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HGC ANZ Premier Qualifier – Finalized Details

Tonight the top four teams from last night’s Open Division bracket will play off for the final spot in HGC ANZ Premier Phase 2. However, the top four teams are still undecided! At the end of five rounds of Swiss, we had a clear first seed (with five wins), a clear second seed (with 4 wins) and three teams with three wins each, all vying for the final two spots in the Playoff round.

  • First Seed: White Girl Wasted
  • Second Seed: Pleb2Pro (Academy)
  • Tied for 3rd and 4th: Milkshake (MSK), Capital (CAP) and Wolf Pack (WP).

There’s a further complication: one of Capital’s three wins is a bye. While a bye counts as a win in Swiss brackets, it could be argued that Capital only has two actual wins. However, this is through no fault of theirs, as the system gave them a bye. So to even the scores, we will require each of the three teams to play an extra round of Swiss.  Milkshake and Wolf Pack will be granted a bye for this additional round, putting them each on four wins (or three wins and a bye). Capital will be required to play an additional match against one of the opponents that MSK and WP have both beaten: uA Raynor Here.

If Capital loses this match, the tie is automatically broken, with Milkshake at 3rd seed and Wolf Pack at 4th seed. However, if Capital is able to beat uA Raynor Here then all three teams will once again be tied on 4 wins and we will apply the head-to-head records of the respective teams to break the tie. In this instance, Milkshake will be placed ahead of Capital (MSK 1 – 0 CAP) and Capital will be placed ahead of Wolf Pack (CAP 1 – 0 WP). In this case, 3rd seed will be granted to Milkshake and 4th seed granted to Capital.

Capital’s match against uA Raynor Here will be played off-stream, at 7pm AEST. The Premier Qualifier Playoff will start at 7:30pm AEST (assuming Capital’s match is completed) with White Girl Wasted facing the fourth seed, and Pleb2Pro facing the third seed. These two matches will be broadcast on GamestahTV1.

The Final of the Qualifier will be broadcast on twitch.tv/Blizzard_ANZ immediately after the 2nd HGC ANZ Premier match of the night is completed!

 

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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.

 

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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!

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Competitive Ruling: Rich Gang vs Downfall (1 March)

Background

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.

Ruling

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.

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