Introducing 2017 Heroes Esports

In the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship (HGC), top professional teams battle for supremacy in regional premier leagues, pausing only for elite international exhibitions and a Mid-Season Brawl on their way to the HGC Finals. The Heroes Global Champions will take home the crown and the winner's share of a cash grand prize.

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North America

Qualifiers

Six of the teams in the initial HGC North America campaign qualified via special open tournaments that ran after BlizzCon 2016. They were joined by the two North America teams from the 2016 Fall Championship to round out the field of eight.

In a professional HGC league (operating in China, Europe, Korea and North America), each of the eight teams plays the other seven teams twice during ten weeks of league play.

Race to the Top

After ten weeks of play, the top finisher in the standings automatically qualifies for the Mid-Season Brawl—a $250,000 prize pool, 12-team tournament featuring teams from every HGC region. The league's second through sixth place teams face each other in a playoff for an additional spot in the Mid-Season Brawl.

Fight to Survive

Meanwhile, the bottom two teams in the league standings head to the Crucible to face off against the top two Open Division teams. Two HGC spots and a fresh start in the HGC league are on the line.

A Friendly Exchange

After five weeks of regular season play, the top three teams in the standings for leagues in China, Europe, Korea, and North America, along with representatives from Latin America, Australia/New Zealand, Southeast Asia, and Taiwan will be invited to either the Western or Eastern Clash exhibition. More information on local competition feeding into these events will be revealed at a later time.

Team Dignitas
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Team Liquid
Team expert
beGenius
Tricked Esport
Playing Ducks
Synergy
Europe

Qualifiers

Six of the teams in the initial HGC Europe campaign qualified via special open tournaments that ran after BlizzCon 2016. They were joined by the two Europe teams from the 2016 Fall Championship to round out the field of eight.

In a professional HGC league (operating in China, Europe, Korea and North America), each of the eight teams plays the other seven teams twice during ten weeks of league play.

Race to the Top

After ten weeks of play, the top finisher in the standings automatically qualifies for the Mid-Season Brawl—a $250,000 prize pool, 12-team tournament featuring teams from every HGC region. The league's second through sixth place teams face each other in a playoff for an additional spot in the Mid-Season Brawl.

Fight to Survive

Meanwhile, the bottom two teams in the league standings head to the Crucible to face off against the top two Open Division teams. Two HGC spots and a fresh start in the HGC league are on the line.

A Friendly Exchange

After five weeks of regular season play, the top three teams in the standings for leagues in China, Europe, Korea, and North America, along with representatives from Latin America, Australia/New Zealand, Southeast Asia, and Taiwan will be invited to either the Western or Eastern Clash exhibition. More information on local competition feeding into these events will be revealed at a later time.

L5
Tempest
MVP Black
MVP Miracle
Mighty
GG
BlossoM
Raven
Korea

Qualifiers

Seven of the teams in the initial HGC Korea campaign qualified via a special tournament that ran after BlizzCon 2016. To round out the field of eight, they’re joined by L5 (formerly known as Ballistix), the Korea representative at the Fall Championship

In a professional HGC league (operating in China, Europe, Korea and North America), each of the eight teams plays the other seven teams twice during ten weeks of league play.

Race to the Top

After ten weeks of play, the top finisher in the standings automatically qualifies for the Mid-Season Brawl—a $250,000 prize pool, 12-team tournament featuring teams from every HGC region. The league's second through sixth place teams face each other in a playoff for an additional spot in the Mid-Season Brawl.

Fight to Survive

Meanwhile, the bottom two teams in the league standings head to the Crucible to face off against the top two Open Division teams. Two HGC spots and a fresh start in the HGC league are on the line.

A Friendly Exchange

After five weeks of regular season play, the top three teams in the standings for leagues in China, Europe, Korea, and North America, along with representatives from Latin America, Australia/New Zealand, Southeast Asia, and Taiwan will be invited to either the Western or Eastern Clash exhibition. More information on local competition feeding into these events will be revealed at a later time.

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China

Qualifiers

The Gold League and HGC will join forces in 2017. Announcements coming soon!

In a professional HGC league (operating in China, Europe, Korea and North America), each of the eight teams plays the other seven teams twice during ten weeks of league play.

Race to the Top

After ten weeks of play, the top finisher in the standings automatically qualifies for the Mid-Season Brawl—a $250,000 prize pool, 12-team tournament featuring teams from every HGC region. The league's second through sixth place teams face each other in a playoff for an additional spot in the Mid-Season Brawl.

