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Yoda    Team 8
Yoda was great on warriors in a 3-0 victory over Team Freedom during the 2017 HGC Western Playoffs.

RotoWire Analysis

Yoda started out Game 1 on Towers of Doom with a Zarya pick in an all-in Greymane team comp, the sole purpose of which was to empower Glaurung on Greymane. This worked out very well for Yoda and Team 8 as Team Freedom was not equipped to handle that much sustain on such a powerful hero. Yoda ended the first match of the series with a perfect 2-0-9 KDA. In Game 2 Yoda opted for a Dehaka pick on Infernal Shrines. This enabled him to split push and soak exp for his team and grab a huge level lead. By the end of the game Team 8 was up three levels and a talent, which Team Freedom could not compete against. Yoda ended this match with a 1-0-7 KDA. In Game 3 on Tomb of the Spider Queen Yoda went for Leoric. This pick was made solely so that Team Freedom couldn't pick him into Justing's Diablo, as it is a relatively strong counter. Yoda ended this match with another perfect KDA of 0-0-8. His total KDA for the night was 3-0-24, or 27.0.
Prismaticism    Team 8
Prismaticism did his part in a 3-0 victory over Team Freedom during the 2017 HGC Western Playoffs.

RotoWire Analysis

Prismaticism started out Game 1 on Towers of Doom with a Dehaka pick that was purely to counter the enemy Abathur. Throughout the game Prismaticism was soaking experience in the top lane and countering the strong Abathur push, even being able to overcome it on multiple occasions and take an enemy bell tower. For this match Prismaticism had a 6-2-4 KDA. Game 2 on Infernal Shrines was even better for Prismaticism as he got to play a ranged assassin in Cassia. Thanks to his trait reducing the auto attack damage of heroes while he is moving by over 60%, Prismaticism was unkillable. So much so that he ended the game with a 5-0-6 KDA, topping the damage with over 64,000 in the process. Game 3 on Tomb of the Spider Queen was an epic one for Prismaticism as he drafted Chromie, one of the highest damage output heroes in the game. Prismaticism was excellent on this hero and pulled out a 2-0-5 KDA with top damage of over 82,000. For the series Prismaticism's KDA was 13-2-15, or 14.0.
Justing    Team 8
Justing has made a name for himself amid a crushing 3-0 victory over Team Freedom during the 2017 HGC Western Playoffs.

RotoWire Analysis

Justing opted for a Tyrael pick in Game 1 which was solely for the dive potential he could use to help out Glaurung on Greymane. The map was Towers of Doom and Team Freedom opted to play the long game. Fortunately for Team 8, Justing had the perfect plan as he went in hard and scored back to back late game kills that all by sealed the match for his team. Justing posted a 1-1-9 KDA in this match. Game 2 on Infernal Shrines saw Justing on his most feared hero, Diablo. This match wasn't even close as Justing was an absolute terror on his favorite hero. He posted a perfect 3-0-8 KDA while also tanking the most damage at just under 80,000. Game 3 on Tomb of the Spider Queen once again saw Justing on Diablo. This time he wasn't able to grab a perfect KDA, but he still managed a strong 1-1-7. Overall his KDA for the night was 5-2-24, or 14.5.
Glaurung    Team 8
Glaurung was magnificent in a 3-0 sweep of Team Freedom during the 2017 HGC Western Playoffs.

RotoWire Analysis

Glaurung opted for a Greymane pick in Game 1 on Towers of Doom. This was in a triple warrior comp so Glaurung was able to go nuts, which resulted in a perfect 2-0-10 KDA. Game 2 and 3 saw Glaurung on the same hero, Medivh. in Game 2 on Infernal Shrines Glaurung was able to secure a perfect KDA of 2-0-8 while also providing his team with exceptional scouting in his raven form. This match was ended in just 16 minutes and it is no surprise why as Glaurung has already proven time and time again that his Medivh is second to none. Game 3 on Tomb of the Spider Queen was a similar story as Glaurung managed to match his perfect KDA in Game 2 with another one, this time going 5-0-3 and being the primary hero killer for his team. All told Glaurung managed a 9-0-21 KDA, or 30.0.
Buds    Team 8
Buds played well in a 3-0 stomp of Team Freedom during the 2017 HGC Western Playoffs.

