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WWU: It’s Go Time!

Welcome to the Weekly Wrap-up for Friday, 19 January 2018. There is plenty of HGC news to be had, with play in many regions getting underway in the next few days – including our own Premier Pre-Season Qualifier. There’s also a bunch of new skins, a cheeky patch and a giveaway to get your hands on and much more, so grab a coffee and get comfy!

Read on to see what you may have missed this week:

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Year in Review: Australia & New Zealand

This post is part three of our four part series that takes a look at how competitive Heroes of the Storm in each region has fared in 2017. Part one on Latin America can be found here and part two on Southeast Asia can be found here.

2017 is a year that will be remembered fondly by many ANZ Heroes of the Storm fans. As a previously unknown region, Nomia made history for ANZ during the first Western Clash. In a series that shocked all, the former kings found themselves in position to take a series off Europe’s top team at the time. After winning the first game against Misfits (now Team Liquid) and nearly taking the second, casters and fans alike stood in awe, finally seeing the potential lying dormant in this region for so long. After then taking a map off Team 8, fans now had very high expectations of the team for the upcoming Mid-Season Brawl. Although Nomia continued to impress at the brawl, making it to the play-offs, they ultimately fell to L5 in the losers bracket.

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WWU: Blazing Trails Across the Nexus

Welcome to the Weekly Wrap-up for Friday, 12 January 2018. It may not be a massive round up of links this week, but it certainly packs a punch!

Read on to see what you may have missed this week:

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WWU: Happy New Year!

Welcome to the first Weekly Wrap-up for 2018. We hope you’re well rested after the holiday break, because things are about to heat up very quickly in ANZ!

Read on to catch up on all the news you may have missed:

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Year in Review: Southeast Asia

This post is part two of our four part series that takes a look at how competitive Heroes of the Storm in each region has fared in 2017. Part one on Latin America can be found here.

Following the conclusion of Phase One, Blizzard announced changes to region locks for professional players. This allowed players from minor regions to move without restriction and paved the way for two of the biggest shifts in Southeast Asia to occur. Prior to BlizzCon 2017, the Singaporeans from Deadly Kittens, Mirr and Zeys left to join Soul Torturers in Taiwan. Losing these two core members, Deadly Kittens found their replacements in Jinwoo and Confidence, allowing them to secure victory in their regional BlizzCon qualifiers.

This new team was short lived, and upon the conclusion of BlizzCon 2017, Deadly Kittens revealed they would be disbanding. This announcement was made as we learnt the remaining core team of Stronger, Enavir and nsj from the Philippines had been picked up by Psistorm Gaming and, in 2018, would be playing in the North American Open Division. With the SEA player-base already struggling, this has shaken the faith of many regarding the scene’s competitive viability going into the future.

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WWU: ‘Tis the Season

If there was ever a perfect week to fire up the Weekly Wrap-up (WWU) segment again, this is it! With a massive shakeup of how the HGC will work for Australia and New Zealand in 2018, a new organisation throwing their hat into the ring and the Winter Veil in-game event getting underway, Santa has most definitely come a few days early for ANZ.

Read on to catch up on all the news that you may have missed:

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A Bold New Turn – ANZ Esports Structure Catches Up To Major Regions

With the dawn of a new season, comes refinements, upgrades and changes in any tournament format, and ANZ is no different. In an announcement on the official HGC blog, it was revealed that our minor region would be receiving some vast, sweeping changes in format. On top of the previously announced inter-continental clash, it was revealed that a new Premier Division would be forming alongside a wide-spanning Open Division.

It’s easy to compare this to the HGC Leagues in Major Regions in format, however there are some subtle differences.

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Year in Review: Latin America

This post is the first of a four part series that takes a look at how competitive Heroes of the Storm in each region has fared in 2017.

Historically, minor regions have always struggled in competitive Heroes of the Storm. From a smaller player base to server issues; these players continue to persevere in the face of adversity. The introduction of the HGC this year has allowed major regions like North America to flourish with weekly league play and a set salary. In spite of its many successes, one complaint rings true globally: the culling of LAN events has hurt many teams.

In no region is this more apparent than in Latin America.

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ANZ HGC Season 3 qualification run

Even before the season 2 Mid-season Brawl has finished, this Tuesday 30th of May the ANZ Region will be starting it Seasons 3 qualification series. There will be two ways to qualifier for the championship this season: Gamestah Open League, starting on 30 May and set to run for four weeks. ANZ Heroes Last Chance Qualifier: 24 June. […]

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Weekly Wrap Up: …Before The Storm

The biggest week in Heroes is finally here! Heroes 2.0 has finally been released to the public and I couldn’t be more excited. So let’s dive in and take a look at all the news this week. ►Heroes of the Storm 2.0 went live this Wednesday along with all the exciting updates and changes which […]

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