After seven weeks of grueling group play, regional playoffs, and an elimination championship bracket, the Hearthstone Collegiate National Championship ends with the live finals on April 22 and 23 at the Esports Arena in Santa Ana, California.
The eight remaining teams are battling for the lion’s share of over $160,000 in scholarship prizing, and live attendees can look forward to high-level play in one of the first Blizzard-sanctioned Hearthstone competitions using the new Standard rotation with Journey to Un’Goro in play, as well as a suite of exciting activities throughout the weekend.
Competing in the playoff bracket will be teams from the following colleges:
- Shawnee State University
- Colorado State University
- École Polytechnique de Montréal
- Rutgers University
- The University of Texas at San Antonio
- University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
- University of California – Riverside
- University of California – Berkeley
Choose Your Champion
We’re also pleased to offer another opportunity to Choose Your Champion for the Collegiate National Finals! You can earn up to three (3) Mean Streets of Gadgetzan packs — one just for voting, plus one for each round that your team advances (from the quarterfinals to the semifinals, and from the semifinals to the finals).
Click the button to choose a champion, but remember you cannot change your selection once you have chosen!
Voting ends on April 20 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.
Several of the most talented Hearthstone casters will be bringing you all the excitement throughout the event. The weekend’s festivities will be hosted by Dan “Frodan” Chou, and game commentary will be provided by these dynamic duos:
- Brian Kibler and Robert Wing
- Cora “Songbird” Georgiou and Nathan “ThatsAdmirable” Zamora
- 2017 So You Think You Can Cast’s Justin “JV” Varghese and Nabil “Nebtune” Pervez
The match format for the live finals is a “3v3 Class Match” in which each player of the team plays one best-of-three series, for a total of nine games between all nine classes. Teams will alternate assigning each of their nine Standard decks to a player.
Our all-ages live event tickets are on sale now. Each attendee will receive the Dalaran Flame card back and a $10 coupon usable at the on-site Blizzard Gear store*. Tickets to the Hearthstone Collegiate National Championship will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, so get yours today!Esports Arena 120 W. 5th St Santa Ana, CA 92701
One-day tickets are $12
Two-day tickets are $20
In addition to the excitement of the live finals, attendees can participate in several on-site activities and take home some loot:
- Duel-a-Developer – Go head-to-head with a Hearthstone developer at the Inn! The development team will host a Duel-a-Developer station from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT each day.
- Gear Store – Fans looking to get their hands on the latest Hearthstone and Tespa merchandise can stop by the on-site Blizzard Gear store, featuring exclusive event shirts.
If you’re unable to make it in person, you can still catch all the action on the official Hearthstone Twitch channel.
For more information about future Tespa tournaments, visit Tespa.org.
* You must attend in person and link your Battle.net account to the same email as your Eventbrite ticket to be eligible.