Heroes of the Storm

Scythe Esports and ePunks qualify for Heroes Global Championship



▲ ePunks and Scythe Esports are the newest members of the HGC.


Over the weekend, the bi-annual Heroes of the Storm Crucible tournament was held across the globe. The bottom two teams in each professional division were pitted against the top two teams in the Open Division, the top amateur league, for a spot in the Heroes Global Championship (HGC) in 2019. Win your best-of-seven series, you secure a place among the other professional teams. Lose and you either remain in the Open Division or fall out of HGC.


After four matches, two teams joined the league for the first time and two more fell out altogether.




ePunks, the second place team in the European Open Division, became the first team to win their series, clinching a spot in the HGC, adding the title of “professional Heroes of the Storm player” to the resumes of five individuals


In a clean 4-0 sweep over the Monkey Menagerie, ePunks, whose players are scattered across Europe, feature numerous amateur players who have substituted for pro teams in the past at events and weekly League Play matches.


The ePunks roster consisted of Johan “Lauber” Lauber, Fran “GranPkt” Núñez, Dominik “Cas” Wiederhofer, Anyani “SonicLeBeast” Kwaku and Mikkel “Roskmeg” Villanger.


Soon after clinching their spot in HGC, Roskmeg announced this retirement from the competitive soon to focus on other endeavors, citing the amount of work involved was not worth the financial compensation, he told InvenGlobal.



▲ Lauber is no rookie when it comes to the Crucible.


Scythe Esports


As the Crucible event came to an end, one match remained. A roster filled with long-time stellar Grand Master Hero League players in Scythe Esports was put up against a lineup featuring professional players who have competed since the scene's inception.


After six back-and-forth games, Scythe Esports came out on top over Simplicity.


The Scythe Esports roster consisted of Jarrett "Nessper" Jaroslawski, Coby "Nintorii" Colson, Kevin "TalkingTrees" Marco, Trevor "Zergling" McDaniel and Akantuk "ZaneHyde" Sharma.




Best of the rest


No Tomorrow took down Psistorm Gaming, 4-2, to retain their place among the other professional organizations in North America in the first game of the Crucible. Holy Bananas kicked off day two of the event in Europe by taking a 3-0 lead over Roll20 before, the team formerly known as Zealots, pulled off a reverse sweep in the final game of Dob “Quackniix” Engström’s illustrious career to keep his team in HGC.


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