RotoWire Analysis

Buds played Malfurion in all three matches of the best-of-five series. This, coupled with his heavy reliance on Malfurion in past series during the HGC suggests that he may struggle to perform on other support class heroes. Despite this, Buds does display an absolute mastery over Malfurion. In Game 1 on Towers of Doom he managed a perfect 1-0-10 KDA along with a healing output of 92,000, a full 30,000 higher than Team Freedom's Kharazim. In Game 2 on Infernal Shrines it was an even bigger stomp as Team 8 crushed Team Freedom 11-0, with Buds having 100% kill participation and another perfect 0-0-11 KDA. Finally, in Game 3 on Tomb of the Spider Queen Buds sealed the deal with a perfect KDA of 0-0-7 and a total KDA of 1-0-28, or 29. Buds has proven he is in top form on Malfurion, but can he play just as well on other supports? This is the question all future opponents are looking to have answered.
zugrug    Team Freedom
zugrug had a hard time in a 3-1 victory over B-Step during the 2017 HGC Western Playoffs.

RotoWire Analysis

The first match of the day was on Dragon Shire, where zugrug decided to play Johanna. This would have been an okay pick but playing Johanna into a double warrior medivh team comp like he did is never easy, which was made abundantly clear as he posted a 0-2-0 KDA. The magic damage of Medivh and the double warrior CC was too much for a lone Jonanna to deal with, especially with a solo support. Game 2 saw zugrug on Anub'Arak. The map was Cursed Hollow and with Team Freedom running a double mage team comp the Anub'Arak pick was outstanding. zugrug was able to draft a double stun warrior while simultaneously denying B-Step the best anti mage warrior in the game. In addition to his stellar drafting skill, zugrug also posted a perfect 0-0-9 KDA. Game 3 on Sky Temple was little different as zugrug went for E.T.C.. This warrior has been heavily nerfed but still can be good if played by an intelligent player. This was never more apparent than when zugrug managed to post a 1-1-4 KDA with only a solo support Uther to heal him. Very impressive for a solo warrior comp.
nazmas    Team Freedom
nazmas initially struggled but came out on top in a 3-1 victory over B-Step during the 2017 HGC Western Playoffs.

RotoWire Analysis

nazmas started out Game 1 on Dragon Shire. For this map he tried to pick a global hero, Falstad. His thought process was clear when he made the pick however his team was unable to keep up with rotations and quickly fell behind. This resulted in a crushing defeat and a 0-3-0 KDA. Game 2 saw nazmas on Li-Ming. The map was Cursed Hollow and Team Freedom saw fit to draft a double mage comp featuring nazmas. Fortunately, nazmas came through in a big way and managed to post a 3-0-4 KDA in the process. Game 3 was on Sky Temple. For this map nazmas decided to play Falstad once again. Not only was he able to split soak exp like he was supposed to, but he also managed to top the damage charts as well with just over 30,000. In addition to that, he also had a 0-1-6 KDA in a fairly one sided 19 minute win. In Game 4 nazmas decided to play Greymane. The map was Tomb of the Spider Queen and Team Freedom went with a very macro heavy team comp featuring daneski on Nazeebo. Nazmas spent a lot of his time soloing in the bottom lane against Rexxar and passively soaking exp. While doing this he also managed to snag a 0-1-5 KDA for a total KDA of 3-5-15, or 3.6.
KilluZiioN    Team Freedom
KilluZiioN had a rough start to a 3-1 victory over B-Step during the 2017 HGC Western Playoffs.

RotoWire Analysis

KilluZiioN opted for a Kharazim pick in Game 1 of the best-of-five series on Dragon Shire. The solo support Kharazim was not nearly enough for the damage output of both a Medivh and a Greymane. This resulted in a 0-1-0 KDA for KilluZiioN with his team scoring zero kills to 10. Game 2 was much better as KilluZiioN went with a comfort pick, Malfurion. The map was Cursed Hollow and Team Freedom was very strong in their macro play from the first minute all the way until their last, passively playing the map and allowing daneski on Nazeebo to farm his ritual stacks. KilluZiioN ended the match with a 2-1-7 KDA. Game 3 on Sky Temple saw KilluZiioN on Uther. Solo healing with uther is very difficult but KilluZiioN made it work and even matched the enemy Malfurion in healing while also netting a 0-1-6 KDA. Game 4 on Tomb of the Spider Queen saw KilluZiioN on Uther once again, this time with an easier team comp as he had two warriors to help mitigate damage. The Uther pick resulted in a drawn out win with a 26 minute game. KilluZiioN posted a 0-0-6 KDA for the match and a total KDA of 2-3-13, or 5.0.
insomnia    Team Freedom
insomnia had a solid series against B-Step winning 3-1 during the 2017 HGC Western Playoffs.

