GosuAwards 2015: Heroes of the Storm winners

 

Welcome to the first year of GosuGamers Awards for Heroes of the Storm. Today, we honor the best, players, teams, casters, community members, and competitive moments of 2015. We celebrate the first amazing year spent in the Nexus.

Each category has two winners. One has been determined by the community vote polls, which were open between December 17-26th. The other award is handed out by the GosuAwards committee, comprised of the GosuGamers crew members who put together the nominations for this year’s awards.

Best Competitive Moment

Best Competitive Moment

Na'Vi's heroic synergy

During the European Regional Championships in Prague, Natus Vincere took heroic synergy to a new level. The newly released Butcher was criticized by the competitive community for his linear playstyle, but Na'Vi used this popular belief to their advantage, drafting team compositions entirely around Lamb to the Slaughter, Mighty Gust, and Web Wrap. These three rarely seen heroics from niche heroes was the edge Na'Vi needed to dominate the championships, thrilling audiences and disrupting the meta with something new.

Cloud9's stall composition vs Team DK

...for putting it all on the line during the BlizzCon World Championship with Murky. What do you do when your Korean opponent is known for their excellent team fight? You never engage in a team fight with them, of course.

Cloud9 stall tactics vs Team DK

Match of the Year

Match of the Year

Team Liquid vs Fnatic, DH Winter

With new rosters for both teams, and DreamHack having a very stacked bracket, the DreamHack Winter finals was the battleground that would clarify the EU power rankings for months to come. Before the grand finals, the excitement of seeing the two strongest teams in EU go toe-to-toe was palpable, reaching it's maximum levels when Sonya was picked again and again, dominating every game she was seen in. The main stage was beautiful, the production quality was excellent, and both teams put on an incredible showing.

Tempo Storm vs Cloud9 -Town Hall Heroes Invitational

...for finally breaking Tempo Storm's winning streak and laying the foundation for Cloud9's domination. It was an iconic rivalry that can't help being mentioned multiple times on this list.

Tempo Storm vs Cloud9 -Town Hall Heroes Invitational

Strongest Mechanical Player

Strongest Mechanical Player

iDream

The original Illidan, iDream uses his immaculate hero control to consistently make the big plays for Cloud9. Kerrigan, Kael'Thas, Illidan and The Lost Vikings allow iDream to have a large impact on the game and make use of his acute game sense. For a player that makes such big plays, in real life he is quiet, often overshadowed by the bright personalities on Cloud9. In game, however, his aggressive movements look suicidal until, by some miraculous maneuver, he is still alive and the enemy team is decimated. All calculated, of course.

Arthelon

...for his expert spacing and prodigious Raynor / Kael'Thas play. Arthelon has a calm composure that allows him to excel at high risk, high reward heroes with little to no escape options. The result? One of the scariest ranged assassins around.

KingCaffeine

Most Entertaining Team

Most Entertaining Team

COGnitive

COGnitive is not the most winning NA team, but every match they play is a joy to watch. When the meta is stagnant, you can surely find COGnitive drafting melee assassins no one else plays or creating aggressive line ups that aim to throw their opponents off guard. You've never seen a team go all in with Illidan until you have watched COGnitive during their journey through the NA Road to BlizzCon.

Cloud9

...for winning in ways that make it looks easy, for making Murky work multiple times, and KingCaffiene's incredible sense of positioning.

Cloud9

Team Captain of the Year

Team Captain of the Year

Dreadnaught

Wade "Dreadnaught" Penfold is one of the most well spoken players in Heroes. His ability to articulate his teams decisions after the match and his willingness to teach the community the nuances of competitive play speaks volumes about why he competes. This year, Tempo Storm rose to meteoric heights due to Dreadnaught's level headed shotcalling and decision making abilities. In that same year, the team has also reached some it's lowest points, thanks to rising tensions between teammates. Through it all, Dreadnaught has remained cool and composed- a true example of what to do when your Heroes of the Storm teammates start bringing you down.

DunkTrain

...for keeping Cloud9 focused and in fighting spirit when "the 2nd place curse" was in full swing. For winning the World Championships. For having a beard that has more fans than most players.

Dreadnaught

Team of the Year

Team of the Year

 Cloud 9

Cloud9's success in Heroes of the Storm wasn't always as profound as it is today. Split between two different teams, Cloud9 Vortex and Maelstrom, the organization struggled to find any first place victories, constantly playing second fiddle to Tempo Storm. With their talent split between two teams, it took the tough call to disband Vortex entirely, grabbing some of their strong players to form the current Cloud9. 

In true Heroes of the Storm fashion, they made a comeback, regained their momentum, and have been winning ever since. The most valuable aspect of Cloud9? Teamwork made razor sharp by honest friendship. It's hard to remain hyper competitive while still having loads of fun, but Cloud9 strikes a winning balance.

MVP Black

...for their outstanding performance at international events and the way they 3-0 teams that they shouldn't. For bringing Korean strategies and meta to other regions and popularizing the now dominant warrior heavy strategy.

Cloud9

Most Entertaining Caster

Most Entertaining Caster

Babael

Jayf "Babael" Soh loves Heroes of the Storm and this oozes into everything he does on and off the mic. The crucial gap between SEA Heroes and the larger regions, Babael brings energy and excitement into even the dullest of matches. It's sometimes hard to watch a full Babael cast because of how badly he makes you want to play the game your self. A community favorite and self starter, Babael is the full entertainment package

SolidJake

...For bringing production expertise, professionalism, and maximum hype to even the smallest of tournaments he casts. SolidJake makes community favorites like Town Hall heroes And the Town Hall Heroes Invitational a reality.

