HoN eSports Weekly
We're on our way to the final cycle of HoN Tour Season 3! The exciting conclusion of the regular season kicks off this weekend, so make sure to check it out. Along with the exciting matches is the debut of HoN Tour Flash Sales, a new system that lets fans save big when the players go big! Let's take a look!
HoN Tour Cycle 8
With Sync firmly in first place and on their way to Thailand, the rest of the top teams are scrambling for momentum leading into the playoffs. A win or big showing in Cycle 8 will not only start that momentum, but also score better seeding, and a nice payday from the event's $19,000 prize pool. With exciting match-ups like BMG vs Reason in the first round, there is going to be nothing but awesome matches in store.HoN Tour Flash Sales
The Flash Sale system debuts this weekend, allowing fans to follow along for designated big plays like a steal on the Token of Life, an Annihilation, or a 5 man Tempest hole. Each big play will trigger a Flash Sale, allowing players to save up to 40% on select Avatars. You can find the full list on Hontour.com or the official Forums.Weekly Cups
With HoN Tour on hiatus last weekend, the 5v5 Cup #10 stepped in to bring us the FoC action. At the end of the bracket Dishonored fell 0-2 to Diamond Division regulars Prime Icarus, as PI scored Aquarius Bubbles and a ton of Gold Coins!
On the Midwars scene, the Big Bux Money crew were back in force as they scored wins in Midwars Cup #13 and 14. 2-0 wins over XVII Exclusives and Raging BUll show that the team once called the stayGreen of Midwars are back in force! Grimm's Cup #13 wasn't as clean, as the favorites Grimms United were taken down by Coolo, who then went on to take the Finals 2-0 over Zdegree. But the Grimms United squad got their revenge in #14 as they went undefeated to the Finals and scored a 2-0 win over MenWithHandguns. Congrats to all squads!This Week's Events
Be sure to tune in to Honcast and the HoN Community Casters starting at 12pm EST/1800 CET as HoN Tour Cycle 8 kicks off! The coverage continues all weekend long with Upper Bracket Saturday, and Lower Bracket Sunday filling your screens with some awesome HoN action!
We'll catch you next time for another HoN eSports Weekly!
01/31/2015 9:40 AM
HoN eSports Weekly
It's a new year, and already the first cycle of HoN Tour has wrapped up! Sync scored their record breaking sixth cycle victory, and have secured first place in the Season 3 standings! With one more cycle to go, teams are fighting for spots in the Playoffs, and getting all the practice they can with the Weekly Cups! Let's dive right in to the action.HoN Tour Diamond Division
The first Diamond Cycle of the new year was also the first in over two years without Lions/BMG, as they were slumming it down in Gold, but there was plenty of talent to fill in. After a narrow 1-2 loss to Sync, newcomers Ride My Rocket fell to Gold, joined by longtime “elevator team” REXXARS. Dawn and Prime Icarus narrowly escaped elimination, and while PI fell to tree in the next round, Dawn took a smooth 2-0 victory over top dogs, Nullstone Gaming. In the second week Willowkeeper proved the better squad with a 2-1 victory over Dawn, and then faced Reason Gaming, who fell from the WB Finals after a close 1-2 series against Sync. In the end it was Reason who needed the rematch, and though Reason fought valiantly, Sync was determined to break the record, and score a 6th cycle victory!HoN Tour Lower Divisions
The Gold Division was star studded for Cycle 7, with favorites BMG leading the pack, followed by fellow Diamond regulars Night Raid and Shrek is Love. NR and Ogr met in the 3rd round of the Winner's Bracket, where the Americans fell short, giving Ogre a shot at Diamond once more. On the other side, BMG were blindsided by Coollo (former MOE/WOP), and took a 1-2 loss to fall into the Lower Bracket nice and early. Eventually BMG eliminated Night Raid, ending the American hopeful's dream of Diamond this Season, and BMG made a run through the hard way, taking down Coollo in a revenge match, and a 3-0 sweep to bring home the Grand Finals over Ogr! In the Silver Division Dishonored took down izu 2-0 to bring home the victory and advance to Gold, while newcomers Kuro and Shirolchigo took home the Bronze Division in their first ever HoN Tour Cycle!Weekly Cups
Grimm's Cup #12 brought Halfling Warrior Scout to the battlefield, as teams of three squared off in some awesome close-quarters combat. Diamond regulars Nullstone Gaming tried their hand, but were dispatched by Silver Champs, Dishonored, in the semifinals, while Grimm's United made their usual run through the bracket, all the way to the Finals. Here Grimms United proved their valor once more, in what must be their 20th or more tournament victory on the Grimm's map! On the Midwars side of things, more Diamonds made their appearance, with Shrek is Love making it all the way to the semis, before elimination at the hands of the combination squad, XVII Exclusives. On the other side, the multi-time champs Big Bux Money Crew were taken down by the ever-so active Dishonored. In the Grand Finals the Exclusives came out on top, with a 2-0 victory, giving Dishonored Silver in both Weekly Cups, in addition to their Silver Division title. Congrats to all teams!This Week's Events
This week HoN Tour is on break while squads ramp up for the final cycle, and the exciting Playoffs to follow. But fear not, HoN fans! The Weekly Cups are here, and filling in for the Forests of Caldavar action is the 5v5 Cup this Saturday and Sunday! Aquarius Bubbles is on the line for this week's events, so make sure to sign up for Thursday's Midwars Cup #13, Friday's Grimm's Cup #13, or this weekend's 5v5 Cup #10, and get your share of fun, competition, and 30,000 Gold Coins!