RotoWire Analysis

insomnia started out the night with a very lackluster performance on Zeratul. The map was Dragon Shire and his stealth gimmick was unable to pay dividends as his team lacked the wave clear to keep up with B-Steps strong rotational play. insomnia ended up with an abysmal 0-1-0 KDA. Game 2 on Cursed Hollow was much better for insomnia. He went with a Dehaka pick and spent the majority of the game split pushing, but never over extended which resulted in a clean 3-0-6 KDA for the match. Game 3 on Sky Temple saw insomnia on Zeratul. This was another strong showing for the Team Freedom flex player as he managed to get some value out of his stealth trait and put up a 1-1-5 KDA. Game 4 was not a great performance for insomnia on Tomb of the Spider Queen. He played Tyrael and didn't get much value out of his passive spell armor having only a single mage as an opponent. The ended the match with a 2-3-3 KDA and ended the night at 6-5-14, or 4.0.
daneski    Team Freedom
daneski was on his game in a 3-1 upset win over B-Step during the 2017 HGC Western Playoffs.

RotoWire Analysis

Game 1 saw daneski on Nazeebo, a heavy comfort pick while playing the map Dragon Shire. This was daneski's weakest performance of the night as his team could not keep up with the B-Step rotations. daneski ended the match with a 0-0-3 KDA, the worst on his team. In Game 2 the map was Cursed Hollow. On this map daneski opted for another Nazeebo pick. This time he performed much better as he was able to safely farm his level 20 Big Bad Voodoo talent which virtually doubled his damage against enemy heroes. He ended the match with a 2-1-6 KDA. In Game 3 daneski opted for a Li-Ming pick on Sky Temple. daneski showcased his excellent mechanics amid a very strong 4-1-2 KDA performance. Finally, in Game 5 on Tomb of the Spider Queen, daneski went with another Nazeebo pick. This was easily his strongest match of the series as he amassed over 100,000 Hero Damage and topped all statistical metrics, as well as posted a perfect 1-0-4 KDA for a total KDA of 7-2-15, or 10.5.
psalm    Tempo Storm
psalm was dominant when playing against Gale Force eSports, winning 3-1 during the 2017 HGC Group Stage.

RotoWire Analysis

psalm went with a crazy Cassia pick right at the start of Game 1 on Cursed Hollow. He chose an all-out Fend build that focused on doing massive amounts of damage, as he was the only primary damage dealer on the team. psalms build worked out perfectly as he topped both the hero damage and the siege damage for his team as well as posted a 1/0/3 KDA. Game 2 was a little more rough for psalm as he went with a Thrall pick on Braxis Holdout. Thrall does not do well against Zagara in a solo lane and resulted in his team having trouble finding where to place him. He had a 1/3/9 KDA, which could have been much better if he had opted for a smarter pick during the draft. In Game 3, psalm went for a pocket pick in Tracer and absolutely dominated with top hero damage on Warhead Junction and a 4/2/6 KDA. Finally, in Game 4 psalm went with a Zeratul pick and was able to dismantle GFE's backline while amassing a ridiculous 9/1/8 KDA for a total KDA of 15/5/26.
Jun    Tempo Storm
Jun had a rough series against Gale Force eSports, winning 3-1 during the 2017 HGC Group Stage.

RotoWire Analysis

Jun opted for an aggressive Auriel pick in Game 1 on Cursed Hollow. This hero choice was chosen in tandem with Cassia, an excellent energy battery for Jun to use in order to gain boosted healing ability. This worked really well for Tempo Storm with the entire team only having two deaths, and Jun posting a 0/0/4 KDA. In Game 2, Jun went with Malfurion on Braxis Holdout. He was forced to lane in the four man group in the bottom lane and was up against Lt. Morales, the medic who has nearly double the healing capability of Malfurion in the early game. This catapulted Gale Force eSports into the lead and Tempo Storm was unable to make a comeback. Jun had an abysmal 1/3/5 KDA. Game 3 saw Jun on Brightwing. This was an amazing hero choice on Warhead Junction as the global presence was too much for GFE to handle. Jun posted a very impressive 5/1/7 KDA in this match. In Game 4, Jun tried to redeem himself with another Malfurion pick. This time the hero choice was much better and he ended up with a 0/2/14 KDA for an over KDA of 6/8/30.
Fury    Tempo Storm
Fury played a great series against Gale Force eSports, winning 3-1 during the 2017 HGC Group Stage.

RotoWire Analysis

In the opening match of the series, Fury opted for a Johanna pick on Cursed Hollow. While the hero choice itself was countered pretty hard by the triple mage combo that Gale Force eSports drafted/talented into. Despite the shortcomings of his selected hero being countered, Fury played a mechanically sound match and ended up with a 1/1/3 KDA. In Game 2 on Braxis Holdout, Fury went for a pocket pick in E.T.C.. E.T.C. is widely considered one of the weakest warriors in the current meta and rarely see's competitive play. Despite Fury posting a 2/1/7 KDA, his team still was unable to score a win. Game 3 on Warhead Junction was much different, as Fury played one of the strongest warriors, Anub'Arak. This match he was able to score a perfect 1/0/11 KDA and his team won in just 12 short minutes, completely dominating Gale Force eSports in the process. Finally, in Game 4 Fury opted for a Tyrael pick that at first seemed out of place, but then made perfect sense as his double melee assassin comp was completed. This match fury had a 2/2/12 KDA for an overall KDA of 6/4/33.
CauthonLuck    Tempo Storm
CauthonLuck played a strong series against Gale Force eSports, winning 3-1 during the 2017 HGC Group Stage.

RotoWire Analysis

CauthonLuck opted for a Zarya pick on Cursed Hollow, a strange pick for the typical ranged assassin player. Stepping out of his comfort zone seemed to benefit his team greatly as they earned their first win while CauthonLuck put up a 2/0/2 KDA. Game 2 on Braxis Holdout was a difficult one to watch as Tempo Storm appeared to be in control despite their first and only loss being on this map. CauthonLuck drafted Chromie and had a 3/2/6 KDA, but his damage output was just a little too light for a hero that doesn't bring much else to the table. In Game 3, CauthonLuck opted for an old favorite in Falstad. The hero choice was great given that the map was on Warhead Junction and allowed him to make full use of his global presence. This match CauthonLuck posted a 3/1/8 KDA. In Game 4, CauthonLuck decided to play Greymane on Towers of Doom, as his Zarya was banned during the draft. This match he had a 1/1/14 KDA for a total KDA of 9/4/30.
cattlepillar    Tempo Storm
cattlepillar played an extraordinary series against Gale Force eSports, winning 3-1 during the 2017 HGC Group Stage.

RotoWire Analysis

cattlepillar started what can only be described as a rampage with a Dehaka pick on Cursed Hollow. The main strategy with this selection was to split push and soak for his team in order to gain a level advantage over his opponents. Despite always being alone and vulnerable in lane, cattlepillar pulled out a 0/1/4 KDA with top damage taken and experience soaked for his team. Game 2 was even better on Braxis Holdout as he completely dominated the top lane on Chen. His counterpick was deadly and the 3/1/7 KDA he got is a perfect demonstration of the strength of his play. In Game 3 on Warhead Junction, cattlepillar opted for another Dehaka pick and this time posted a 0/2/10 KDA with top experience and damage tanked for his team, a mirror of his first match. In what was the deciding match of the series, cattlepillar went with Leoric to counter the double frontline that Gale Force eSports drafted. This turned out to be his best game of the night as he earned an astounding 5/2/10 KDA while also topping the damage taken and experience gained categories. Overall cattlepillar had a 8/6/31 KDA.
zugrug    Team Freedom
zugrug had an up and down series against No Tomorrow, winning 3-1 during the 2017 HGC Group Stage.

