Heroes of the Storm

HGC ANZ Preseason Structure now ROUND ROBIN

We are changing the structure of the HGC ANZ Preseason Qualifiers from Swiss format to Round Robin Format. Fifteen teams registered for the tournament, which means we can run a single round-robin bracket, where everybody plays everybody else once, over four weeks. This will ensure we have the most accurate measurement of teams’ capability in comparison to everyone else in the Qualifiers.

Due to time constraints, matches will remain best-of-one (BO1). However, teams will be required to conduct a map draft before their game to select the battleground for the BO1.

Round Robin Structure Details:

Bracket: Singe Round Robin

Match type: BO1


Each team will play four matches per Tuesday night. On Toornament, each round is displayed as a “Day”. So “Day 1″ will be Round 1’s matches, “Day 2” will be round 2’s matches, etc.

The League table can be viewed here. Select a Day on the right to see a specific round’s match-ups, or use the links below!

23/01: Toornament Days 1 – 4

View specific match-ups: Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4

30/01: Toornament Days 5 – 8

View specific match-ups: Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Round 8

06/02: Toornament Days 9 – 12

View specific match-ups: Round 9 Round 10 Round 11 Round 12

13/02: Toornament Days 13 – 15

View specific match-ups: Round 13 Round 14 Round 15

Note that due to the uneven number of teams, one team per round will have a bye!

Map Drafting Process

Map drafting will be conducted as per the HGC ANZ Premier rules:

One team will be chosen at random to start the process (here labelled “Team A”), and will begin by banning one battleground. The other team (“Team B”) will then ban one battleground. Team A will then select a battleground from the remaining (unbanned) battlegrounds.

Note that teams will still be expected to enter results as their matches complete.

Match Broadcasting

Teams will be informed prior to the commencement of the first round of each match day what matches will be broadcast. If your match is selected for broadcasting you must join the lobby created by the broadcast team, who will start the match when both teams are ready. Note: if you start your match without the broadcast team’s presence you will be required to restart the match, regardless of progress!


Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard HGC ANZ Pre-season Qualifiers

The Blizzard HGC ANZ Pre-season Qualifiers (PQ) kick off next week on Tuesday, so here’s all the information you need to know about the PQ! Remember, the purpose of the PQ is to identify the five teams that will be joining Nomia, Crimson and Outlaws (formerly NMD) in the HGC ANZ Premier so the structure is designed to give the maximum number of teams the opportunity to compete for a spot.


Registration for the PQ is open until 5pm AEDT on Monday 22 January. After this date, you will not be able to register, so make sure, if you plan on competing, to get your registration in on time. Registration requires you to provide the full team roster, including Battle.net IDs. Once the season starts your team will be roster-locked for the duration of the PQ, and if you make it into Premier, the roster lock will remain in place for the entire Phase.

Register HERE for PQ

PQ Structure

The Pre-Season Qualifiers will feature 16 rounds of Swiss bracket played over four weeks. Tournament admins will populate the Swiss bracket and set scheduling for the rounds in place after registration has closed. You will know who your first round opponents are by Monday night, but subsequent round match-ups will be determined by the results of matches that have to be played.

Four rounds per match night will be played, with all matches best-of-one (BO1). Maps will be specified for each round, in advance, by the tournament admins. The map pool is the standard HGC map pool, but only four maps will be chosen for each night of play.

Week 1 Maps

The following maps will be played in week 1:

Round 1: Cursed Hollow
Round 2: Dragonshire
Round 3: Tomb of the Spider Queen
Round 4: Braxis Holdout

Qualifying Points

Teams earn 1 point for each match they win during Swiss bracket play. A loss earns zero points, and byes, if required, will also earn 1 point. At the end of the fourth night, all points will be tallied up and the top 5 teams, by points, will be promoted into the Premier division.


If two teams are tied for a qualifying spot in the Premier division, the only tiebreakers to be used will be the head-to-head results between tied teams. In the event of a tie the team that has won the head-to-head match will advance. If there are no head-to-head results, or if head-to-head results are also a tie, then the teams will play in a tie-breaker match on Thursday 15 February.


The PQ starts on Tuesday, 23 January, and repeats each Tuesday for four weeks, with the final match night (excluding tie-breakers) on Tuesday 13 February. Matches start at 7:30pm AEDT each week.


If you have any questions about the PQ, or the HGC ANZ in general, join Gamestah Discord and ping and admin (@evexiam or @Gamestah|Chrisis).


Gears of War

Announcing the Gears EARS PPC – Player Participation Credit…

We’re pleased to release the details for the Gears EARS PPC. All players that compete in Gears EARS qualifying rounds (i.e. three per Phase) earn credits for every match they play in.

Credit Earning per match
Win 100
Loss 75

After earning enough credits, players can then exchange the credits for digital and/or real-world items:

Item Credit Cost
1 x Latest Esports Pack 1000
5 x Latest Esports Pack 2700
1 x Esports Pack of Choice 1500
5 x Esports Pack of Choice 3000
Gears Funko (all except Del available) 4000
Esports Pin (Gnasher, Lancer, Snub, Longshot, or EMBAR) 4500
Esports Hoodie 5000
Esports Backpack 6000

These are fantastic rewards, sponsored by The Coalition, and all it takes to earn them is to take part – so make sure you get your registrations in!

PPC earnings are listed on the Gears EARS Leaderboard. Note: PPC carry over from one Phase to the next, and you can cash in your PPC at any time.


Gears of War

FINALS INFO: Gears Esports APAC Regional Series

Phase One is coming to a head with the Phase Finals taking place on 10 December (next Sunday)! As usual, Gears EARS will be broadcast on http://mixer.com/Gamestah so make sure you head over and follow us there!

Four teams have qualified for the Finals:

Seed Team
1 The Janitors
2 Mindfreak
3 Checkm8s
4 Rise Against

Seeding is based on the position each team earned through play during all three qualifying events in Phase One.


Date: 10 December 2017

Time: 1:30pm AEDT

Teams will be required to check in at 12:30pm AEDT.


The Phase finals feature the top four teams in a modified double elimination bracket, fighting for cash prizes. Seeding for the bracket is tailored to provide teams close, competitive matches, and avoid one-sided, crushing defeats.

  • Double elimination bracket
    • Ranks 1-2 seeded into Upper Bracket (UB)
      • Winner Advances to Grand Final
      • Loser drops to LB Round 2
    • Ranks 3-4 seeded into Lower Bracket (LB) Round 1
      • Winner advances to LB Round 2
      • Loser is eliminated
    • LB Round 2
      • Winner advances to the Grand Final
      • Loser is eliminated
  • All matches except Grand Final are BO3.
  • Grand Final is a first to three with the team from the UB starting with a 1 game lead.

The bracket for Phase One Finals can be found here.