Heroes of the Dorm 2017

After our filling dinner from last night at the Cleo in SLS Las Vegas, we woke up nice and early to head to the Cox Pavilion for Heroes of the Dorm 2017. Heroes of the Dorm is a collegiate Heroes of the Storm tournament where the top university and college teams across America compete to get their tuition covered by Blizzard. The four best teams came to Las Vegas to compete in person for the championship.

Heroes of the Dorm 2017

Because I was part of the press/media team, I arrived earlier before the regular spectators. I was able to get a shot up from the media balcony looking down at the empty stadium that was about to be filled with a sold out crowd, plus stand at the front entrance of the Cox Pavilion and get a shot of the line of attendees waiting to get into the venue.

Heroes of the Dorm 2017

Heroes of the Dorm 2017

For a few hours before doors opened to the public, we were able to get ourselves set up in preparation for covering the event. We also got to interview the four teams competing; I attended the interview and transcribed everything for content to go out on TempoStorm.com later.

Ever since Blizzard changed the format of professional Heroes of the Storm from a tournament-based format to an online league format, there haven’t really been many live Heroes of the Storm events, so the turnout for Heroes of the Dorm was pretty huge. When doors opened to the public, people started flowing into the stadium after checking out the other stuff Blizzard had set up (mainly a merch area and a photo spot).

Heroes of the Dorm 2017

All the series were one-sided – LSU defeated Kentucky 2-0 in the semifinals, UT Arlington defeated UC Irvine 2-0 in the second semifinal series, and UT Arlington defeated LSU 3-0 in the finals. That resulted in a much shorter day of games than anticipated.

Heroes of the Dorm 2017

 

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New infographic on HotS Global Championship, Fall 2016, NA Regional

 

As part of my work with Tempo Storm, I grouped up once again with our statistician and graphic designer for another infographic, this time covering the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship’s Fall 2016 NA Regional.

Although I’ve been going to quite a few Heroes of the Storm events lately due to Tempo Storm’s pro team, now that we’ve signed a Korean team, I had no reason to be on site for this one. I was able to cover this event from the luxury of my home instead.

My tweet above from earlier today gives a brief overview of the infographic.

We did two special features this time, one on the winning team, and one on the hero Zagara. This victory was pretty unexpected, as a new team essentially came out of nowhere, defeating the reigning North American champions, so I did a spotlight on each of the players and where they came from.

If you need the link, in case the embedded tweet above is not displaying properly:

https://tempostorm.com/articles/infographic-esl-hots-global-championship-fall-2016-na-regional

 

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New infographic on HotS Power League, Season 2 grand final: T/S vs. L5

In celebration of our new signing, we made a new infographic focusing in on the grand final series between Tempo Storm and Team L5 in the second season of Power League, a Korean Heroes of the Storm league. This was the tournament they premiered the signing – meaning, this was the first time they appeared on stage branded as Tempo Storm.

Luckily, for the sake of the infographic, the series happened to go on to all five games in the best-of-five series, and all the games ended up pretty close and epic. Even if it ended up being a 3-0 sweep, and even if Tempo Storm lost, we were planning on doing the infographic anyway, but considering the way the games turned out, there wasn’t much more I could’ve asked for.

This was a collaborative project, with Moonprayer doing statistics and analysis, hareclam doing graphic design, and me doing project direction and outlining.

Here’s the final product:

https://tempostorm.com/articles/infographic-power-league-season-2-grand-final-tempo-storm-vs-team-l5

In case you need more coaxing to click on the link and check it out, here’s a preview of what the infographic looks like – it contains an excerpt of the bracket, summary, and a breakdown of the first game of the series:

 

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Regarding AA’s disqualification, through the eyes of a social psychologist

After explosive controversy regarding Astral Authority’s Heroes of the Storm team’s disqualification from ESL’s tournament, I decided to seize this opportunity to write a piece about the event, through the eyes of a social psychologist.

Because I take a much more broad and general role at Tempo Storm, I don’t really dig deep into Heroes of the Storm news, even though I’ve been with Tempo Storm’s HotS team multiple times to different events. However, something as big as this definitely catches my eye, and I took some extra time to actually read through what people were saying.

My main motivation for writing this piece was how much people were complaining about how “the right thing” didn’t happen, as if life is supposed to be perfect. It seemed a little strange to me, but then I figured that it was simply because a lot of the commenters were young people who just didn’t have much life experience.

