Mindfreak Roster / Player Subtitutions, Transfers & Buy-outs


Mindfreak’s roster for Phase 2 is missing a player due to an unforeseen retirement of a player in their core roster.  Mindfreak was competing at the Mid-Season Brawl during the standard HGC ANZ Agency Period and thus was unable to take the opportunity to recruit a replacement. A request has been made to re-open the Agency Period for all teams in order to facilitate finding a replacement. This would require the start of Phase 2 to be delayed by at least a week.


In order to avoid serious disruption to the other teams in the league, the agency period will not be reopened and thus the start of Phase 2 will not be delayed. However, Mindfreak will be granted a number of concessions to cope with the need to fill their roster:

  1. Mindfreak will be permitted to use unlimited substitutes (ignoring the 2 player emergency sub condition) for the player that is missing until the end of Week 4 of Phase 2;
  2. Mindfreak will be permitted to approach teams that have a registered reserve to request the use of the reserve as a substitute during their matches, so long as the reserve is not scheduled to play for their own team on the same night as Mindfreak’s request.

Additional Changes

Tournament administration acknowledges that there is need for clarification when a player unexpectedly leaves the team. While roster sizes have been increased to six to mitigate the risk of this happening, there is still the possibility that a team may be left without a player due to unforeseen circumstances.

Amendments to the HGC ANZ rules for regulating player substitutions, transfers and buy-outs mid-season under these circumstances will be introduced. These amendments will extend the concessions that are being granted to Mindfreak to all teams that may find themselves in a similar situation.

It should be noted that any player that summarily leaves a team during the regular season will be banned from competing in Premier for the remainder of that season.

Finally, we will introduce a player sign-up form that will require each individual to confirm what team they are on, and acceptance of the HGC ANZ Premier rules. This will be released as soon as possible.



Competitive Ruling – Crimson Roster / Josh “Hacky” Hackett


Player Josh “Hacky” Hackett has been added to Crimson Gaming’s roster for Phase 2. However, Hacky played for Pleb2Pro in Open Division during Phase 1 for four weeks, which would lock him to Pleb2Pro’s roster under rule 2.1(i).

Relevant Rules:


A Player who has competed:
i) in four (4) or more rounds of Open Division Competition; and
ii) on behalf of a team who has qualified for HGC ANZ Premier via either Preseason Qualifiers or the Promotion process as referred to in section 3.2 (“the Qualified Team”)
will not be permitted to compete on behalf of any team other than the Qualified Team for the duration of the Phase for which that team qualified (“the Qualified Phase”).

And 2.1(k)

A Player meeting the conditions set out in sub paragraph (2.1(i)) above who leaves an Open Division Team with a view to circumventing the provisions contained in this section 2.1 may be subject to penalties. Such penalties may include being banned from competing in future HGC ANZ leagues and tournaments.

Additional Information

1. Tournament Administration has been provided with email evidence that Hacky was released from Pleb2Pro’s roster on 28 March 2018 by agreement with the team owner.
2. Rule 2.1(k) was introduced on 5 April 2018.

Application of the Rules

Although Hacky does meet the conditions laid out in 2.1(i) and 2.1(k), these rules were introduced after transfer had been granted and Hacky had left the team.


The acquisition of Josh “Hacky” Hackett by Crimson Gaming is approved.

The HGC ANZ Premier rules can be read here.



HGC ANZ Premier Phase 2 – Open Slot Qualification…

At the end of Phase 1 of HGC ANZ Premier, Downfall Gaming disbanded and the eight slot in the Premier Division opened up for contest. The following format for qualification for this slot has been decided in conjunction with discussions between the ANZ HotS community, Gamestah and Blizzard ANZ.

Two Stage Qualifier

The first stage for qualification will take place on Wednesday 20 June 2018, which is the date of the first week of Open Division competition. Teams will play in a five-round best-of-1 (bo1) Swiss bracket. At the end of the fifth round, the four teams at the top of the bracket will advance to the second stage.

The second stage will consist of a single elimination, best-of-three (bo3) bracket, to be played on Thursday 21 June 2018. First round matches in this bracket will pair  1st vs 4th and 2nd vs 3rd. The winners of each match will advance to the final, and the winner of that will take the eight slot in Premier division.


Broadcasting of the Swiss Bracket matches on Wednesday night will take place on GamestahTV1 on Twitch, as will the first round of the Single Elimination bracket on Thursday.

The final match in the Single Elimination bracket will be broadcast on Blizzard_ANZ on Twitch, immediately after the scheduled HGC ANZ Premier matches for that night have completed.

The commentary team on Thursday night will be Andre “Skimmy” Allchin and Kori “Vandie” Bassi.

Gamestah would like to thank the ANZ HotS community for engaging actively in the decisions regarding the Phase 2 qualifier!



What’s Happening in HGC ANZ Premier for Phase 2?

This is a quick update for those who have been wondering what has been going on behind the scenes within the ANZ HotS community with regard to Phase 2 of HGC ANZ Premier.

Captains met with Gamestah during the week of 14 May, and then again the week of 21 May, to provide their feedback on Phase 1 and suggestions for Phase 2. The outcome of the meetings was a set of recommendations which were proposed to Blizzard ANZ, and the following changes will be implemented for Phase 2 of HGC ANZ Premier:

Team Composition

HGC ANZ Premier teams will now consist of up to six players on the “Active Roster” and will be given the opportunity to use emergency substitutes for two of their matches during Phase 2. The substitutes will not be considered part of the Active Roster, and cannot be sourced from another Premier team.

In addition, teams will no longer be required to meet a core-of-three requirement for their roster, but instead will be held to a core-of-two requirement.

Agency Period

During the off-season (i.e. the period between Phases 1 and 2) teams will have the opportunity to make adjustments to their rosters. The Agency Period started on 22 May, and ends on 11 June, as follows:

  • 22 May – 31 May: Roster Release period
  • 1 June – 11 June: Roster Acquisition period

During the agency period, teams may release and acquire new players for their Phase 2 roster. Newly qualified teams (i.e. teams promoted from Open Division in Phase 1 to Premier Division in Phase 2) are not allowed to release players, but are allowed to acquire additional players should they need to it fill their active roster to six.

Team Disbanding

If a premier team does not fulfill the core-of-two requirement at the end of the acquisition period, or that team forms two separate teams that both satisfy the core-of-two requirement, their slot in Premier opens up to challenge. To ensure fair access to the slot, a playoff series will be conducted for those teams that qualify to challenge for the slot. Teams that qualify are:

  • The two new teams that satisfy the core-of-two requirement
  • The highest ranked Open Division team

In other words, a team that maintains its core-of-two, where no other team with a core-of-two from the old roster is formed, keeps the Premier slot. The challenge only occurs if two teams form out of the old roster. In the case where one of the new teams has a majority of players in it (i.e. 3 or more players from the Active Roster), there is no challenge – that team will hold onto the slot.

Tournament Realm

All HGC ANZ Premier matches in Phase 2 will be played on the Tournament Realm!

Other Changes

There were a few other changes that were agreed between the Captains and Gamestah that affect mainly how the tournament is run, as opposed to changing the requirements teams must meet in order to compete.

These changes include a Captains’ Council that will be consulted on issues such as hero bans, rules changes and responses to the discovery of significant bugs.

Gamestah has also committed to improving transparency regarding the application of rules and responses to player reports/requests, as well as improving general communication.