This Week in Warcraft: July31st-August7th
With the PTR and the updated warcraft3.info Stats system there is a lot of administrative and behind the scenes going on before we get to witness the excitement of GCS beginning next week. Take a quick read to get caught up on some major Warcraft events from the past week, and be sure to book off as much time as your boss will give you for GCS from August 16th-22nd.
The biggest news from this week is the Public Test Realm (PTR) for patch 1.29. The Blizzard Classic Games team has been working hard on revamping the mappool for Warcraft III in an effort to revitalize the game and force players to develop a new meta. With over 20 updated maps and the reintroduction of old maps, things are certainly switched up.
The drastic changes have some Warcraft fans upset, particularly with the discrepancies between the new 1v1 mappool and the current competitive mappool. However, it is important to note that this is only a PTR, one step towards updating the mappool. Many players within the community have been helpful in sharing their critiques of the patch already, and this is exactly what the Blizzard Classic Games Team is looking for:
I hope everyone plays, so you can help us clean up the map pool - none of these maps are final, we want to continue to refine the maps till you are happy.
-- Matt Morris in a response on the Blizzard Forum Page for Patch 1.29
So be sure to head on to Netease to test the new PTR, and if you do, be sure to send your feedback to Blizzard by posting on the forum page.
the new maps were really fun and exciting to play—PriesT/vikings, Warcraft III Progamer (@PriesTwc3) August 3, 2017
If you are interested to learn more about the new maps, check out Neo’s analysis of Terenas Stand_LV (Ladder Version) and Wtii’s reactions to PTR and new mappool.
New Stats System
Our beloved David has been working many long hours behind the scenes to revamp the warcraft3.info stats system! Highlights include adding Netease stats for players and an awesome search function that enables users to pick their own search criteria, from players to maps to nationality. For more details about the new data system read David's forum post, or play around with it yourself under the "stats" tab.
With the conclusion of GCS Asian Qualifier #4 last weekend the stage is now set for the final event. The following sixteen players will battle it out from August 16th-August 22nd to see who is the world champion of Warcraft in 2017:
For anyone who missed the final GCS Asian Qualifier, Back2Warcraft has put together a great playlist on their Youtube Channel with all the games they casted:
I think this reddit post by Nyogoslav summarizes everything pretty nicely:
The best players from the Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia) will fight in a repetition of what might turn into a repetition of the Balkan Wars.
Qualifier #1: 9 September 2017, 12 CET
Qualifier #2: 16 September 2017, 12 CET
Top 14 players from the qualifiers (points system) + 2 specially invited players will face each other in a double-elimination grid at the finals on 7 October 2017. You can find more information here:https://play.eslgaming.com/warcraft/global/news/272107
You can find the full list of rules here:https://clanrbr.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/balkan-league-2017-rules/
If you are interested in supporting the event, you can donate via the page below (all donations will go directly to the prize pool):https://clanrbr.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/donations-for-balkan-league/
This past weeks Hols Cup was the last until the weekly cup resumes on August 29th due to GCS.
Check out our Liquipedia page for the complete tournament bracket, and the war3.kr schedule for August if you are interested in seeing when all the big Warcraft related events are taking place (or, at least all the big events that involve the Koreans, as war3.kr is a Korean website).
Q: Who is the winner of this week’s Gera Cup? Is it Happy?
A: YesItsHappy (see what I did there? ;) )
The conclusion of Gera Cup #119 marks the end of Gera Fantasy League #2. Congratulations to fuma_pl for his win with 169 points! Gera Cup Fantasy League Season #3 will be commencing this Sunday, so start planning your dream team now! The Fantasy League page will go live on Wednesday.
Gera Fantasy Season #2 has ended! Congrats to fuma_pl (1st), embermate (2nd) and kasperfan_/Remind0 who share 3rd https://t.co/Kc4vic7pZ8— David Mente (@davidmente89) August 6, 2017
Check out the full Gera Cup #119 bracket on Liquipedia.
Calling for Unusual Replays!
Izzard has sent out the call for exciting and unusual replays! These replays will be aggregated into weekly replay packs that feature out-of-the-box strategies, non-meta hero choices, and generally exciting games that aren’t necessarily at the pro level. For more information check out the article here.