2016 Heroes of the Dorm Announced

Blizzard’s Epic College Esports Clash is Back! Students Battle for Tuition in Heroes of the Dorm™ 2016. More than $500,000 in tuition and other prizes up for grabs. Follow the action live on ESPN networks, fill out brackets on HeroesoftheDorm.com, and win big!

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IRVINE, Calif.– Student gamers across the United States and Canada are hereby invited to storm the Nexus as proud representatives of their schools in Blizzard Entertainment and Tespa’s 2016 Heroes of the Dorm™ competition! Featuring Blizzard’s acclaimed online team brawler Heroes of the Storm™, Heroes of the Dorm is the ultimate collegiate esports tournament, bringing together gamers from colleges and universities coast-to-coast in a celebration of teamwork, sportsmanship, and friendly competition—with members of the winning team earning free tuition for the rest of their college career! Eligible students can create or join a team today by heading to www.heroesofthedorm.com.

Esports fans will be able to follow the action on ESPN networks, who will once again deliver live coverage of the events on television and digital platforms—including early rounds on ESPN3 and the Heroic Four and Grand Finals telecast on ESPN2. Viewers will also have a chance to cheer on their favorite schools and win prizes of their own in the Heroes of the Dorm bracket challenge, which kicks off in the weeks ahead. Altogether, more than $500,000 in tuition and other prizes is on the line as part of this year’s event.

“Last year’s Heroes of the Dorm was an amazing experience for the students playing and everyone watching, and we’re excited to again offer college athletes an epic opportunity to team up and compete for scholarships in 2016,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “It’s inspiring to see players from last year’s championship team, the UC Berkeley Golden Bears, now thriving in pro esports careers—we look forward to seeing how this year’s competitors shape the future of competitive gaming.

Makin’ It Rain Tuition Money (and More)

When the Grand Finals conclude and the 2016 Heroes of the Dorm champion is crowned, each player on the winning team will walk away with up to $75,000 in tuition for their college career. Students interested in playing in this year’s tournament should get their teams together quickly—registration is open now through February 18, with online qualifiers taking place between February 20 and March 6. To create or join a team, or to find complete official rules, eligibility details, and prizing details, visit www.heroesofthedorm.com.

Watch Live on ESPN Networks

The inaugural Heroes of the Dorm tournament in 2015 marked the first time in history that a collegiate esports event was telecast live on ESPN2. Teams from more than 460 schools battled through grueling elimination rounds on a quest to claim the championship. All the intense action of this year’s Heroes of the Dorm competition, starting with the Round of 64, will be available for viewing, live on digital platforms and on television, through a renewed agreement with ESPN. The Round of 64, Round of 32, Round of 16, and Round of 8 portions of the tournament will be streamed live on ESPN3 across digital platforms and also on Twitch and YouTube, and the “Heroic Four” and Grand Finals showdown will take place in front of a live audience and will be aired on ESPN2 on April 9 and 10—be sure to watch live, because this is an esports event you won’t want to miss!

       
Tournament Stage Date Where to Watch Live
Round of 64 March 19 ESPN3, Twitch, YouTube
Round of 32 March 20 ESPN3, Twitch, YouTube
Round of 16 March 26 ESPN3, Twitch, YouTube
Round of 8 March 27 ESPN3, Twitch, YouTube
Heroic Four April 9 ESPN2
Grand Finals April 10 ESPN2
 

ESPN coverage of the event will also be available online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through connected devices. Additional programming details, including when you can watch VODs on YouTube of any matches you may have missed, will be announced in the weeks ahead.

Play the Heroes of the Dorm Bracket Challenge

Even if you’re not a college student, you’ll still be able to show your school spirit—and compete for a shot at winning some great prizes in the process—by participating in this year’s Heroes of the Dorm bracket challenge. The bracket challenge invites esports fans around the world to predict which of the top 64 teams will emerge victorious, and then share their brackets with friends and rivals, with $10,000 USD going to the most accurate bracket. More information on this year’s bracket challenge, including rules and complete prizing information, will be announced closer to the start of the Round of 64.

Heroes of the Storm brings together a diverse cast of iconic characters from Blizzard’s far-flung realms of science fiction and fantasy, including the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® universes, and challenges them to compete in epic, adrenaline-charged battles. To learn more about Heroes of the Storm, head over to the official website at www.heroesofthestorm.com.

With multiple games in development, Blizzard Entertainment has numerous positions currently available—visit http://jobs.blizzard.com for more information and to learn how to apply.

