Team Dignitas’ HGC Preview: Phase 2 - Week 9
Thu 13th Sep 2018 - 7:41pm
Team Dignitas finished Week 8 with two solid 3-0 victories, which qualified them for the HGC Finals at BlizzCon 2018. There are only two more weeks left of League play before a short break and then BlizzCon will begin, starting with the Group Stage. Even though they only have two series left to play, Team Dignitas is looking to keep their undefeated record intact.
In their series against Method, Team Dignitas was in control of every game. Jérôme "JayPL" Trinh played Garrosh every game, even though no tanks were banned out. The pick synergized well with lock-down heroes such as Deckard and Malfurion, and allowed the burstier heroes of their compositions, like Jaina, Raynor, and Sgt. Hammer, to really apply pressure. The series against Monkey Menagerie was definitely a different flavour, with Team Dignitas opting for more diverse and fun picks rather than meta picks. We saw a lot of heroes we will probably not see much of competitive play for a long time, like Brightwing and Butcher. It was definitely an entertaining series for the fans and Team Dignitas still brought home the 3-0.
Team Dignitas vs. Leftovers - Sunday, September 16th at 11:00 am PDT / 8:00 pm CEST
Leftovers is a team that continues to surprise everyone. They seem to be the kryptonite of EU teams at international events. They are not afraid to pull out wacky picks to throw off opponents, and they can be a fierce opponent when they are playing meta as well. With Team Dignitas having won the Western Clash for this phase, EU is granted 1 additional auto-qualify spot for BlizzCon, which is making the competition really tough between Leftovers, Fnatic, Team Liquid, and Method. No doubt Leftovers will be playing their absolute best to try and take this series against Team Dignitas. Last weekend they defeated Team Liquid, and in previous weeks they had extremely close sets against Fnatic and Method.
The Support meta has been shifting a bit with the release of Whitemane. She’s seen quite a bit of play, but Team Dignitas is the only team to have a 100% win rate with her. With the Mephisto Patch coming in (but Mephisto disabled), Tyrande may see some play with her new Support-focused rework. It’s always difficult to predict if a new hero will see competitive play or even be good enough for it, but there is a chance either team might give Tyrande a try. For both Kenn “Zaelia” Rasmussen and Mark “Linked” Sepec, it just might be too hard to give up Deckard. Out of the two teams, Team Dignitas seems more comfortable and willing to venture away from Deckard and may not place as a high of a priority on him as Leftovers does.
This weekend’s match against Leftovers is going to be a good one! We’ll be hanging out in the DIGscord as usual during the series. You can watch live on Sunday on the BlizzHeroes Twitch page.
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