Blizzplanet: 2016 Heroes of the Dorm Press Coverage

Dperschonok traveled to Seattle to witness the Heroes of the Dorm tournament, and brought back audio of the Heroes of the Dorm champions press conference held at the end of the tournament.

Blizzplanet: 2016 Heroes of the Dorm Press Coverage

Arizona State’s Real Dream Team crowned themselves as the winners of Heroes of the Dorm.


Watch the Heroes of the Dorm Preview Show with Kevin Johnson (Cloaken), Tim Fraizer (Trikslyr), and Jake Kulinski (SolidJake):


Listen to the Champions Press Conference (audio):


Press Release

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

“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.”


2016 Heroes of the Dorm Programming

heroes-of-the-dorm-logoBlizzard Entertainment reached out to us to inform of some Heroes of the Dorm schedule changes announced by ESPN.

Tune in to ESPNU and ESPN2 to watch the 2016 Heroes of the Dorm Heroic Four and the Grand Finals. It will also be available on WatchESPN.

Teams clashing in the Heroic Four: Arizona State University, University of Connecticut, University of Texas (Arlington), and University of Tennessee.



Premium tickets are sold out, but plenty of general admission seating is still available. General admission available on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP here.

CenturyLink Field Event Center
800 Occidental Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98134


Telecast Schedule

Saturday, April 9: HEROIC FOUR
4 p.m. – Doors Open at CenturyLink Field Event Center
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Heroic Four on ESPNU

  • Match 1: (1) University of Texas, Arlington vs. (2) University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Match 2: (1) University of Connecticut vs. (1) Arizona State University


Sunday, April 10: GRAND FINALS

4 p.m. – Doors Open at CenturyLink Field Event Center
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Grand Finals on ESPN2.

  • Match 1: Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2


2016 Heroes of the Storm Spring Global Championship

heroes-of-the-storm-spring-championship-logo-transpChampions are coming from every corner to clash in Seoul, South Korea. Watch the Heroes of the Storm Spring Global Championship livestream through Thursday, March 31 to April 2 on March 31 – April 2.

Twelve teams from China, North America, Europe, Korea, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Australia / New Zealand and Taiwan have advanced to participate in the tournament.

**Don’t forget to tune in on Saturday, April 2 at 7pm PDT to watch the premier of the first Tracer gameplay footage.


Livestream Schedule

Thursday, March 31: 7 p.m. PDT / 10 p.m. EDT
Friday, April 1: 7 p.m. PDT / 10 p.m. EDT
Saturday, April 2: 7 p.m. PDT / 10 p.m. EDT


Group A

  • TNL (Korea)
  • mYinsanity (Europe)
  • GIA (Taiwan)
  • Big Gods (Latin America)


Group B

  • EDward Gaming (China)
  • Team Naventic (North America)
  • Renovatio I (Southeast Asia)
  • Negative Synergy (Australia/New Zealand)


Tournament Format

  • First group stage: double elimination – eight teams battle it out in two groups of four, with four teams
    advancing to second group stage.
  • Second group stage: double elimination – the four winning teams from the first group stage challenge the
    four teams who placed highest in the China, Korea, Europe and North America regions. Four teams
    advance to playoffs.
  • Playoffs: single elimination – the four winning teams from the second group stage play to find out who
    will become the 2016 Spring Champion. Semi -finals are best-of-three with finals being a best-of-five.


Prize Pool

Total $500,000

  • 1st – $150,000
  • 2nd – $75,000
  • 3rd-4th – $50,000
  • 5th-6th – $37,500
  • 7th-8th – $25,000
  • 9th-12th -$12,500


Heroes of the Storm Tracer Screenshots Surface

Europe forums MVP Ankhar informs sighting of new Tracer screenshots in an interview with Dustin Browder by IGN Latinoamerica.

Here’s a brief translation (possibly inaccurate) of some of her abilities (from spanish).

