Xfire Midlane Masters

 Xfire Midlane Masters

Summer is here, and the HoN competitive scene is really heating up! Following the highly popular Honiversary 1v1 Showdown, there's a new 1v1 tournament in town: the Xfire Midlane Masters. With the opportunity to showcase individual talent and a unique first place prize - the chance to design an alt avatar - the event is sure to be full of exciting matches!



The Xfire Midlane Masters is a five-week tournament consisting of sixteen individual qualifiers and a 16-man main tournament. The single-day qualifiers will be held Monday-Thursday each week, starting July 21, and will feature a prize pool of 3,000 Gold Coins per qualifier. The top player from each qualifier will advance to the main tournament on August 18/19, where seasoned veterans will compete for a prize pool of 10,500 Gold Coins. Additionally, the champion of the main tournament will be offered a unique opportunity to design their own alt avatar, creating a lasting token of their victory.

Registration for the first week of qualifiers is open now, so get to practicing and head over to http://www.xfire.com/hub/midlanemasters for registration and full information about the Xfire Midlane Masters!

07/18/2014 1:51 AM

Topic: Content, eSports


HoN eSports Weekly 7/15



HoN eSports Weekly 7/15

With the second Cycle of Carnage wrapping up and HoN Tour Season 3 just around the corner, things are heating up for competitive HoN. This week saw the final matches of the Amateur Open circuit, teams falling into place for the Pro Playoffs, and as always, some action packed fun in the Variety Cup.

Carnage Pro League – Week 4

The final week of Carnage Pro League group play finished up this weekend, though the standings still aren't finalized. Sync eSports finished out the group with 2-0 wins over both willowkeeper and The Last of US, securing their upward momentum in the standings. Unfortunately, fellow competitors BMG were struck by tragedy this week, and their remaining three matches were canceled. Accordingly, Sync will progress with the top seed, while BMG heads into the Playoffs with the second seed. The newcomers, willowkeeper, managed to secure the third seed going into the playoffs, following recent wins over every team other than BMG and Sync. Finally, the fourth seed to the Playoffs is still up for grabs, as tUS look for a 2-0 win over Rea to tie the European squad in points, forcing a tie-breaker match on Saturday. The schedule for the Playoffs has been adjusted accordingly, and is available in full on Hontour.com.

Amateur Open #4

After four weeks, things are nearly wrapped up for the Amateur Division. Eight teams will head into this weekend's Amateur Invitational, competing for cash and pride, but things aren't quite finalized as of yet. Last week, teams showed how hotly contested the Amateur Division is, as Moes Tavern reasserted their dominance in the absence of Dawn and Instant Reflex, and four teams tied for 7th place in the standings. Those squads, The Tyrants, PepsiMaX, LisaAnn, and Acid Squirrel Squad, will have to play in tie-breaker matches this Saturday, before the main bracket can start. Ultimately, only two of the four will be able to join the Amateur Invitational, but with HoN Tour starting soon, each match will be invaluable practice. Be sure to tune in this weekend as favorites Moes Tavern, Dawn, The Solaire Club and others fight for the title of best Amateur squad in Newerth!

Variety Cup #14

Grimm's Crossing was home to last week's Variety Cup, and with a lull in the World Cup, there were quite a few teams eager for some 3v3 action! Early in the bracket, one of the veteran teams, Twisted Fuzion, was taken out by the impressive Rabbits, while EXCLUSIVES managed to take out Silent Division a round later. In the best-of-three semi-finals The Rabbits fell to the Amateur contenders PepsiMaX, while the EXCLUSIVES were no match for another Amateur tie-breaker team, The Tyrants. This set up an exciting finals where in the first game PepsiMaX was able to take out The Tyrants in just 15 minutes! The second map was significantly longer and more even, but after an hour of play and 23 kills to each team, PepsiMaX came out on top, winning Variety Cup #14 and all the rewards that come with the title!

This Week's Events

Registration for Variety Cup #15 is open now, with the tournament heading to Midwars for some 5v5 Banning Draft action! Be sure to sign-up before the event begins on Thursday. The $500 Amateur Invitational takes place this weekend, starting with tie-breaker matches at 12pm EDT | 1800 CEST, leading into the main tournament three hours later. Be sure to tune in to get a preview of some of the teams that will be competing in the HoN Tour Qualifiers, less than two weeks away. Finally, the Carnage Pro League wraps up with the $8,000 Pro Playoffs starting Saturday with the final qualifier match between tUS and Rea, and then the semi-finals at 3pm EDT | 2100 CEST. Be sure to tune in as these teams fight for pride, cash, and momentum as the HoN Tour season starts once more!

Speaking of HoN Tour... Grab your team and get registered for HoN Tour Season 3! The Qualifiers start on July 26th, so get to practicing and compete for your share of the $70,000+ regular season prize pool.

See you next week for another update on HoN eSports!

-Beef

07/16/2014 6:35 AM

Topic: Content, eSports


HoN eSports Weekly 7/8


 HoN eSports Weekly 7/8

The second Cycle of Carnage in Caldavar is well underway, and the action has showed no signs of stopping. With faces new and old showing great games there is a lot to talk about this week, so lets get into it!

