Buy or Sell: #HGC EU – Week 7, Phase 1, Part 2 2018

Anne EliseNews

Buy or Sell is, hopefully, a weekly feature on Trolls.gg where I will play “Mad Money” with the current goings-on of HGC. These will be fun articles where I tell you whether or not I think a team is on the rise, a team is falling, or something else in HGC is going well or needs a little work. Please remember, these are tongue-in-cheek articles, no one is really buying or selling anything, and this is just to start discussion about how the pro scene is going for NA and EU.

So, last week’s article had clips and tweets and other fun stuff that really made the article pop! That’s because, for Week 6, I spent the weekend watching HGC and doing all of the necessary things to get clips and tweets and other fun stuff.

Not for Week 7.

I spent Week 7 playing a Hearthstone tournament. Struggled with my priest deck all weekend long. Finished top 8. Yes, I still watch HGC, but I couldn’t live-tweet properly, and I have no clips for you.

In Jack Webb Dragnet-style, this week is just the facts, ma’am. But since it’s me, it’s just the buy or sell. Let’s start with the obvious:

BUY – Team Dignitas, all day, every day

Is there anyone left doubting this? Do I really need to say it? Yes, I do. Team Dignitas made the moves to win a world championship, and they seem to be heavily invested into winning both the Mid-Season Brawl and BlizzCon. Yes, they dropped a map to Leftovers; sometimes you play down to your opponent. But with Diamond Skin and Method this week, Team Dignitas will solidify first place in EU.

SELL – Tricked esport doing anything the rest of Phase 1

If you listened to this week’s Trollin’ HGC, episode 40, featuring some broad talking her head off (me), then you heard the Tricked probably needs to have its roster exploded between Phase 1 and Phase 2. They were not competitive at all against Liquid or Fnatic, and I think that Leftovers could potentially take them. It’s sad because there is a lot of potential in this roster, but they cannot seem to make it work. Last year, the team seemed to be built around AlexTheProG as a “cult of personality” figure, but I don’t see him making the impact he had made before.

Tricked needs a lot of help. They should be competitive against the middle of the pack, not getting blown out by them.

BUY – TEAM LIQUID READ MY ARTICLE ABOUT BEING CURSED AND RESPONDED!

No, Team Liquid did not actually read my article where I talked about them being cursed (that I know of), but did they ever wake up this past weekend! 3-0 vs. Tricked, 3-1 vs. Method, and Liquid finds themselves 2 matches ahead of Tricked and within 2 matches of Fnatic who are back in 2nd place. Three weeks left to go and Liquid has a path to lock up the automatic bid to MSB. They need to sweep Diamond Skin this week, beat Leftovers and Zealots in Week 9, get a little lucky by having Fnatic drop a match they should win, and then Liquid’s Week 10 match against Fnatic could see them securing the #2 spot in EU, which is an automatic bid for the MSB.

Something lit a fire under their asses! I hope it was me. This is still my favorite EU team. I hope this is what happens, but, keep reading, I have my doubts.

SELL – Zealots’ consistency

I get on the Zealots’ hype train, they lose. I get off the train, they win. What is going on with this team? Dropping 0-3 to Method really set them back. It gives Method two victories over the Zealots, both sweeps, and it means almost certainly that they will have to climb through the playoffs if they want to go to the Mid-Season Brawl.

It really doesn’t help that they have to deal with Fnatic in Week 8 because...

BUY – Fnatic figuring it out

I think that Fnatic is going to lock that #2 spot down. Yes, I want Liquid to get it, but I believe that Fnatic has figured out who they are with this roster in 2018 and that we will see them separate from the pack after this weekend. They have Method and Zealots, the two teams directly below them, and winning both of those matches all but secures the #2 spot.  I just don’t see a way they lose either of those matches considered how inconsistent that both Method and Zealots have looked.

That said, Method isn’t done just yet...

BUY – Method, man, Method in the playoffs

Team Dignitas and Fnatic are probably going to lock up the 1 and 2 spots. If that happens, I really think that you should put your chips on the square marked “Method.” I want it to be Liquid, I would like it to be Zealots, but Method looks to be best positioned to have the third place spot, and if they don’t, no one wants to play them. Remember, Method was eliminated from the Western Clash by HeroesHearth and they are still living that down. With something to prove, Method will be dangerous. Until I see consistency from the 3rd through 5th teams in EU, I will pick Method who has been more consistent than either Zealots or Liquid.

Predictions for Week 8

You know, I made predictions on Trollin HGC, but I don’t remember them, and I’m too lazy to go look up the show notes. So, here we go:

Friday

  • Fnatic over Method 3-1
  • Team Dignitas over Diamond Skin 3-1

Saturday

  • Tricked esport over Leftovers 3-2
  • Team Liquid over Diamond Skin 3-0

Sunday

  • Fnatic over Zealots 3-1
  • Team Dignitas over Method 3-1

Match of the Week

Gotta be honest: I’m not that excited about this week. Other than Tricked vs Leftovers, the teams do not seem that close to me because I really see Fnatic starting to pull away from the middle of the pack.

However, if there is going to be a game to watch, it has to be Fnatic and Zealots on Sunday. Zealots have to have this game to stay in the conversation for an automatic bid. If they lose it, then they are out of the automatic bid almost certainly. Team Liquid will be watching this match very closely because they need Fnatic to drop a match before they meet the Quackstreet Boys in Week 10 (are we still calling them that?).

If you have to pick and choose because there is a lot going on this weekend, watch both of Fnatic’s matches as they will probably determine the #2 spot all but mathematically this weekend.