If you're unfamiliar with Heroes of the Storm, the game is one of those ever popular Massive Online Battle Arena computer games. Games like DOTA 2 and League of Legends have helped turned esports into a massive, multimillion dollar operation.
Heroes of the Storm follows in those more popular games' foot steps, but brings a simplified tactical approach and leveling up system while mixing in characters from Blizzard's other popular computer games, including Starcraft, Warcraft, and Diablo.
Last year, the game and ESPN made waves when suddenly in the middle of a busy time of the sports calendar, ESPN2 ran the finals of a college championship appropriately named "Heroes of the Dorm". Cal and Arizona State battled in an all-Pac 12 affair, and college football Twitter had a lot of surprising fun watching and making fun spirited jokes about something the majority of them little understood.
Naturally some of the stodgier, less adaptable sports talking heads weren't onboard with the fun, but with esports' rapidly ascending popularity, they better get on the bandwagon or get out of the way.
"Heroes of the Dorm" is back again for 2016 -- and it's bigger and better than ever.
Every single round of the championship bracket is going to be broadcast on at least WatchESPN with the "Heroic Four" and championship matches alike airing on ESPN2 on Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. ET and Sunday, April 10 at 8 p.m. ET. The final four will even take place in the home of the Seattle Seahawks, Century Link Field, with admission free to the public.
And the Buckeyes you can be sure will be well represented.
Ohio State has two teams in the field of 64, the first an eight-seeded team simply named "Bucks" who take on a group from UCLA called "Kyles Kimchi".
While "Bucks" probably have the best shot to bring newly minted full ride scholarships, which the winners get for their troubles, back to Columbus, OSU's other entrants are nearer and dearer to our hearts.
That's right, checking in as a sleeper 13-seed, Ohio State's other team is perfectly coined "Third String". Though the basketball Bucks weren't able to draw LSU in the NIT after the Tigers removed themselves from consideration, "Third String" will get the chance when they take on the LSU-centric "GeauxCore".
Here's hoping "Third String" can follow in Cardale Jones' footsteps, get some 2008 BCS Championship Game payback for OSU and the Big Ten alike, and help lead another Ohio State team to an unexpected national championship.
Here's the complete 2016 "Heroes of the Dorm" championship bracket: