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Equinox    Gale Force eSports
Equinox bounced back with a strong showing amid a 3-0 victory over Team 8 during the 2017 HGC Group Stage.

RotoWire Analysis

Equinox played Arthas in Game 1 and Game 2 of the best-of-five set, however he went with a very different play style in both games. In Game 1 he chose the Army of Ghouls ultimate that allowed him to essentially become immortal for 15 seconds while his ghouls are active. This was absolutely a necessary choice as he was the sole frontline hero with a very vulnerable medic for a support. In Game 2 however, he was part of a double tank/double support cheese comp that focused on heavy sustain and outlasting their opponents. This allowed him to take the Summon Sindragosa talent, which enables him to summon a giant ice dragon to fly overhead and shoot heavy ice beams in a long straight line slowing and damaging everything in its path for 3.5 seconds. In addition to this it also disables any buildings it touches for 20 seconds, this allowed his teams Immortal Punisher to push down lanes unabated. The result of these nuanced talent choices were both immediate and appreciated as Equinox expertly propelled his team to a 3-0 sweep of Team 8, the defending champions of North America.
akaface    Gale Force eSports
akaface played a strong series during a 3-0 sweep of Team 8 during the 2017 HGC Group Stage.

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akaface was steadfast on Lucio in Game 2 with a surprising double support comp featuring akaface as the main healer and Khroen on Auriel with the offhealing/utility support. This caught Team 8 off guard and sky rocketed Gale Force eSports into a 2-0 lead after a 15 minute victory on Infernal Shrines. Despite running a double healer comp, akaface opted for the Sound Barrier ultimate on Lucio, providing his team with an AOE shield that absorbs up to 1300 damage, scaling down over 6 seconds. This choice came in handy when the triple warrior comp Team 8 was running dove deep on GFE's backline, nearly killing Fan on Valla. Game 3 was another influential game for akaface as he was once again seen on Lucio, this time on Braxis Holdout. This was a surprising pick as GFE ran with a single frontliner - Muradin and did not have much in the way of crowd control to keep akaface out of harms way. This proved to be no issue as akaface expertly weaved through the battlefield providing his team with much needed healing while not dying a single time.
JeongHa    L5
JeongHa looked like he was having fun in the 2-0 victory against Resurgance at the 2017 HGC Eastern Clash.

RotoWire Analysis

JeongHa was going for style points in both Games 1 and 2 against Resurgance. Game 1 was over in literally 10 minutes, with JeongHa dominating right after hitting level 10. Landing multi-man Sulfuras Smashes would allow his team to end the game incredibly quickly. Game 2 had JeongHa on the hero Zeratul for the map Towers of Doom. This game started to get real funky with JeongHa going full aggro, diving towers and forts early on for the odd chance that he might pick up a kill. While it appeared L5 was clowning for the majority of this game, it was still very apparent that the match was one sided. With L5 being on another level mechanically and with JeongHa's Void Prisons, Game 2 wrapped up the series with some flourish.
Arcaner    Nomia
Arcaner had a disappointing 1-2 loss to Team 8 during the 2017 HGC Western Clash.

RotoWire Analysis

Arcaner started out Game 1 on Jaina in what would be their only victory of the night. In this game Arcaner was repeatedly caught off guard and out of position in teamfights and ultimately did not perform to the standard that professional players should. Many mistakes he made were common ones that suggest he is not well versed with Jaina in the slightest, and only picked her to utilize her slowing trait. This strategy actually ended up working out for Nomia in the end, as the did manage to win the game despite Arcaner dying four times, literally half of the team's overall death toll. During Game 2 Arcaner was on Falstad and played nearly perfectly. His skillshots were great and exciting to watch, his positioning always kept him one step ahead of the enemy, and perhaps the most important of all, he completed his job of split-soaking perfectly. After suffering a loss despite his exceptional play, Arcaner was seen on camera with his head in his hands, likely wondering what more he could have done.
Vanilla    Nomia
Vanilla has been signed by Nomia according to the masterleague.net official player database.