Khaldor

Best Analytical Caster

Best Analytical Caster

Grubby

Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen was  a shoo-in for this category and it's not hard to understand why. An eSports legend in his own right, the level of technical detail and invaluable competitive philosophy he brings to a Heroes cast raises the standards for the entire community. Even the most veteran of players can learn something from watching a Grubby cast.

Cooby

...for being there when it all started and effortless play-by-play casting ability. Cooby brings a light touch to technical discussions that might leave new players confused, and the game is better because of it.

Grubby

Rivalry of the Year

Rivalry of the Year

Tempo Storm vs. Cloud9

The story of Tempo Storm and Cloud9 battling  for NA supremacy reads like the plot of a movie. Tempo Storm had an outrageous 43 game winning streak at one point and Cloud9 were the clear underdogs who were sick of 2nd place finishes. The two teams first officially met in a tournament at Kings of the Storm V way back in January of 2015. After that fateful match the two teams went back and forth for nearly a year straight. Cloud9 grabbed the crown, but there will always be hype when these two teams share the same bracket.

NA vs. EU

...for all the global grand finals, the popularity of both regions, and the bitter meta disagreements between community thought leaders.

Tempo Storm vs. Cloud9

Most Informative Stream

Most Informative Stream

FollowGrubby

Twitch.tv/followgrubby is everything you want in a Heroes of the Storm stream- friendly, consistent, interactive, and above all else, competitive. It takes a seasoned eSport veteran to approach a game with the thirst for knowledge that, when satiated, helps an entire community grow as players. Grubby has learned more tiny details about ignored Heroes than anyone on this list, and watching his stream is a sure-fire way to learn something new.

Dreadnaught_Heroes

...for exposing the community to the mind of a professional shotcaller and never skimping on ruthless criticism of a poor play.

FollowGrubby

Most Entertaining Stream

Most Entertaining Stream

Chu8

It all started with the now infamous "number 1 player hero killer" video and now, Chu8 is a household name among Heroes of the Storm players. Entertaining really is the optimal word to describe Chu8's stream: it is a place where Gazlowes flourish, high tier heroes have odd builds, and marathon streaming sessions are the norm. Add just a pinch of salt and you have the recipe for the perfect blend of high MMR madness that is Chu8.

FollowGrubby

...for an extremely interactive stream virtually void of all salt- Only laughter and Heroes of the Storm passion.

Chu8

Drama of the year

Drama of the year

Zoia reveals Tempo Storm tensions

Tempo Storm were the golden boys of NA Heroes for a long time. Everything seemed perfect at the Tempo Storm gaming house, until Zoia shockingly (though somehow, not surprisingly) revealed an atomic-truth bomb that rocked the Heroes eSport community. On the most popular Heroes of the Storm podcast, Zoia publicly and unapologetically bashed his own team, calling them children, irresponsible, and even reporting that players were coming to him in tears due to how bad living conditions had become. It marked the beginning of Tempo Storm's true fall from grace.

323

...for leaving us all wondering whether COGnitive should of been at BlizzCon and what really caused over 10 minutes of game pauses.

IGN: 6.5/10

Meta King of the Year

Meta King of the Year

Double / Triple Warrior

Made popular in Korea by Edward Gaming and MVP Black, the double (and even triple) warrior craze quickly filled the hearts and minds of professional teams over all regions. The near back-to-back release of Leoric and Johanna provided a critical mass of top tier warrior heroes that simply steam-rolled all other team compositions for a solid 2 months. The multi-warrior strategy is still alive and well and shows no sign of leaving the meta.

Jaina / Kael'thas

...for killing everyone and causing silly amounts of AoE damage. For a while, when your opponent picked Jaina, you almost had to pick Kael'Thas for fear of facing both of the mage assassins at once.

Double / Triple Warrior

Most Impactful Hero release

Most Impactful Hero release

Kael'Thas

You can talk about the power level of new heroes all you want, but nothing will ever come close to the impact that Kael'Thas has had on competitive Heroes of the Storm. Stacking AoE heroes has always been a powerful strategy but, with the release of Kael'Thas, all you needed was one hero to bring the same levels of pain. Pre-nerf Chain Bomb was insanely powerful and the current version, just a shadow of it's former self, is still one of the most powerful talents in the game.

Ignite used to be a talent that existed. That alone ends the discussion on which hero was the most powerful upon release.

Leoric

...for dividing the player base for exactly 1 week until everyone agreed he was insanely overpowered.

Kael'Thas

Special award

Special Award For community contribution

Khaldor

Thomas "Khaldor" Killian needs no introduction. An eSports veteran who has worked to build the community of every game he has touched, his work and dedication to bringing competitive Heroes of the Storm to a large audience seems to never end. When he isn't casting nearly every EU match available, You can find Khaldor solo-casting Korean or Chinese tournaments, working out a way to re-stream the event for English speaking fans to enjoy. Early mornings, late nights, and marathon casting sessions are all in a days work for Khaldor and we thank him for it.

Special award

Special Award For community contribution

SolidJake

It's hard to overestimate how much behind the scenes work work Jake "SolidJake" Kulinski does for the Heroes of the Storm community. Whether it was hosting and creating Town Hall Heroes, streaming, spearheading an incredible amount of casting work during the Road to BlizzCon, or just generally working on Heroes of the Storm content, SolidJake never forgets the fans and fellow gamers that help support him and make it all possible.

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