The 2nd phase of Heroes of Storms eSports has begun and alongside this the Open Division series has also been restarted. Every single week there will be teams of amateurs from Europe and North America. They will battle out against each other in the format of a tournament cup. This will generate points for them that will give the opportunity to try and qualify for the Crucible. So they can put their skills against the lower ranked pro teams. And attempt to steal their position from under them.
Last season saw two different pro teams from Europe knocked out. This shows just how strong a lot of the up and coming talent in the amateur ranks is. There are ex professionals who are also chomping at the bit to try and re gain their position at the top table of this eSports.
Run it Down VS Bushido eSports
The first of the semi-finals saw Run it Down battling against Bushido eSports. Each of them had not lost a game on the way to facing one another. There was only one team that could progress. So it was a spectacle that was eagerly anticipated by any and all spectators. In what was an extremely close series, Bushido eSports managed to come out in top in the end to reach the final.
The other semi-final match was between Who Am I and Team Leftovers. While Team Leftovers were the favorites going into this bout due to past experience of this level of play, it was Who Am I that has some very strong player in their ranks ready to tear down their opponents. The series was tied one apiece when Sky Temple was the map selected to be the tiebreaker for the semi-final. Who Am I managed to eke out a win in this deciding map.
Bushido eSports had assembled a very strong team of players. But surprisingly this was the first time they had all played together as a unit. However if you were watching them play in the latter stages of the event, this would not have been apparent. They seemed to make moves in almost a telepathic way during their final games. They swept the series 2-0 and got the crown of champions.
This was a fitting way to kick off the second phase of this eSports after they had overcome some teething problems in the first phase. It was seen as a divided eSports a lot of times during the first phase. Actually the whole way the schedule was arranged was not done so in a cohesive manner.
Unless you were close to the players, it was hard to keep track of what was going on as the season progressed. Spectators wanted an easier way in which they could stay up to date with all results and developments. Thankfully HGC have taken the appropriate steps to do just that after they stay down with teams, owners, players and spectators alike in order to iron out the possible concerns. This was a crucial step and has set the foundation for the eSports going into the second phase.