BlizzCon 2018 Esports Round-up: SC2 WCS, HGC, OWL, HGG, etc.
POSTED BY Martin Patino ON November 9, 2018
BlizzCon 2018 not only saw a flurry of announcements for Blizzard’s library of current and future titles, but it also saw the conclusion of several of the company’s esports leagues. From the Starcraft II World Championship Series Global Finals to the Hearthstone Global Games, BlizzCon 2018 was definitely not short on esports action.
StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals
Finnish Zerg Player Joona “Serral” Sotala made history at BlizzCon 2018 by becoming the first non-Korean to win a StarCraft global final, the first time in the franchise’s 20-year history. Serral began his amazing run in the WCS by winning all four of the league’s circuit events this year and capped it all off with a 4-2 victory in the global finals against Korean Protoss player Kim “Stats” Dae Yeob.
Heroes of the Storm Global Championship Finals
While the Koreans may have lost their foothold in StarCraft II this year, the country may be laying claim to another Blizzard title as Gen.G successfully defended their HGC World Champion status at BlizzCon 2018, making it their second in a row. The Korean team easily won this year’s Heroes of the Storm Global Championship Finals in a quick 3-0 sweep against Europe’s Team Dignitas.
Overwatch World Cup
South Korea continued their domination at BlizzCon with a victory in the Overwatch World Cup, making it the third year the country has won the tournament. At BlizzCon 2018, South Korea sweeped China 4-0 in the grand finals, cementing their dominance over the game. The team also previously sweeped the team from the United Kingdom 2-0 during the semi-finals and defeated the USA team in the quarter-finals 3-1.
Hearthstone Global Games
In spite losing in the Overwatch World Cup, China was still able to win big at BlizzCon 2018 with a strong victory in the Hearthstone Global Games. Team China, which included Gao “Leaoh” Yang, Zheng “OmegaZero” Lin, Zhang “YouLove” Lichen, and He “Trunks” Huan, was not only able to top their playoff group but was also able to sweep their semi-finals opponent Norway and grand finals opponents Brazil, both ending 3-0 in favor of China.
World of Warcraft Arena World Championship
The WoW Arena World Championship was won by North America’s Method Orange this year as they sweeped fellow North Americans The Gosu Crew 4-0 in their best-of-seven grand finals match. The squad, who qualified for the tournament via AWC points, easily moved up 12-team double-elimination bracket, sweeping all their matches save for the Winner’s Finals against sister team Method Black which they won 3-2.
World of Warcraft Mythic Dungeon Invitational All-Stars
The top four teams from the World of Warcraft Mythic Dungeon Invitational (MDI) Global Finals competed once again for the WoW Mythic Dungeon Invitational All-Stars. Australian team and 2017 MDI Champions Free Marsy ended up on top, beating out Europe’s exeL’s Angels and Method PogChamp as well as Method NA from North America to win this year’s all-stars event.