After three intense days, the IEM Katowice Western Clash came to a dramatic end with a best of 7 series in favor of Team Dignitas, the unanimous favorite to win leading up to the event. While Dignitas experienced a relatively easy weekend leading up to (but most definitely not including) the final series with Zealots, the most interesting stories from the Western Clash come from the rest of the teams in the tournament. No one could have predicted the sheer number of upsets that occured this weekend, along with the meteoric rise of North America’s competitiveness with Europe.
After the aptly named “rosterpocalypse” post-BlizzCon, Dignitas looked as if it would be the dominant European force. Their first showing at the 2017 Gold Club World Championship would prove that assumption as their last match against Fnatic resulted in a 3-0 victory. Picking up Wubby, without a doubt the greatest solo laner in the world, was a massive upgrade. Fast forward to weeks 1-4 of 2018 HGC Phase 1, and Team Dignitas would only drop a single map in their 3-1 victory over Team Liquid. Going into their Week 5 series against Zealots, they were sitting comfortably with a well-earned 18-1 map record and 6-0 match record.
Hierarch of the Daelaam and liberator of Aiur, Artanis is one of the most heroic and legendary leaders of the Protoss race. His incarnation in the Nexus is a powerful brawler, solo laner, and jungler capable of shredding assassins and tanks alike. Despite his many strengths, Artanis has never settled into the professional Heroes scene. While the professional meta is certainly a good guide for playing the game optimally, it is important to understand that professional metas can often be functionally different from the average experience of the player base. This guide will provide some insight into talent builds and gameplay considerations that should help the average player understand when to use Artanis effectively in appropriate scenarios.
RozaiRussell (Rozai) Greene is a composer, arranger, and music educator with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education. He is the flex player and captain for the amateur Heroes of the Storm team Lords of the Exodar. An avid watcher of the HGC, Rozai’s articles for Trolls.GG include guides, HGC coverage, and the popular Music of the Storm segments. https://www.twitch.tv/ro_zai
Today we will dive into the music for the Cursed Hollow battleground, composed by Glenn Stafford & Jason Hayes. Before going into specifics, it is important to consider the thematic elements one might expect when picturing a cursed hollow.
Rozai here, your resident musician at Trolls.GG, and today we’re going to spend some time getting to know my favorite Support Hero in the Nexus: Lúcio. He was largely absent from the competitive meta for most of 2017, but in recent months has developed into a top-tier contender for professional play.
In this guide, I’m going to give you a talent and game-play rundown for our upbeat friend. Rather than shove a predefined build down your throat, I want to discuss the options available and I will suggest talents that work for varying levels of play and different game-play scenarios.
Welcome to Music of the Storm, a segment where we take a moment to break down and appreciate the music and sound effects in Heroes of the Storm. Blizzard has a reputable track record of incorporating highly cultivated and stylistically appropriate orchestral scores into all their IPs, employing live musicians to create a genuine sound. While each IP has its own unique feel, there is a unifying quality that ties all of Blizzard’s scores together with a special flavor. As a musician, this plays a big part of what draws me in towards Blizzard games and what hits me in the feels when I’m watching those teaser trailers.