The results are finally here for the 2011 Honcast Community Awards, with thousands of votes casted for each of the categories it was clear that there was plenty of interest on who would win what.
There are 18 categories that the community was able to vote on and it was 100% up to you to determine who would win each of them.
Link to all of the interviews from the winners
Most Influential Strategy of 2011
Winner: Jungle Strategy
With the 2011 year, we got several new strategies that came about in the competitive scene which was very refreshing for both players and viewers alike. The best thing about it was perhaps how it was just going from one to another, like it seemed to be with the tri-lane era. Instead several strategies were introduced and were used just as much as the others and also seemed to encourage a much more aggressive style of play.
However the one that seemed to be the best according to the community was the Jungle Strategy, which encouraged a very active meta-game.
Most Powerful Competitive New Item in 2011
Winner: Sol's Bulwark :SolsBulwark:
Several new items saw play time in the 2011 year, but Sol's Bulwark seemed to help change the meta-game. It encourage a much more aggressive push strategy and became an item that you basically had to get if you wanted to have a chance in winning. It has been nerfed slightly since it came out, but it still proves to be a very effective item pick up and will most likely remain that way.
Most Dominant New Competitive Hero of 2011
Although on of the most recent ones on the list, Midas has become a staple for nearly every team and is one of the best solo heroes at this time. DreamHack Winter is what really made this hero shine, and although this may be more of a recent reaction type of vote, there is no doubt that Midas is deserving of this award.
Most Dominant Hero in 2011
When a hero coins a term like “typical Magebane pickers” you know it has to be powerful. Not really the most entertaining hero to watch nor play, but this award was for simply most dominant and he fits that very well. Just like Midas, he seemed to really pick up steam at the DreamHack Winter Event but it has not slowed down to this day and pending drastic changes would be hard to see that changing.
Breakout Player of the Year
In a very close race as you can see, ZFreek playing for Trademark eSports earned this award due to very solid play near the end of the year. There was a lot of controversy that surrounded him due to some team decisions of having ZFreeK replace AAA just before the DreamHack Winter Event (with ZFreeK being Swindlemelonzz brother), and people saw this as simply a move to make it a family vacation. But ZFreeK very quickly silenced that belief and proved his worth as he had a very dominating performance in both NASL and DHW.
Interview with [tdM]ZfreeK
Breakout Team of the Year
Winner: LION eSportsklubb
LION appeared on the competitive HoN scene about half way through the year with a roster that no one really recognized. With some very impressive early victories however against dominant teams at the time such as Fnatic, attention was brought upon them which also helped earn them an invite to the NASL. This proved to be the best thing that could happen to team LION as they would end up becoming the NASL champions in simply put, dominating fashion. This after finishing third at the DreamHack Winter Event, they proved not only to be the best new team on the scene, but arguably one of the best teams in the world for Heroes of Newerth.
Interview with LION eSportsklubb
Most Entertaining Team of the Year
Winner: Frenetic Array
The Australian HoN scene has been around since the beginning of competitive HoN with select players making a name for themselves (ie Slickz, Dirgesnoopy). However it was until later in the 2011 year that we started to see a team from Australia make an impact on the competitive scene and it was a big one. With online success starting to add up and a fan base being built, there was still the question of how would they compete in a LAN format and we all got to witness just that at the DreamHack Winter 2011 Event. Finishing second place in a very close finals to Fnatic.MSI, not only was Fray seen as a team to fear amongst the competitive scene, but also a team that won with a lot of entertaining play as well.
Interview with Frenetic Array
Best Streamer of the Year
Streaming really took off in the 2011 year with it becoming easier and easier to do so as well as just the nature of it growing in general. We have seen many competitive players starts streams as a result of this to try to help grow their fan base, however Moonmeander did the opposite. He streamed for the pure entertainment of it and although very debatable on whether or not how he acts on stream is right, there is no doubt it gets the viewers and the attention. Not only is he very entertaining however, he also has proven himself as a very skilled player and made his competitive scene debut as a result of joining Trademark eSports and helping them finish third in the NASL.
Interview with [tdM]Moonmeander
Best Game of the Year
Winner: Team EZ vs Reason - DreamHack Winter 2011 (84 min match)
There have no doubt been many matches to remember that happened in the 2011 year, but there was one that really stood out in the minds of the community. Perhaps it was because of it being very recent and fresh in our minds, but the 84 minute match between Team EZ and Reason Gaming with so much on the line at DreamHack Winter had all of the makings of being epic. The community got to witness everything they could ask for in this game, plenty of momentum swings, a lot of action and eventually a Doombringer picked up to help seal the game.
