This insight is credit to Reddit User p_merte who graciously allowed us to host his thoughts here on TNM
With the Heroes of the Storm Summer World Championships starting next week, I thought it would be good to drum up more interest by creating a thread with relatively detailed background on the different teams. During the Spring World Championships in Korea, we saw the 2 major Asian regions rising to the top 4 spots; however this time around, 2 new teams have taken their spots which leaves the world championships more open than ever. This is even more the case with what happened last week when we saw the titans of Heroes of the Storm, MVP Black get systematically annihilated by the new up and coming Korean team, Tempest, headed by the brothers Hide and Lockdown, the latter a former MVP Black player who left to play with his brother. Hopefully, this will attempt to interest you in the Heroes competitive scene by attempting to point out the various strengths and weaknesses of each individual team from what I have observed. Bare in mind that this is just my opinion, and for some of the lesser teams I have not watched as much.
Renovatio I are a team from the Philippines that qualified through the SEA region to Sweden. This is the second time they have qualified to a global finals this year and they did so through the loser’s bracket after beating Team Relics (who actually beat them in the group stages) twice in the finals; both times were 2-1 to Renovatio I. During Korea, they came joint 11th/12th after being eliminated by Team Naventic and Negative Synergy, both were 0-2 losses.
Renovatio, like most Asian teams, love their early game aggression. They don’t care if Tyrande isn’t regarded as viable as a solo support by the other regions; they want the early game rotations and the ganks; when this is not possible, it’s pretty much always a Rehgar pick. The last time they picked a support that wasn’t Tyrande or Rehgar was in the group stages where they picked Uther twice; this may have been because of what they saw in Korea where both China and Korea showed how strong Uther still is. Incidentally, they lost both those games so I’m gonna guess that they won’t be going back to the Uther!
To follow up the aggression with the Tyrande picks, Greymane is their main “Ranged assassin” of choice to follow up with his ridiculous burst to get the quick pick at the start of the fight. Other common ranged assassin picks are Tychus, Sylvanas and Li Ming. In terms of frontline, it’s pretty much always either Muradin or Etc to pair up with the Tyrande, with Thrall and Sonya being the typical meta bruiser. Chen and Zeratul are their pocket picks which they pull out occasionally when their comfort picks are denied from them. Something that you might want to bare in mind is that their qualifier was played before the Arthas/Anub buff patch so they might’ve adapted either or both of them since the qualifier. They have also on occasion pulled out the Lost Vikings and Abathur.
In terms of draft priority, they’re big advocates of picking the tank and main support early in the draft whilst denying the Tassadar and Illidan. During their second rotation bans, it’s usually on a tank (usually either ETC or Muradin depending on which one they picked up). The Greymane is regularly picked on the first rotation for them and the rest of the DPS is filled out later on in the draft. Occasionally you will see a double melee assassin comp.
- Good understanding of boss control
- Decent draft understanding
- Decent understanding of playing with the map objectives
- Frontline players JumpyLion and Harharr are probably the stronger members of the team mechanics wise
- Harharr the tank player takes up good positions to engage
- Not many bans/prioritization on Kael’Thas
- Might be weak to the Tassadar double support comp if they don’t ban Tassadar
- Weaker on rotational heavy maps such as Tomb of the Spider Queen and Dragon Shire; they don’t draft too much wave clear and they are slow on rotations in terms of clearing creep
- Communication isn’t as good and often leads to teammates in the solo lane dying
- Stronger the support player and JumpyLion the melee flex are overly aggressive in positioning
- Sloppy shot-calling in terms of when to take fights and what to do late game
Harharr the tank player
Things to look out for
- Early Rehgar/Tyrande picks in draft often first pick
- Early prioritization on Greymane
- Aggressive early game especially with merc camp invades
- Dive + aggressive comps
- Prioritization on Sylvanas to maximize the push from map objectives
- Not scared to go for the tank
It’s MVP Black. The World Champions; Kings of Korea, the Nexus and of the First Pro Heroes players; King of Gold League; Khals of the Great Asian Regions; Breaker of Western Teams (and Eastern teams to be fair); Fathers of the Deathball Meta (and tilt). *
*Except Tempest (for now)
It’s not often there’s a hiccup during the draft. They can play many different heroes to fit their styles. Check out /u/rallyjaffa’s posts for more on MVP Black.
- Too many to list; most notably the death-ball and to maximize every small advantage they can get
- Tendency to tilt hard (like 0-100 real quick)
- Possible role changes
- Kyocha, the ranged flex player, does not look good on ranged assassins (too much Tassadar)
People say Rich is the best player, but in my opinion Sign is the star player. He takes up amazing positions as a warrior before a fight, he knows when to give in and zone out the enemy DPS and allows the assassin players to do their stuff. Insane player.
Things to look for
- Sub 10min games
So what do you guys expect from our first Summer World Championship Game?
An easy 2-0 for MVP Black?