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:
► The Pre Trainer to Preseason community tournament by Evexiam on this Saturday at 12pm AEDT. This event offers both teams and free agents a great opportunity to flex their competitive muscles in the lead up to the HGC Open Qualifier that will take place on 22 January. Catch all the action live on twitch.tv/blankhots.
► The map pool for phase one of HGC 2018 has been released!
#HGC 2018 Phase 1 Map Pool 🗺️
🔹Battlefield of Eternity
🔹Tomb of the Spider Queen
🔹Towers of Doom
🔹Volskaya Foundry pic.twitter.com/XvLu9ESqLR
— Heroes Esports (@HeroesEsports) January 3, 2018
► According to this tweet by Lawrence ‘Athero’ Harper, he and his team will no longer be playing under Team Expert. Astute fans will recognise that name as the the new home of Aussie expat and former Nomia player, Arcaner.
► Roll20 esports have also parted ways with their Heroes of the Storm roster after negotiations relating to ownership of the HGC slot broke down.
► ICYMI part two of Ethyr‘s Year in Review series featuring Southeast Asia came out last week. Next up in the series is our very own region, so keep those eyeballs locked on our Twitter and Facebook accounts to catch it when it’s released!
► That heat your feeling is not the Summer weather, fan favourite Blaze has arrived on the Public Test Realm! Also spotted, reworks to Malfurion that some punters are tipping will require him to play more aggressively in order to heal allies.
► Here is the latest Weekly Collection Update – a list of heroes and cosmetics that are currently on sale from now until 9 January 2018.
That’s all for this week! Good luck to all teams competing in the Pre Trainer to Preseason event this Saturday.