bytes: Blizzard and Red Bull’s Esports

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Courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment

Overwatch World Cup Update

  • South Korea beat Russia in the Group Stage in Katowice, a rematch of the 2016 Overwatch World Cup Grand Finals.  Russia have failed to advance, meaning Canada and South Korea are the two teams earning spots in the Playoffs at BlizzCon.
    Group Stage VODs
  • The final group begins their matches on Friday, August 11th in Santa Monica, California.  The tournament runs through Sunday, and matches all begin at 10am PST each day.  Groups G and H will battle for a chance to play at BlizzCon.  Hosts United States will face Chinese Taipei, Brazil, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Germany, Israel, and Belgium.
    Read the Overwatch Blog


Heroes of the Storm

HGC Western Clash: Fnatic Remains Perfect

Can anyone take down Fnatic?  The European powerhouse stormed through the competition in Kiev, sweeping Team expert in the Grand Final and winning the Heroes Global Championship (HGC) Western Clash Championship.  Fnatic didn’t drop a single game during their tournament performance

Europe fared very well in the tournament, taking the top three spots and holding off North America’s hope, Gale Force eSports.

Western Clash Results, August 4-6 – Prize Pool: $100,000

  • 1st Place: Fnatic (EU) – $30,000
  • 2nd Place: Team expert (EU) – $20,000
  • 3rd Place: Team Liquid (EU) – $15,000
  • 4th Place: Gale Force eSports (NA) – $10,000
  • 5th – 6th Place: Tempo Storm (NA) and Team Freedom (NA) – $7,500
  • 7th – 8th Place: RED Canids (LATAM) and Nomia (ANZ) – $5,000

Watch Western Clash VODs


Coming Up: HGC Eastern Clash

Eight of the best HGC teams from Korea, China, Southeast Asia, and Taiwan will compete at the Blizzard Estadium in Taipei from Friday, August 11th.  $100,000 USD is on the line.

First round matches:

Full bracket and schedule

World of Warcraft Arena

Method versus Method is always an entertainment matchup, as the sister teams faced off in the North America Arena Cup.  Method: Awakened made their way up from the loser’s bracket to defeat Method: Synergy 3-2 in the first match, but they couldn’t keep up the momentum and lost the last series 3-1.

Synergy collect the $3000 USD prize for the win and 160 Arena Rank Points.

The point totals are now set for the $100,000 North American Championship (September 7-10) in Columbus, Ohio at the MLG Arena.

The top team will receive one of the four open spots for the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship at BlizzCon.

WoW Arena VODS

StarCraft II: GSL vs The World

Some of Global StarCraft II League’s top players faced off against the best “The World” has to offer in StarCraft II competition – and the League won.

In the team portion of the event, players like Stats, sOs, herO, Byun, soO, Dark, and INnoVation who represented GSL fended off challenges by World players, finishing the team event 7-1.

In the individual competition, GSL took all of the top four spots. Terran players INnoVation and TY took first and second, respectively, while Protoss player Stats finished third, and Zerg player soO finished fourth.

Individual Tournament Results – Prize Pool: $96,000 USD

  • 1st Place: INnoVation (Terran) – $35,700
  • 2nd Place: TY (Terran) – $13,400
  • 3rd/4th Place: Stats (Protoss) – $6,700
  • 3rd/4th Place: soO (Zerg) – $6,700
  • 5th – 8th Place: SpeCial (Terran), ByuN (Terran), Neeb (Protoss), Dark (Zerg) – $4000

Match VODs

Hearthstone: HCT Regional Playoffs

The Summer Season for the Hearthstone Championship Tour is underway.  The Tavern Hero Tournaments will seed players for their regional playoffs.

Tavern Hero tournaments are chances for amateur players to make their mark on the competitive scene and get a shot at qualifying for the Seasonal Championship.

HCT Summer Playoffs Qualified Players:

  • Europe:
    • Cerberus07, Cucca, Turna, Азазель, GoldRecon, NewMeta, Kaa, Tingting52
  • Americas:
    • DPacman, Izzy, nerdcube, PG_rayC, hec400, ananta, bLAKERS, Willscarlet
  • Asia-Pacific:
    • GunMo, MISTBURN, i7mago, BoonnooB, thnaAy, KimyeongDDi, ReVengeCCS, ravexnous

Red Bull’s Proving Grounds Finals

For the first time, Street Fighter V fans can watch the Red Bull Proving Grounds live, in-person, and for free.  The Finals will be held at Joe’s Live Rosemont in Illinois on October 21st, 2017.

The Red Bull Proving Grounds Finals is a one-day tournament where 12 regional teams of 3 compete in 3v3 matches until one team is left standing. The winning team will not only receive ultimate bragging rights, they will also win a trip to the Capcom Cup North American Finals at Red Bull Battle Grounds in the process.

Between August and October, talented Street Fighter V hopefuls will participate in the Red Bull Proving Grounds regional qualifiers in Orlando, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Online. Players will compete for a chance to rep their region and fight in an all-out battle in the Proving Grounds Finals in Rosemont, IL to see who will be crowned the top Street Fighter V players in North America.