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2020 HEARTHSTONE OPEN AND VARSITY DIVISIONS

Learn about our Hearthstone program plans for the Spring semester.

This spring, our varsity and open divisions will ensure all players a place to compete

This year, Tespa has opportunities for all types of collegiate Hearthstone players. From Varsity program support to a huge regular season tournament open to all. Check out what's happening this spring for Hearthstone.
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Hearthstone Program Summary

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!

Hearthstone Varsity Division Invitational

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 varsity@tespa.org for more information.

Apply Now!

Tournament Formats

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
Registration Period TBD
Regular Season (Swiss) Feb. 18 - Apr. 14
Regional Playoffs (Double Elim.) Apr. 25 - Apr. 26
Grand Finals TBD

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
Grand Finals TBD

Eligibility Policies

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.


Student Eligibility

In order to compete in the Varsity Series, players must:

  • Be a legal resident, or legal temporary resident, of the United States or Canada
  • Be above the age of majority in their respective state or province
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited university or college
  • Be in good standing according to their university's policies

For any non-varsity competition, we only require half-time enrollment or higher.

Student Sportsmanship

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 here.


Player Conduct

In order to compete in the Varsity Series, students must:

  • Be in good standing on any Blizzard or Activision accounts registered in their name (that is, not Suspended, Silenced, Suspended or Banned)
  • Not have any major account discipline incidents logged on their Blizzard accounts within the past 6 months
  • Not use foul language or engage in conduct that cound be deemed obscene, foul, abusive, or otherwise offensive.
  • Not promote or incite hatred or discriminatory conduct.
  • Not discriminate on the basis of race, skin color, gender, sexual orientation, or any other reason.

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.