Feb 17, 2019 JScottGhost Division S NA

How did we get here?

In the fall of 2018, Blizzard decided to pull the plug on HGC, shutting down the professional league play that was broadcasted throughout the year. Looking to fill the void, Heroes Lounge (in association with Nexus Lounge for the NA Region) stepped in and created Division S, a league of former pro's and amateurs that enjoy the game and want to continue in a competitive format. 

There are two ways to qualify for Division S: winning a qualifying tournament or getting enough points in the qualifiers. Through four qualifiers run in February, the winner will secure a spot in Division S. The other teams participating will receive points for how they finish and if they are on of the top 4 points winners will also qualify for Division S. 


Where are we at now?

As of this point, two teams from NA have qualified for Division S, The Lost Boys and Comanche Power Train. These teams are made up of from HGC pro's and hopefuls. They were able to fight their way through the qualifying tournaments and take the top spot. This weekend brings about Qualifier #3 for the North American Region. Which team will take the top spot? We'll have to wait and see. 

The current standings bracket is linked here.


Teams to look out for!

Multiple Smiles Multiple Smiles has been a competitor to win one of the qualifiers but has come up just short of finishing it out. In Qualifier #1 Multiple Smiles made it to the semi-finals where they lost out to the eventual Qualifier The Lost Boys. When Qualifier #2 came around, Multiple Smiles was ready and made it all the way to the finals where they came in second behind Comanche Power Train. For Qualifier #3 they hold the top seed. Let's see if they can finally grab their place in Division S.


Celeb Gaming - Celeb Gaming is a recently sponsored team that has fought hard during the first two Qualifiers. They will be taking on double duty again this weekend as they are fighting for the Mythic Championship for the first ever Heroes Lounge NA season as well as trying to qualify to get into Division S. They currently sit 2nd in the points standings and have had a hard battle, losing out to Multiple Smiles in both of the previous qualifiers. Last weekend they had to call it after Game 1 because of lag they were having after winning LAN ETS in Canada. They will be fighting hard to grab he third spot in NA Division S.


Order of the Sleeping Dragon The Order of the Sleeping Dragon is holding strong in Third Place in the points race. They have been able to finish strong at each of the Qualifiers to secure their third spot in points. Each of the two qualifiers have seen Order of the Sleeping Dragon taken out by Comanche Power Train. Now that Comanche has secured a spot for Division S, is it time for the sleeping dragon to strike? 


Looking For Work Looking For Work is another team of former pros that have decided to compete in Division S. They currently set in the 4th spot in the points standings and are primed to be a qualifying team. In the first Qualifier, they were taken out in the semi-finals by Comanche Power Train. They had an unfortunate 2nd qualifier as another tournament they were playing in had a time scheduling problem and they had to forfeit early in the tournament. That has left them in a lower spot in the points, but don't discredit this team, they are definitely a powerhouse in the region. 


Today's matches will be casted by the following list of great casters! Make sure you check out the matches. 

Caster Name
Twitch Link
First Match
JHow

Close To Death vs. CGL Black

Bahamut
Following Looking For Work
Murda
Following Celeb Gaming
Typhoon
Following Order of the Sleeping Dragon
CarNos (Spanish)
Following Fenix Esports


We will see you there!