Welcome to eSports Weekly, rounding up some of the big news from the weekend…
We kick things off with the best game of the weekend, courtesy of the Australian/New Zealand leg of Heroes of the Storm season three. Though they may not have won the tournament itself (that honour went to Reborn), Negative Synergy put on one of the best comebacks of the tournament that saw them claw their way back with just 1% remaining on their core. You can see that impressive moment below:
1% – That’s right, you saw that correctly. Negative Synergy come back to win after only having 1% on the core! pic.twitter.com/3bOmjDdr4O
— Blizzard ANZ (@Blizzard_ANZ) September 17, 2016
A hearty congrats to Reborn, who will now go on to BlizzCon 2016 full of confidence after their big win over NS.
Sticking with Blizzard games, and with a berth in the Hearthstone World Championship at BlizzCon 2016 up for grabs, a number of top Hearthstone players competed over the weekend HCT Americas Summer Championships. As of writing this article, the semi-final players had been decided with dude7597 vs HotMEOWTH and Rooftrellen vs Tarei. We will update right here once the winner is crowned!
Switching to a game you may not have heard of, but one that’s making waves, the strategy/card game Duelyst announced its August top 50 rankings, and an Aussie player is sitting near the very summit. Humans, the #2 player in the world for the up-and-coming title, put in the hard yards and is surely set to make waves in the upcoming Championships, with the Season Qualifiers and Duelyst Open set to decide who competes for the major prizes. If you haven’t seen the game in action before, take a look at the trailer below. It’s an intriguing mix of card game and Final Fantasy Tactics-like action, certainly something a little different than what we’re seeing elsewhere in the eSports scene. We will have more on Duelyst soon, so keep an eye out.
Finally, the CS:GO DreamHack Open Bucharest 2016 got underway over the weekend, with Cloud9 looking to bounce back after their somewhat surprise loss to Ninja in Pyjamas. With the tournament champ yet to be determined as of this article (again, we will update accordingly once results are in), Cloud9 found themselves in the final against Virtus.Pro, both teams having topped their respective groups in the qualifiers.
UPDATE: Virtus.Pro swept Cloud9 in the finals, and not without a little controversy after some crowd interference and sledging. Back to the drawing board for Cloud9 though, that’s two big losses in a row.
CSGO “fans” throwing shit at casters and holding up signs like this is fucking awful. Way to be twats. ( ° ͜ʖ͡°)╭∩╮ pic.twitter.com/kine0kTgus
— Lauren Scott (@TheyCallMePansy) September 18, 2016
Watch any eSports over the weekend? Got a new game that’s kicking up a storm on the scene? Let us know in the comments down below…