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Great deny
September 30, 2017
Ty was the number one stopping force when it came to beating Hots Lady 2-0 in the HGC China Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
Both Games 1 and 2 had TY playing Tassadar. Game 1 had some particularly nice plays as TY was able to stop the enemy Stitches from ever landing an effective Hook/Gorge combo. Ty did this by constantly being in a position that would allow him to immediately react with a Force Wall, thus preventing Stitches from walking away with one of TY's allies. Game 2 was incredibly amusing to watch as Hots Lady made a call at the 15-minute mark to rush SoA's core. With only TY alive, it was up to him to stall for 15 seconds until his teammates could re-spawn. During this time, Hots Lady managed to group under the core taking a considerable amount of splash damage. With TY activating his Archon form, he too began to deal out a considerable amount of splash damage. This story ends with nearly all members from Hots Lady dying and SoA easily taking a 17-minute finish.
Not adjusting well to the new patch
September 30, 2017
Again appeared to struggle when it came to utilizing his heroes newly updated abilities in the 0-2 loss to Start Over Again in the HGC China Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
Again struggled to play Auriel in both Games 1 and 2. While Again did have some excellent uses of Crystal Aegis, like the Game 1 save on Stitches at the eight-minute mark, he really had a hard time adapting to the loss of Auriels burst heal talent at level seven. Without the two second cooldown on Auriel's Ray of Heaven, Again could not keep up with the damage feedB was taking on the hero Valla. Instead of saving his heals for maximum value, Again would seemingly spam them on cooldown even if it meant just topping off his allies. This would eventually result in the deaths of multiple teammates as Again would never have his heal back off cooldown in time to save his allies. Going forward, if Hots Lady is going to find success in the HGC, they will not only have to adapt to the changing meta but also to the ever-changing talent trees. This time was a clear example that Hots Lady has yet to do either.
Panic playstyle
September 30, 2017
uncleG made some really questionable plays in the 2-0 victory against Start Over Again in the China HGC Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
uncleG's victory had very little to do with his performance and more to due with Hots Lady drafting from a meta that is three months past its prime. While uncle G did squeak off enough heals to help allies SparkBZ and FelyE stay in the fray, he did often do so from a position of pure panic. A great example of this was at the eight-minute mark in Game 2 when uncleG would get caught out of position taking so much damage that he felt the need to use Ancestral Healing on FelyE who was nearly full health at the time. This panic decision was indicative of his play, as uncleG would push in too far, panic, and drop his best cooldowns on literally anyone in range of him. If Start Over Again wants to make it to BlizzCon, they will have to find a way to reign in their support player.
Hilarious use of Stage Dive
September 29, 2017
Boy were we lucky to witness Lucky's use of Stage Dive in the 2-0 victory against Beyond The Game in the HGC China Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
The Game 2 Sky Temple match bore witness to a whole new way of earning style points. At roughly the eight-minute mark, Lucky must have been feeling flashy, so he used his Stage Dive to basically turn himself into a giant cow on a pogo-stick, flying directly above his current position only to land back down in the same exact spot. While we've seen E.T.C's use point-blank Stage Dives before, we've never seen them used for no explicable reason, hitting literally no one in the middle of nowhere. Quickly writing this off as a potential fat finger proved to be wrong as well, with Lucky using his Stage Dive not even five minutes later to literally transport himself down top lane to his well, something he could have accomplished by mounting up and walking there. If there was a single common denominator amongst any of these "misplays," its that Lucky was hitting minions with his Stage Dives. Perhaps he was using it to try to clear waves? Find out next time in the China HGC...
Crafty Illidan exploits
September 29, 2017
psalm was clever in a 3-2 victory over Lag Force during the 2017 HGC Group Stage Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
psalm opted for a Genji pick in Game 3 of the best-of-five series against Lag Force. The map was Towers of Doom and psalm started out with some heavy griefing of the enemy frontline. In addition to his heavy harassment, psalm also got some choice kills on the enemy Zagara that pushed his team further and further ahead, ultimately leading to a victory. psalm ended the match with a 5/1/4 KDA. Game 5 was psalm's best match of the night. He chose to go with an Illidan pick on Battlefield of Eternity, but rather than just teamfighting the whole game, he pushed down lanes and added pressure to Lag Force's structures, which forced a response that allowed for openings to be made, all to his team's benefit. psalm played excellent mind games with his enemies that led to a quick victory for Tempo Storm.
