Earlier this fall we challenged schools across North America to rally their best Overwatch players on campus to fight, push payloads, and capture points in the Tespa Collegiate Series for a shot at over $100,000 in scholarship prizing! More than 200 teams built from the highest tier of talent from their universities participated in seven weeks of competitive play to prove themselves to be the true overseers of the control point. Now, during the final week of our league we are pleased to introduce the top 2 teams from each of the four regions that will proceed as our top 8 finalists!

Tune in this Sunday, November 20th at 12:00 pm PST as we crown our regional champions and decide who will be advancing to the the Live Finals early next year!

Livestream

To see some highlights of how each of our 8 teams made it this far, check out the video below!

North Region:

Collegiate Overwatch Tespa North

University of Cincinnati:

Matches: 9-0 | Games: 18-3 | Best Map: Lijiang Tower (4-0)
Vods: Week 2 Week 4 Week 5
Highlights: BigEKnows

Q: What sets your team apart from others?
A: As people, we have known each other for 3 years and understand how to play around each other's strengths and weaknesses. Our chemistry is insane compared to most teams.

Q: What has been the biggest challenge you have faced so far?
A: Reverse sweeping Kansas State was the most insane challenge we have faced.

University of Toronto:

Matches: 9-0 | Games: 18-2 | Best Map: Lijiang Tower (5-0)
Vods: Week 3 Week 5

Q: What sets your team apart from others?
A: Aside from our impeccable teamwork, crazy good synergy, the fact we never lose, and our ability to communicate as if we were defusing bombs, I'd say we're a stand out team because of how we're all super chill, we indulge in political discussions, and we share memes with each other.

Q: What has been the biggest challenge you have faced so far?
A: One of our players got into a terrible accident just a day before our playoffs. Luckily we have many subs on our team, and we're quick adjust to the change of player. We hope for the best and a fast recovery for our retiring Zarya player, Pheranheit.

South Region:

Collegiate Overwatch Tespa North

University of Texas at Austin:

Matches: 9-0 | Games: 18-3 | Best Map: Lijiang Tower (4-0)
Vods: Week 5

East Carolina University:

Matches: 8-1 | Games: 16-4 | Best Map: King's Row (4-1)
Vods: Week 5

Q: What has been the biggest challenge you have faced so far?
A: Our biggest challenge has been building our teams communication. Chris Cool did not own a microphone until after we lost to the UT Longhorns. We realized immediately that it was a necessity to have everyone on voice coms for our games.

Q: How did your team come together?
A: We held tryouts for the team over Facebook and selected the 8 players we felt worked the best together. Our team really didn't come together until last week when we met in person for the first time. This was the first time we all got to hear Chris Cool speak because he didn't own a mic. Thomas let Chris have his old headset and ever since we have noticed a growth in our gameplay.

East Region:

Collegiate Overwatch Tespa North

Worcester Polytechnic Institute:

Matches: 9-1 | Games: 17-6 | Best Map: Watchpoint: Gibraltar (3-0)

Rutgers University

Matches: 10-0 | Games: 20-2 | Best Map: Eichenwalde (4-0)
Vods: Week 4 Week 5

West Region:

Collegiate Overwatch Tespa North

UC Berkeley:

Matches: 8-1 | Games: 16-6 | Best Map: Hanamura (3-0)
Vods: Week 3

Q: What has been the biggest challenge you have faced so far?
A: UCI. We've been shuffling our roster all the up until the cut-off date so we didn't have a lot of practice with our final roster. But we're confident we can beat them now.

Q: What has been the biggest surprise?
A: When Zenyatta's harmony gave him ult charge, we spent 4 hours practicing with zen. Then they hotfixed it.

Saddleback College:

Matches: 7-2 | Games: 15-3 | Best Map: Route 66 (4-1)

Q: What sets your team apart from others?
A: Our team is different from other collegiate teams, the fact being we are a community college. There is a stereotypical stigma that students don't take community college competitive sports seriously. This affected the team's focus, as we are trying to stay as competitive as the UC's and the Calstates.

Q: What is your favorite memory from this tournament so far?
A: Our favorite memory is from all the pre-game warm ups, 6 man quickplay, 3v3 widow-maker duels, even during character select we would give each other a good laugh by saying silly things before match starts.

Q: How much do you practice?
A: We held a strict practice schedule being 5 days a week. 3 hour scrim blocks, and some days dedicated to vod review. Aside practice we made sure we also kept up in solo queue which added countless amount of hours. Only keeping Monday and Tuesday as strict school days.