Fight to Survive

Meanwhile, the bottom two teams in the league standings head to the Crucible to face off against the top two Open Division teams. Two HGC spots and a fresh start in the HGC league are on the line.

A Friendly Exchange

After five weeks of regular season play, the top three teams in the standings for leagues in China, Europe, Korea, and North America, along with representatives from Latin America, Australia/New Zealand, Southeast Asia, and Taiwan will be invited to either the Western or Eastern Clash exhibition. More information on local competition feeding into these events will be revealed at a later time.

Clashes

Exhibition tournaments featuring the top teams from each HGC region battling for pride and a hefty prize pool.

Western Clash

March 2017

The Western Clash features the top three teams from HGC North America (NA) and HGC Europe (EUR) plus the top HGC teams from Latin America (LATAM) and Australia/New Zealand (ANZ). The field of eight will compete in a double-elimination format for a share of the $100,000 prize pool.

Eastern Clash

March 2017

The Eastern Clash features the top three teams from China's Gold League (CN) plus the top HGC teams from Korea (KR), Taiwan (TW), and Southeast Asia (SEA). The field of eight will compete in a double-elimination format for a share of the $100,000 prize pool.

Mid-Season Brawl
June 2017

The Mid-Season Brawl is a chance to see twelve of the best Heroes of the Storm teams in the world compete against each other in the biggest event outside of the HGC Finals. The winner's share of the $250,000 prize pool is the goal, along with global bragging rights...at least until the HGC Finals.

How to Qualify

After ten weeks of league play, the top finishers in China (CN), Europe (EUR), Korea (KR), and North America (NA), along with playoff winners from those four regions, are joined by playoff winners from Latin America (LATAM), Southeast Asia (SEA), Taiwan (TW), and Australia/New Zealand (ANZ) in the Mid-Season Brawl.

Format

The Mid-Season Brawl has two stages. The first is a round-robin group stage with the field split into two groups of six. Each team plays a two-game set against every other team in their group, for a total of five sets per team. The 5th and 6th-place finishers in each group are eliminated, while the remaining eight teams are seeded into a double-elimination Phoenix Bracket. Each match in the double-elimination Phoenix Bracket is best-of-five, except for the finals, which is a best-of-seven with a one-game advantage for the finalist from the Upper Bracket.

Clashes

Invitational exhibition tournaments featuring the top teams from each HGC league battling for regional pride and a hefty prize pool.

Western Clash

July 2017

    The Western Clash features the top three teams from HGC North America (NA) and HGC Europe (EUR) plus the top HGC teams from Latin America (LATAM) and Australia/New Zealand (ANZ). The field of eight will compete in a double-elimination format for a share of the $100,000 prize pool.

    Eastern Clash

    July 2017

      The Eastern Clash features the top three teams from China's Gold League (CN) plus the top HGC teams from Korea (KR), Taiwan (TW), and Southeast Asia (SEA). The field of eight will compete in a double-elimination format for a share of the $100,000 prize pool.

      HGC Finals
      November 2017

      More information regarding the HGC Finals will be revealed at a later date.

      Qualifiers
      Nov - Dec 2016
      Nov
      Dec
      Who

      Interested Heroes of the Storm teams that sign up to play

      What
      • A series of special tournaments leading to six spots in the HGC

      This set of qualifier events identifies the six fresh teams joining the HGC in 2017. They'll be joined by the two regional representatives from the 2016 Fall Championship to round out the initial field of eight teams in the HGC.

      Single-elimination, best-of-three matches until four teams remain

      Best-of-five semifinals, the winners of which join the HGC

      HGC League Play Weeks 1-5
      Jan - Feb
      Jan
      Feb
      Who

      The eight professional teams that make up the regional HGC league

      What
      • Weekly best-of-five matches

      • Prime time livestreams

      • Top three teams → Eastern or Western Clash

      The HGC pits eight of the top professional Heroes of the Storm teams in a region against each other in weekly, livestreamed matches. Matchdays are programmed for primetime viewing in each region; North America, Europe, China, and Korea play on a Friday-Saturday-Sunday schedule.

      After five weeks of league play, the three teams with the best records in their HGC league are invited to an eight-team, cross-regional tournament called a Clash; where the lure of rowdy crowds and juicy cash prizes should bring out the best in all competitors. Participation in a Clash is a team's first milestone on its journey to the top.

