Team Dignitas’ HGC Preview: Phase 2 - Week 8
Wed 5th Sep 2018 - 8:00pm
As we near the halfway point of this second part of Phase 2, teams are looking to lock in those 3-0s in hopes of earning their spots at BlizzCon. Team Dignitas is still at the top of the pack, with a 10-0 W-L score after last weekend. They have another double-series weekend which will most likely determine whether they are guaranteed to be qualified for BlizzCon.
Looking back at last weekend, Team Dignitas had an interesting series against Granit Gaming. The first two games, Team Dignitas was the dominant team. But in Game 3, the team went a bit experimental, picking up both Nazeebo and Li-Ming. They struggled to get the late-game Nazeebo value as he hadn’t completed his Vile Infection stacks. Granit Gaming was able to outmanoeuvre and bully Team Dignitas around the shrine objectives and they ended up taking Game 3. Game 4 Team Dignitas was back to business, finishing off the series 3-1.
Team Dignitas started their series against Team Liquid with a Sgt. Hammer pick in Game 1. As one of the main teams to find a lot of success with Sgt Hammer compositions, Team Dignitas took Game 1. Team Liquid made sure to ban Hammer and Medivh in Game 2, but that left Maiev for Snitch. In Game 3, Team Liquid was ahead for most of the early-game, but the composition of Joshua “Snitch” Bennett on Medivh, Jonathan “Wubby” Gunnarsson on Zeratul, and Jérôme “JayPL” Trinh on Diablo secured the late-game for Team Dignitas. They took the series 3-0, looking quite dominant over the 2nd seed of EU.
Team Dignitas vs. Method - Friday, September 7th at 11:00 am PDT / 8:00 pm CEST
Last weekend Method lost to Roll20 Esports (formerly Zealots), which was a bit of a surprise as it was Roll20’s first win of the season. While it seemed like all the hard work paid off for Roll20, Method has been having a tough time with the current meta. Since coming back from the Western Clash, nearly every series they’ve had has been very close against teams lower than them in the standings. Method is known for abnormal drafts, with Abathur and Medivh, but since both Abathur and Medivh have become pretty standard meta bans, Method may have had difficulty adjusting and finding their place.
We’ve been seeing Adrian “adrd” Wojcik playing a lot of Hanzo lately, with a couple Junkrat games as well. He has also experimented with Nazeebo, just like Team Dignitas did last week. There will definitely be some priority on Hanzo between both teams as the hero has become a popular staple of most compositions. But, with Snitch and adrd having such similar hero pools, we’ll likely see some more variations or interesting picks like Nazeebo or Maiev. Thrall might be a pick that Team Dignitas is willing to try again. Otherwise, they may stick to having Snitch play more Fenix.
Team Dignitas vs. Monkey Menagerie - Sunday, September 9th at 9:00 am PDT / 6:00 pm CEST
Monkey Menagerie is currently placed 7th overall with a 1-9 record. Their drafts have been some of the most varied of EU, with picks such as Illidan, Nazeebo, and Kel’Thuzad making appearances. These drafts don’t always work out for them, but the team has been doing a lot better lately, especially when they have stayed closer to current meta.
For the off-lane role, this has primarily been Yrel being picked or banned and then Blaze as the counterpick. Both Wubby and Alexander “AlexTheProG” Grumstrup have quite a few recent games on Zeratul, so we may see more picks or bans of that hero in this series. Alex has been also picking up Thrall and Arthas on occasion, while Wubby has preferred Dehaka, Leoric, and Malthael.
It’s going to be an exciting weekend! Join us in the DIGscord as we watch the games on the BlizzHeroes Twitch page. The first series of the weekend is on Friday, so make sure to tune in!
Team Dignitas Discord Server: https://discord.gg/TeamDignitas