Li-Ming Enter Heroes of the Storm PTR (Video)

Playing as Li-Ming the Wizard from Diablo III in Heroes of the Storm is totally fun. She is a ranged assassin

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Her main attack is Magic Missiles which launches 3 missiles, and later on there is a talent that launches two additional missiles. What is interesting about Magic Missiles is that depending where you position your mouse, the missiles go different directions so you can either scatter them or concentrate them on a point.

The second attack is Arcane Orb and it deals more damage if the orb traveled a long distance before impact. Helps with getting away from area-of-effect abilities from golems or enemy players.

Her third ability is a short teleport, which can help you chase a fleeing player or to escape attacks.

The hero ability I chose was Desintegrate — and it only has a 20 second cooldown. It has a really long range, but makes you vulnerable as you channel it. Awesome against players who are low in health, and you can aim it anywhere while channeling it, to chase players who are trying to escape it.

Li-Ming is good at harassing, and going in and out. She is a bit squishy, however. Be careful. You can load the PTR server to experiment with Li-Ming. She costs $9.99.

 

2016 Heroes Rising – Winners and Replays

Heroes Rising had the presence of various known and new Heroes of the Storm esports teams clashing for the tournament prize. These are the ten teams that joined the tournament bracket:

Bob Ross Fan Club
Cloud9
COGnitive Gaming
King of Blades
Murloc Geniuses
oVo Gaming
Panda Global
SK Gaming
Team Blaze
TempoStorm

 

Brackets

Taking a look at the brackets image below — Cloud9 dominated the Winners Bracket, and Bob Ross Fan Club dominated the Losers Bracket. However for the Grand Finals (Best of 5), surprisingly, Bob Ross Fan Club won 3-2 versus Cloud9 in Round 5, and 3-0 in Round 6 — crowning themselves the victor in the Heroes Rising tournament.

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Grand Finals Round 5: Videos and Talents Used

  • Match 1: Fields of Eternity

    Cloud9 vs Bob Ross Fans Club

     

    Talents

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    DunkTrain (Uther)Conjurer's PursuitProtective ShieldCleanseDivine ShieldShrink RayBenedictionRedemption
    iDream (Sonya)War PaintFocused AttackFerocious HealingWrath of the BerserkerMystical SpearNerves of SteelIgnore Pain
    k1pro (Falstad)UpdraftFlow RiderSecret WeaponMighty GustStatic ShieldAerie GustsEpic Mount
    KingCaffeine (Muradin)ReverberationThunder BurnPiercing BoltAvatarThunder StrikeStoneformRewind
    Arthelon (Raynor)Seasoned MarksmanFocused AttackRevolution OverdriveHyperionDouble-BarreledBullseyeNexus Frenzy

  • Match 2: Infernal Shrines

    Talents

    Cloud9 Team
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    k1pro (Jaina)Deep ChillSnowstormFrost ArmorSummon: Water ElementalIcy VeinsNumbing BlastBolt of the Storm
    DunkTrain (Uther)Conjurer's PursuitProtective ShieldCleanseDivine ShieldShrink RayBenedictionRedemption
    KingCaffeine (Johanna)Knight Takes PawnEternal RetaliationBattle MomentumBlessed ShieldHold your groundImposing PresenceIndestructible
    Arthelon (Tassadar)Conjure's PursuitMental AcuityKhala's EmbraceForce WallPrescienceDimensional WarpStorm Shield
    iDream (Thrall)BlockRide the LightningFrostwolf's GraceSunderingSpell ShieldBlood for BloodBolt of the Storm
    Bob Ross Fans Club Team
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    Fan (Kael'thas)Mana AddictNether WindFission BombPhoenixChain BombArcane BarrierBolt of the Storm
    erho (Muradin)ReverberationThunder BurnBattle MomentumAvatarBurning RageStoneformHardened Shield
    Zuna (Zeratul)BlockVorpal BladeFollow ThroughVoid PrisonWormholeStoneskinRewind
    Kenma (Lt. Morales)Prolonged SafeguardInfused GrenadeClear!Stim DroneSpell ShieldSecond OpinionCaduceus Reactor
    McIntyre (Falstad)Seasoned MarksmanPower ThrowSecret WeaponMighty GustGiant KillerHammer TimeEpic Mount

