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Released from Team Naventic
August 22, 2017
Zuna has been released from Team Naventic according to the official Team Naventic twitter page.
ANALYSIS
Christopther "Zuna" Buechter has been released from Team Naventic due to a change in leadership of the organization. Zuna was one of the first members to ever join Team Naventic nearly two years ago. Since joining his best results were second place in the 2016 North American Regional championships. Since achieving that success in early 2016 Zuna has failed to live up to expectations, and has recently been seen floundering with inconsistent play and poor decision making. Zuna plays ranged assassins best, but has been known to fill the warrior role as-needed for his team. It is unknown if he will pursue free agency or if he will finish out the second phase of HGC and retire.
Struggled to make anything happen
August 22, 2017
Wings played well despite his teams multiple failings in the 0-2 loss to Team Face Check in the Eastern Clash Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
Game 1 was largely due to a huge miscalculation in the draft, allowing the enemy team to pick up Auriel/Cho'Gal on the map Braxis Holdout. Despite Wings laregly winning the one verse one top lane against Dehaka, he would get absolutely destroyed in teamfights due to Simba not taking Sanctification on Tyrael. Without a dedicated healer (Malfurion) or any kind of damage mitigation heroics, Wings was nearly instantly killed every time he entered the fray. Game 2 saw some success in the teamfights with Wings largely carrying on the hero Sonya. Winning multiple fights for his team by trusting in zZH's heals would allow him to take most of Team Face Checks pressure and live. This would allow him and Misaka on Genji to clean house picking up a four for one trade at the nine minute mark.
A nonfactor
August 22, 2017
Simba made many bad decisions in the 0-2 loss to Team Face Check in the Eastern Clash Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
Playing Tyrael in Game 1 might have worked had Simba opted for Sanctification at level 10. Without this heroic, Simba would let multiple allies die due the enemies intense Cho'Gal pressure. What makes his Judgement choice even more questionable is the fact that Team Face Check was also running Auriel with Crystal Aegis and Uther with Guardian of the Kings. These two abilities alone negate any highly telepathed stun/nuke attempts. Game 2 had Simba on Stitches making even more laughable plays. At the eight minute mark, Simba would go on to Hook Gorge the enemy Anub'arak with zero follow up anywhere near him. With Zero Stuns or burst damage, Anub'arak safely Burrow Charged away. This ultimately robbed Super Perfect Team of the ability to safely contest the bottom Sky Temple objective.
Crucial skill-shots missed
August 22, 2017
Qianxiao had good positioning but poor aim in the 0-2 loss to Team Face Check in the Eastern Clash Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
Game 1 had Qianxiao playing Chromie into the enemies Cho'Gal composition. This worked out well initially, with Qianxiao opting for Temporal Loop at level 8. Using this heroic without the opposition having access to their ultimate abilities is one of the biggest advantages Chromie brings to the table. With Qianxiao using it to pick up a flawless kill on the enemy Auriel, Super Perfect Team was able to stall for level 10. For the remainder of the match Qianxiao struggled to play against the enemy Cho'Gal, constantly missing his abilities on the enemy Auriel. When running Chromie into an Auriel + Cho'Gal composition it is important to take as little poke damage as possible while Chromie attempts to pressure Auriel into backing. Knowing this, the enemy Cho'Gal players were constantly pushing into Super Perfect Teams forts, attempting to pick up as much hope for Auriel as possible. Ultimately, this left Auriel in a precarious position and an easy target for Qianxiaos abilities. While Qianxiao did land a lot of his spells through the match, he did not land them when they truly counted, often overlapping them with the enemies protective abilities which resulted in only one kill for his team.
