The 2018 Heroes of the Dorm National Championships have come to a close. The top four teams at the tournament — which includes Université Laval, University of Kentucky, University at Buffalo, and California Polytechnic State University – Pomona — landed on stage at the Blizzard Arena at Los Angeles to play some competitive Heroes of the Storm to become this season’s champions for the collegiate eSports championship and earn enough cash to pay the rest of their tuition.
Each game is a best-of-5 series in which both the groups will fill their bans, pick their heroes, and try to destroy the Nexus in the opposing group’s side. The winners in the first two matches then go head-to-head in the Grand Finals in which they will be resisted the heroes of this dorm.
The match-up between the University of Kentucky and also Université Laval are considered evenly matched — they are the number 3 and two seed respectively — but looking at the display revealed, you wouldn’wont be in a position to tell due to Laval’s drama.
The first match was on Dragon Shire in which the French Canadian team killed it. At no point did UK have an opportunity as they failed to perpetrate during team fights and couldn’t attain a Dragon Knight.
UK started strong garnering the very first Punisher, but momentum came to a halt once Laval won the group fight and got a Punisher of his very own. From that point on, the French Canadian group steamrolled UK with ease and finished the game in only 14 minutes.
Laval continued to demonstrate their dominance at the next game procuring the win and a place in the Grand Finals. Again, UK revealed some promise in the Tomb of the Spider Queen at the very start of the game but quickly changed once Laval gained momentum and UK missed far too many chances to actually spend the game. Too many times did somebody on UK property a excellent ult, but had nothing to follow through with.
University at Buffalo was the underdog in all this. They’re the 8th seed in the tournament and didn’t function and the remainder of the contest in the championship.
Opening the match, both teams find themselves in Cursed Hollow. Buffalo begins strong looking like they might actually win the first game. However, they get cluttered after and Cal Poly benefit from their missteps. Pomona’s coordination was on point and managed to pull the first win.
In the second match, set on Tomb of the Spider Queen, we visit that a surprise selection attracting Heroes of the Storm‘s new character, Deckard Cain out on the battle. Buffalo has the advantage throughout most of the game, even following Cal Poly gets blood 9 minutes into the game. It seemed like Cal Poly didn’t have the assurance in team fights. Buffalo managed to organize their attacks with more finesse resulting in their first victory in the series.
The next game saw some intriguing choices with Medivh somehow making it through the banning process across the side of Buffalo. The article of Cal Poly’s group — which comprises, Genji, Abathur, Li-Ming, Johanna, and Blaze — was questionable but, in some instances, works out for them.
As predicted, Buffalo starts strong with the initial kills along with the first objective. Cal Poly picks up any momentum once they win a group fight that they probably shouldn’t have won; everyone around the Ponies was stunned but nobody on Buffalo followed up leading to four kills and also a degree advantage for Cal Poly. The match was tight throughout the entirety of this game and filled with some wonderful team fights, with the last one resulting in Buffalo grabbing the objective and catching their next win.
The odd selections continue in game 4 together with Cho’gall and Alexstraza on Cal Poly and Chen and Anub’arak on Buffalo in Braxis Holdout. Surprisingly, Cal Poly’s comp actually works out to them. The Cho’gall has been an incredibly effective choice, destroying just about everything in its path. The late inclusion of this two-headed monstrosity didn’t let for Buffalo to create a team makeup that may cut Cho’gall down. It was amusing to see it basically take out the Nexus all with himself. Cal Poly wins it at the most enjoyable game of the championship.
Though I’m convinced everybody wanted to watch Cho’gall get picked back and it looked like they were going in that way — that wasn’t the circumstance. Transferring into its fifth and final game, Buffalo’d Cal Poly’therefore number and was able to pull out a win getting a spot in the Grand Finals.
Match 3: Université Laval (Rogue et Au) vs. University at Buffalo (ImprobaBull Victory)
The previous matchup of the evening. Université Laval has been a dominant force during the championship, and they’d no intention of slowing down using a shutout at the first match. However, University of Buffalo has made their place here at the Grand Finals proving that they had been also a power to reckon with.
Plain and simple, Laval are the top team. Buffalo looked like they’d be in an even playing field with their functionality but found themselves at a level drawback in the late game. In both matches, Laval was more coordinated in staff fights; when they looked like they were losing, they’d come out with more experience with the opposition running out from them.
Needless to say, Université Laval was a powerhouse following being undefeated throughout the 2018 Heroes of this Dorm National Championships. This doesn’t imply they didn’t have a difficult time using the series’ underdogs, University at Buffalo.
“After Kentucky, we’re pretty confident because we had been believing this was the significant team to beat,” stated Team Captain Jerome “Earth” Levesque. “After we knew that it was Buffalo, we thought it’d be simpler but the first game was very tough and it sort of surprised us. ”
“Although we might not try this again, it was an amazing experience to be there, reflect Canada, and also to have all these people cheering for us, ”” stated Daniel ‘HairyBlob’ Gourdeau. “I think we made them happy. ”
For winning Heroes of the Dorm they won enough money to pay off the rest of their tuition, that anyone may know is a enormous weight lifted from each of the player’s knee.