bytes: HCT Fall Playoff, Horizon Clash and More

Maru takes gold at the 2018 Asian Games.

HCT: HCT Fall Playoff – Europe Results 

This past weekend, the HCT Fall Playoffs – Europe were hosted to determine which four representatives from Europe would journey to the Blizzard Arena – Los Angeles for the HCT Fall Championship 2018 on Oct. 11-14. In the end, it was RENMEN (Russia), Jan “Moyen” Moy (Germany) of Team Vertex, Hatul (Israel) and Thomas “Sintolol” Zimmer (Germany)  of Team Genji who emerged victorious, defeating a number of Europe’s very best players, including the HCT’s sole Master ranked player, Casper “Hunterace” Notto.

HCT Fall Playoffs – Asia / Pacific will be held Sept. 7-9 to determine which four representatives from Asia will compete in Fall Champs.  Some familiar names competing include che0nsu (Korea), Tsao “SamuelTsao” Tsu Lin (Taiwan) and Kim “Surrender” Jung-soo (Korea).

VODS of previous HCT and HGG matches can be watched on the Hearthstone esports YouTube channel


Luna Meow Wins Horizon Clash

In Heroes of the Storm action, over the weekend Luna Meow, the best team from the Taiwain/Hong Kong/Macau/Japan region, defeated SEA’s Mirrmaid 4-1 at the Horizon Clash Finals in Taipei, Taiwan.

Luna Meow are the first team to qualify for the HGC Finals at BlizzCon. More information on the HGC Finals will be revealed in early October. To learn more about Luna Meow and the Horizon Clash be sure to check out the HGC Horizon Clash Official Site and Blizzard Taiwan Esports Facebook. 


Maru Takes the Gold in the First Asian Games esports Demonstration

Maru was unstoppable at the StarCraft II demonstration at the 2018 Asian Games, winning the gold medal without losing a single game.. The back-to-back Code S champion dominated – defeating Taiwan’s Nice 4-0 in the finals – and won the gold for Korea.


Two Seats to BlizzCon Have Been Claimed at WCS Challenger Season 3

The StarCraft II World Championship Series (WCS) North American and European Challenger playoffs have come to their dramatic conclusion, and the best professional players in the North American and European regions fought tooth and nail to make their marks in StarCraft history. It was also one of the last chances to collect as many WCS Points as possible ahead of the approaching WCS Global Finals at BlizzCon.

With the conclusion of WCS Challenger Season 3, Serral (EU) and Neeb (NA) have reigned over their respective regions, both securing seats at BlizzCon.

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Announcing KSL Season 2 

With the Grand Finals of KSL Season 1 on the horizon, Season 2 has been announced! Interested players can register to compete beginning September 17. After signing up, players need to make sure they’re available to play in the qualifiers on September 27 & 28 (online) and September 30 (offline).

The top four finishers from the first season of KSL will automatically be seeded into the Round of 16 for Season 2. The remaining 12 players will be determined by the Season 2 Offline Qualifier. From there, it’ll be a ferocious fight to the finish for the second KSL championship.

The KSL will broadcast live through the official StarCraft Twitch channel in Korean and English.

The milestones for the KSL Season 2 are as follows:

  • Application Submission for Competition:  Sep 17 – Sep 23
  • Online Qualifier: Sep 27 and 28
  • Offline Qualifier: Sep 30
  • Group Stage for Round of 16: Oct 18 – Nov 23
  • Quarter Final: Nov 29 and 30
  • Semi Final: Dec 6 and 7
  • Final: Mid-December (TBA)

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