Following the success of April’s Heroes of the Dorm, Blizzard and TeSPA are returning to the collegiate scene with Hearthstone. The just-announced Collegiate Hearthstone Championships will boast $100,000 in prizes and a unique format.
In less than four weeks, students from schools across North America can enter the competition in team of three. After a grueling tournament process, the winning team will take home $12,000 in scholarships.
The format will see three players play together at once, playing a single deck and making decisions as a team rather than individuals. In that team format, the Blizzard standard of best-of-five three deck conquest still applies.
The tournament gets underway on Sept. 28, with a seven-round swiss stage running until mid-November. After another eight rounds of playoffs the top teams from the North, South, East, and West regions will advance to a live finals. The details of this final will be announced in January 2016.
The competition will be broadcast weekly, with details on that to be announced later.
Blizzard’s collegiate championship for Heroes of the Storm, Heroes of the Dorm was a huge success, with the finals broadcast live on ESPN 2. Fan Yang, star player of winners California Berkeley, ultimately signed with Cloud9.