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Gust or Bust is put to the test in Group B of Enter the Storm

Group B in Enter the Storm is the most competitive group of them all. A group filled with 3 teams that qualified for the North American regionals were left to battle it out for two spots for the ETS playoffs. 

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The second set of the day consisted of Team Blaze's new roster and the up and coming Gust or Bust (formally King of Blades Alpha). Perfectly winnable games for either team, it's easy to say Gust could come out on top against the new Blaze roster since it's their first tournament play together. Blaze took a commanding game one on Battlefield of Eternity with great rotations and great Zagara play by Blaze's bigempct.

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Panda Global lineup

Blue

kladeous Thrall Thrall
* bkid-- Muradin Muradin
Yuuj Rehgar Rehgar
JasonHotS Tyrande Tyrande
* bigempct-merge Zagara Zagara
Bans:
Falstad E.T.C.
Gust or Bust lineup

Red

Greymane Greymane Tomster
Li-Ming Li-Ming FrozenX880
Brightwing Brightwing darkchimaera-
Stitches Stitches KilluZiioN
Zeratul Zeratul TalkingTrees
Bans:
Xul Cho'Gall

* This player was a stand-in for this match

Game two Gust or Bust decided to bring out all the cards and come up with this draft attempting to pull a fast one on Blaze

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Panda Global lineup

Blue

JasonHotS Thrall Thrall
* bigempct-merge Greymane Greymane
* bkid-- Muradin Muradin
Yuuj Tassadar Tassadar
kladeous Artanis Artanis
Bans:
Xul Illidan
Gust or Bust lineup

Red

Falstad Falstad FrozenX880
Uther Uther KilluZiioN
Brightwing Brightwing darkchimaera-
Sonya Sonya TalkingTrees
The Butcher The Butcher Tomster
Bans:
Rehgar Lt. Morales

* This player was a stand-in for this match

Blaze struggled all game with their solo support Tassadar and all the damage output from Gust or Bust. However, Gust made a bad call going for core prematurely and suffered a team wipe because of it. Blaze was able to end the game shortly thereafter, taking the series 2-0.

Team Blaze showed that they could adapt and play against an inconventional draft with this new roster. Give them an entire week to prepare and they will be a team to watch in next weeks playoffs. 

Group D

Team P W L
Naventic 1 1 0
Arcane Esp 0 0 0
TBD. 0 0 0
HDB 1 0 1
(DL)
Schedule
Team Naventic 3 – 0 Hot Dog Burglars
TBD vs TBD
TBD vs TBD
TBD vs TBD
TBD vs TBD

Team Nom was able to put up a fight against Gust or Bust in the elimination series bringing it to a game 3, hoping to take advantage of a fatigued Gust who had already played 6 games straight. But this proved not to be the case as Gust finished strong and advances to the Playoffs along with Team Blaze.

Group C will be tomorrow consisting of Tempo Storm, Team ovo and Gale Force esports. You can watch these at 10am PST over at Twitch.tv/khaldor

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Cloud9HotS vs Team Blaze
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Team Blaze vs Naventic
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COG HotS vs Naventic
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Naventic vs Gust
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TS.HotS vs COG HotS
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Team Blaze vs Cloud9HotS
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Gust vs HDB
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Cloud9HotS vs TS.HotS
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TS.HotS vs HDB
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Cloud9HotS vs Gust
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COG HotS vs GFE
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Team Blaze vs Naventic
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