RotoWire Analysis

Vanilla was acquired by Nomia early this year as they reformed a new squad with the goals of toppling some of the North American and European teams at the Western Clash. While Vanilla was completely untested in international play prior to this event, he did perform well during his debut. Not a lot is known about the Australian region, but one thing observed during the 2017 HGC Western Clash is that Vanilla is a highly aggressive and mechanically intelligent Rehgar player. His addition to Nomia should genuinely assist them in climbing deeper into bracket play in future tournaments.
Johno    Nomia
Johno has been signed by Nomia, according to the masterleague.net official team roster.

RotoWire Analysis

Johno is the newest ranged-assassin player to join team Nomia, the number-one Oceanic team out of the Australian region. His performance in the 2017 HGC Western Clash was admirable; however, his team was unable to advance to the playoffs due to being eliminated by North American team, Team 8. Little is known about Johno due to the limited exposure his region receives outside of major international tournaments; however, what we do know is he is an excellent Tychus player with a lot of raw talent. It will be interesting to see if his addition will be what Australia needs to finally make it into the playoffs of the next Western Clash.
Benjamin94    Nomia
Benjamin94 ate a tough 1-2 loss at the hands of Team 8 during the 2017 HGC Western Clash.

RotoWire Analysis

Benjamin94 started out hot with a first-pick Zeratul that ended up paying dividends in a big way in Game 1, as he carried his team to a decisive victory. While that is hard to imagine given his paltry three kills to an awful six deaths, the massive amount of experience he gained for his team allowed his team to stay even on levels and gave them a fighting chance. He also set up some decent trades for some of his deaths for higher-valued enemies and got a lot of damage in on the immortal objectives, even winning a few thanks to his efforts. Game 2 was much different though. Benjamin decided on a Tyrael pick in a double-warrior comp on Infernal Shrines. While Tyrael is almost never a bad pick, there was no real reason to need Sanctification, the ultimate he chose and typically the reason a team picks Tyrael. The seemingly random hero pick resulted in a close loss that likely could have been won had Benjamin94 picked any other hero within the scope of his hero pool.
Yoda    Team 8
Yoda had a good series in a 2-1 victory over Nomia during the 2017 HGC Western Clash.

RotoWire Analysis

Yoda started Game 1 with Li-Ming on Battlefield of Eternity. This is the standard mage hero for the map, but an awful hero pick when Anub'Arak is still available, as his entire kit revolves around countering Li-Ming. Unfortunately for Yoda, Nomia was well aware of this and went for the Anub'Arak pick, which ultimately was the reason that Yoda lost. Game 2 was the most influential match of the series for Yoda. He selected Gul'Dan as his hero and had very accurate skillshots that completely melted Nomia's frontline heroes and gave the rest of their team access to the squishy backline. As a result of his excellent skillshots, Yoda topped the damage meters for his team with 73,000. He also put up a decent 3/3/7 KDA in addition to winning the match.
psalm    Tempo Storm
Psalm is toted as a top Heroes of the Storm, player but he does not appear to fit that bill, even though they beat Infamous Gaming 2-0 at the 2017 HGC Western Clash.

RotoWire Analysis

Plasm was not nearly as aggressive on the hero Tracer in the early stages of Game 1 as he could have been. Picking up a kill on the solo Falstad at the six-minute mark was a good start, even though he missed his Pulse Bomb heroic. This kind of sloppy play was eventually punished at the eight-minute mark with Psalm getting silenced by the enemy Malfurion, even though he had ample time to move away or Rewind. Psalm appeared to gain a little more confidence in Game 2, picking up a great first blood against the enemy E.T.C. shortly after the first minute. Not satisfied with the cow, Psalm was able to pick up yet another kill, this time on an overeager Falstad, securing the top Bell Tower for his team.
Jun    Tempo Storm
Jun was good enough in the 2-0 victory against Infamous Gaming at the 2017 HGC Western Clash.

RotoWire Analysis

Game 1 saw eally mediocre play from Jun on the map Sky Temple. Supporting on the hero Reghar, Jun had very few options besides being a heal bot and just not allowing himself to get into a bad position. Unfortunately he was not particularly good at the latter, as he was killed at the 13-minute mark for absolutely no reason besides him being bad. Playing Malfurion in Game 2, Jun had a little more luck when it came to picking up kills and following up with Twilight Dream. This was showcased at the eight-minute mark and 11-minute mark, using it on solo targets just to secure the kill. A great Root at the 12-minute mark on the enemy Falstad's Flight icon secured the series. It should be noted, however, that Jun did not land a single impactful Cleanse this entire second game, often letting allies die or get caught in the enemy lockdown simply due to slow reaction or trigger-happy use of the all-important ability too early in fights.
Fury    Tempo Storm
Fury had some great Stage Dives in the 2-0 victory against Infamous Gaming at the 2017 HGC Western Clash.

