IRVINE, Calif. — Thousands of student gamers from hundreds of schools across the U.S. and Canada took part in the second season of Blizzard Entertainment’s Heroes of the Dorm®—a no-holds-barred collegiate tournament of epic proportions held in partnership with Tespa and featuring Blizzard’s online team brawler, Heroes of the Storm™.
After fighting their way through a formidable pool of challengers, four teams of college students—the ‘Real Dream Team’ from Arizona State University , the runner-up from last year’s tournament; the University of Connecticut ‘Tricky Turtles’; ‘Dark Blaze’ representing the University of Texas , Arlington ; and ‘We Volin’ from the University of Tennessee—took to the stage at the CenturyLink Event Center in Seattle on a quest to become the 2016 Heroes of the Storm collegiate champions.
After defeating UConn in the semifinals, Arizona State continued its unbeaten streak by going 3-0 against UT Arlington . ASU claimed the first two games of the best-of-five series in decisive fashion, but game three quickly turned into a thrilling tug-of-war—and while UT Arlington appeared to rally in the closing moments, ASU ultimately emerged victorious, earning the title of this year’s Heroes of the Dorm.
Each member of Arizona State University’s Real Dream Team will be receiving the tournament grand prize—tuition to cover the remainder of their college careers.
“The future of collegiate esports is only going up from here,” said Arizona State University player Austin ‘Shot’ Lonsert. “This was huge. [Heroes of the Dorm] was big last year, and it only got bigger. We’d like to thank everyone who made this happen. It wouldn’t have happened without the support of our moms—including @Momma_Shot_HOTS on Twitter—Bill Kennedy and the ASU Athletics Department , and all of our fans.”
Viewers watching the nonstop action were treated to expert play-by-play and commentary from the announcing team of Dan ‘Artosis’ Stemkoski, Nick ‘Tasteless’ Plott, Jaycie ‘Gillyweed’ Gluck, and Tim ‘Trikslyr’ Frazier.
The “Heroic Four” championship match and closing ceremony aired in prime time on ESPN2. The Heroic Four was televised live on ESPNU and streamed live on ESPN3 through WatchESPN, and streamed outside of the United States on YouTube and Twitch.tv.
“Congratulations to our 2016 Heroes of the Dorm, the Real Dream Team from Arizona State University , on an awesome tournament run and for going undefeated in the grand finals,” said Mike Morhaime , CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment . “The teams competing in Heroes of the Dorm represent the future of competitive gaming, and it’s been a thrill to watch these collegiate athletes in action. We appreciate all the students and college sports fans who took part in this year’s competition, and we hope they’ll join us for even more exciting esports action leading up to BlizzCon this November.”