South Africa makes competitive Heroes of the Storm debut

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South Africans haven’t heard much about Heroes of the Storm in a competitive sense since its release from closed beta. Blizzard’s free-to-play MOBA has been fairly successful overseas with a variety of tournaments, including last year’s BlizzCon. Finally, South Africa has jumped on board with the first ever major Heroes of the Storm tournament at the rAge expo set for October.

Last week Energy eSports announced they had signed their very own Heroes of the Storm team; while it may seem like an odd choice at first it makes a lot more sense now. On Friday, NAG announced they would be hosting a Heroes of the Storm tournament at rAge this year for a prize pool of 60,000 Rand (the rough equivalent of $4657 USD). Game Arena is hosting the tournament in partnership with Rectron, Gigabyte, NAG, and Megarom.

Tournament broadcasting will be hosted by South African company nAv TV, with their two Dota 2 shoutcasters, HellbirD and RidditZ. You may remember this casting duo from the Mortal Kombat X qualifiers earlier this year.

Similar to last year’s Auros Corsiar Dota 2 Cup, the Heroes of the Storm tournament will be held within the Rectron booth, complete with a custom-made player area. The competitive environment created quite a stir last year at the rAge expo, giving onlookers a bit of a variety once they managed to clear the expo floor for the seventh time. The top eight teams from the online qualifier will be invited to rAge to take part in the final tournament. If you have a team be sure to sign up here.

While there is no set date for the qualifiers to begin, one can assume it will begin in early September and finish out before rAge. You need to own ten (10) heroes, at least, to enter the tournament. This can be achieved by playing a number of games, or purchasing the starter pack at a special price. The tournament is set to be the best of three double elimination series, which gives players a fair shot at grabbing the grand prize of R30,000 ( approximately $2328 USD); second place will take R20,000 ( $1552 USD); and rounding out the bottom third place will take a prize pool of R10,000 ($776 USD).

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