  • Blink (Q): Move quickly a short distance. Includes 3 charges (6 sec cooldown).
  • Quick Melee (W): Damage the closest opponent. Hitting non-heroes grants 5 charges of Pulse Bomb (8 sec cooldown).
  • Recall: Travel back in time to the location you were 3 seconds before. It also reloads munitions and clears debuffs (30 sec cooldown).

Heroic Abilities

Pulse Bomb (R): Plant a bomb to an opponent causing area-of-effect damage and twice damage to the primary target. Pulse Pistols recharge this heroic ability.


Dehaka Voice Over Quotes

These are all the voice over quotes said by Dehaka when you click him over multiple times. I am missing a few I couldn’t decipher. Feel free to reach me out with the missing ones.

dehaka“So much essence.”
“Do not aggravate me.”
“I wonder how this your essence.”
“I must collect essence, it is the core of my being.”
“It is essential. We are the zerg.”
“Your essence will be assimilated.”
“Resistance is futile.”
“I consume this essence.”
“Probably should have evolved wings.”
“Change. Change. Spare some change.”
“Every evolution is a choice.”
“Every change affects the final outcome.”
“So when the choice is yours, click on the right one.”
“You think I change too much? No such thing.”
“This is not even my final form.”
“Primal zerg do not have a psionic connection. Do not need it.”
“My pack has texting family plan.”
“So many kinds of different essence.”
“Hundreds and more arrive every year.”
“Gotta collect them all.”
“Overmind tried to control the zerg. To direct and harness evolution. Life will not be contained. No. Life finds a way.”
“I follow Queen of Blades to collect essence.”
“Travel across sector, but left Leviathan only once to destroy Terran machines.”
“Should have been more proactive.”
“Have changed much since following Queen of Blades. Almost cannot recognize me.”
“Yes? Good.”


“Your essence will make me strong.”
“Come to me. I will collect your essence now.”
“I adapt. You do not. I live. You will not.”


Heroes of the Storm Gameplay Review: Dehaka

Dehaka is currently playable in Heroes of the Storm PTR servers. He is a melee zerg warrior with kinda unconventional abilities. His first ability is Drag (Q) which lashes out at the first enemy it hits doing damage, and dragging him for 1.75 sec. The Constriction talent (level 7) increases that to 2.25 sec. At level 16, you have the choice to either add a 50% slow for 2 sec (Paralyzing Enzymes) or to increase the tongue range by 20% (Elongated Tongue).

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The second ability, Dark Swarm, is an AOE aura that lasts 3 sec. That’s a big deal for a Warrior.

The third ability is Burrow. Dehaka becomes immobile and invulnerable while he is under the ground. At level 4, you have two options: Lurker Strain or Numbing Eruption. The first one adds stealth for 5 sec after emerging from Burrow. Imagine doing this in one of the hidden vents, coming at the enemy in stealth then hitting Dark Swarm out of nowhere. Perfect ambush hero during team fights. Numbing Eruption knocks enemies back and slows their speed by 30% for 2 sec.

Dehaka has no mounts. Instead, he can burrow and appear at bushes or dark vents only. He can’t emerge in open areas, which gives you an idea of the design purpose for Dehaka as an ambusher.

Same as Diablo, Dehaka collects and stores essence from dead minions and heroes. However, Dehaka uses it to heal himself by pressing a button.

The two heroic abilities are Isolation and Adaptation. Isolation silences and slows the first target it hits, and reduces his vision for 6 sec. Adaptation heals Dehaka for 60% of the damage received. It is not an instant heal, however. You press the ability, and you get healed 5 seconds later.

To put that in context, say you are at the tribute map. There’s a bunch of enemies there fighting your team. You teleport to a nearby bush. Hit Adaptation, then Dark Swarm. 5 seconds later when you are nigh death, your health goes up out of the blue and a few spare secs later you can Dark Swarm again, hit your trait heal to survive. Pretty sleek if you have a healer in your team to support you.

His alternate skin available in the Bundle is Mecha Dehaka, which gives him a Protoss-ish look.

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Dehaka — Gameplay Video



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