      Eastern Clash
      Western Clash
      Mar
      Mar

      Invitational exhibitions featuring the top teams from every region, each with a $100,000 prize pool on the line.

      HGC League Play Weeks 6-10
      Mar - Apr
      Mar
      Apr
      Who

      The eight professional teams that make up the regional HGC league

      What
      • Weekly best-of-five matches

      • Prime time livestreams

      • 1st place → Directly to Mid-Season Brawl

      • 2nd - 6th place → Playoffs

      • 7nd & 8th place → Crucible

      The HGC continues to pit eight of the top professional Heroes of the Storm teams in a region against each other in weekly, livestreamed matches, and matchdays are still programmed for primetime viewing in each region. After the final week of league play, however, the teams will be on one of three distinct paths.

      The top team in the standings heads to the Mid-Season Brawl to battle for a piece of the $250,000 prize pool.

      The 2nd through 6th place teams advance to the HGC Playoffs to compete in a stepladder playoff format where the bottom teams have to beat each other to face increasingly higher seeded teams. The winner of this competition heads to the Mid-Season Brawl as the second team from that region.

      The 7th and 8th place teams head to the Crucible to play against the top two finishers from the HGC Open Division with a slot in the HGC on the line. It's a single best-of-seven series for the right to continue (or begin) their journey in the HGC.

      1st Place → Automatic seed in the Mid-Season Brawl

      2nd-6th Place → Playoffs for a spot in the Mid-Season Brawl

      7th-8th Place → The Crucible for the right to stay in HGC

      HGC Playoffs
      Apr
      Apr
      Who

      The 2nd through 6th place finishers in the league

      What
      • Stepladder format tournament

      • Winner → Second spot in Mid-Season Brawl

      The five-team playoffs determine the second team from the region to advance to the Mid-Season Brawl.

      Using a stepladder format, the 5th and 6th place teams during the regular season play each other in a single best-of-five match for the right to face the 4th place team. The winner of that match faces the 3rd place team in a single best-of-five match and so on until there's one team left to face the 2nd place team. The winner of that final match advances to the Mid-Season Brawl.

      In this way, each HGC regional league sends two representatives to the Mid-Season Brawl: the #1 team in the standings and the winner of that league's playoffs.

      HGC Crucible
      May
      May
      Who

      7th and 8th place HGC teams and the top two finishers from Open Division Playoffs

      What
      • A pair of best-of-seven series between HGC teams and Open Division teams

      • Winners → HGC

      • Losers → HGC Open Division

      The Crucible affords hungry Open Division teams an opportunity to fight their way into the top-flight league. Conversely, struggling HGC teams have to prove their resilience by holding off a motivated challenger from the Open Division.

      The top Open Division team will choose the HGC team it wants to face in a single best-of-seven series. The winner will be included in the ensuing HGC campaign. The remaining Open Division team will face the other HGC team in a separate best-of-seven series with the same prize on the line: a spot in the HGC.

      Mid-Season Brawl
      Jun
      May

      An elite global competition featuring 12 pro teams from every HGC region playing for a $250,000 prize pool.

      All standings reset after Mid-Season Brawl

      HGC League Play Weeks 1-5
      Jun - Jul
      Jun
      Jul
      Who

      The eight teams in a regional HGC league

      What
      • Weekly best-of-five matches

      • Prime time livestreams

      • Top three teams → Eastern or Western Clash

      The HGC pits eight of the top professional Heroes of the Storm teams in a region against each other in weekly, livestreamed matches. Matchdays are programmed for primetime viewing in each region; North America, Europe, China, and Korea play on a Friday-Saturday-Sunday schedule.

      After five weeks of league play, the three teams with the best records in their HGC league are invited to an eight-team, cross-regional tournament called a Clash; where the lure of rowdy crowds and juicy cash prizes should bring out the best in all competitors. Participation in a Clash is a team's first milestone on its journey to the top.

      Eastern Clash
      Western Clash
      Jul
      Jul

      Invitational exhibitions featuring the top teams from every region, each with a $100,000 prize pool on the line.

      HGC League Play Weeks 6-10
      Aug - Sept
      Aug
      Sep
      Who

      The eight teams in a regional HGC league

      What
      • Weekly best-of-five matches

      • Prime time livestreams

      • Top 2 → Directly to HGC Finals

      • 3rd - 6th place → Playoffs

      • 7nd & 8th place → Crucible

      The HGC continues to pit eight of the top professional Heroes of the Storm teams in a region against each other in weekly, livestreamed matches, and matchdays are still programmed for primetime viewing in each region. Once again, after the final week of league play, the teams will be on one of three distinct paths with even higher stakes.

