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    What's it like to be at a live esports event in the burgeoning American scene? Read and share in our experiences from Heroes of the Dorm in Seattle! Read More +
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Weekly Sale: July 28 - August 4, 2015

It's that time again! New week means new sales and new sales mean wrecked wallets. Blizzard has let us know what goodies we'll able to pluck from the in-game shop at discounted rates. Check them out!


Weekly Sale: July 28 - August 4, 2015 PDT

Tassadar -- $3.24 USD

Mecha Tassadar Skin -- $11.24 USD

Kaijo Diablo Skin -- $2.49 USD


Competitive Weekly Recap July 28


The Road to Blizzconn Europe Open Qualifier #1 was held this weekend and it produced some interesting results. The teams that will be moving onto the Round of 8 are: 

1. Fnatic 2. Gamers2 3. Team Roccat 4. Evil Murkies 5. Virtus Pro 6. Natus Vincere (Na'vi) 7. Team Spartanien 8. Meet Your Makers


You'll notice that Team Liquid did not make it through to the round of 8. That's because they were eliminated very early on in the tournament by Na'Vi. We've all heard the Team Liquid vs Tempo Storm dream match hype for awhile now, but does this result put a bit of a damper? Or is this more of a result of arguably the two best teams in Europe duking it out and somebody had to win? It's important to note that Team Liquid's drafting phase was extremely suspect, especially in games 2 and 3 which was partly responsible for this out come.

We also had the MSI Masters Gaming Arena NA Qualifier finals as well. In the two best of 5 matches we had Tempo Storm vs 2ARC  and Cloud 9 Maelstrom vs Cognitive .  

2ARC known for their incredibly weird drafts threw everything they had at Tempo Storm. They even managed to take a game off of them which is very rare these days. In the end though the outcome was the same with Tempo Storm emerging victorious 3 games to 1.

In the second match Cognitive really took it to Cloud 9. They made the mistake of giving Glaurung Zeratul and they were punished for it. From there they focused bans against Glaurung, putting him on non comfort picks and it really showed. Cloud 9 Maelstrom went on to take the series 3 games to 1.

Both Tempo Storm and Cloud 9 Maelstrom qualify for the main event taking place at PAX Prime.

My Power Rankings for this week are as follows:


1. Tempo Storm 2. Cloud 9 Maelstrom 3. Cognitive Gaming 4. 2ARC Gaming 5. Goon Squad 6. Complexity Gaming 7. Zeveron 8. Pool Plato Some Tangos


1. Team Liquid 2. Natus Vincere 3. Virtus Pro 4. Gamers 2 5. Fnatic 6. Evil Murkies 7. Team Roccat 8. Meet Your Makers 

Free StimPacks For All New Players


Have you been thinking about playing Heroes of the Storm but just haven't pulled the trigger? Well now is as good as time as any to try it out. Blizzard has announced that all new players that haven't played a game yet will receive a free 7 Day Stimpack. Stimpacks greatly boost the amount of Gold and XP  that you receive after a game and is a great tool to level up faster. So what are you waiting for? Now's the time to hop on into the nexus and try out your favorite Blizzard Characters! 

Quote from Blizzard 

Heroes of the Storm is the most fun when played with friends, so here’s a great opportunity to get your buddies in on the action.

All new players who log in to the Americas region of Heroes of the Storm between the hours of 10:00 a.m. PDT on July 28, 2015 and 7:00 p.m. PDT on August 04, 2015 will receive a free 7 Day Stimpack. Invite your friends to create an account during the promotion, and then party up to help guide them through the Nexus. You’ll both benefit from the 50% friend bonus to XP and the Stimpack will help your friend rack up extra XP and gold to spend on picking up some awesome new characters.

After your friends join the Nexus, show them the ropes and help them secure their first takedown with stealthy Nova positioning, tank entire front lines with Johanna’s shield, and hit pixel-perfect March of the Murlocs with everyone’s favorite baby murloc, Murky.

Please note the following:

  • Players will only receive this Stimpack if they have never logged in to Heroes of the Storm, and they must log in at least once during the hours mentioned above.
  • Players can log in to another region and receive a free Stimpack if they have never played in that region before.


North American July Open Recap

Missed the North American July Open? Don't worry because Gillyweed has you covered in this tournament recap!

ESL and Blizzard Team up for European Road to BlizzCon 2015

Road to BlizzConn Europe 2015


Heroes of the Storm has definitely been picking up steam lately in the eSports scene and this announcement is no different. ESL and Blizzard Entertainment have partnered to host the 2015 Road to BlizzCon Championship in Prague, Germany. With a $75,000 prize pool, this will be the largest Heroes of the Storm event to date. For more information you can hop on over here to get all the juicy details.

Quote from ESL

ESL is happy to announce that it will be partnering with Blizzard Entertainment to host the 2015 European Road to BlizzCon at the O2 Arena in Prague from October the 3rd to the 4th 2015! Set to feature top-notch competition in World of Warcraft, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm in order to pave the way for BlizzCon, the two-day-long event will pay out a total of US$300,000 in prize money, US$75,000 of which will be awarded during the Heroes of the Storm qualifiers alone.