We're excited to reveal two unique opportunities for teams to compete: the Hearthstone Collegiate Championship Open Division and the Hearthstone Collegiate Varsity Invitational! Throughout the spring semester, teams of college sutdents from the United States and Canada may compete in the Hearthstone Collegiate Championship Open Division. Registration for the HCC Open Division will begin soon. Keep an eye out for future announcements!
For teams that crave competition with North America's best, apply to be part of the Hearthstone Varsity Invitational, which will run independently from the Open Division. No matter which path you choose, schoool pride and epic prizes are on the line, so read up below and make sure your team is ready to compete!
Starting this February, Varsity teams from around North America will face off in the round robin Invitational! Unlike last year's Varsity Division Championship, the 2020 Varsity Invitational will be run separately from the Open Division. As such, teams that qualify to compete in the Varsity Invitational and still crave more Hearthstone action may also sign up to compete in the Open Division. Be sure to apply by February 14th in order to be considered for the Invitational!
Staff and students at colleges and universities that officially sanction or tangibly support esports as a student activity are welcome to apply to be part of the Hearthstone Varsity Invitational. If you are unsure whether or not your school qualifies for the Tespa Varsity program, we invite you to check out the application form below for more information - or, you can reach out to email@example.com for more information.
All Open Division teams will clash throughout up to nine weeks of regular season swiss matches to clinch a spot in the double-elimination regional playoff. Unlike in previous seasons, teams will now sign up to play in one of two divisions, Eastern or Western, based on the location of their school. The exact breakdown of these regional boundaries will be released at a later date.
Teams which are selected to enter the fray in the Varsity Invitational will throw down during seven weeks of regular season matches. The varsity regular season will be played in a round robin format. Teams that are selected to compete in the Varsity Invitational will be expected to commit to playing matches on broadcast throughout the season.
All matches will continue to be played in Conquest format using Standard deck building rules.
|Hearthstone Open Division|
|Regular Season (Swiss)||Feb. 18 - Apr. 14|
|Regional Playoffs (Double Elim.)||Apr. 25 - Apr. 26|
|Hearthstone Varsity Invitational|
|Application Period||Jan. 22 - Feb. 14|
|Regular Season (Round Robin)||Feb. 24 - Apr. 6|
|Varsity Playoffs (Dual Elim.)||Apr. 18 - Apr. 19|
Throughout our years of operating tournaments, Tespa has always stayed true to our first core value: "STUDENTS FIRST."We believe that self-betterment and career development should always be a student's primary focus, and we hold all of our students accountable to the same eligibility standards to preserve that balance. This section is a summary of our Official Rules, which will be released soon. To get an idea of what to expect, check out the 2019 Varsity ruleset for Overwatch here.
In order to compete in the Varsity Series, players must:
For any non-varsity competition, we only require half-time enrollment or higher.
We hold our competitors to a high standard when it comes to their behavior, whether
they're in an official match or just playing online. As the college esports
ecosystem continues to evolve and develop, it's up to us (and you) to set a
precedent of kindness, compassion and sportsmanship within our leagues. These
requirements are the start of a wider effort to standardize and elevate our
sportsmanship and discipline policies across all our tournaments & programs.
They are also a summary of our Official Rules, which will be released soon. To
get an idea of what to expect, check out the 2019 Varsity ruleset for Overwatch
In order to compete in the Varsity Series, students must:
Every member of your team should review, understand and adhere to the full list of conduct requirements outlined in our Official Rules. Should you feel that any of our competitors are in violation of the conduct rules above, or is otherwise violating the Official Rules of the tournament, please report them via our Team Misconduct Report Form. We take your reports very seriously, and investigate every allegation to the fullest extent we can.