It’s all down to this! The Heroes of the Storm HGC Western Clash finals will conclude with either Team Dignitas or Leftovers taking home the trophy. Earlier in the day, Team Freedom was knocked out by Dignitas while Leftovers clawed through the lower bracket. This will now be a best of 7 match, however, Dignitas does get a free win by staying in the upper bracket throughout the tournament.
Team Dignitas (EU1) vs Leftovers (EU4) Match 1
Map: Battlefield of Eternity
Dignitas Picks: Hanzo, Greymane, Blaze, Muradin, Uther
Dignitas Ban: Maiev, Fenix, Tracer
Leftovers Picks: Diablo, Deckard, Genji, Dehaka, Cassia
Leftovers Bans: Medivh, Yrel, Garrosh
Based on the draft, Dignitas looked to have a monster team with Hanzo, Greymane, and Muradin to race on Battlefield of Eternity. However, Leftovers clearly showed up to play and dominated most of the early game. Hanzo is dropped right after the initial Immortals spawn and Muradin is picked off slightly after.
With the Immortal pushing bottom, Leftovers attempts a risky dive past the tower and it pays off! Genji and Diablo are able to secure kills on Uther, Hanzo and Greymane. After the Immortal is cleared, Leftovers bring a 5-man rotation to top mercs and bodies blocks Blaze who has no chance of escaping. While attempting to defend the push, Uther is grabbed by Cassia’s Valkyrie as Leftovers hits level 10 first.
The teams clash as the second Immortal spawns. Uther gets dropped and Genji gets caught going for another kill. Leftovers manages to secure a second objective and a decent level lead, but it isn’t enough.
Once Dignitas hits level 13, they start a fight bottom lane and it looks like a completely different game. Cassia drops almost instantly and Blaze helps the team negate most of Diablo’s Lightning Breath with Bunker. Dignitas then takes down Dehaka and Deckard while only losing Hanzo.
This puts Dignitas in a great position as the third set of Immortals spawn. They quickly push their Immortal to halftime and are able to hold their ground long enough to finish it. The Immortal shoves top lane and Leftovers attempts to fight behind it, but the teams trade Uther and Deckard while the Immortal keeps pushing.
A small skirmish takes place in bottom lane that ends 2-1 in Dignitas’ favor just as the Immortals spawn. Although Leftovers push the Immortals to halftime, but during the second half Dignitas uses the Immortal’s position to their advantage and burn down Diablo and Genji.
Dignitas pushes with the Immortal and a great engage with Wubby on Blaze causes Diablo to drop quickly. Afterward, Genji and Cassia are picked off. Leftovers does manage to take out Greymane, but Dignitas has too much pressure on the core with the Immortal still alive and pulls out the win.
Team Dignitas (EU1) vs Leftovers (EU4) Match 2
Map: Volskaya Foundry
Dignitas Picks: Yrel, Sgt. Hammer, Johanna, Stukov, Junkrat
Dignitas Ban: Maiev, Diablo, Chromie
Leftovers Picks: Muradin, Fenix, Blaze, Deckard, Gazlowe
Leftovers Ban: Garrosh, Medivh, Genji
Leftovers drafts Gazlowe…and it’s just as disappointing as it sounds. Things start out fine until Dignitas hits level 7 first. This allows them to plant on the first objective while Leftovers has to catch up. Leftovers tries to put up a fight but it isn’t enough and Dignitas walks away with the Protector and two kills.
Reaching level 10 first, Dignitas chooses to soak and take camps to extend their lead 12 to 10. By the time the third objective spawns, Dignitas leads 14 to 12. Gazlowe gets to the objective first and sets up turrets but it isn’t enough and Dignitas takes three kills.
After grabbing the Protector, Dignitas pushes top and grabs a kill on Muradin and the keep. They then rotate bottom to catch out Gazlowe but Leftover members continue to fall one by one, which extends the Dignitas lead 20 to 16.
Leftovers regroups and attempts to fight but it isn’t enough to stop Dignitas and two Leftovers players fall. This gives Dignitas the opportunity to pressure the core. Leftovers members continue to fall while Dignitas slowly chips away at the core to win the game.
Team Dignitas (EU1) vs Leftovers (EU4) Match 3
Map: Cursed Hollow
Dignitas Picks: Sgt. Hammer, Yrel, Genji, Deckard, Stitches
Dignitas Bans: Diablo, Maiev, Hanzo
Leftovers Picks: Muradin, Dehaka, Fenix, Malfurion, Tracer
Leftovers Bans: Abathur, Medivh, Garrosh
With Team Dignitas up three games to zero, it’s up to Leftovers to make a move or pack up and go home. They come out of the gate aggressive and punish Sgt. Hammer for chipping away at tower top. Leftovers then rotates to bottom to contest the first Tribute while Tracer picks off Genji middle.
Both teams posture around the Tribute for nearly 3 minutes before anything substantial happens. Eventually, Dignitas outplays Leftovers despite fighting a 4vs5 bottom; Muradin and Fenix drop first and Dehaka chooses to stay behind so Tracer and Malfurion can get away. This lets Dignitas grab the Tribute while Hammer cleared top fort.
The next Tribute spawned top right and the teams skirmished for a while before Fenix gets hooked and stun locked in place. Tracer is the next to drop and Dignitas picks up a second Tribute. This gives Dignitas a decent experience lead and allows them to take the boss before rotating to the third Tribute, which Leftovers simply conceded.
With the top fort already down, Dignitas attempted to take the keep but weren’t quite successful. After the curse wore out, Dignitas attempted to back but Deckard and Stitches were caught out by Leftovers.
While up 17 to 16, Dignitas starts a fight middle and it doesn’t look like much will come from it until Stitches lands another hook on Fenix who is quickly burned down. With the enemy down a hero, Dignitas looks to take boss again but Leftovers attempts to catch them off guard. Dignitas loses Genji and Deckard but secure a kill on Malfurion to force Leftovers to back off.
Knowing Dignitas wants that boss, Muradin gets caught scouting and is interrupted mid Dwarf Toss. Malfurion tries to react but gets snagged by Stitches in the process. Dignitas then takes the opportunity to grab the Grave Golem and push bottom with after. Once the keep falls, Dignitas hits level 20 and Leftovers start a fight as the golem is on its way to the core. Fenix melts right away and the remaining Leftovers pull back to try and save the core but it’s too late. Leftovers simply can’t deal with five heroes and a Grave Golem. Dignitas sweeps the series 4-0.