Jun had strong situational awareness
September 29, 2017
Jun played a solid series in a 3-2 victory over Lag Force during the 2017 HGC Group Stage Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
Jun opted for a Rehgar pick in Game 1 and Game 2 of the best-of-five series against Lag Force, with mixed results. In Game 1 on Dragon Shire Jun played a very good game and demonstrated good situational awareness, keeping his team alive and always being ready for the next burst attack. Despite his strong Jedi-like powers, it still wasn't enough to snag a victory. In Game 2 however, Jun once again was on Reghar and this time his heals, slows, and shields were outstanding. Jun had some very intelligent mana management and was able to body Lag Force from early on in the game all the way through to the end. Jun pumped out 30,000 healing and a 0/0/8 KDA in a flawless victory over Lag Force.
Huge Tyrael plays
September 29, 2017
Fury was instrumental in a 3-2 victory over Lag Force during the 2017 HGC Group Stage Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
Fury started off well in Game 1 on Dragon Shire with a Malthael pick that didn't quite make sense for his opponents' team. Fury played extremely well on Malthael, he really did, but the hero choice was all wrong for the match up and it resulted in an easily won game turning into a loss for Tempo Storm. In Game 2 however, Fury redeemed himself fully with a stalwart Tyrael pick on Cursed Hollow that let him bully his opponents off of boss points and delay objectives until his team had a clear advantage. With Fury at the helm in the warrior role the match was easily won. Fury ended the match with a solid 1/0/6 KDA, having never died and over 24,000 damage tanked.
Solid Falstad play
September 28, 2017
CauthonLuck had some good plays in a 3-2 victory over Lag Force during the 2017 HGC Group Stage Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
CauthonLuck played a mighty good Falstad in his victory over Lag Force, winning 3-2. Game 1 on Dragon Shire was a decent game for CauthonLuck as he out performed his lane opponent, Leoric and was able to secure the top lane. Game 2 was the best game of the night for CauthonLuck though, as he managed to post a perfect 2/0/4 KDA on Cursed Hollow while primarily soaking experience and hunting down the enemy Abathur. CauthonLuck opted for a Mighty Gust build at level 10 that gave him a massive amount of utility for his team. While the damage ultimate is a good one, the utility ult can still save an entire raid if used correctly.
Big Plays
September 28, 2017
cattlepillar was epic in a 3-2 victory over Lag Force during the 2017 HGC Group Stage Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
cattlepillar knocked one out of the park in Game 1 on Dragon Shire. cattlepillar opted for a Muradin pick that was used to set up ganks with his Storm Bolt while rotating mid and bottom. cattlepillar had some exemplary mechanical play as well as some solid map awareness. He was also able to tank the most damage in the game with over 56,000. cattlepillar saw great success with a full tank build, featuring Avatar as his level 10 ultimate. Overall cattlepillar was able to secure a perfect 2/0/7 KDA and was a leader for his team in the victory over Lag Force. If he can keep up this high level of play, the sky is the limit for Tempo Storm.
Slight issue in overwhelming victory
September 27, 2017
Yoda was average in a 3-1 victory over Tempo Storm during the 2017 HGC Group Stage Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
Yoda opted for a Greymane pick in Game 1 on Battlefield of Eternity. Yoda went for a fully aggressive build that focused on good solo laning and strong single target damage. This allowed his team to take control of the objectives with their superior firepower and end the game in just 12 minutes. Yoda ended the match with a perfect 2/0/4 KDA. Game 2, however, was a little different. Yoda chose Gul'Dan for this match on Dragon Shire and had a very hard time staying alive. The displacement ability of Garrosh was something that Yoda was clearly not accustomed to and it caused him a lot of issues throughout the otherwise straightforward and easy victory. Yoda ended the match with a 0/3/6 KDA and was the only member of his team to die during the game.
Rejoins Superstars
September 27, 2017
Srey has rejoined his old team according to the official Blizzard team roster website.
