HGC Europe: Eight Teams Locked

Blizzard Entertainment
December 14, 2016

After six grueling qualifiers, eight teams apiece from North America and Europe have secured their spots to kick off the new 2017 HGC league. Here are the HGC teams from Europe:

Team Dignitas

Europe’s poster boys are fresh off a world tour spanning Korea, North America, and China. While away, the team earned some respectable placements and achieved a few brag-worthy feats, including games won against Fall Champions Ballistix Gaming at the Gold Club World Championship and at BlizzCon.

Route to HGC: Invited after qualifying for the Fall Championship.

Noteworthy Accomplishments: 1st place EU Fall Regional at DreamHack Valencia, 1st place EU Fall Regional at Gamescom, 3rd-4th place Fall Championship at BlizzCon.

Fnatic

The Swedish Fall Championship runners up were absent from the Gold Club World Championship, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t prepared to dish out the sort of carnage that we saw from them against MVP Black in the Fall Championship semifinals at BlizzCon. Expect to see Dob "Quackniix" Engström’s outside-the-box shot-calling continue to baffle anyone who stands in Fnatic’s way.

Route to HGC: Invited after qualifying for the Fall Championship.

Noteworthy Accomplishments: 2nd place Fall Championship at BlizzCon, 2nd place EU Fall Regional at DreamHack Valencia.

BeGenius ESC

Formerly known as “Evil Murkies” this newly signed all-French roster have been around the scene for some time, with the core of the team having competed in 2015’s Road to BlizzCon. The squad has since added Iliya "Unnstable" Grigoriev, who competed previously with Virtus.Pro.

Route to HGC: BeGenius ESC made it through in the second HGC qualifier, beating out Team Liquid along the way.

Noteworthy Accomplishments: 5th-6th place EU Summer Regional at DreamHack Tours.

This qualifier match between BeGenius and Russian Circus bodes well for how competitive both teams will be during the HGC season.

Russian Circus

This Ukrainian/Russian team is what became of the rest of the 2015 era Virtus.Pro. The team has acquired the talents of Nikita "zwHydra" Medvedev and Lotyrev “SirIceCream” Anton, and since then been slowly gaining momentum with their placements.

Route to HGC: Won through in the last qualifier, beating out The Jabronis

Noteworthy Accomplishments: While the majority of the team has attended offline events separately, they have not had the chance to play on stage together as a unit.

Misfits

While they were absent for both the Gold Club World Championship and the Fall Championship, Misfits aren’t least bit rusty. They careened through the first qualifier with ease, reminding everyone of their deep reach into the playoff bracket at the HGC Summer Championship in Sweden this past year.

Route to HGC: Misfits won through the first qualifier, beating both The Damacus Boys and Russian Circus on their way through the bracket.

Noteworthy Accomplishments: 3rd-4th place Summer Championship at DreamHack Summer, 1st place EU Summer Regional at ESL Leicester, 2nd place EU Summer Regional at DreamHack Tours.

Two Bees Determined

Just when you think he’s gone for good, Adrian "adrd" Wojcik appears again out of thin air. The mad scientist, who is known best for his time on G2 esports, Team Dignitas, and Team Sandwich Monkey has assembled an entirely new team this year of relatively unfamiliar names. While they might not have extensive offline experience  to draw from, Two Bees Determined was one of the very first teams to qualify for the HGC, which makes them a massive wildcard.

Route to HGC: Won through the first qualifier, beating out BeGenius along the way.

Noteworthy Accomplishments: 5th-6th EU Fall Regional at Gamescom.

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Diamond Skin

Diamond Skin, formerly known as ePunks, is a (nearly) all-German team. Since parting ways with the ePunks organization, the squad has enlisted the help of Christoph "Cris" Gowitzke, a scene veteran who brings with him a myriad of competitive experience, having competed for the majority of his professional career with Team Liquid and Team Roccat.

Route to HGC: Won through in the last qualifier, beating out ExcelenteEleccion along the way.

Noteworthy Accomplishments: 7th-8th place EU Fall Regional at DreamHack Valencia, 7th-8th place EU Fall Regional at Gamescom

The Damascus Boys

The Damascus boys are possibly the most experienced unsigned roster that has qualified for the HGC. The duo of Alexander "AlexTheProG" Grumstrup and Aleksandar "ethernal" Milanov makes up the core of this team, with both players having made multiple offline appearances together including on the global stage at BlizzCon 2015 while playing under Na’Vi.

Route to HGC: Made it through in the second qualifier by beating out Diamond Skin.

Noteworthy Accomplishments: 3rd-4th EU Fall Regional at Gamescom (partial roster - playing under name “The Jabronis”)

Congratulations to all eight teams, we look foward to watching you compete next year!