LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College will open its second varsity eSports season on Monday, February 19 with the start of the Hearthstone Collegiate Championship.
Hearthstone is a turn-based competitive 1v1 card game where players attempt to reduce their opponent's health to zero. Players choose between nine heroes, each with a unique ability, to construct decks of 30 cards.
In Collegiate Hearthstone, the teams are made up of three players who use one deck per round. Each team brings four decks from different classes, of which the opposing team bans one. The first team to win three games wins the match.
For the Hearthstone Collegiate Championship, teams will be divided into two divisions: Club and Varsity. In order to qualify for the varsity division, teams must have eSports programs recognized by the college. The Mocs will be one of 13 teams competing in the varsity division, with over 560 teams competing in the club division.
The first round consists of 14 matches played over seven weeks. The top eight teams in the varsity division will advance to a dual elimination bracket. From there the top four varsity teams will advance to face 12 club teams in the Championship Bracket. The live finals will take place during the last weekend in May.
The recent partnership between NACE and Blizzard initially pushed back the season by three weeks. The partnership has allowed NACE to offer Prize packages to the top finishers in the tournament. First place will receive $10,000 in scholarships per player, second place will receive $6,000 in scholarships per player, third and fourth place will receive $4,000 in scholarships per player, and fifth-eighth place will receive $2,000 in scholarships per player.
The inaugural Hearthstone Moccasin team will feature senior Wil Fisackerly (TheFisack), freshman Alex Gruendl (GoonLagoon), and freshman Kevin Lojewski (Snerdles). Senior Joshua McNiven (DimaPronna) will act as the student coach for the team.
Matches will be played on Monday and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. and will be livestreamed on the college's official Twitch account.