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Going forward!
Hi everyone, I haven't written a blog post in a while but felt like this was an important topic to chat about - especially in blog format rather than a tweet or status update. Over the past few days I've had a lot to think about regarding Heroes of the Storm and my future as a Hots streamer and I just wanted to share my thoughts and feelings here. 

Like most people, when I initially saw the announcement I was devastated, sad, angry and just didn't know what to do. I saw as my twitter feed flooded with people feeling very much the same way as I did; confused, scared and unsure of the future. I watched my friends reactions to when the news came out live on stream and my heart broke over and over again. I don't think I've ever felt so connected to a game and it's community like I have with Heroes of the Storm and in that moment it felt like everything was being ripped away from me and so many others. 

With that in mind, I wanted to say that my heart goes out to the casters and pro's who have felt the impact of this announcement more severely than anyone else.This time last year, I lost my graduate job because the company I worked for could no longer support my department financially. I didn't know what to do with myself, I had lost a job I had worked so hard for. I was in a place where I could grow my career and was beginning to do so when suddenly everything was ripped away from me. However, I managed to pick myself back up and I may not be in my dream job now - but my streams have really started to pick up and I believe I am on the path to something great. My point here is that, 'Life is like a roller coaster. It’s never going to be perfect – it is going to have perfect moments, and then rough spots, but it’s all worth it' (Patti Smith). So while today may not be a sad day, there are many good days waiting for you just around the bend and they will be so worth the wait. 

So where does this all leave me? Initially when I saw the announcement, my mind went straight to the worst case scenario (which I'm sure many other people thought too) 'hots is dead, what's the point of playing anymore, all I've worked for on the past couple of years has been for nothing'. Initially, it felt like Hots was being put on some kind of life support rather than actually being kept alive. However, after seeing the outpouring of love from the community, I think I've changed my mind. I know there are a lot of people out there who truly believe this is the end for hots and I understand completely where they are coming from. But I believe in my heart that this community can rise up and keep hots alive - through community tournaments and just continuing to love the game as we always have. I do think that the lack of HGC will definitely have a negative impact on hots, with many players believing there's not much to strive for without a pro scene. I don't know what to do or say to make that better, I am after all a gold player who just wants to maybe get platinum one day, but I also don't believe that will stop everyone from continuing to play hots. I, like many others, still love Heroes of the Storm and will continue playing it for as long as I still enjoy it. 

This year, I was so proud to join the HeroesHearth family and have made so many new friends because of it. I have Heroes of the Storm to thank for that, without this game I would have never met or heard of any of the fantastic partners that are a part of this family. As Workhorse said earlier this week, 'HeroesHearth is not going anywhere' and with that, neither am I. I will continue playing and streaming Heroes of the Storm for as long as I'm able to and people want to watch. While my heart is still sad that we will no longer have the HGC, I can only hope that Heroes of the Storm continues to be fun to play and stream - the same way that is has always been. That being said, I will also play other games too - as I have always been a bit of a variety streamer anyway. 

So tldr: I'm a little sad but I will still be playing hots as long as there is an audience and it's fun to play 

Thank you for reading my thoughts, I love you all and will see you next week x 
 
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