I was watching both Heroes of the Storm and Smash tournaments on Twitch this weekend, but this series of grand finals games between Tempo Storm and Cloud9 was absolutely entertaining to watch. Tempo Storm has been demonstrating dominance over the competitive scene for the past few months, but apparently Cloud9 brought their A game to this competition. I’m by no means a professional, or even good (I’m new to MOBAs) at this game, but here’s what I could snap in highlight screenshots!

Game 1 (Tempo Storm wins):

Tempo Storm with the creative plays. They released webweavers while half of their team was working on boss, then finished the boss to add to the webweaver push.
Tempo Storm with the creative plays. They released webweavers while half of their team was working on boss, then finished the boss to add to the webweaver push.
First was Tempo Storm's throw.
First was Tempo Storm’s throw.
Followed by Cloud9's throw...
Followed by Cloud9’s throw…
Zeratul sticks around to stop Leoric from getting the win with Void Prison.
Zeratul sticks around to stop Leoric from getting the win with Void Prison while the rest of the team engages other core.
Followed by Cloud9's throw...
And they finish the game with a VERY close win…

Game 2 (Tempo Storm wins):

Game 2 finishes with another incredibly close win. While Tempo Storm lost a critical team fight, Sylvanas peeled off and pushed with the boss they had just captured to see if they could beat out the damage on their own core.

Will the 5-man team win?
Will the 5-man team win?
Or will Sylvanas win with the boss?
Or will Sylvanas win with the boss?
Apparently it's the latter, but it was very close.
Apparently it’s the latter, but it was very close.

Game 3 (Cloud9 begins their comeback):

Game 3 begins with an unusual draft, followed by a dominating show by Cloud9.

The Illidan pick countered the Abathur pick, and then Sonya was chosen as the final hero! The other team doesn't have any stuns to stop her whirlwind attack, which turns out to be an excellent pick.
The Illidan pick countered the Abathur pick, and then Sonya was chosen as the final hero! The other team doesn’t have any stuns to stop her whirlwind attack, so she turns out to be an excellent pick.
Because Cloud9 is putting pressure on this fort, Abathur is free to pick up the final tribute they need, leading into the conclusive push and win.
Because Cloud9 is putting pressure on this fort, Abathur is free to pick up the final tribute they need, leading into the conclusive push and win.

Game 4 (Cloud9 win #2):

I've noticed in these professional league games that teams like to use the garden terrors for split pressure, rather than committing the entire team to a single lane.
I’ve noticed in these professional league games that teams like to use the garden terrors for split pressure, rather than committing the entire team to a single lane.
Teams will also use these garden terrors in team fights, and there were a fair amount of tree slap kills!
Teams will also use these garden terrors in team fights, and there were a fair amount of tree fist kills!
A decisive play began when TS went after Abathur, splitting their team and sacrificing team members. The split team was then cleaned up with an entomb from Leoric, resulting in a team wipe.
A decisive play began when TS went after Abathur (who was top lane), splitting their team and sacrificing team members. The final two team members were cleaned up with an entomb from Leoric, resulting in a team wipe.
And on to game 5.
And on to game 5.

Game 5 (Cloud9 win #3):

I laughed at the Abathur ban.
Unfortunately, the hyped game 5 was stuck on draft screen through level 13 or so haha. Arthelon was our stream savior, as you can see from the fading chat.
There were some tight team battles in this game, but Cloud9 edged out each time.
There were some tight team battles in this game, but C9 edged out each time.
They used owl to scare them from boss, buying Cloud9 enough time to move to the top of the map from turn in.
C9 used owl to scare TS from boss, buying C9 enough time to move to the top of the map from turn in.
And we have a bracket reset. Wow.
And we have a bracket reset. Wow.

Game 6 (Cloud9 win #4):

Abathur is back with his crazy siege damage. Also, Raynor?
Abathur is back with his crazy siege damage. Also, Raynor?
TS starts out this game strong, dominating the first few temples and taking the level lead.
TS starts out this game strong, dominating the first few temples and taking the level lead.
C9 steals yet another boss in this series of games, barely holding onto it with a critically timed ancestral heal.
C9 steals yet another boss in this series of games, barely holding onto it with a critically timed ancestral heal.
Nowhere to run.
Nowhere to run, Sylvanas.
And that’s the 4th game in a row. Is this comeback real?
And that’s the 4th game in a row. Is this comeback real?

Game 7 (Cloud9 win #5):

#TeamAbby.
#TeamAbby.
C9 uses TS’s tactic from Game 1 against them.
C9 uses TS’s tactic from Game 1 against them.
Yet another team wipe followed by victory.
Yet another team wipe followed by victory.

Game 8 (Cloud9 grand finals win):

Lol, Tempo Storm basically steals Cloud9’s team. But that Butcher??
Lol, Tempo Storm basically steals Cloud9’s team. But that Butcher??
And wow. C9 clutches it out. The momentum was just strong and maintained.
And wow. C9 clutches it out. The momentum was just strong and maintained.

Everyone played really well, although it was somewhat sad to see TS never get their momentum back. The team synergy on C9’s side was unreal today. Everyone looked out for each other and I think that was key in the team fights. A 6-0 comeback. Wow. Just wow. These screenshots don’t do the games justice. I hope ESL_Heroes gets the VODs uploaded on Twitch soon.

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