cattlepillar
Ben Bunk 
Germany
Tempo Storm
Quick and easy
June 29, 2017
cattlepillar played a strong macro game in a 3-0 rout of Even in Death during the 2017 HGC Phase 2 Group Stage.
ANALYSIS
cattlepillar opted for a Stitches pick in Game 1 on Tomb of the Spider Queen. This was a ridiculous pick that made absolutely no sense given both teams' drafts and likely indicated just how confident Tempo Storm was in their chances at victory against the HGC's newest competitors. Despite the crazy pick, cattlepillar showed some excellent mechanical play as he landed hook after hook on Even in Death. This proved to be too much for the fledgling team after cattlepillar upgraded his displacement ability at level 10 by adding Gorge into the mix. In Game 2 on Cursed Hollow cattlepillar swapped from the warrior role to a ranged assassin role with a Falstad pick. The Falstad pick was purely used for his utility in soaking lanes for extra experience points and putting his team ahead. cattlepillar made great use of this ability, and once his team got the snowball rolling, it didn't stop until Tempo Storm ended the series 3-0.
Unquenchable panda
June 28, 2017
Cattlepillar drank to his sweet victory against Soul Torturers at the Mid-Season Brawl Group Stage Tiebreaker, securing a seat at Dreamhack Sweden.
ANALYSIS
Cattlepillar did a good job in the tiebreaker game when it came to holding down the top lane of Dragon Shire by himself. Playing the hero Chen, Cattle kept the enemy Leoric in check, neither winning nor losing the lane. At the six-minute mark Cattle would receive a huge rotation from Soul Torturers, sending three of their members top to kill him and take back the top shrine. Noticing this, Cattle would use his Earth Wind and Fire heroic to not only delay the opponents from taking the point but to also allow his team to pick up the first Dragon Knight of the game. Opting for the talent Enough to Share at 16, Cattle was able to help his allies sustain way longer than they should have, using his brew to eat almost 100 percent of Valla's Multishot damage.
Impressive series
May 16, 2017
cattlepillar played an extraordinary series against Gale Force eSports, winning 3-1 during the 2017 HGC Group Stage.
ANALYSIS
cattlepillar started what can only be described as a rampage with a Dehaka pick on Cursed Hollow. The main strategy with this selection was to split push and soak for his team in order to gain a level advantage over his opponents. Despite always being alone and vulnerable in lane, cattlepillar pulled out a 0/1/4 KDA with top damage taken and experience soaked for his team. Game 2 was even better on Braxis Holdout as he completely dominated the top lane on Chen. His counterpick was deadly and the 3/1/7 KDA he got is a perfect demonstration of the strength of his play. In Game 3 on Warhead Junction, cattlepillar opted for another Dehaka pick and this time posted a 0/2/10 KDA with top experience and damage tanked for his team, a mirror of his first match. In what was the deciding match of the series, cattlepillar went with Leoric to counter the double frontline that Gale Force eSports drafted. This turned out to be his best game of the night as he earned an astounding 5/2/10 KDA while also topping the damage taken and experience gained categories. Overall cattlepillar had a 8/6/31 KDA.
Great with Greymane
April 28, 2017
cattlepillar had a breakout series against Superstars in a hard fought 3-1 win during the 2017 HGC Group Stage.
ANALYSIS
cattlepillar started out the best-of-five series on Arthas, a frontline warrior that he played in Game 1, Game 2, and Game 3. In Game 1 cattlepillar went for the bruiser build since his teammate Fury was on another warrior and could handle the main tanking roles. This build included the level 1 talent Frost Presence, which allowed him to use Howling Blast as a very strong engage tool and have a high amount of kill potential. This was realized by Superstars just after the four-minute mark where cattlepillar got a great root off at the start of a fight, resulting in three deaths for Superstars and giving Tempo Storm a very early boss as well as a free temple objective. Game 4 was easily cattlepillar's best, though, as he rocked the stage with Greymane, a heavy burst and dive assassin. There is no other way to describe it; cattlepillar went ballistic with Greymane as he rotated to top and mid soaking experience, killing minions, and dishing out a respectable amount of hero damage in the process. cattlepillar ended the game with a 5/1/4 KDA and nearly 250,000 siege damage, some of the most ever seen in a HGC match.
Intense flexibility in huge win
April 27, 2017
cattlepillar played a strong macro game in a 3-0 victory over No Tomorrow during the 2017 HGC Group Stage.
ANALYSIS
cattlepillar started out in Game 1 with a Dehaka selection on Dragon Shire. cattlepillar immediately took to the top lane at the start of the map, instantly making that his domain. cattlepillar had such strong macro this game that he was able to out-soak his top lane opponent by nearly 40 percent, which is very impressive considering he was up against Jason on Falstad. This feat of strength allowed Tempo Storm to stay multiple levels ahead (and usually a talent as well) throughout the mid and late game despite teammate psalm having a very poor game and dying three times. In Game 2, easily cattlepillar's most impressive match of the night, he opted for a Greymane assassin pick. While he was up against double warrior and had to navigate through a ton of CC, cattlepillar was able to amass a staggering 100,000 Hero damage in just 21 minutes, more than double his highest-damage-dealing opponent at 49,000. In addition to that, cattlepillar also had a 4/0/7 KDA, and top siege damage at 163,000. cattlepillar topping nearly every statistical category in this game gave Tempo Storm a clear advantage and enabled them to seal the series 3-0.
