Team 8 to erase that five-game Week 3 loss in dramatic fashion on the big stage.

With the field of eight teams set for the Western Clash, the regional pecking order in the HGC is at stake. Europe and North America will be battling to see which of them holds sway over the pro Heroes scene while Infamous and Nomia, from the Latin America and Australia/New Zealand regions respectively, look to put their turf on the map and secure a nice payday in the process.

Follow the action at playheroes.com/esports and the dedicated event information page.