Top Players head to Poland for Starcraft II and Heroes of the Storm

Alex McCumbers,

February 27, 2018 9:10 AM

The next battlefield in professional Starcraft II and Heroes of the Storm will be Katowice, Poland. Thousands of dollars in prizes and a chance at a spot at the global stage lie in wait for those who conquer.

There has always been something special about competitive play at the highest level when it comes to Blizzard games. Most of their multiplayer titles have a balance to them that incites player expression and strategy. Starcraft still remains extremely popular as a fierce group of players continue tearing each other apart, a legacy that has continued with Starcraft II. Heroes of the Storm has become popular with its celebration of Blizzard characters, all coming together for a MOBA brawl. Blizzard supporting these players through major tournaments has helped craft an esports arena for their titles and that’s not slowing down with the StarCraft II World Championship Series (WCS) and the Heroes Global Championship (HGC) Western Clash that will take place in Katowice, Poland.

Starcraft II

March comes in like a lion, as 24 Starcraft II professionals from around the globe clash for a chance at $400,000, which is calculated as a $250,000 base and $150,000 from War Chest purchases.

Six have already secured spots in the tourney from previous competitions five Korean players: Maru (Terran), Ryung (Terran), TY (Terran), Solar (Zerg), and TRUE (Zerg), as well as one European player, Serrall (Zerg). More qualifying matches will be played throughout the week including players Snute, Zest, SpeCial, Neeb, soO, just to name a few.  

Matches can be watched live on the Starcraft II ESL Twitch channel

For WCS VODs, those matches can be found on the official YouTube channel.  

For more information about WCS, check out the website.  

Heroes of the Storm

On March 2nd, the battlefield shifts to the team-based Heroes of the Storm. North American and European teams will be competing for a $100,000 for the Heroes Global Championship Western Clash. Not only will that prize money be available, but the real prize is securing a bonus spot for their region to Phase 1’s culminative global showdown later this year, the Mid-Season Brawl, which will have $250,000 in prize money.

Matches will start at 2am PT (5am EST) on March 2nd, starting first with these matchups:

  • Team Dignitas (EU) vs. HeroesHearth Esports (NA)
  • Team Twelve (NA) vs. Method (EU)
  • Tempo Storm (NA) vs. Zealots (EU)
  • Fnatic (EU) vs. Team Freedom (NA)

All of these matches can be found on the Heroes of the Storm Twitch Channel

NA, EU and KR VODS can be found here

For general information on Heroes of the Storm esports, check out the official website.  

Both games have shown a ton of entertainment value, although for most American viewers, these matches will be hard to catch due to the timezone differences. Luckily, Blizzard seem to be doing a good job of archiving matches for later viewing, so anyone who misses out on their favorite team or player, could always watch the uploads.

It will be interesting to see how the events in Poland will affect the upcoming global tournaments. In the mean time, check out the more US-based Warcraft III Invitational on February 27 and 28 and read our interview with Jannes "Neo" Tjarks!


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