PAX East 2015: Heroes of the Storm plans tuition tourney, reveals Sylvanas champion

    
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How does earning your college tuition by playing video games sound? Blizzard hopes it sounds mighty fine, as the studio is running a special Heroes of the Storm tournament to dish out full tuition rides to the five players on the winning team.

The Heroes of the Dorm tournament, as it’s called, will hand out other prizes as well, including gaming systems, premium currency, and other in-game goodies. The finalists will compete this spring and will be televised live on ESPN.

In other news, at PAX East this weekend Blizzard revealed that Sylvanas Windrunner will be the next playable champion in the game. The studio also showed off two battlegrounds: Tomb of the Spider Queen and Sky Temple. We’ve got a mess of videos for all of these after the break!

[Source: Heroes of the Dorm, PAX East reveals; Via: VG247]
Massively Overpowered was on the ground in Boston for PAX East 2015, bringing you all the best MMORPG and MMO coverage from GW2, FFXIV, Blizzard, and more!
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Valkyriez
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Valkyriez

Serious question here GG, cause not everyone lives and breathes sarcasm. What did you mean by that? Was it supposed to be a statement of interesting fact or just another one line wonder?
On topic, I don’t think even Blizzard invented the Esports genre, but StarCraft certainly helped grow it.

Valkyriez
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Valkyriez

Still though, I’m willing to bet that the Esports scene of Hearthstone takes off and Blizzard won’t really care about the tabletop game, for them it’s digital or bust and they will own the digital TCG market.
As to your other comments, yes and no to Overwatch competing with Quake. Quake is no longer relevant.
WoW Arena has been the benchmark for competitive MMORPG PvP for a long time despite the gear differences. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, has balance issues and is gear driven to a certain point but it’s the only competitive format with working ladders, rankings, multi tier competitions and an actual player base big enough for the ELO rankings to work. The only people who disagree with that would be the open world, RvR focussed pvpers and those that haven’t played wow.
Feel free to tell me some other competitive MMORPG PvP.
Edit: GW2 sPvP is up there aswell, my bad. I actually forgot about them.

boredinBC (aka Daniel James Clarke)
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boredinBC (aka Daniel James Clarke)

_Ariel_ No I’m saying some of the skills developed while playing competitive video games at high levels have real world applications just like sports and games like chess and poker.  I also said that knowing, playing and being good at games is helpful when applying for jobs in the video game industry.   
I’m glad I didn’t list reading comprehension in the list of skill developed by gaming.

_Ariel_
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_Ariel_

R u suggesting adding video game performance to work resumes or college applications? Please tell me I read that wrong.

boredinBC (aka Daniel James Clarke)
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boredinBC (aka Daniel James Clarke)

Sythalin boredinBC (aka Daniel James Clarke) None of these skills exist in a vacuum.  Though they might not be the kind of thing you would list on a resume they are functional and transferable.  Other scholarships reward these same skills sets.   Analogue sports are a prime example.  A football scholarship won’t make you chem whiz, but it will get you into chem class.   And the skills that people learn while playing sports are transferable to the real world.  Your future employer might not care that you caught a Hail Mary and took the game but they do care that you worked as a part of a team, practiced long hours, did so while earning a degree and that it was recognized by though a scholarship.  
You might not list chess addict on a resume, but having finely tuned your ability to recognize patterns and identify strategies several moves ahead will give you an advantage in school and in the real world, if you also hone your ability to apply them.  If you took your chess game to a competitive level where you were recognized for being in the top percentile an employer would be foolish to list it on a resume a quality employer would acknowledge it.  
The same will acceptance is already developing with eSports.  Colleges and universities are handing out scholarships and more and more courses are being taught on Game Theory with emphasis on modern gaming and how it applies to the decision making process. 
Also, didn’t we just have an article on here about Blizzard and Activision being in the top 100 fortune 500’s?  They both hire from their player base and value “gamers”.  There were 42 thousand jobs in the American video game industry in 2014.  It’s safe to assume that knowing, playing and being good at games is at least somewhat advantageous for some of those jobs.
The level of teamwork that someone learns in kindergarden and the kind that is developed professionally, whether in the office,  a battlefield or a playing field is drastically different.

_Ariel_
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_Ariel_

I can only speak to what I see in the world around me, and those 12 to 50 year old women I see walking around in skin tight jeans and belly shirts don’t look like victims to me, just the opposite actually. You want to push your view and how you feel on all women and I’m telling you here and now you’re making a mistake. Most women do not want your help, the sexier the better in alot of circumstances….Iv been around women my entire life, you try and encroach on thier sexy clothes and there will be hellfire and pain coming at you like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
Again, I’ll take the oversexualization of women seriously when they start to do so in numbers.
A small fringe of feminazis and effeminate men will not sway my opinion. I think you’re wrong, plain and simple.

boredinBC (aka Daniel James Clarke)
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boredinBC (aka Daniel James Clarke)

Estranged _Ariel_ It’s gotten a lot better over the years though.  I’m sure not everywhere, but generally there has been a wider acceptance of fringe hobbies.  
Chess was always acceptable where I came from, though we never had a chess club.

boredinBC (aka Daniel James Clarke)
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boredinBC (aka Daniel James Clarke)

Sythalin Critical thinking and decision making.  Dozens to hundreds of heroes with with hundreds of powers and thousands of power interactions.  Draft strategies, play strategies, meta gaming strategies.  Being able to pick the correct move to make at the right time based on how all of those pieces fit together at that specific specific. 
Teamwork and communication would be next on my list, plus at the tournament level they interact with other teams and industry professions and have a chance to practice proper sportsmanship.  
It’s easy to dismiss the kind of development that can come from playing games at the professional but these competencies are drawn from the same skill set that chess masters, poker champions, TCG players and other “Game Masters”  develop over years of practice.
There are toxic people in gaming and, yes, it seems like MOBAS are a breeding ground for them, but not all members of the community are scumbags.  When I watch tournaments I almost always see mature friendly players interacting with each other.

porkycain
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porkycain

Damonvile porkycain Dota was a player made mod of a Blizzard game. Saying Blizzard invented the genre is disingenuous at best.

zyrusticae
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zyrusticae

_Ariel_ You disgust me.
First, you need to stop talking about women as if they are a monolithic group. OBVIOUSLY some women are fine with the status quo. The whole point of feminism, however, is that there is a huge number of women who are not. 
Secondly, you’re completely missing the fucking point of complaining about these samey sexist character designs. The biggest problem is simply the fact that they are creatively bankrupt and involve only the barest minimum of creativity (if any). You see SO MANY of these designs because they’re so easy to do. Which is another big part of the problem – it’s become the default to the degree that they outnumber the reasonable female character designs something like 10:1, which is obviously NOT an acceptable circumstance.  
Thirdly, you know nothing about the social pressures and mores that women have to put up with. Competing pressures to be modest while also presenting eye candy to heteronormative society or else face shame for not being good enough is a pretty shitty way to live. 
Fourthly, while women IRL may dress “sexy” (but again, not always), you may notice that they are dressed in FAR more comfortable a fashion than Sylvanas up above. That top in particular just looks painful. This is one of the major sticking points about female character design: characters are so often designed for sex appeal at the expense of the character and any logical thinking they might possess. It kills verisimilitude dead. 
Finally, there is an incredible range of looks and styles that could be explored outside of the bared-midriff bikini-armor stereotype that are simply not getting the attention they deserve… again, because sexiness is the default to the degree that it destroys any REAL creativity on the part of the developers. There is no defending it. None. Everything you wrote here is just a series of lame excuses.