      The top two teams in the standings head to the HGC Finals to battle for global supremacy.

      The 3rd through 6th place teams advance to the HGC Playoffs to compete in a stepladder playoff format where the bottom teams have to beat each other to face increasingly higher seeded teams. The winner goes to the HGC Finals as the third team from that region.

      The 7th and 8th place teams head to the Crucible to play against the top two finishers from the HGC Open Division with a slot in the HGC on the line. It's a single best-of-seven series for the right to continue (or begin) their journey in the HGC.

      1st and 2nd Place → Automatic seeds in the HGC Finals

      3rd - 6th Place → Playoffs for a spot in the HGC Finals

      7th and 8th Place → The Crucible for the right to stay in HGC

      HGC Playoffs
      Oct
      Oct
      Who

      The 3rd through 6th place finishers in the league

      What
      • Stepladder format tournament

      • Winner → Third spot in the HGC Finals

      The four-team playoffs determine the third team from the region to advance to the HGC Finals.

      Using a stepladder format, the 5th and 6th place teams during the regular season play each other in a single best-of-five match for the right to face the 4th place team. The winner of that match faces the 3rd place team in a single best-of-five match. The winner of the final match advances to the HGC Finals.

      In this way, each HGC regional league sends three representatives to the HGC Finals: the top two teams in the standings and the winner of that league's playoffs.

      HGC Finals
      Nov
      Nov

      The brightest stage in esports plays host to the HGC Finals where the best of the best will be looking for world domination.

      HGC Crucible
      Nov
      Nov
      Who

      7th and 8th place HGC teams and the top two finishers from Open Division Playoffs

      What
      • A pair of best-of-seven series between HGC teams and Open Division teams

      • Winners → HGC

      • Losers → HGC Open Division

      The Crucible affords hungry Open Division teams an opportunity to fight their way into the top-flight league. Conversely, struggling HGC teams have to prove their resilience by holding off a motivated challenger from the Open Division.

      The top Open Division team will choose the HGC team it wants to face in a single best-of-seven series. The winner will be included in the ensuing HGC campaign. The remaining Open Division team will face the other HGC team in a separate best-of-seven series with the same prize on the line: a spot in the HGC.

      Open Division Phase I
      Jan - Apr
      Jan
      Apr
      • Each region will play its tournaments every other week; winning teams earn points and cash prizes.

      Open Division Playoffs
      May
      May
      • The top 16 teams in the standings battle it out for cash prizes

      • The top two go to The Crucible for a chance to enter the HGC Pro League

      All standings reset

      HGC Crucible
      May
      May
      Who

      7th and 8th place HGC teams and top two finishers from Open Divison Playoffs

      What
      • A pair of best-of-seven series between HGC teams and Open Division teams

      • Winners → HGC

      • Losers → HGC Open Division

      The HGC Crucible will allow hungry Open Division teams a chance to fight their way into the top-flight league. Conversely, struggling HGC teams will have to prove their resilience by holding off a motivated challenger from the Open Division.

      The top Open Division finisher will choose the HGC team it wants to face in a single best-of-seven series. The winner will be included in the ensuing HGC campaign. The remaining Open Division team will face the other HGC team in a separate best-of-seven series with the same prize on the line: a spot in the HGC.

      Open Division Phase II
      Jun - Oct
      Jun
      Oct
      • Each region will play its tournaments every other week; winning teams earn points and cash prizes.

      All standings reset

      Open Division Playoffs
      Oct
      Oct
      • The top 16 teams in the Phase II standings battle it out for cash prizes

      • The top two go to The Crucible for a chance to enter the HGC Regular season

      All standings reset

      HGC Crucible
      Nov
      Nov
      Who

      7th and 8th place HGC teams and top two finishers from Open Division Playoff

      What
      • A pair of best-of-seven series between HGC teams and Open Division teams

      • Winners → HGC

      • Losers → HGC Open Division

      The HGC Crucible will allow hungry Open Division teams a chance to fight their way into the top-flight league. Conversely, struggling HGC teams will have to prove their resilience by holding off a motivated challenger from the Open Division.

      The top Open Division finisher will choose the HGC team it wants to face in a single best-of-seven series. The winner will be included in the ensuing HGC campaign. The remaining Open Division team will face the other HGC team in a separate best-of-seven series with the same prize on the line: a spot in the HGC.