Shoddy Shotcalling
March 31, 2017
Even though Tempo Storm took the series against Infamous Gaming 2-0, Cattlepillar had some very questionable shotcalling at the 2017 HGC Western Clash.
ANALYSIS
Games 1 and 2 had Cattlepillar on the hero Tassadar to pair with Psalm on Tracer. What transpired next was probably one of the most confusing and poorly planned decisions Tempo Storm could make. Instead of dominating the early game with this combination, Cattlepillar spent the majority of Game 1 split-soaking away from the rest of the team. Cattlepillar should have let Cauthonluck on Valla pick up the solo lane while rotating to allow Tracer to actually function in her critical role. Cattle had a very bad judgement call at the 14-minute mark when he could have easily escaped from the enemy and ended up playing very aggressively in a 3-vs-5 situation, dying and giving up an incredible amount of experience and map control.
Most comfortable on tanks
February 27, 2017
cattlepillar showed some growing pains in a 3-0 victory over Superstars during the 2017 HGC group stage.
ANALYSIS
cattlepillar played Li-Ming in Game 1 on Towers of Doom, an excellent map for the hard to lock down arcane mage. Superstars immediately soft countered cattlepillar with a Tracer pick and from that point on the game was rough for the long time tank player. The good things he contributed to the game were, in no particular order, high damage output, strong mechanics and great utility in delaying tactics during objectives. Sadly this was outweighed by his inability to deal with Tracer in teamfights and his difficulty scoring kills on the nimble assassin. In Game 2 when cattle was on Zarya, a ranged tank hero, he seemed much more comfortable and at ease. He chose Zarya on Braxis Holdout, her best map, and he completely destroyed the competition with epic shield saves for his teammate psalm on Illidan and crazy damage output. Overall cattlepillar showed that he still has room to grow as his teams incumbent flex player.
Carries team with Li-Ming
January 31, 2017
cattlepillar had a great series, beating Team Freedom 3-2 during the 2017 HGC Group Stage.
ANALYSIS
cattlepillar started out Game 1 on Li-Ming, where he did great despite losing to a determined Team Freedom in just nine minutes. cattlepillar managed to top the damage meters for both teams by more than a whopping 30 percent, despite the quick and relentless defeat his team suffered. Game 2 saw cattlepillar on Zarya, where he put out some excellent damage at 72,000, fully 10,000 more than the highest damage dealer on Team Freedom, despite playing a warrior. In Game 3, Team Freedom, scared of cattlepillar's intimidating Zarya, decided to ban her out. This caused cattlepillar to go back to Li-Ming, where he once again topped the meters and died an amazing zero times. Game 4 was more of the same, as cattlepillar ripped apart Team Freedom's backline on Li-Ming...only this time his huge damage output was not enough to carry his team to victory, netting a second loss for Tempo Storm. Finally, with the series on the line, cattlepillar went for a Tychus pick in Game 5. While his team did prevail, he was a little skittish in teamfights, and this affected his damage output significantly. He did a good job playing safe, but he may have been able to eke out a bit more damage for his team while still staying alive.
Grenades, grenades, and more grenades
January 30, 2017
cattlepillar racked up quite the fancy damage number with Zarya's grenades in the 3-0 victory against B Step at the North America HGC Phase 1.
ANALYSIS
cattlepillar played Zarya in Game 1 on the map Tomb of the Spider Queen. His Zarya play was extremely lackluster, getting caught out at four-minute mark, missing expulsion zone at the 14-minute mark along with countless other mistakes. The one thing he did do well was pour in over 140,000 damage with his grenades in the 34-minute game. cattlepillar did relatively well on the hero Tychus in Game 2. While this match was pretty much void of action, cattle did a good job using his Odin to slowly poke away at B Steps structures. At roughly the 18-minute mark, he was able to help his team pick up two keeps by using his Odin to siege with "The Big Red Button" level 20 storm talent. Game 3 cattle was on Li-Ming, playing the primary ranged poke for Tempo Storm on the map Towers of Doom. He did an excellent job at stopping B Step from capturing the alters, and that's about all that can be said about this series.
cattlepillar signed by Tempo Storm
January 20, 2017
cattlepillar has been picked up by Tempo Storm, according to the Tempo Storm website.
