What to Watch: The Home Stretch

Blizzard Entertainment
May 11, 2017

The regular season of the HGC concludes this week, and with the first place teams decided in North America (Tempo Storm), Europe (Fnatic), and Korea (L5), everyone else is now fighting for seeding — and, in some cases, their HGC lives.

Team 8 vs No Tomorrow – Saturday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m. PDT / Sunday, May 14 at 1:30 a.m. CEST

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After their loss to Team Freedom last week, No Tomorrow is destined for the Crucible. They have a chance to crush some Team 8 dreams before they go, but their opponents have an ace up their sleeve — one Marcus ‘Dyrus’ Hill, who has been streaming Heroes regularly for the Tryhard for Good charity event, and tweeted that he will be playing as a substitute on Team 8 this week.

They’re not doing this just for fun, because this is an important match for Team 8. If they win, and Gale Force loses against Team Freedom (which they did back in Week 2, falling 2-3), Team 8 will move into second place in North America. In the stepladder playoff format, they'd be the top seed and only need one win to advance to the Mid-Season Brawl. You can bet that Team 8 will be watching Gale Force vs. Team Freedom on Friday as they prepare for their own match on Saturday.

No Tomorrow has lost their last three matches, but did defeat Gale Force in Week 7, so there’s potential for them to play the role of dream killers here in Week 10.

Watch this match for the struggle for second; stay to see if Dyrus’ try-harding translates into Heroes professional play.

Tricked vs Team Dignitas – Saturday May 13 9:00 a.m. PDT/ 6:00 p.m. CEST

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Fnatic locked in their first place finish in Europe last week by taking down Team Dignitas, while Synergy and beGenius are headed to the Crucible. All that remains to be settled are the second and third seeds, which will be occupied by Team Liquid and Dignitas after this week’s matches.

The esports gods are on the side of Dignitas obtaining second seed here. The team has been performing well consistently throughout the regular season as Europe’s perpetual runner up, and mathematically, more scenarios favor Dignitas over Team Liquid.

Tricked are sitting in sixth place, and are safe from the Crucible, but only just. Their results this season may not inspire much confidence, but no team is more dangerous than one that has nothing left to lose. They have flexibility here to draft strange pocket picks and potentially throw Dignitas off their game.

Watch to see if Tricked throw a spanner in the works of Dignitas’ dreams of appearing on the world stage.

MVP Miracle vs L5 – Friday May 12 4:00 a.m. PDT/1:00 p.m. CEST

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L5 guaranteed themselves first place last week in Korea after toppling the old kings, MVP Black. It was a statement — MVP Black have been the long-standing dominant force in the strongest region in the world, and L5 taking the crown could mark the dawn of a new era. This week, L5 face Black’s sister team, MVP Miracle.

Watch this match to see if MVP Miracle can avenge their fallen better halves, or if L5 will continue their dominant run heading into the Mid-Season Brawl.

Be sure to check back here at playheroes.com/esports for the weekend’s live broadcasts. Next week we will have a full Playoff Bracket to share as well as our final Crucible teams from North America.