Mid Season Brawl – Day Five Recap

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The final day of the Heroes Global Championship Mid Season Brawl group phase settled all and we now know who will be playing who in the bracket phase this weekend at DreamHack Stockholm… Let’s put a nice little bow on this one:

Set 1, Group B: Tempest (KR) vs Luna Meow  (Taiwan)

Tempest finish off their group play with a strong 2-0 over Luna Meow. Game 1 on Battlefield of Eternity lasted 11 and a half minutes and Game 2 on Infernal Shrines took a little more than 15 minutes to complete. Luna Meow had a few nice moments in each game, but it was mainly Tempest practicing for the upcoming playoffs.

Set 2, Group A: Gen.G (KR) vs Ballistix (KR)

For Ballistix, their matchup with Gen.G was an opportunity to cement their place in the upper bracket. The problem, however, was Gen.G had yet to drop a map versus anyone, and they certainly didn’t appear ready to simply roll over for their fellow countrymen.
Volskaya Foundry was the pick for Game 1 and it was a downright brawl. Ballistix paced the early game but eventually Gen.G showed why they’re so strong:

This is what the top Korea looks like if you’ve never seen it before

Wolf Schröeder
Gen.G was able to capture the next Protector and finish off Tempest’s Core to take the first game. Game 2 on Battlefield on Eternity was no different: Punch, counterpunch. Each time Ballistix swung, Gen.G countered and consistently out-traded Ballistix:
Gen.G opened up the map and suffocated Ballistix, forcing them to take fights down a talent. Gen.G did not relent, finishing with 20 kills to 7 and taking the set 2-0. Ballistix would be playing Tempo Storm in a playoff match for second place in Group A.

Set 3, Group B: CE (CN) vs HeroesHearth Esports (NA)

Easily the most important set of the day, HeroesHearth needed only one map victory to make the playoffs and eliminate CE. Game 1 on Sky Temple was a stinker for HeroesHearth. CE grabbed a couple early picks and snowballed that into a 15 kills to 1 massacre. Game 2 on Towers of Doom would be the scene for a final showdown with tournament life on the line for both teams.

This one is for all the marbles

Jaycie "Gillyweed" Gluck
CE jumped out to the early lead grabbing the first two kills of the game, but HeroesHearth played the early game well and kept pace in experience. By the time the third altar phase began, both teams were neck and neck and ready to fight:
HeroesHearth proceeded to own the bottom lane, taking control of the map and forcing CE into awkward positioning:
The next objective would be a triple altar phase and HeroesHearth held serve, grabbing a couple kills and finish off their Chinese opponent to punch their ticket for DreamHack. Well played.

Set 4, Group A: TheOne (CN)  vs Mindfreak (ANZ)

In a series of no consequence, it was nice to see the Australians get off the schneid and win a pair of games against the TheOne. In Game 1 on Battlefield of Eternity, Mindfreak dominated the team fights:
In Game 2 on Infernal Shrines, Mindfreak continued to display their team fight prowess, netting 18 kills to 1 and finishing off TheOne in 15 and half minutes.

Set 5, Group A (Tie-Breaker): Tempo Storm (NA) vs Ballistix (KR)

Tie-breaker. Winner’s bracket placement on the line. Tempo Storm 2-0’d Ballistix on the first day of the tournament, however, Ballistix looked like a different team over the following days, growing stronger as the tournament progressed. Infernal Shrines would be the map of choice. I think it’s fair to say that Tempo Storm played the first 16 minutes of the game perfectly. They captured the first three Punishers, had 8 kills to 0, and captured two keeps:
With a Level 20 advantage, Tempo Storm made an attempt on Ballistix’s core and almost finished the game, leaving only 29% before retreating. But things got tense for North American fans as Ballistix, now on even talents, executed a perfect team fight to grab two kills and win their first objective. That objective netted them a keep. With a palpable tension in the air, the final brawl of the group phase broke out:
Quite a game to end the group phase play.

Playoffs

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This bracket is incredible… Saturday is going to produce some of the best Heroes of the Storm games ever. I hope you don’t miss it, but if you do, maybe I’ll put something together for you.
ouroboros

I received an alpha key back in August of 2014 and have been hooked on Heroes of the Storm ever since. I love playing, talking, and writing about HotS. Hit me up on twitter @ouroborosHotS.