Carnage Pro League – Week 3


The battle at the top of the Carnage Pro League continues, as Bad Monkey Gaming and Sync eSports top the charts once more. BMG took a direct win over their opponents with last week's 2-0 victory, but Sync remains in the overall point lead. While that point lead may change as BMG catches up in games, first place could hinge on the squads head-to-head meet up as the last match of Week 4. In the middle of the pack Reason Gaming and newcomers Willowkeeper are holding it down and look to be in a solid spot for next week's Playoffs. The American Hope, The Last of US, is fighting for one of those Playoff spots, but behind them the newest and most unknown Pro team, Shrek is Love has struggled to find even a single win. With just one point to their name from a 1-2 loss to Reason last week, the Ogres will need to take the rest of the Cycle to practice and get in form for HoN Tour Season 3.

Amateur Open #3


Another week and another Amateur Open in the Carnage event. Last Cycle there was a big race for the invites to the Amateur Invitational, as well as the top two spots, and this time around is no different. Teams like Burrito Gaming, Team Cheesecake, You Love To Party, and more are fighting for a spot in the Top 8, but at the top there is an even more fierce race going on. Top squads like Dawn, The Tyrants, Solaire Club are all in good shape, but newcomers Instant Reflex were the story of this past week. They made it all the way to the Finals of Amateur Open #3, but even the star-studded new squad wasn't enough to take down the top Amateur squad, Moes Tavern. The happy hour warriors maintain a firm lead on the Amateur Standings, and are the favorites in this week's event, and a strong contender for the second Amateur Invitational.

Variety Cup #13


This past week's Variety Cup took us on a trip down Midwars lane. Normally the Midwars Kings, Big Bux Money Crew, are winners in an almost foregone conclusion here, but this week it was not the case. The BUXxies showed up in the event, taking down their first opponent, but it was a relatively new team that managed to take the Champs down in the third round. That team, going by the name Alison, managed to squeak out a 2-1 victory, and made it into the Finals. There they met the EXCLUSIVES, a team that has made quite a splash in the last few weeks on the casual circuit. This time around the EXCLUSIVES proved their experience has been invaluable and took the win with a 2-0 victory, earning the Gold and glory in Variety Cup #13.

This Week's Events


The Variety Cup heads to Grimm's Crossing this week for a Banning Draft tournament. Be sure to sign-up for some fun 3v3 competition; registration is open until the event begins on Thursday. For some Forests of Caldavar action, the final Amateur Open begins on Saturday, so make sure to get some competitive practice in before the next big event is here! For those of you who prefer to watch, Carnage Pro League will wrap up the regular season this week. With BMG and Sync fighting for first, and Willowkeeper trying to fend off tUS for the final Playoff spot, there are sure to be some incredible games.

That's all for this week's recap, but as always, stay tuned for more HoN eSports news!

-Beef

07/09/2014 8:07 PM

Topic: Content, eSports


HoN eSports Weekly 6/24

HoN eSports Weekly 6/24

With the first cycle of Carnage in Caldavar all wrapped up, teams are taking the opportunity for a fresh start and looking toward the future. This weekend had the first matches in the new series of Amateur Opens and some exciting matches in Pro League, so lets take a look at how things shaped up.

Carnage Pro League – Week 1

After a dominating performance in the first regular season and Playoffs, BMG returned to Pro League with a dominant performance over the newly promoted Amateur squad, Shrek is Love. The Ogres weren't the only squad to come out of the first week without a win, as tUS managed to take down both new squads. Reason grabbed a win off willowkeeper as well, but narrowly lost to Sync eSports in Saturday's highlight match. Overall Sync and tUS are out in front with five points each, but with each having to face BMG this week the standings are anything but stable.

Carnage in Caldavar – Amateur Open #1

With the promotion of top teams willowkeeper and Shrek is Love, the Amateur scene is looking for a new top dog; favorites from last season, Moes Tavern, look to fill that spot. This weekend the bar buddies took the first Amateur Open by storm. While they faced impressive competition in the likes of resurfacing teams like Twisted Fusion and Dont die we win – formerly dawn – their experience and consistency was too much to handle. Teams The Tyrants and The Solaire Club made it a challenge in the end, but Moes Tavern is clearly improving with their consistent participation in each weekly event. The guys from Moes take an early lead in the Amateur standings, but next week they will surely have challengers in droves.

NA and Variety Cups - Week 11

It was a Midwars week for the NA and Variety Cups – paging Big Bux Money Crew! Wait, whats that? BUX lost?! That's right, after an impressive streak of six double wins in NA and Variety Cups the Bux Crew was defeated on in the NA Cup's second round on Thursday. The hay maker was delivered by Silent Division, a team that has been playing in Weekly Cups for over two months, but had yet to make any real noise. Unfortunately they were once more eliminated in the third round, this time by thinkQUICK v2,  but they had made their statement in a Bo1. thinkQUICK v2 went on to defeat Midwarriors Unity in the finals, taking home the gold in the NA Cup.