  • Match 3: Blackheart's Bay

    Talents

    Cloud9 Team
    Name14710131620
    k1pro (Jaina)Deep ChillFrost ShardsIce LanceSummon: Water ElementalIcy VeinsNumbing BlastBolt of the Storm
    KingCaffeine (Muradin)ReverberationThunder BurnBattle MomentumAvatarThunder StrikeStoneformRewind
    Arthelon (Valla)Composite ArrowsArsenalSearing AttacksStrafeFrost ShotBlood for BloodBolt of the Storm
    DunkTrain (Rehgar)Spiritwalker's GraceFeral HeartCleanseAncestral HealingHealing SurgeTidal WavesRewind
    iDream (Sonya)War PaintFocused AttackFerocious HealingWrath of the BerserkerMystical SpearNo EscapeIgnore Pain
    Bob Ross Fans Club Team
    Name14710131620
    Zuna (Kael'thas)Mana AddictNether WindFission BombPhoenixChain BombArcane BarrierBolt of the Storm
    Kenma (Uther)Conjurer's PursuitProtective ShieldCleanseDivine ShieldShrink RayBenedictionRedemption
    McIntyre (Falstad)Seasoned MarksmanPower ThrowSecret WeaponMighty GustGiant KillerHammer TimeEpic Mount
    erho (Leoric)ReanimationHardened BonesLingering ApparitionEntombCrushing HopeUnyielding DespairSpectral Leech
    Fan (Abathur)Survival InstinctsProlific DispersalVile NestUltimate EvolutionBombard StrainLocust BroodLocust Nest

  • Match 4: Dragon Shire

    Talents

    Cloud9 Team
    Name14710131620
    k1pro (Falstad)Seasoned MarksmanFlow RiderSecret WeaponMighty GustGiant KillerAerie GustsEpic Mount
    KingCaffeine (Johanna)Knight Takes PawnAmplified HealingBattle MomentumBlessed ShieldHold Your GroundHoly RenewalIndestructible
    iDream (Zeratul)Seasoned MarksmanMaster Warp-BladeSearing AttacksVoid PrisonWormholeStoneskinNexus Blades
    DunkTrain (Lt. Morales)Trauma TriggerInfused GrenadeCleanseStim DroneCouples TherapySecond OpinionCaduceus Reactor 2.0
    Arthelon (Raynor)Seasoned MarksmanFocused AttackRevolution OverdriveHyperionDouble-BarreledBullseyeNexus Frenzy
    Bob Ross Fans Club Team
    Name14710131620
    Zuna (Sonya)BlockFocused AttackFerocious HealingWrath of the BerserkerMystical SpearNerves of SteelIgnore Pain
    McIntyre (Tassadar)Conjurer's PursuitMental AcuityKhala's EmbraceForce WallPrescienceDimensional WarpRewind
    erho (E.T.C.)Rolling like a StoneDouble-Necked GuitarLoud SpeakersMosh PitFace SmeltSpeed MetalBolt of the Storm
    Kenma (Uther)Conjurer's PursuitProtective ShieldClairvoyanceDivine ShieldShrink RayBenedictionRedemption
    Fan (Kael'thas)Mana AddictNether WindFission BombPhoenixChain BombArcane BarrierBolt of the Storm

 

Grand Finals Round 6: Videos and Talents Used

Heroes Rising hasn’t posted the Round 6 replays. I’ll update this page once the replays are available. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

 

Heroes of the Storm Nominated for 19th D.I.C.E. Awards

The 19th D.I.C.E. Awards has nominated Heroes of the Storm in the Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year category.

The D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 at Mandalay Bay Hotel Convention Hall.

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences is proud to honor the year’s finest achievements in video games with the 19th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards (#DICEAwards), hosted by comedian, podcaster, voice actor and cartoonist Pete Holmes. Academy members begin voting for the video game industry’s premier peer-based awards show Thursday, January 14th at 3 PM PST; the winners will be revealed at the Awards ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 18, at The Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas at the conclusion of the 2016 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit (#DICE2016).

This year, the D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony will honor Satoru Iwata as its Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Also being honored this year as the Hall of Fame recipient is Hideo Kojima, world-renowned game creator and auteur recognized for the best-selling Metal Gear series.

“Looking at the nominees for the 19th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards, I am especially impressed by the broad range of titles catering to gamers’ increasingly sophisticated and diverse tastes,” said Martin Rae, president, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. “It is always gratifying to watch our industry and its many artists and craftsmen grow and continue to challenge and thrill audiences. February 18th will be another memorable celebration of the best in interactive entertainment bolstered by the playful humor of host Pete Holmes.”

 

Heroes Rising – Part 2 – Online Qualifiers

Heroes rising is “A community event unlike any other in eSports history, Heroes Rising is a crowdfunded Heroes of the Storm tournament series.” The Heroes community has successfully funded this event and has now blown past every stretch goal they have set. The ten featured teams will now have players selected for an all star showmatch to be streamed on Friday, January 8th, there will now be an upgraded stream featuring Jimmy Blocksom and Josh Howard, as well as an event to celebrate the success of the event on Sunday with everyone able to attend. This event is free to attend so if you are in the Santa Ana area make sure you see it live. In the previous article we talked to the event staff and the invited teams and how they were looking forward to this first North American tournament.