ANALYSIS
Ben 'cattlepillar' Bunk has been picked up by Tempo Storm. This is following the seemingly out-of-the-blue roster from that cattlepillar and his team experienced with Astral Authority just one month ago. cattlepillar and his team are best known for their recent success in professional HotS, winning both of the last two NA regionals of 2016. cattlepillar will be playing primarily in the flex position for Tempo Storm, but will also have some primary tanking duties as needed for his team.
Released from Astral Authority
December 31, 2016
cattlepillar has been released from Astral Authority according to Astral News on the Astral Authority homepage.
ANALYSIS
Ben "cattlepillar" Bunk has been released from Astral Authority effective immediately as Astral executives move to acquire more promising teams within the Heroes of the Storm professional sphere. cattlepillar was an excellent warrior player for Astral Authority and is a seasoned veteran of the free agent market. He and his team have plans to continue playing, despite back to back poor performances on two international stages, Blizzcon and most recently the Chinese Gold League. Should cattlepillar be released from his team he will have no trouble finding a new place to call home.
cattlepillar signed by Astral Authority
October 2, 2016
cattlepillar has been picked up by Astral Authority according to the Astral Authority Facebook page.
ANALYSIS
cattlepillar has been signed by Astral Authority amid some recent success with former team Murloc Geniuses. cattlepillar played ranged assassins for Murloc Geniuses, however, he has historically been a tank player, most notably with Cloud9 prior to their team being disbanded. It is presumed that cattlepillar will continue playing ranged assassin, however, anything is possible with cattlepillar being such an excellent player.
A Gall king is born
September 8, 2016
cattlepillar played awesomely in a close 2-1 victory over Team Name Change during the second 2016 Fall Regionals.
ANALYSIS
cattlepillar started Game 1 with an insane and rarely seen Gall pick, With fury acting as his legs on Cho. This rare pick paid off in a big way, as Tychus, arguably the best Cho'Gall counter, was already banned thanks to some smart draft planning. Despite the early Cho'Gall pick, Team Name Change had no answer to the high damage output from cattlepillar. This led to some hasty and poorly executed Mosh Pits by Goku on TNC that fed Murloc Geniuses a mid-game lead they would never give up. In Game 2 cattlepillar played Zeratul on Sky Temple. This wasn't a very strong pick, and cattlepillar had some very poorly placed Void Prisms that did not get utilized well by his team. This resulted in TNC taking a huge lead and winning the game handily, 12 kills to three. In Game 3 cattlepillar redeemed himself, again on Zeratul but this time with a much easier target in Lunara. The softer targets enabled cattlepillar to get fully half of the teams eight kills, with two of them being easy ones on an unsuspecting dryad.
Jumps out of his comfort zone in epic win
August 26, 2016
cattlepillar progressed as an assassin player in a 3-0 victory over Vox Nihili during the First 2016 North American Fall Regional semifinals.
ANALYSIS
cattlepillar started Game 1 on Thrall, a melee assassin very different from his normal role as the main tank. Considering his excellent play, it would be nearly impossible to notice that he wasn't playing his best role, as he expertly split Vox Nihili during team fights with his Sundering ultimate and disrupted their battle plans to the point that Vox Nihili gave up a quick and easy first match. In Game 2 cattlepillar chose Tychus, which was the first time in his professional eSports career he picked him in a tournament setting. Regardless of being completely untested in tournament play, cattlepillar once again proved he has done his due diligence on the assassin role, as he used great care in executing his cooldowns on the enemy Thrall and E.T.C. This huge amount of sustained damage that works best on high-health heroes put too much stress on Vox Nihili's Uther, causing him to fall behind in healing and eventually let the entire team wipe, losing them the game. cattlepillar then decided to showcase his excellent Li-Ming play in Game 3. He went with a hybrid Teleport/Orb build that was focused on dealing the maximum amount of burst damage Li-Ming's kit allows for. This proved to be the right call, as during the mid game cattlepillar did a smashing job cleaning up a teamfight, killing Uther in the process with his Teleport ability, and gaining a three-level lead. The level lead allowed MG to march down the bottom lane and end the semifinal series 3-0.
Secures spot in Fall championships
July 20, 2016
cattlepillar switched up his role in a 2-0 victory over Astral Authority in the 2016 NA Fall Qualifier #2.
ANALYSIS
cattlepillar, known for his very strong and aggressive tank play has switched roles on his new team to the flex/melee assassin player. This was news for everyone as he rolled into Game 1 with Sonya. He went into an extremely aggressive full-damage build that still managed to be relatively safe considering his team drafted around him and secured both Uther as a support as well as the newest hero Medivh, who spent the entire game saving cattle and enabling him to be a giant thorn for Astral Authority that they just couldn't pluck out. In Game 2, cattlepillar switched to a different melee assassin type hero with Thrall. This was a genius pick as his teammate CauthonLuck had already secured Zagara, so Murloc Geniuses had complete control over the lanes and were able to create a lot of unanswered pressure, which ultimately led them into a snowball situation. With Murloc Geniuses beating AA 2-0, they have secured one of the two open spots for the Fall Championship later this year.