RotoWire Analysis

zugrug opted for an early Varian pick in Game 1 on Towers of Doom. This was a terrible decision as he got completely obliterated in the draft by No Tomorrow, which led him to a 2/5/1 KDA on what was once considered one of his better heroes. Game 2 was played much differently by zugrug and this time he went with Anub'Arak on Tomb of the Spider Queen. Thanks to some quality mechanics and dodging the Leoric Withering Grasp, zugrug was able to earn a perfect 2/0/10 KDA. Game 3 on Cursed Hollow was nearly as good with a brave Varian pick. This match zugrug ended up with a 0/1/7 KDA as the solo tank for his team. In Game 4, zugrug grabbed Anub'Arak once again and had another perfect game with him with a 1/0/7 KDA. zugrug's total KDA for the night was 5/6/25.
nazmas    Team Freedom
nazmas did well in a 3-1 victory over No Tomorrow during the 2017 HGC Group Stage.

RotoWire Analysis

nazmas started Game 1 on Cassia, the newest ranged assassin hero from the Diablo franchise. Despite losing the match, he actually played very well and topped the damage for either team. In doing so he also had a 0//3/3 KDA, which was mostly due to his team being unable to secure kills. Game 2 on Tomb of the Spider Queen saw nazmas on Greymane. This match he was able to post a much better 5/1/6 KDA while topping the siege damage. In Game 3, nazmas opted for a Falstad pick and spent most of the game soloing and soaking experience for his team. He had a 3/2/4 KDA in this match. In what would end up being the final game, Game 4, nazmas once again went for the Falstad on Sky Temple. This was another classic nazmas game where he spent most of the match by himself, however, he was still able to grab a 3/0/5 KDA for an overall KDA of 11/6/18.
KilluZiioN    Team Freedom
KilluZiioN had a good series against No Tomorrow, winning 3-1 during the 2017 HCG Group Stage.

RotoWire Analysis

KilluZiioN opted for a Malfurion pick that just did not work out in Game 1 on Towers of Doom. While his KDA was a 1/2/3 for the match he was unable to keep his team alive and Team Freedom ended up losing with four total kills to 15 for No Tomorrow. Game 2 was a huge improvement, despite playing the same hero, Malfurion. In This match on Tomb of the Spider Queen KilluZiioN was able to post a very respectable 2/0/10 KDA. Game 3 was yet another Malfurion match, though this time the map was Cursed Hollow. In this match, KilluZiioN was able to net a 1/1/8 KDA, however, his overall healing was much lower than No Tomorrow's TigerJK on Lucio, though that was partially due to Team Freedom having much more damage output which padded the enemy Lucio's stats. In Game 4. the final match of the series, KilluZiioN played Uther and posted a 1/0/7 KDA for a total KDA of 5/3/28, for a total ratio of 11.
insomnia    Team Freedom
insomnia proved himself in a 3-1 victory over No Tomorrow during the 2017 HGC Group Stage.

RotoWire Analysis

insomnia had a poor performance in Game 1 on Towers of Doom. He selected Anub'Arak, a solid warrior that was picked to counter No Tomorrow's Li-Ming, however, Imsomnia had a hard time finding his groove and also fed two needless deaths, Finishing the game with a 1/2/1 KDA. Game 2 was much better on Tyrael. This match was played on Tomb of the Spider Queen and insomnia posted a 1/2/11 KDA with top experience earned in the match. Game 3 saw Insomnia on Zeratul in a Cursed Hollow game where he posted a 2/1/6 KDA. In the final match, insomnia also played Zeratul and this time posted a perfect 1/0/7 KDA ratio. In total, insomnia had a 5/5/25 KDA with a 6.0 KD ratio.
daneski    Team Freedom
daneski had a strong showing against No Tomorrow with a 3-1 victory during the 2017 HGC Group Stage.

RotoWire Analysis

daneski had a rough start in Game 1 on Falstad on the map Towers of Doom. The reason daneski chose Falstad was for his late game potential and strong poke, however, No Tomorrow was able to get an early lead by rotating hard on daneski and his teammate zugrug, scoring early kills that put them in a position of power that Team Freedom could not overcome. Game 2 was much better for daneski as he chose one of his pocket pick heroes in Nazeebo on Tomb of the Spider Queen, his best map. In addition to playing on his best map, he got extra value from his Nazeebo pick due to No Tomorrow drafting both Johanna and Cassia, two heroes that thrive against auto attack heroes, but at the cost of being susceptible to mages like Nazeebo. The best match of the night for daneski was arguable Game 3 on Cursed Hollow. In this match he went with Greymane and racked up a 3/0/6 KDA with top damage. daneski was so dominant in this match that he was able to lead his team into an early 16-minute victory.