Strange talent and hero choices
August 22, 2017
Misaka was one of the biggest reasons Super Perfect Team lost 2-0 to Team Face Check in the best of 3 series in the Eastern Clash Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
Misaka had a incredibly sporadic performance in Game 1, playing the hero Nova on the map Braxus Holdout. While Misaka was able to get some decent pressure camping Team Face Check's solo lane Dehaka, it was never enough to actually pick up a kill or force any large rotations. Without the kill pressure, Misaka was nearly useless in the early stages of the game. Opting for Snipe Master at level seven ended up being a terrible decision as Misaka was consistently missing his snipes, resetting the bonus damage. With the enemy team running a Cho'Gall, Misaka was nearly instantly killed every time he popped out of stealth. The game ended with Misaka dying five times, nearly one third of his teams total deaths. Game 2 had Misaka on Genji getting caught out of position consistently throughout the game. When Misaka wasn't busy throwing the match, he was with his team and usually doing a really good job utilizing his Dragon Blade to pick up kills in every single teamfight. At the nine minute mark, Misaka was able to pick up four kills for his team with clever uses of his Swift Strikes. Sadly, Game 2 ended as fast as it started due to Misaka getting stun locked by himself at the 16 minute mark. This allowed Super Perfect Team to pick up a boss and an easy core.
Released from Team Naventic
August 22, 2017
Tomster has been released from his Team Naventic contract according to the official Team Naventic twitter page.
ANALYSIS
Thomas "Tomster" Maguire has been released from his contract following a change in leadership for the Team Naventic organization. Tomster has been with Naventic for nearly a year and failed to put up solid results with the team, routinely coming in the 5-6 place position in tournaments, and most recently coming in last place in Phase 1 of the HGC. Tomster is a skilled mechanical player but does not possess an attitude that other teams would likely want to deal with. Should he decide to venture into free agency, he will have a hard time finding a new home without some major adjustments to his mental state and how he treats other players.
Released from Team Naventic
August 22, 2017
iDream has been released from Team Naventic, according to the official Team Naventic twitter page.
ANALYSIS
iDream has been released from Team Naventic just two months into his contract with the team due to an abrupt change in leadership for the organization. While iDream remains one of, if not the best, Tyrande players in all of North America, his talents may not valued on other competitive squads due to his lack of recent success. iDream is best known for his miracle run with Cloud9 in 2015 where he was able to clench a World Championship title, but since that big win, he has always fallen short and posted poor results with any team he has played on.
bkid released from Team Naventic
August 22, 2017
bkid has been released from Team Naventic's roster, according to the official Team Naventic twitter page.
ANALYSIS
bkid has been released from Team Naventic immediately following a change in leadership for the organization. While bkid is a great Warrior player in his own right, he has not shown any improvement over the past few months with Team Naventic and appears to be stagnating as a player. When playing other roles he looks much less confident and, at times, sloppy. bkid could be a strong addition to the right team, provded he show motivation to work hard at improving some of his minor mechanical mistakes and expanding his hero pool.
Released from Team Naventic
August 22, 2017
bigempct is no longer with Team Naventic according to the official Team Naventic twitter page.
ANALYSIS
bigempct has been released from his contract with Team Naventic due to the brand being bought out by a new owner. While his poor results may have been a factor in the decision, it is unclear what this means going forward for bigempct. bigempct played in a ranged assassin/flex position for Team Naventic and will likely continue to do so on whatever team he ends up playing for. While his play lately has been inconsistent, he is a solid player and a good pick up for any team in need of a ranged carry.
Released from position
August 22, 2017
Kenma is no longer a part of Team Naventic according to the official Team Naventic twitter page.
ANALYSIS
Kenma has been released from his coaching contract due to Team Naventic being acquired by a new owner, who has seen fit to drop all teams and staff. Prior to this arrangement, Kenma was the support for Team Naventic, but was released due to poor performance in game and abysmal results. While it may be tough for him to find a spot on a different team due to his i-game results, he could possibly land another coaching gig depending on any teams who may be in need.