See you next time for another HoN eSports Weekly!
01/21/2015 12:40 AM
HoN eSports Weekly
We're officially over halfway finished with HoN Tour Season 3 cycles, and once more the throne has been passed. Though this time around, the face is a bit more familiar. Outside of HoN Tour there are more Weekly Cups than ever, with the new Grimm's Crossing entering the fields of battle!HoN Tour Diamond Division
Teams entered Cycle 5 with new hope. BMG had just dethroned the kings, and previously mid-tier teams were competing with the top dogs. However, it didn't take long to see that there would be no repeat champs. BMG were knocked out in 5/6th place in the first weekend, leaving Nullstone Gaming to chase the crown. With a 2-0 victory over REXXARS and a 2-1 over willowkeeper, Nullstone managed to make it all the way to the Grand Finals, but Sync was having none of that. A 3-0 victory for Sync put them back in the top spot, but their 9-1 run, including 5-0 WB/Grand Finals performance, is what really emphasized how the boys were back. They'll hold the spot until HoN Tour kicks back up with Cycle 6 starting on... December 6th!HoN Tour Lower Divisions
The boys from Reason Gaming made it a personal mission to show they weren't all washed up. After elimination from Diamond in Cycle 4, Rea went for the full WB route in Gold to take the division 2-0 over Prime Icarus. Both Reason and PI will join Diamond Division for Cycle 6 – congrats! Fan favorites FROGF No HIPPO made an appearance once more – this time in the Silver Division Finals. Though they looked good throughout, but their opponents, Hot Pho Factory, proved too dominant and took the Finals with a 2-0 sweep. The Bronze Division was a blast from the past as Frenetic Array - a fan recreation at least – took a 2-0 victory over Me Are Rus. With a win here, they're on their way up, but only time will tell if they'll live up to the team's legendary name.Weekly Cups
Midwars Cup #3 had some pretty solid attendance last week, even with some multi-gaming organizations showing up like Ninjas in Pyjamas and Hellraisers! Ultimately it was the familiar faces in the finals - Shrek is Love and Mid Wars Champs Big Bux Money Crew. Shrek is Love came out on top this week, as they walked away with a 2-1 victory, and the throne – at least until the next week! The Grimm's Cup #3 featured many of the same faces, but this time it was the legends, Grimm's United that were able to take down strong teams like Prime Icarus and Vortex eSports to claim a 2-0 victory and yet another Grimm's win. Congrats!This Weeks Event's
With Sync securely on the HoN Tour throne, the event is on hiatus until early December, but there are plenty of other awesome competitions. Mid Wars Cup #4 runs on Thursday, while Grimm's Cup #4 runs Friday, featuring the new version of the map, and a $600 cash prize pool! Rounding out the over 30k Gold Coin week, is the 20,000 Gold Coin 5v5 Cup running Saturday and Sunday. Get your competition on and be sure to sign up for the events and show Newerth what you've got!
We'll catch you next time for another HoN eSports Weekly!
11/21/2014 4:59 AM
HoN eSports Weekly 10/29
We've just finished up the most exciting weekend of HoN Tour action this season, so lets take a look back on this week in HoN eSports!HoN Tour Diamond Division
The cycle started with upsets left and right as previously ranked top 3 teams like Reason Gaming and willowkeeper were knocked down to Gold and eliminated in 5/6th respectively. In their place teams Night Raid (formerly The Last of US) and Dawn made their way into the top four, but the biggest upset happened in the top two. After a major roster shakeup in Cycle 2, Bad Monkey Gaming is back with wins in the WB Finals and a 3-2 victory in the Grand Finals. As a result, Sync eSports fell short of a record breaking 4 Cycle wins in a row, and remains tied with World Champions stayGreen. With a week before the next Diamond Division, Sync will have to train hard to reclaim their throne.
