Gen.G Favourites to Win HotS Finals after 2018 HGC Korea Phase 2 Victory
Gen.G are the best Heroes of the Storm team in South Korea and also the most successful in the world this year. They have recently confirmed their favorite status and set another important milestone by winning the 2018 HGC Korea Phase 2. The competition had a guaranteed prize pool of $425,000, which was awarded at the end of the two distinct phases. For winning the second stage of the tournament, Gen.G received $35,000, while the runners-up had to settle for $27,500.
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Gen.G Crushes Competition at 2018 HGC Korea
The tournament took place at the VSL Studio, Geumcheon-gu, Seoul, South Korea and was organized by Blizzard Entertainment. Gen.G won both phases, so they were awarded a combined $70,000, with Tempest coming in second. All top eight teams got at least $50,000, a more than generous reward for their otherwise stellar performance over the course of four months.
In the group stage, the tournament was played in a double round-robin format, with all matches best-of-five. Gen. G and Tempest were head and shoulders above their competitors and finished in the first and second places, with 12, respectively 11 victories. Overall, the eventual winners lost just eight matches and won a combined 40, losing twice to Miracle. Their opponents have succeeded where everyone else’s failed, which made their success particularly impressive, since Gen. G swept most of their opponents.
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With the top two teams advancing directly to the Heroes of the Storm Finals, the playoffs were played by the next four teams. Miracle sat the first round out and waited for Blossom to eliminate Teams Feliz, before defeating them in four matches. In the grand finals, they played against Ballistix and needed five games to come on top. This victory brought them among the elite teams of these games and Miracle can now prepare for the upcoming event at the Anaheim Convention Center.
HotS Finals Begin on October 25
South Korean teams have had a hard time in international matches played against their European counterparts. Gen. G is obviously the exception and the top team from this country is credited with the first chance at the event starting next week. With a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million, the tournament will be hosting during the BlizzCon and the winners will receive half of the amount. The runner-up will be presented with $200,000, while the two teams sharing the first place will receive $75,000 each.
All 12 participating teams will receive a five digit amount, so not even those who are eliminated during the group stage will go home empty-handed. These games are played in a best of two format, while the quarterfinals will require up to three matches to determine in a winner. The semifinals and the finals will be played in a best-of-five format, to mitigate the role played by luck and to reward skill above everything else. All the qualifying teams bring plenty of talent to the HotS Finals, but Gen. G are the big favourites.