Tiffany Chiu eSports Arena speaks for eSports Arena 

“The immense amount of support that the Heroes of the Storm community has generated for Heroes Rising is, to me, truly humbling. I am so excited and honored to have this opportunity to create this tournament for all the players and fans. The eSports Arena team has been working day and night to make Heroes Rising the best that it can be, and we are so pumped! I can’t wait to see who will be crowned the champions.”

 

Team Blaze is widely known in and out of the Nexus with top tier plays and a particularly fun twitter account where they are never afraid to speak their own mind. Expressing their confidence moving forward they go on to say:

“Tem Blaze is looking forward to its first of many LAN events this 2016 season. Team Blaze has had a solid, stable roster and is looking forward to show off our innovative gameplay at Heroes Rising. #TeamBlazeFighting”

“This unshakable confidence is exactly what can be expected out of this team as we look forward to seeing them blazing their way into 2016.”

Team Blank qualified in the online event and went right into analysis. This is what they have to say about moving forward into this event and how they’ve prepared themselves to fight with fellow titans in the Heroes competitive scene.

 

Mimi Linch the manager of Blank says ”We’re really excited for the opportunity to compete in our first LAN tournament as a team. Having said that, we’ve been putting a lot of effort into researching strategy and honing our individual skills as players – we are coming into this tournament extremely well prepared. We plan on coming into the scene as a very strong team in 2016, and can’t think of a better way of doing that than performing well at the Heroes Rising tournament.”

Bob Ross Fan Club has been heavily dominating the field of play and are a huge fan favorite inside the eSports community. The world will be watching them and their newest edition to the team Fan Yang previously on Cloud9. They join the many teams who are making adjustments to their rosters to come out full force in this New Year.

“We’re extremely excited to be attending Heroes Rising at eSports Arena for our first event of 2016. Bob Ross Fan Club has been going through a roster change, but we’re confident in placing top two with the addition of Fan to our lineup. It really means a lot to not just our team, but the whole professional scene to see the community willing to help fund the player’s livelihood in the off season. We hope you guys are pleased with our showing and thank you for all of the support you’ve given us thus far!”


“Team Ovo talked to us about how they felt internally and externally going into the Heroes Rising event including the difficulties and challenges they’ve had to overcome”

“The team feels really good going into Heroes Rising. We honestly probably have the hardest bracket out of all the teams going to the event, but we’re not sweating it. Team morale is really good, we never get mad or argue and we always have a level head. This causes us to always have a clear mind under pressure. We know we’re the underdogs in the eyes of the community, but we’re confident if we stick to our game plans and play our very best we can take down any team. We have extremely talented mechanically players on our roster so as long as we make good decisions, draft correctly, and play at our best we can get the wins. Either way we’re really looking to prove ourselves in the NA scene and let people know we’re going to be a team to beat in 2016 and we can’t wait!”

 

King of Blades came right out of left field appearing in the scene and have been having great success with jumping into the fray right away. The team talks about themselves and their future goals.

“King of Blades is a new, up and coming professional team and organization.  We’d like to set the standard on how a professional team acts on and off of the stage.  Moving forward, we believe it is only a matter of time until eSports is universally recognized as a true sport.  In that event, our players will set the example of how professional athletes present themselves in this industry.  Our team and organization was built in order to uplift the gaming community as a whole through our creation of the Storm Lords tournament and to make Heroes of the Storm one of the greatest games in eSports. “

 

That gives us a look at the ten teams moving forward into Heroes Rising the crowdfunded community event being hosted at eSports Arena in Santa Ana California. The event is 100% free to attend and as stated earlier has already met and gone past their stretch goals. There is still time to fund this event please check out the links below to see how you can make this an amazing way to kick off 2016.

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heroes-rising-an-esports-arena-crowdfunded-event-tickets-20031337269

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1274656881/heroesrising

http://www.twitch.tv/esportsarena

 

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Heroes Rising – Invited teams Part 1

 

esports-arena-logoIf you love eSports and you live in Santa Ana you are likely already familiar with eSports Arena. They are North America’s first dedicated eSports facility and they have already been taking the area by storm with their fantastic events. They’ve crowdfunded yet another amazing Heroes of the Storm tournament, taking place on Saturday, January 9th at 11:00 am and January 10th at 8:00 PM PST. The crowdfunded money has been put to good use, flying prominent Heroes teams out and creating a hefty prize pool to boot! They’ve raised enough to make the event absolutely free to attend for everyone. It will also be live streamed at www.twitch.tv/esportsarena. With 5 days remaining to back the project they have already exceeded their goal and are now looking to hit stretch goals to make the event even more enjoyable, such as All-Star show matches and even an after-party!