RotoWire Analysis

Fury had a strong start to Game 1 on the hero E.T.C, securing first blood for his team by locking down the enemy Muradin at roughly the one-minute mark. A great Stage Dive at the nine-minute mark secured a kill on the enemy Malfurion, who was heavily out of position. Fury's best play was at the 17-minute mark, when he was able to land a four-man Stage Dive on the retreating enemy, securing four kills for Tempo Storm. Game 2 had Fury on the hero Johanna, which ended up being a display of Infamous' incompetence rather than a display of Fury's impeccable tanking ability.
CauthonLuck    Tempo Storm
CauthonLuck was very consistent in the 2-0 victory against Infamous Gaming at the 2017 HGC Western Clash.

RotoWire Analysis

CauthonLuck played a good Valla in Game 1 on the map Sky Temple. The only misplay this game was not being the one to split-soak during the early stages of the game, forcing Tassadar to not be paired with Psalm on Tracer. This gimped the team's potential, considering tracer is typically at her strongest pre-10. Game 2 had Cauthon on the hero Li-Ming for the map Towers of Doom. Beautiful rotation of abilities at the eight-minute mark, when Cauthon noticed an enemy Falstad's Flight icon, instantly bursting him as he touched down. This exact situation replicated itself again at the 12-minute mark, which says more about Infamous than it does Cauthon's reaction speed.
cattlepillar    Tempo Storm
Even though Tempo Storm took the series against Infamous Gaming 2-0, Cattlepillar had some very questionable shotcalling at the 2017 HGC Western Clash.

RotoWire Analysis

Games 1 and 2 had Cattlepillar on the hero Tassadar to pair with Psalm on Tracer. What transpired next was probably one of the most confusing and poorly planned decisions Tempo Storm could make. Instead of dominating the early game with this combination, Cattlepillar spent the majority of Game 1 split-soaking away from the rest of the team. Cattlepillar should have let Cauthonluck on Valla pick up the solo lane while rotating to allow Tracer to actually function in her critical role. Cattle had a very bad judgement call at the 14-minute mark when he could have easily escaped from the enemy and ended up playing very aggressively in a 3-vs-5 situation, dying and giving up an incredible amount of experience and map control.
Prismaticism    Team 8
Prismaticism had a hard time in a narrow 2-1 victory over Nomia during the 2017 HGC Western Clash.

RotoWire Analysis

Prismaticism was once again a very one-dimensional player with Ragnaros, playing him in both Game 1 and Game 2 of this series. Prismaticism has one of the weakest hero pools out of all professional HotS players and this is a huge issue Team 8 needs to address as soon as possible. Game 1 and Game 2 on Ragnaros were decent, with Prismaticism making some solid plays; however, he also died far too often, especially in Game 2, where he earned three deaths for his poor positioning. In Game 3 Prismaticism had no choice but to play something other than Ragnaros, as Nomia banned him. This put Prismaticism on Falstad in the solo lane against Dehaka, a decent matchup where at least he wouldn't lose the lane too quickly. Prismaticism made very little contributions in this match and essentially just served as a placeholder for his team alone in the top lane while they did everything else. Not exactly what you want to be remembered for when you are the newest member to the NA professional scene.
Splendour    Team Liquid
Splendour showed little restraint when it came to aggressive healer play in the 1-3 loss to Fnatic at the 2017 HGC Western Clash.