To help them out a bit, I applied some psychological theories and explained both why stuff like this happened, and why it’s just how life is.

Here’s an excerpt from the piece, the introduction:

 

Last night, one of my good friends Mellina Kong, manager of Astral Authority’s professional Heroes of the Storm roster, posted an update on Twitter about how her players had their dreams crushed. Curious as to what was happening, I looked into it.

Apparently, Astral Authority had qualified for the HGC Fall 2016 NA Regional, happening in early August. The winner of this regional will qualify for BlizzCon 2016 to take their shot at proving themselves to be the best team in the world, on the grandest stage of them all. Not long after, Astral Authority was notified that their qualification had been revoked and their team was disqualified due to bug abuse.

Tyrael has a bug with his trait where selecting a particular sequence of talents and inputting a series of key presses with the right timing will cause his Archangel’s Wrath to deal an unintentionally high amount of damage. According to investigations conducted by ESL and Blizzard, a player on Astral Authority was abusing this exploit to gain an unfair advantage in their games, and consequently, the team was disqualified.

Drama began to explode, with some members of the community and other professional players directing the hatred of 10,000 years at ESL, Blizzard, and Astral Authority’s opponents. People attempted to justify Astral Authority’s behavior by bringing up evidence of other teams using the exploit, claiming ignorance, and just spewing hatred to get the frustration out of their bodies.

What’s done is done. ESL disqualified Astral Authority from the tournament and are scheduling a match to determine their replacement. No matter how vocal Astral Authority fans get, I highly doubt that ESL will reverse their decision by reinstating Astral Authority or revoking the match offer they gave to the runner-up teams.

Having an educational and professional background in sociology and psychology, with a speciali­zation in criminal psychology, I decided to write this piece to help explain this whole fiasco, and nudge the community in the right direction – away from drama, and towards a thirst for learning.

There are some valuable lessons we can learn from this situation about how life works.

  1. Just because you work hard for something doesn’t mean you get it.
  2. People will break rules.
  3. Not everyone gets punished for wrongdoing.
  4. Don’t get caught off guard by Schadenfreude.

 

Want to finish reading the whole piece? Check it out, available exclusively on Tempo Storm’s website:

https://tempostorm.com/articles/stop-the-drama-and-start-the-learning-lessons-from-astral-authoritys-disqualification

 

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We just signed the Heroes of the Storm world champions


After a series of really poorly executed teasers that looked something like this:

We finally got around to revealing that we signed a new Heroes of the Storm team – Team Tempest, the current reigning world champions.

We also got around to revealing that I’m really bad at making non-obvious teasers.

Check out the official announcement linked in the tweet above – I wrote the announcement, and our new communications specialist wrote/translated the player bios.

 

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Apparently you get Hell Billie for free if you make a purchase

I’ve been around Heroes of the Storm for quite a while now, and I’ve made quite a few purchases from the shop. Back in beta, if you made a purchase, you got Wonder Billie for free, which is the rainbow midget mount; more recently, a purchase would earn you a free Billie the Kid, which is basically the same thing as the rainbow mount, without the fancy colors.

Back during the Black Friday sale, I got almost all the skins I wanted at 50% off. But, I recently noticed that I forgot to get Corruptor Cho’gall, which is the skin that turns you white and gold once you unlock the third color variation. Because I’ve been playing Cho’gall a bit more often lately (I would play only Gall if I could, but it’s difficult to find a competent partner), I went and unlocked the skin.

Unlocking Corruptor Cho'gall in Heroes of the Storm

I got a little notification that I had received a new gift, and apparently, the new “Billie” mount now is Hell Billie.

A Thank You Gift Unlocked - Hell Billie

I actually find it really nice that they’re giving away free promotional items like this, and it actually ties in very closely to a good marketing strategy. It’s the foot-in-door technique – by offering a free gift upon a player’s first shop purchase, they’re providing better value for the potential buyer’s money, and encouraging them to make that first buy. Once they do, it’s more likely that they will continue making future purchases.

I also like the fact that they’re keeping the Billie theme across the free mounts, and it’s nice that they picked Hell Billie, which sort of has a World of Warcraft: Legion theme feel to it, so it reflects what’s going on in the Warcraft world right now.

When I did some research on this, apparently, Billie the Kid became available on June 2, 2015, and Hell Billie became available on June 2, 2016. I’m guessing that the next Billie mount is coming out on June 2, 2017, and I’m eager to find out what theme the Blizzard world will take in that time, that will affect what the mount will be.

 

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