Heroes of the Storm

Gen.G Esports becomes first back-to-back HGC world champion

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▲ Gen.G Esports becomes first back-to-back Heroes of the Storm world champions.

 

A rematch that was six months in the making wasn’t as close as some may have wanted. But for the first time in the history of the Heroes Global Championship (HGC) a back-to-back world champion was crowned.

In a tense core-race that came down to the final hero standing for Gen.G, once the base hit 0% in Game 3, it was party time.


Teammates jumped up and down, hugging one another before raising the trophy over their head while confetti rained down on them.

Their opponents, Dignitas, who lost 3-0 in the Heroes of the Storm grand finals sat slumped over at their computer, watching a rival celebrate once again. 

Gen.G team captain, Sake was quick to give credit to their opposition.

“Unlike the score, the games were a lot closer than they looked. It was a great match."

The winning roster consisted of Won Ho “KyoCha” Jeong, Jin Woo “Reset” Im, Jae Won “Rich” Lee, Jung Hyuk “Sake” Lee and Oon Sung “Ttsst” Kang.

Known as arguably the best player in the world, Rich was short and straight to the point when given the opportunity to express his feelings post-win. 

"We're really satisfied, especially because I got to use, Alarak, my favorite hero, to win the tournament. We're content."

Along with the HGC trophy and prestigious title of being called “World Champion” for another year, Gen.G Esports will take home the first place cash prize of $500,000.

Before exiting the stage, Rich wanted to thank all of the passionate fans one more time.

"I really wanted to express my deepest gratitude for the fans for the incessant support."

Back in June, these two teams went head-to-head at the Mid-Season Brawl international event where the ending moments of the grand finals were decided by the slimmest of margins.

With Dignitas looking to get revenge, they failed to drop a map throughout the entire BlizzCon tournament. That is...until they went up against Gen.G, the Korean powerhouse.

Although the two top teams in the world traded blows across three maps, Gen.G’s mechanical skill, map knowledge and execution of their team compositions proved too difficult to overcome.

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