Sneaky Abathur player
August 3, 2017
Fan was a master craftsman in a 3-1 victory over Even in Death during the 2017 HGC Group Stage Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
Fan's best match of the night was Game 2 on Cursed Hollow where he scooped up a tricky last pick Abathur that synergized very well with MichaelUdall's Illidan pick. Fan was always an excellent Abathur player, but this game he took it to the next level by outscaling his lane opponent Dehaka by almost double in an experience battle that put his team two levels ahead in the late game and gave them the coveted Storm talents that ensured there was no chance of comeback. Even in Death struggled to keep up with the leading team the entire game and the impact that Fan was having with his excellent macro management was flustering an already behind team. Fan finished the match with a flawless 4/0/4 KDA, top hero damage, and top experience as well as MVP honors.
Disappointing performance
August 1, 2017
Pomii was a disaster in the 1-1 round robin match against eStar in the HGC China Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
Pomii played Reghar in Game 1 on the map Battlefield of Eternity. Failing to use his Ancestral Heals on lius would be the number one reason for their Game 1 loss. Multiple times Pomii would chose very strange pathing, forcing him away from his team, which resulted in multiple dead allies. Game 2 had Pomii on Uther showing the same hesitation with Divine Shield, often using it on players who should and would never need it, including himself. Shielding Zarya, who can shield herself, and Stitches who can heal himself, Greymane and Illidan were always short out of luck when it came to getting any protection if they were to turn around and fight.
Questionable Abathur play
August 1, 2017
Meng played a really shoddy Abathur in the 1-1 round robin against eStar in the HGC China Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
Game 1 had Meng playing Abathur on the map Battlefield of Eternity. While this isn't one of Abathurs better maps, he can function here as a scout and primary agitator with his mines. While Meng did not go mine build, he did go full Symbiote in an attempt to empower Illidan in the ensuing teamfights. Unfortunately, Meng struggled to find the balance between using Symbiote on Illidan and using his Clone on Greymane. This hesitation alone would lose many teamfights for Hots Lady. Game 2 bore witness to some big plays from Meng as he played the hero Zarya on the map Infernal Shrines. At the five-minute mark, Meng made a fast rotation to bottom lane, using his shield to save Illidan from what would have been certain death. Shortly after Meng hit level 10, he was able to use his Expulsion Zone to interrupt the enemy Tryael's Sanctification, putting it on a nine-second cooldown. This play would not only win the teamfight, but set up Hots Lady for significant advantages that would later allow them to win the game.
At the mercy of his support
August 1, 2017
lius only played Illidan in the 1-1 round robin match against eStar in the HGC China Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
lius really struggled in Game 1 to make anything happen. Opting for Metamorphosis, lius was able to make some serious plays, dodging the enemy Malfurion's Twilight Dream at the nine-minute mark. Unfortunately, Pomii was playing like absolute garbage and was never in a position to land the much-needed Ancestral Healing. Due to Pomii's positional errors, lius would end up dying far too many times without even receiving the slightest heal. Game 2 was a different story with lius opting for Hunt on Illidan. Playing one of the bigger maps, Infernal Shrines, lius would be able to use his Hunt to effectively soak like a global hero, keeping his team one step ahead in experience. lius' best play was at the 13-minute mark, when he was able to hunt a low-health Cassia for an easy kill.
Builds damage on tanks
August 1, 2017
Carlo only opted for damage talents in the 1-1 round robin against eStar in the HGC China Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
Game 1 had Carlo playing Arthas on the map Battlefield of Eternity. Opting for a Frostmourne Hungers build with Runetap, Carlo would have been very menacing in melee combat. That is, if he could have even gotten himself into melee combat, as eStar managed to kite him in nearly every single teamfight. With these questionable talent choices in mind, Carlo was nearly dead weight for his team. Game 2 had Carlo on Stitches making some very impactful plays throughout the duration of the game. At the seven minute mark, on the map Infernal Shrines, Carlo was able to land a hook on the enemy Cassia, pulling her into range of his Punishers leaping attack. Again at the 11-minute mark, Carlo was able to hook Cassia, eStars' only ranged damage, over the keep wall. These two plays would keep Hots Lady in the lead.