The PSU LAN Hearthstone event was great! Although it was hosted on Easter Sunday, we got 18 participants for our Tavern Hero Qualifier. We had about 50/50 new and old participants so it was great to see a handful of new faces! Lots of different decks were brought to the tournament, which was a fun change to the scene. People had a fun time being streamed and casting the games as well. The finals, featuring a new player from the losers’ bracket and a veteran of our circuit in winners, were really exciting. We saw some teeth clenching situations, epic draws, and solid decks. In the end, we were able to give out a lot of prizes from Tespa and money as part of our prize pool and everyone had an awesome time!
This past weekend we held our Spring Social, with several schools from the East Coast region. We had tons of setups with Streetfighter, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Tekken, Super Smash Bros, Mario Party, and tons of others!
We also got a chance to watch our Hearthstone team compete live against other schools in Tespa’s collegiate tournament. We also had a blast giving out so many great prizes from Twitch, Steelseries, and Tespa. I hope you all enjoyed the event and will come out to our League of Legends Invitational on April 16th. Stay tuned for info on that!
- Dylan Beal (President)
As most of you are aware, PSU Esports will not be participating in The Big Ten League of Legends Season. We were road blocked by PSU administration due to unfortunate timing. Since the creation of PSU Esports, we have followed our mission: To provide an inclusive community to grow and foster a passion for Esports. The club has competed in every tournament possible and has organized events for hundreds of Penn State students. Above all, we created a community for us to call home.
When we discovered that Penn State Athletics would not allow our LoL team to compete in the Big Ten Conference, we were devastated. This was something we were working towards for a long time. The chance to join collegiate Esports in front of a mainstream audience is one of our dreams. Also, Penn State’s decision stopped our players from receiving a potential $30,000 in scholarships from Riot Games.
After contacting Penn State officials and Big Ten employees, we were told that Penn State did not sign off because they are very protective of their “brand” and did not have the enough time to address us. Because this took place during the Rose Bowl, Penn State was too busy. With the help of our adviser Bart Pursel, we fought hard to make this happen. Although we are currently excluded, we will do everything to join next season. We will show Penn State how passionate we are and will make it happen. You all deserve it. We will continue pushing to make Penn State Esports bigger and better.
Our Hearthstone tournament featured both old and new faces, with the veteran players really running away with it. We spectated all of Sly's matches and while he had a shaky start, his insane Yogg plays made up for it. After the first two matches, he became a lot more comfortable in the gauntlet - skyrocketing to the finals against his teammate Andrew who hadn't lost a game yet. In the finals, Sly was able to 3-0 Andrew with professional decision making, expert deck traversal, and of course the blessing of Yogg the Almighty. You can check out the bracket [here].
Our main event, the Street Fighter V PSU Championship match, was as exciting as ever. After stealing the belt last Thursday, Josh "Dead Prez" Miller Day lost 2-3 against the Lightning American, Sam. Just when we thought things were over, the former champion Brady Glass walked in to challenge Sam to a final best of 5 to determine who is the best once and for all. Sam proved his status as the undisputed PSU Champion by beating Brady 3-1.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the event, we appreciate the large turnout we had consistently throughout the night! The community here at Penn State truly made it a killer event. Stay updated on our Facebook page at [facebook.com/PSUEsports] for more information about future events.
This past Saturday we held our first Street Fighter V tournament here at PSU! We has a great turnout of people of all skill levels. We ran two brackets, an A Tier and a B Tier. Brady Glass took 1st place after coming from loser’s and resetting the brackets. The B Tier bracket was won by Scott Heineman. Scott upset everyone by stomping his way through the bracket of players old and new. The winners took home prizes sponsored by Tespa and Steelseries. Thanks to everyone that came out, we hope to see you getting bodied at the next one!
Other images available here.
Thank you to everyone who came out to watch the finals with us and to all those who made the last meeting of the semester wonderful! Though the grand finals were a bit lackluster, the top 8 was HYPE!! I'm glad everyone was able to get some sick prizes from TeSPA and Twitch.
This semester has been especially great for the Street Fighter Division. We gained so many new members, had a ton of great events, and really improved all our skills. It was a blast playing sets with all you, and I hope to body you all next semester. Hit the labs and enjoy your break boys!
Heroes of the Dorm has reached it's conclusion with quite the bang. Blizzard and TeSPA's promotional tournament brought together over 4000 gamers into an online battle arena to compete for a massive prize pool.
Penn State sent the most players of any university and we had a blast along the way. Notable teams from University Park include BBQ, Russel's Crows, and The Freshman 15. We Lost Boyz from PSU Behrend were also in attendance.
After group stages, the 800+ teams were cut down to 64. The Freshman 15 came out of groups 7-0, with We Lost Boyz following behind at 6-1. Both teams won the first round match and made it to the top 32 teams in North America.
You can watch Freshman 15's RO32 match here:   
The finals were held in the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles and drew a massive crowd which was able to attend free of charge. Heroes of the Dorm finals were also the first eSport to ever be broadcasted on live cable television. The tournament shook up a storm of social media reactions on Twitter when it was live on ESPN2.
Try Heroes of the Storm when it hits Open Beta on May 19th!
The Penn State eSports year neared its end at the Spring LAN event which featured the most skilled Starcraft II and League of Legends players across University Park.
There were 53 competitors and a slew of willing casters on scene in addition to our studio crowd. Students graciously stepped up to provide materials for the tournament, bringing laptops, microphones, and peripherals to ensure the smooth sailing of the event. The entire event was successfully streamed thanks to Joesph Rudy's hard work in the casting room.
Just as in previous years, this event was not without it's memorable events (or a fair share of delays!) but we have significantly improved our system from last year and hope to improve drastically again for the next LAN event.
Attendee's will recall the shortest Starcraft match of the tournament was a 2-0 romp in the 3rd place match which featured a 6-pool Game 1 and a proxy hatch in Game 2. League of Legends fans saw the 7th match between Freshman 15 and Russel's Crows of the year followed up by a super exciting grudge match bewteen JMD and TBM. The League finals didn't disappoint either, with JMD taking the cup for the 2nd year in a row with a 3-1 victory.
With another school year behind us, we look to the future with officer elections and beginning the planning of our next event in the Fall. Happy gaming!~
1st Place: Casey Park
2nd Place: Kevin Wang
3rd Place: Hunter Neal
4th Place: Ryan Chiu
League of Legends
1st Place: Josh Miller-Day
2nd Place: GG No Re
3rd Place: The Freshman 15
4th Place: Team Beast Mode