This is their most difficult endeavor yet, and it will take all of their strength and fortitude to make it across the finish line first. While the road to victory is tedious at times, it can also be a rewarding experience as well. There are obstacles in the way sometimes, but that doesn’t prevent the pathway to stardom from being a thrilling experience from time to time.
A Trip to the Promised Land
Free from the confined space of bootcamp, the team was set loose into the world to travel and live the progamer dream: traveling the globe playing the game that you love.
— Dennis Schneider (@HasuObsHotS) March 27, 2016
The team was obviously excited to begin their journey, and who can blame them for embracing the chance of a lifetime? South Korea has always been a center of technology and development. On top of that, it has a thriving esports scene, making it the go-to destination for any serious gamer. Almost every pro player dreams of making a pilgrimage to Korea to play with the best players in the world—there’s a reason we call it the “Mecca of esports”.
Fighting the jetlag,still good for now ) pic.twitter.com/0i2QdV8J53
— Nils Gebhardt (@NurokHeroes) March 28, 2016
Once the team arrived in Korea, however, they found themselves under the sluggish and familiar weight of jet lag. With a seven hour time difference, the team struggled to adjust their schedule accordingly the first few days. Luckily, Darkmok the Handsome Nerd was able to combat the jet lag by passing the time with bathroom selfies.
— Simon Tabin (@darkmok3) March 29, 2016
When they finally got going, they set out to discover the fantastic city by heading out to an aquarium with some of the Dignitas players as well as taking a peek at an indoor amusement park nearby. It seems that no matter where you turn in Korea, there’s always another pleasant surprise waiting for you!
— Blumbi (@BlumbiHOTS) March 29, 2016
This also happened at some point. We’re not entirely sure what this thing is, but it’s eerily reminiscent of Bunkie, SKT’s somewhat disturbing mascot back in the day.
Laying It on the Line
In spite of all the festivities, let’s not forget what this event is all about: taking home the gold. Now they are on the precipice of greatness; months of preparation have led them to this moment. The European Spring qualifiers looked challenging for mYi, but all of their hard work finally came together when the team triumphed over EU powerhouses Na`Vi and Virtus.Pro at Katowice. After being labeled the “underdogs” for months, their clever drafting and team synergy had a chance to shine and carry them through to the Global Championship.
— Dennis Schneider (@HasuObsHotS) March 21, 2016
Let’s take a closer look at the challenges ahead of the team at the Global Championship.
Our team’s first match will be against the fierce Taiwanese team GIA, who are no strangers to the global stage. However, GIA has a known weakness for being overly aggressive at times, so as long as mYi keeps calm and plays safe, they should be able to absorb the aggression and walk away to the next round. Aside from GIA, the group contains the Latin American team Big Gods and Korean titans Team No Limit (TNL). Our team will have to be wary of potential threats but they should be able to climb out of the group without too much trouble.
The top two teams in each group on Day One will advance to a second group stage where the strongest teams in the world await. Day Two is where the tournament takes off. Every team in the second group stage has the ability to take home the trophy, but only one can be victorious. Seeding is awarded randomly, so there’s no telling how the brackets will turn out. The only hope is that mYi won’t be seeded into the same group as Dignitas in order to keep the EU dream alive.
Whatever happens, tomorrow is the biggest day of our players’ lives. Tomorrow they will step out of the dream and step onto the world stage. They’ve poured their blood, sweat, and tears—the culmination of everything they have—into this moment. It’s time to make a champion.
You can watch the stream tonight starting at 7:00 pm PDT at www.twitch.tv/blizzheroes and www.twitch.tv/blizzard. Follow us on Twitter and cheer on the players as they run the gauntlet for a shot at the world crown!
Full Event Details: http://us.heroesofthestorm.com/esports/en/news/20063484