Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm Casting Call

The HotS Scene in ANZ has never been more exciting than it is as we head into Phase 2 of 2018! With HotS broadcasts three times per week we have opportunities for casters who want to get involved in the hottest up-and-coming esport in the region.

HotS Open Division

Open Division is the development field for players, casters and admins alike. For those that are new to casting, or new to HotS casting specifically, this is the place to kick-start your casting career. To be involved, you need to commit to casting once per week. You’ll be paired with a range of different casters, provided with training and VOD reviews and at the end of Phase 2, you may be promoted from Open Division casting to Premier division casting!

Note: this is a volunteer position.

HGC ANZ Premier

HGC ANZ Premier is produced by Gamestah and streamed to Blizzard ANZ’s twitch channel twice weekly. Only the most experienced casters have access to Premier, so new casters are expected to prove their capability in Open Division first. We are looking to promote at least one caster from Open Division to Premier during HGC ANZ Premier Phase 2!

Note: HGC ANZ Premier casters receive payment for their casting. 

How to Apply

If you’re keen to get involved with HotS casting with Gamestah, send an email to: applications (at) gamestah.com. Include references to any prior casting experience (e.g. VODs, or tournaments you’ve casted) and a blurb on who you are and why you want to cast Heroes of the Storm!


Heroes of the Storm

Competitive Ruling: Rich Gang vs Downfall (1 March)


Tournament Administration (TA) for the HGC ANZ Premier was informed 30 minutes prior to the match start of Downfall vs Rich Gang that Rich Gang was unable to field a full roster of five players for the match due to the unexpected unavailability of Deuces. Since Rich Gang vs Downfall was scheduled to be streamed, TA permitted the use of the sub only as a means towards preserving the broadcast schedule. Rich Gang was informed that the use of the unauthorised substitute would be reviewed after the match was complete, and that the outcome of the review may affect the outcome of the match. Rich Gang accepted this approach.

Related Rules

The following rule, 2.3.k.i, refers:

Game Forfeitures
i) If fewer than five Eligible Participants on a team’s roster are present ten minutes
after the scheduled match time, that team forfeits the match.


As Rich Gang was unable to field five eligible participants within 10 minutes of the match’s start time, they forfeit the match. Downfall is awarded the win and granted a 1-0 score.

Future Impact

As a result of this ruling, if the situation arises again where a team is unable to field their roster as required by 2.3.k.i, the match will not be streamed. Instead, the other match, scheduled to be played off-air, will be streamed instead. TA will attempt to inform teams affected in this way as soon as possible to ensure minimal disruption to the HGC ANZ Premier broadcast.



HGC ANZ Competitive Ruling: attempted poaching (Outlaws)


There are rules in HGC ANZ 2018 which state, inter alia


(b)    Teams that participate in any official HGC Australian and New Zealand Finals league (including Preseason Qualifiers, Open Division and Premier) will not be allowed to change any of their Team members at any time during the course of an HGC ANZ Phase.

(e)    Players from within a team who has qualified for HGC ANZ Premier via either Preseason Qualifiers or the Promotion process as referred to in section 3.1(c) (“the Qualifying Team) will not be permitted to compete on behalf of any team other than the Qualifying Team for the duration of the Phase for which that team qualified (“the Qualified Phase”).

(f)    A Team who attempts to poach a player from a Qualifying Team prior to the conclusion of the Qualified Phase will be penalised. Such penalties may include deduction of points, withdrawal from the league and in the most serious instances, may be banned from competing in future HGC ANZ leagues and tournaments.

The current provision 2.1(e) and (f) are new clauses that were introduced this year to protect teams who have already qualified for HGC ANZ Premier Division from being poached by existing well established and better financed Premier teams. The intention as that we do not want those teams to lose their best players before the season even starts which would severely damages their chances within Premier.


We are advised that Outlaws, a currently qualified HGC ANZ Premier team (qualified by virtue of having finished top 4 in HGC ANZ Season 4 2017) have approached a player that is currently competing in the HGC ANZ Preseason Qualifiers. i.e. a team that has not yet qualified.

The rules referred to above apply to any attempted poaching of a player in a “Qualifying Team”. We understand that there has been some confusion around what constitutes a Qualifying Team. A “Qualifying Team” is defined in clause 2.1(e) as one that “has” qualified for Premier division pursuant to 2.1(f). As Nekomimi does not fall within the definition of a Qualifying Team, we confirm that there has been no infringement of this rule 2.1(f) regardless whether or not the actions of Outlaws constituted “attempts to poach” .

Indeed, if there is an attempt to poach a team that has already qualified then the poaching team would be penalised.

It appears as though many have seized on the words “Qualifying Teams” and misconstrued this term (despite it’s clear definition in clause 2.1(e)) to refer to teams that are in the process of qualifying. This interpretation is inconsistent with the definition of a “Qualifying Team” under rule 2.1(e). Having said that, to alleviate any confusion in the future, we propose to amend the words “Qualifying Team” in 2.1(e) and (f) to “Qualified Team”.

The second issue relates to whether there has been any breach of clause 2.1(b) referred to above.  On our review if this matter, there has not been any breach of clause 2.1(b) as there have been no player movements around the Outlaws roster.



HGC ANZ Competitive Ruling: MM Clubhouse

Here is the official ruling regarding the roster changes at MM Clubhouse:

In relation to the roster movement that occurred over the weekend, MM Clubhouse has breached 2.1(b) of the rules which states that rosters have been locked. There has however not been a breach of provision 2.1(d) which states that a team is automatically disqualified from the competition if it is left with less than 3 players from its main roster. From our investigations, only 1 player (Hacky) made the move from Dark Sided to MMCH. The decision to disband the DS roster was made by DS as an org. Having said that, we feel that it is too harsh to impose a penalty on MMCH which results in an effective disqualification from the tournament by virtue of removing any chance of qualifying at all (which would be the case if there was a breach of 2.1(d) of the rules).

Additionally, there has not been a breach of 2.1(f). This is a new provision that has been introduced this this year. 2.1(f) relates to qualifying teams (as defined in 2.1(e)) . It is designed to protect teams that have successfully been promoted to Premier division against better established and better resourced organisations.

Accordingly, it has been decided to deduct two points from MMCH in the current preseason qualifying tournament. We feel that under the circumstances, this is a fair and reasonable outcome. Our goal is to preserve the competitive integrity of the tournament but we also need to strike a balance with the need for teams to form comfortable units moving into regular season.