In the Variety Cup the Buxxies looked to defend their honor, and they breezed through the early rounds. Notably, they took down The Tyrants, while the Midwarriors Unity were taken down by a rather unknown team going by the name of EXCLUSIVES. The new kids on the block were able to taken it all the way to the finals, but here the Big Bux Money Crew showed they've still got it. With a 2-0 victory BUX put their train back on the tracks with yet another Weekly Cup win.

This Week's Events

Registration for this week's tournaments are now open. The Variety Cup heads back to Grimm's Crossing this week, so get your 3v3 on starting Thursday. It's still early in the cycle, so be sure to register for this weekend's Amateur Open #2 and start racking up those important points. Registration for both events is open until just two hours prior to the first round. For those that prefer to watch some high level action, Pro League Week two begins on Tuesday! With exciting matches during the week, and showdowns like BMG vs Rea and BMG vs Sync this weekend, there's something for everyone. Be sure to tune in to Honcast for all the Carnage.

See you next week for another HoN eSports Weekly!

-Beef

06/24/2014 10:02 PM

Topic: Content, eSports


HoN eSports Weekly 6/17

HoN eSports Weekly 6/17

The last two weeks have been a proving ground for both Amateur and and Pro teams. As the first cycle of Carnage in Caldavar draws to a close we can look back on the proud victors, the great matches, and some new faces.

Carnage Pro Playoffs

After four weeks of regular season play, four squads had emerged as our Playoffs contenders. In the first Playoffs matches Bad Monkey Gaming took on Reason, and Sync eSports took on the rising stars, REXXARS. Ultimately the more experienced and favored squads – Sync and BMG - took the semifinal matches, though the games were closer than the 2-0 scoreline might reflect. With those wins Newerth's top dogs were once more set to square off for high honors. In a straight best-of-five anything could happen, but on this day the Monkey's reigned supreme. The squads went blow for blow, but BMG was able to capitalize a bit harder, and brought home the series 3-1. With that they took first place, and the Lion's share of the $8000 Playoff prizepool, as well as the undisputed title of best team in HoN.

Carnage Amateur Invitational

With four weeks of Amateur Opens behind us it was time for the best up-and-coming teams to duke it out for cash, pride, and a shot at the big leagues. The heavy favorites were Willowkeeper, winners of the first three Opens, but teams like Shrek is Love, Moe's Tavern, and other wildcards were aiming for an upset. The top three teams were able to make it to the semifinals of the eight team event, and while willowkeeper had the higher seed and easier road to the finals, Moe and Shrek had to fight for advancement. Shrek is Love pulled what could be considered an upset, besting Moe's Tavern 2-1, and securing a spot in the Finals. In that match willowkeeper proved once more that they were the team to fear, as they took down Shrek in a 3-2 series that showed the best of both teams. Each of the Finalists walks away with a piece of the $500 Amateur prizepool, and now look forward to competing with the big dogs in Pro League starting this week.

NA And Variety Cups – Weeks 9 & 10


There seems to be a recurring theme in this part of the recap: Midwars dominated by one squad, Grimm's Crossing dominated by another. This was no different in the last two incarnations of the Weekly's Cups. Week 9 showed off Midwars once more, and the Big Bux Money Crew had showed such domination that they even fielded a second team – Med Bux Money Crew. Unfortunately the second squad wasn't able to live up to their namesake, as they were taken out rather early on. Eventually it was WarcraftGamerz and Original Gangstas each fighting against the 10-time champs, Big Bux Money Crew. The Champs proved their worth and brought home the Variety Cup and NA Cup once more, showing there is really no contest for the Midwars crown.

For Weekly Cups 10 the Grimms United crew had homefield advantage in these Banning Draft tournaments. In the NA Cup it came down to the Champs, Grimms United, against Burrito Gaming in a 'delicious showdown'. Ultimately Grimm's proved worthy of their namesake, and took the victory. The followed that performance with an impressive run in the Variety Cup, taking down The Tyrants, and community-star FJ's team, Patience. With yet another double-win the Grimms United crew truly are the masters of this 3v3 battlefield.

This Week's Events

Registration for this week's tournaments are now open! The Weekly Cups head once more to Midwars in a Banning Draft format, so get ready to challenge the Kings – Big Bux Money Crew. The event's start on Thursday, so get practicing if you wanna take down the big dogs. The second cycle of Carnage in Caldavar is starting as well, so be sure to sign up for the first Amateur Open, and challenge for the newly vacant spot of best Amateur team. The event starts on Saturday, and sign-ups are open until just two hours before the matches begin. If you're in for a viewing experience, Pro League starts again this week! On Thursday BMG takes on the new kids, Shrek is Love, and with six matches this weekend the standings will start to shape up quick! Be sure to tune in for some familiar faces, new challengers, and as always, action packed HoN!

See you next time for another HoN eSports Weekly!

-Beef

06/18/2014 2:22 AM

Topic: Content, eSports


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