HoN Tour Lower Divisions
The Gold Division is still ongoing and looks to finish up in the upcoming weekend. With that being said, former Diamond squads make up the top three teams with Carnage in Caldavar Cycle 1 standouts REXXARS sitting in the Grand Finals, while Shrek is Love and WOP DASH will fight for the last Diamond spot and a chance to win the division. Things finished up just fine in the Silver Division where Dishonored took a 2-0 victory over SuperHeroesPlayinHoN to win the division, and advance to Gold. And finally, in the Bronze Division Hot Pho Factory was too delicious for their opponents to handle as they squeezed out a 2-1 win to take the championship.Weekly Cups
The final Variety Cup, #29, finished up with a trip to Midwars, and ended much like it began. The Big Bux Money Crew took a 2-1 victory over the combined XVII Exclusives, and with that Bux claimed their 17th win in a Weekly Cup. With the new Midwars Cup just around the corner, I'm sure the Big Bux Money Crew will be bringing home their next first place in the not too distant future.This Week's Events
This week HoN Tour takes a break as teams ramp up for the next cycle, but don't worry, there is still plenty of action to be found! The first editions of the Midwars Cup and the Grimm's Cup kick off this week, while the 5v5 Cup will happen during the weekend. The Midwars Cup runs on Thursday, starting at 1pm EDT/1800 CET, while The Grimm's Cup runs on Friday for Halloween. Both Cups have registration open until just before the event starts, and will award Harvest Goody Bags to top placing teams, so don't miss out! And for those out there looking for practice in the 5v5 format, the 5v5 Cup begins on Saturday, so make sure to register!
Stay tuned for more updates on HoN eSports!
10/30/2014 3:25 AM
HoN eSports Weekly 10/8
HoN eSports Weekly 10/8
Welcome back HoN eSports fans! It's time for another update on HoN competition, including the recently completed HoN Tour Cycle 3, the Variety Cup, and a brand new event happening this weekend! Shall we get started?
HoN Tour Diamond Division
After three cycles in HoN Tour Season 3, Sync eSports has completed their hat trick, becoming the first team since stayGreen over a year ago to take three consecutive cycles. Sync's 3-1 victory over willowkeeper in the Grand Finals was a hotly contested match, but ultimately, Sync appeared to continually out-class their opponents. willowkeeper certainly wanted the gold, but showed consistency, taking their second silver finish in the division, while previous bronze medalists Nullstone Gaming fell significantly, into the 5/6th spot. Replacing the Stonies was the reincarnated Bad Monkey Gaming, who seem to have finally gotten their sea legs. Rounding out the top 4 are the American hopes, The Last of US, who will proceed forward without Narcy, but instead with the assistance of BabyGoatar, perhaps a familiar name from the past.
HoN Tour Lower Divisions
The Gold Division was a hotbed of competition this cycle, much like it has been throughout this entire season. Former players returned in fan favorite squads like Not Excellent and FunInTheSunv2, but ultimately the old dogs didn't match up. Not Excellent made it to the 5/6th position before being eliminated by Prime Icarus, the eventual Gold Division runners up. In the end, it was Dawn who came out victorious, securing first with a close 3-2 victory over the competition. Both Dawn and Prime Icarus advance to the Diamond division to replace Twisted Fuzion and WOP DASH.
In the Silver Division Systembo Laget managed a 2-0 victory over The Boy5 in the Finals, meaning those teams will ascend the ranks to Gold. Joining them will be Team Zenzyg and the venerable Hussars. On the Bronze side of things, Triumph came out, well, triumphant. Their 2-0 victory over SuperHeroesPlayinHon nets them a solid seed in the next Silver division, as well as some serious Gold Coins! Keep an eye on these up-and-coming teams.
Variety Cup #26
This past week's Variety Cup took us back once more to the land of Midwars. Here the crew of [XVII]The MW Powerhouse battled through the large bracket to secure a 2-0 victory over the Big Bux Money Crew. The 14 time Midwars Champs weren't able to take down the evidently extremely powerful Powerhouse, and will have to keep tabs on the next Midwars event (not too far off!).
This Week's Events
Even with this being an off-week for HoN Tour, there is still plenty of action to be had in competitive HoN, including a brand new event! Quincy's Get Stomped Tournament features a new format consisting of Midwars, Rift Wars, and Forests of Caldavar. The single elimination tournament plays out this weekend, with the victor to be featured in a showmatch against Sync eSports, live on Honcast next week! Be sure to get over to www.xfire.com/tournament/2468for more information and registration for this weekend's event. Additionally be sure to check out Variety Cup #27 for some BD Midwars action! As usual, the event starts on Thursday, so sign up for some high octane fun!
Be sure to catch the Get Stomped Tournament all weekend long, and check back next week for another update on HoN eSports!
10/09/2014 7:57 AM