RotoWire Analysis

Game 1's loss was largely on Splendour, as he had some very poor uses of Bloodlust on the hero Reghar. Nine minutes into Game 1, Splendour used Bloodlust to literally zero effect, allowing Fnatic to just casually walk away. This would later allow Fnatic to take a very one-sided fight against Misfits. Game 3 was a completely different story, with Splendour making some huge comeback plays that allowed Misfits to mount a way back into the series. At the nine-minute mark, when it looked like all hope was lost, Splendour landed a perfect Palm onto ally Nurok, completely changing the momentum of the fight. Game 4 had Splendour playing incredibly aggressively on the hero Kharazim. Breez, on the hero Varian, wasted little time in punishing Splendour's greedy play, picking him off multiple times in the 15-minute game.
Nurok    Team Liquid
Nurok was one of the biggest factors in Misfits' single victory in the 1-3 loss to Fnatic at the 2017 HGC Western Clash.

RotoWire Analysis

Nurok struggled in the first few games of the series when it came to getting the needed amount of damage out. Once he switched off assassin and onto the hero Dehaka, things started to look up. This happened during Game 3 with Nurok using Brushstalker to consistently look for gank opportunities against Fnatic. This was especially important due to the fact that nearly every teamfight Misfits took was at a level and talent disadvantage. Nurok finally made it happen at the 18-minute mark, when he was able to create mass chaos with a flank in the top lane. Even though Misfits was fighting uphill at a level 18-to-20 disadvantage, they still managed to kill every single member from Fnatic. This was entirely due to the pressure Nurok was able to create along with his well-timed use of his heroic, Adaptation.
HasuObs    Team Liquid
HasuObs played well considering the 1-3 loss to Fnatic at the 2017 HGC Western Clash.

RotoWire Analysis

HasuObs prioritized Tassadar in every single game in the series against Fnatic, almost always drafting it in their first pick priority. Playing the hero in three out of the four games and only winning one made this hero emphasis appear rather questionable. The true power of Tassadar was showcased at the nine-minute mark in Game 3, as HasuObs was able to just barely save ally Nurok long enough for him to land an incredibly clutch Drag with the hero Dehaka. This play would alter the momentum of Game 3 in which Misfits was down by two full levels. Despite that, it appeared that Fnatic had zero issue when it came to playing around or bursting through HasuObs' shields.
darkmok    Team Liquid
Darkmok was consistent if not a little overeager in the 1-3 loss to Fnatic at the 2017 HGC Western Clash

RotoWire Analysis

Darkmok played really well in the first two games against Fnatic. Game 2 was on the hero Dehaka, with Darkmok splitting during the Sky Temple objective phases to create pressure on the enemies' structures. This bought a lot of time and experience for Misfits, as Fnatic often wasted a considerable amount of resources chasing Darkmok around. Game 3 had Darkmok on the hero Greymane, showing zero restraint when it came to diving in. This caused him to die a lot in the early game, as he was often easily singled out. The aggression finally payed off at the 18-minute mark with Darkmok wreaking havoc amongst Fnatic's backline, winning the fight in a level 18-to-20 disadvantage.
Blumbi    Team Liquid
Blumbi did a good job at landing his abilities for the majority of the 1-3 loss to Fnatic at the 2017 HGC Western Clash.

RotoWire Analysis

Blumbi was pretty spot-on in his tank play in the entire series against Fnatic. In both Games 1 and 2, it appeared to be primarily a support/assassin failure that caused the first two losses. Game 3 was what began to look like the ultimate underdog story, with Blumbi closing in for a great flank at the 10-minute mark. Unfortunately, it was a huge blunder because Blumbi ended up splitting his own team more than it split Fnatic. Blumbi was finally able to make a good Entomb play at the 12-minute mark , isolating the enemy Valla right outside of their top keep wall. This would allow his team to save all three of their keeps from the Spider Queens summoned by Fnatic. This was the big turning point for Misfits, as they were able to finally equalize what was until now, a very one-sided game.
Wubby    Fnatic
Wubby's best game in the series was the one time he didn't play Tyrael in the 3-1 victory against Misfits HotS in the 2017 HGC Western Clash.

RotoWire Analysis

Wubby played Tyrael every single game this series except for the first, where he graced the viewers with some good ol' molten action on the hero Ragnaros. Using his heroic Sulfuras Smash at the 10-minute mark would secure a kill on the enemy Reghar, opening up the opportunity to take Keep wall. Again at the 15-minute mark, Wubby landed a precision Sulfuras Smash onto the enemy Valla, hitting her with the center ring which killed her at 50-percent health. The rest of the series consisted of hit-or-miss (mostly miss) uses of Tyrael's Sanctification.