We recently witnessed each of Asia’s top teams from Taiwan, Korea, China, and Southeast Asia compete to be recognized as best Heroes of the Storm team in this month’s second phase Eastern Clash finals held in Taipei, Taiwan.
Format-wise, matches were played in Double Elimination (Teams play in both winner bracket and loser’s brackets before being eliminated). The Quarterfinals and Losers’ Round 1 matches were all Best-of-3. All the other matches up until Grand Finals were Best-of-5. Grand Finals being Best-of-7 to decide the winner.
Dominating the Upper Bracket
Time and time again, the Korean teams make winning look easy with L5 up against Taiwan’s Soul Torturers (2-0) and Team Face Check (3-0).
MVP Black showing dominance against Southeast Asia’s Deadly Kittens (2-0) and the battle against another one of Korea’s favourites Tempest (MVP Black losing against Tempest 2-3 and L5 winning vs Tempest 3-2)
A Comeback to Remember – L5 vs MVP Black
Coming into the tournament, MVP Black were clearly everyone’s favourite, we thought they would crush the competition, but from game to game they started to disappoint fans. L5 has surprised us all this season with the newest addition of Hooligan and SDE to the team roster and after listening to their live comms it is clear they synergize as teammates and can coordinate well under pressure.
The final match of the evening featured the battle of the titans, with L5 being one game away from taking the championship on Tomb of the Spider Queen. L5 shows us that even though from the start they were behind in the early game, there can be miracles!
The strength of the teamfight and great defense of L5 constantly keep them close on par with their opponents. Playing smart and with patience being a dominant characteristic of L5 eventually won them the title of Eastern Clash champions.
L5 will faceoff against RRR, another one of Korea’s top teams end of this week. Keep an eye out for this amazing team right here.
The HGC Eastern Clash Rankings
Here is the full list of winners of the HGC Eastern Clash:
1st place – L5 (US$30,000)
2nd place – MVP Black (US$20,000)
3rd place – Tempest (US$15,000)
4th place – Chall Enge (US$10,000)
5th-6th place – Team Face Check and Soul Torturers (US$7,500)
7th-8th place – Deadly Kittens and Super Perfect Team (US$5,000)