Interview with [EZ]YoDa
Most Memorable Moment of the Year
Winner: Fnatic winning a third straight DreamHack
With the HoN competitive scene still being very young it is hard to use the term dynasty, but if there was one team that would deserve this title it would no doubt be Fnatic. Winning three straight DreamHacks (and finishing 2nd at the first one) has been arguably the biggest feat ever pulled off for competitive HoN. What perhaps has made this so special for the Fnatic team though is the fact that this third one was by far the most difficult, as the DreamHack Winter 2011 is widely considered the best and toughest event ever held for HoN.
Best Online Event of the Year
Winner: MSI Beat It DHW Qualifiers
The event hosted by fnatic and sponsored by MSI was really successful and had built up hype around the main event which was played in Jönköping, Sweden. We saw many exciting games as well as some surprise wins. Some teams tried several times to qualify and some teams played good enough to qualify right away. Just like all other tournaments that fnatic host it was well organized.
Best Offline Event of the Year
Winner: Dreamhack Winter 2011
There is a good chance no one is really surprised with the result of this category as the DreamHack Winter 2011 Event was arguably the best event ever for competitive Heroes of Newerth. The community finally got to witness the top teams in the world come together to compete on an even playing ground to truly determine who the best of the best was, which of course ended up being Fnatic.MSI.
Best Support of the Year
The support role can easily be argued as the toughest role to play in competitive Heroes of Newerth and there is no secret that NoVa_ of Fnatic has mastered it. He has also gained a very large fan base and is no doubt the most popular support player current in Heroes of Newerth, for very good reason.
Interview with [MSI]NoVa_
Best Ganker of the Year
For a good part of the year in 2011, there were only a handful of players that could compete with n0tail when it came to facing off against him solo middle. Being one of the more entertaining players because of heroes like; Pollywog Priest, Pebbles and Sillouhette, he always seemed to get his team off to a good start to help eventually pull away with the victory.
Interview with [MSI]n0tail
Best Carry of the Year
In a category that had plenty of big name players, Trixi has stood out as the best according to the community. No matter the circumstances when it came to Fnatic.MSI, you could always rely on Trixi at the very least getting his job done to give his team the best chance at victory.
Interview with [MSI]Trixi
Most Valuable Player of the Year
Not only was Trixi voted the Best Carry Player of the year by the community, but he also gained Most Valuable Player honors, managing to beat out both Era (then of LION) and his teammate Fly. This turned out to be a very close race, but in the end it is hard to argue against Trixi not being a very valuable asset to Fnatics team success in the 2011 year.
Interview with [MSI]Trixi
Best Team of the Year
It is very clear that the Fnatic organization gained a lot recognition, both individually with its players and as a team, in the 2011 year. When you put the facts on paper though, it isn’t difficult to see why this happens to be the case, with over $55,000 in prizes and money earned this last year. This of course included victories at both of the DreamHack events as well as being the Gosu Gamer World Cup champions, one of the biggest online events ever for HoN.
Interview with Fnatic.MSI
awww yeah ! Nice one
MoonMeander: Sometimes when I get bored at night I pretend I'm Chtuluphant and charge my girlfriend, pillow, blanket off the bed and yell "MRRHHHHHHHHHH!"
Parakletos: two kinds of people in the world: people who jump on their **** in the shower and dirty liers
Fantasy: You definitely are a GIANT contributer that I am, where I am.
NovyPirat: The only thing riser needs to survive is the island and the others
Era should be the player of the year, or better carry at least
ლ(ಠ益ಠლ) But at what cost?
Era best carry? mm yea, maybe now that Trixi doesn`t play HoN anymore, but last year best carry, was Trixi no doubt.
Most dominant hero should be
And I agree that this is pure MSI fanboism all over around - I agree, Fnatic is good and all, but come on! NoVa best support? Akke/Fittske were like 10 times better (I respect NoVa and enjoy his stream, but I think Akke was much better at positioning himself and not dying through the teamfights).
Oh, btw: best was Overpow's. ))
Putting this out so late seems unproffesional to me
Gj on the interviews tho, Fnatic favorite team as it was since trixi and rexi and fresh with duQi and hmm who was the last?
/Join Clan Team LowMMR
If you are tired of solo queing, with leavers/feeders/etc, in the lower mmr bracket.
Team LowMMR is a clan for people who wanna que without having to be annoyed by trolls.
lol at trixi interviews.. kimi raikkonen of hon. kimi also said he'd never come back, but but but...
you forgot the magebane interview link
Watch my lousy imitations of HoNCast while I play
I think it's easy to undervalue Trixi's performance during last year because he always played his simple but effective playstyle, but can anyone actually remember a game where he failed? He seemed to play well and got good farm even in games where they lost, and that is a good feat.
I think his steadiness and stellar gameplay were huge reason why MSI got as far as they got.
Nice color choice, lol.
Don't think anyone cares about these, it's march.
Why would you make pie charts with just different shades of 2 colours?????
Use your noggin breaky get it together bro