HGC – Focus Down Week 5: Clash Contention

Dylan Walker, Blizzard Entertainment

Making it to the Clash is all that matters for the handful of teams still in qualification limbo. Below you can find out where each team stands headed into our final weekend of play. You can check out the broadcast when the games go live right here at playheroes.com/esports.

The Qualified

Tempest, Ballistix, KSV Black, and Team BlossoM are the four teams attending the Eastern Clash from South Korea. This is the first international event for Team BlossoM since their roster came together in early 2017.

Team Dignitas, Fnatic, and Method have qualified for the Western Clash from Europe. Undefeated this far, Team Dignitas could drop their final series to Zealots and still maintain first-place seed from their region in Katowice.

Tempo Storm is the only team qualified from North America, thanks in part to an important win over Team Twelve in Week 2.

Maybe Next Time

Eight teams are out of the running for Clash qualification:

  • Leftovers
  • Diamond Skin
  • Spacestation Gaming
  • LFM Esports
  • Team Ace
  • Feliz
  • Miracle
  • Gluck

Four more teams will join this list after Week 5, and another five once HGC China has returned from break.

So, You’re Saying There’s a Chance…

Team Liquid, Zealots, and Tricked esport are the three teams in the running for Europe’s final spot at the Western Clash. All three teams have incredibly tough games in front of them this weekend, with Zealots taking on Team Dignitas, Tricked taking on Method, and Team Liquid squaring off against Fnatic. The fact that none of these unqualified teams are favored to win their remaining matchups makes every won and lost Battleground of paramount importance. You don’t want to miss HGC Europe this weekend.

North America is even more wild. With only Tempo Storm guaranteed their spot, five teams are in the running for the three remaining spots in Poland. There is more at stake in these four matches for North America than we have ever seen before in a single weekend. To dig into the granular qualification scenario details, check out this helpful guide by dbsmiley.

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