ANALYSIS
In a strange turn of events, Srey briefly took a leave of absence from the team he helped create over a year ago to take care of some personal business. After a short time away, Srey has returned to his old team and taken the place of the trusty and reliable Daihuu. Srey will of course be taking over his old role as a warrior/flex player for Superstars and is already looking forward to playing for his team and making big plays. With Srey back into the fold Superstars is looking stronger than ever and will likely make a big impact in their upcoming matches during the second phase of the HGC Group Stage.
Excellent on Rehgar
September 27, 2017
iakona played well in a 3-1 victory over Tempo Storm during the 2017 HGC Group Stage Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
iakona started out strong in Game 1 on Lucio. During the match he made great use of his wall ride passive trait and Battlefield of Eternity and kept his team inside his pulsing area-of-effect heal while also managing to not die a single time. iakona ended the match with a 1/0/5 KDA. Game 2 was by far the best match of the night for iakona. Playing on Dragon Shire this time, iakona opted for the Rehgar pick over the Uther pick which seemed like a slight oversight on his part; however, he made it work wonders by chaining his heals and keeping both frontline warriors topped up so they could continue providing a buffer for the backline Hosty on Falstad to do massive damage. iakona ended the match with a perfect 2/0/4 KDA and showed the stage that he does not need to play meta heroes to win big games.
Laid down his life
September 26, 2017
tdie a self sacrificing Brightwing in the 1-1 against Super Perfect Team in the HGC China Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
Game 1 had tdie playing Tassadar on the map Battlefield of Eternity. After watching the teamfights multiple times it would appear that tdie struggled to keep shields up on the correct targets, often shielding targets who did not need it, or were not in position to maximize its benefits. It can be remarked up that tdie also would use it on retreating allies whose lives were not at any risk. These miscalculations made tdie's teamfight interactions incredibly lacking. Game 2 had tdie on Brightwing dying many times as he tried to save his allies with Emerald Wind. Despite completely whiffing it a few times, he was at least able to take the death for Sonya at the eight-minute mark, a much more useful hero (considering their position at the time). tdie's best plays might have been the use of Polymorph on the enemy Lucio and Lunara at the 11 and 14-minute marks respectively. While pressing the W key isn't challenging, getting the timing just right can be, with tdie preventing both of these enemy heroes from escaping after miss-positioning themselves.
Disappointing play
September 26, 2017
seaink could be easily replaced by his team if the 1-1 against Super Perfect Team is indicative of his overall decision-making in the HGC China Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
In the few opportunities that KT had in Game 1 seaink somehow decided that it was his job to lead the pack, dying well before he should have all the while baiting his team into terrible engages. This took place exactly at the 12-minute mark, with seaink charging in one verse five while his teammates desperately lagged behind. This play would result in the use of multiple heroics, and the inability to defend bottom keep or core. Game 2 had seaink on Valla dying literally every teamfight despite having Auriel for a healer. It was as if someone gave seaink the go-ahead to dive face first into the enemy team every time he was alive. Despite this reckless play on one of the softest heroes in the game, seaink was able to make his damage count, often trading his life for the life of his enemies.
Most promising player on roster
September 26, 2017
Neptune showed the greatest potential out of anyone in the 1-1 match against Super Perfect Team in the HGC China Phase 2.
ANALYSIS
Neptune proved himself in both Games 1 and 2, often making highly calculated plays for his team. In Game 1 Neptune was able to put a lot of pressure on SPT with his Alarak play. Using Telekinesis at the seven-minute mark, Neptune was able to push the enemy Valla into the Battlefield of Eternity Immortal's stun for a massive kill. Game 2 had Neptune playing Sonya fairly well, only making one major miscalculation at the 13-minute mark. After killing three members from SPT, KT should have been able to march on a completely open Core. Despite being at nearly 40 percent health, Neptune would proceed to tank the Core's shots, dying the moment the enemy team began to spawn. This would force KT to retreat from what should have been a quick and painless victory. Neptune quickly made up for his blunder at the 14-minute mark by perfectly timing his Spear with the landing point of the enemy Lunara's Leaping Strike.