Glamour and Lights
Celebrity Clash League
Written by: Koznarov
In the wake of HGC’s demise, The HeroesHearth Fight Nights became one of last year’s most exciting tournaments in the North American scene after the retirement of almost every pro player. They brought together newcomers and old legends to fight for the cash and smoothed the transition to a brand new tournament scene. But they brought something else too: the Celebrity Deathmatches. These deadly (but hilarious) matches have evolved into yet another new format called the Celebrity Clash League or CCL.
The Celebrity Clash League (CCL) will arrive in January on @HeroesHearthTV, mark it down and get freaking excited!— HeroesHearthCCL (@HeroesHearthCCL) December 5, 2019
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Of nights, deathmatches, and clashes
The “celebrity tournament” format is nothing new to esports and gaming. Since January 2019, Twitch has been hosting its Twitch Rivals format for many games: Hearthstone, League of Legends, Starcraft 2, Teamfight Tactics, Apex Legends, etc. Heroes of the Storm, however, isn’t one of these games.
Right now, HeroesHearth has the biggest network of Heroes of the Storm streamers and content creators, so it wasn’t too difficult for them to form Fight Night episodes. But the downside was that former pros or Division S teams couldn’t join the fighting pit. That’s where the Celebrity Deathmatches came in. Thanks to an eclectic mix of personalities, the deathmatches became some of the funniest Fight Night series ever, with even more banter before and after the games than usual.
With the success of those matches, HeroesHearth has taken the show to the next level by forming four celebrity teams that will fight each other in a brief league.The “King of the Hill” format has been changed for a regular one, and the classic one Fight Night per fortnight has been passed over in favor of a more action-packed week with two series per week.
The Growth of HHE
For a long time, TGN Squadron gathered many of the most popular Heroes of the Storm streamers. They began creating content for this game in 2015, but in September 2018 they announced their disbandment. HeroesHearth was back then one of the most popular Heroes sites, and the main sponsor for the—at that time—best team in North America.
It was a perfect match, so most TGN streamers joined HH to form a new division: HeroesHearth Entertainment. The new division would keep producing the podcasts and Squadron shows, such as Rank Win, but they would also begin to produce even more content (for example, Ready Up, Dream Team or The Jules & Coffee Hour).
HeroesHearth also reached more games by creating new brands or joining existing ones, such as World of Warcraft guild LIMIT. They made HearthByDaylight for Death by Deadlight and GiantSlayerTV for Teamfight Tactics and Legends of Runeterra. For some of these games, they even hosted some tournaments (exporting the Fight Night format).
The Four Horsemen
The CCL features four teams, four ruthless horsemen willing to destroy their competitors and grab the precious prize. These four contenders are The KT-LS, Easy Money, Upstanding Citizens and the three-time Celebrity Deathmatch winners, Down to Dongle.
The format of the league is a single Bo3 round robin with a couple of series per week. The best two teams will advance into the finals on February 13, where they’ll show if they are worthy of being crowned the first CCL champions.
Behind all the glitz and glamour, there is a wonderful crew led by McIntyre (CCL Coordinator) and Dreadnaught (CCL Commissioner). The link between the team behind the curtain and us—the audience—are the broadcast talent, NotParadox and Bahamut on the mics. The CCL airs every Wednesday at HeroesHearth channel. Tune in and cheer for your favorite HotS celebrity!
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