Welcome to the Weekly Wrap-up for Friday 9 February, 2018. This week has seen plenty of people feeling the heat as we march towards the business end of the HGC ANZ Preseason Qualifiers, which has made for quite the interesting wrap-up. We’ve got official rulings, roster changes, poaching scandals, sick giveaways, new heroes and plenty more, so strap in and hold on as we get you up-to-speed!
Here all the spicy news you may have missed this week:
► Hacky and Morton have parted ways with Darksided to rejoin old team mate Moops on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. This roster change has been deemed a breach of the official rules, and as a result MM Clubhouse will be deducted two points in the current preseason tournament.
► In the wake of this roster change, Darksided have made the tough call to drop the remaining four players and depart from Heroes of the Storm for the time being. Thankfully, the ex Darksided roster has stuck together and are now competing under the name GG Go Next.
► Premier team Outlaws have avoided penalty after allegedly approaching a player who is currently competing in preseason. Although the team has been cleared of any wrong-doing, Laharl has stepped up and taken over from Hykkup as captain of the team.
► With all this drama taking place, week three of the ANZ HGC Preseason Qualifier delivered on its promise to be explosive! If you missed out on watching the games live, Tomato has you covered with his extensive coverage of the games.
► The last week of preseason just around the corner, and the burning question on everyone’s lips is who will join Nomia, Crimson and Outlaws in Phase One of the ANZ Premier League. Good guy Coffee has crunched the numbers to come up with an in-depth answer.
► Need to get up to speed on HGC news from the major regions? Episode 2 of the HGC Minute is out now.
► Maiev has officially arrived in the Nexus, and with her comes Lunar New Year 2018 celebrations and a new lot of patch notes to read. EDIT: Maiev has since been hit with the nerf bat. Read the latest Balance Patch notes to learn more.
► December was not a good time for anyone who was playing ranked, thanks to some technical issues that plagued the new MMR system. To say sorry, Blizzard are rolling out a free Legendary Loot Chest to players who completed any ranked matches in Hero or Team League between the start of the current season and January 31, 2018.
► You may wanna grab a helmet if you’re looking to Brawl! The latest Brawl of the Week is Lunar Rocket Racing and it’s available now.
► Finally, we leave you with this roster introduction video by Crimson Gaming. Enjoy!
That’s all for this week. Remember to leave your feedback in our Twitter poll on what day you prefer we release the Weekly Wrap-up!