 

The arena’s staff has a particular love affair with Heroes of the Storm, and this event was brought to life by Tiffany Chu, Mellina Kong and other amazing members of the community. The tournament brings in teams that were both directly invited and teams that placed in an online qualifier. It’s the first tournament of the year for many of these teams and they all want to show what they have to offer coming into this new year.

 

BlizzCon 2015 Heroes of the Storm Deep Dive Panel Transcript

This is a full transcript of the Heroes of the Storm Deep Dive Panel held at BlizzCon 2015 in the Anaheim Convention Center. Among the panelists were Hugh Shelton (lead hero designer), Kent-Erik Hagman (senior game designer) and Phill Gonzales (lead character artist).

 

Deep Dive Panel: Intro

Presentator: Welcome to the Heroes of the Storm- Hero Deep Dive Panel

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Hugh: Good afternoon BlizzCon, it’s pretty cool. Who saw the opening ceremony and is excited to hear more about Lunara, Greymane and Cho’Gall? We are really happy to have this opportunity to share this information with you. My name is Hugh Shelton. I’m the lead Hero Designer and I’m joined by Phill Gonzáles (lead character artist), and Kent-Erik Hagman (senior game designer).

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Lunara – Patch Notes

Blizzard Entertainment officially launched the new hero Lunara upon the Nexus. Read the patch notes below to learn more about her abilities.

lunara-key-artworkLunara, First Daughter of Cenarius, has been added to Heroes of the Storm and is now available for play! Read on for a brief overview of her Abilities.

 

Mount

Dryad’s Swiftness: Lunara cannot use Mounts. Instead, you move 20% faster by leaping short distances.

 

Trait

Nature’s Toxin: Your Basic Attacks and damaging Abilities poison the target, dealing damage each second for 3 seconds.

 

Basic Abilities

  • Noxious Blossom (Q): After 0.5 seconds, cause an area to explode with pollen, dealing damage.

  • Crippling Spores (W): Enemies currently afflicted by Nature’s Toxin have its duration increased by 3 seconds and are slowed by 40%, decaying over 3 seconds.

  • Wisp (E): Spawn a Wisp to scout an area. Can be redirected once active. Lasts 45 seconds.

 

Heroic Abilities

  • Thornwood Vine (R): Send forth vines that deal damage to all enemies in a line. Can hold 3 charges.
  • Leaping Strike (R): Leap over an enemy, attacking and slowing the target by 80% for 0.35 seconds. Can hold 2 charges.

Read the full patch notes here.

 

Cho’gall Gameplay Video

BlizzCon 2015 attendees and online viewers were greeted with ownership of Cho’gall, the new addition to Heroes of the Storm. Hailing from Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness and World of Warcraft, Cho’gall is the first hero that requires two players.

Each player chooses which ogre-head to control and each has unique abilities and talents. Only BlizzCon 2015 attendees/viewers had Cho’gall when it entered the Nexus yesterday. However, Non-attendees/viewers can get ahold of him by winning 2 games with whoever has Cho’gall.

Out of ignorance, I played like 6 games with my first Cho’gall donation to one of our twitter followers. Yea, lost 4 games. Turns out all you need to do is to create a “versus AI” game. Then click the checkbox A.I. Teammates (at the bottom-left).

Set PLAY to Versus AI. Win 2 games. Cash in. (Note: It won’t work in Custom Games. Make sure it is Versus A.I.)

Note: If that doesn’t work, it was hotfix after the posting of this article.

When choosing a hero, choose Cho or Gall. You will see two Cho’gall models in the hero selection. Don’t freak out. That’s how it should be. One model is leaning on Cho’s angle, and the other one on Gall’s angle.

The one who chooses Cho will be the one moving the hero around on the battlefield. Gall is more like a permanent Abathur hat on Cho being a passenger. Both players do share a spell interaction. Cho throws a Rune Bomb that rolls across the battlefield. Gall has to press the Runic Blast button to activate the Rune Bomb’s explosion and coordinate when to explode it.

Overall, Cho’gall is a lot of fun as either head, and you can hear them talk funny. In addition, Cho activates Z to carry a mount (rather than mount it), but Gall can also press Z to run faster for a couple of seconds — which mimics his crazed fast walk in Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness when under the influence of Bloodlust.

Cho’gall has a lot of Health, but don’t get too cocky. He isn’t infallible, especially if stunned or slowed down.

Cho'gall Gameplay Video

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