Next week House of Sparky will begin our "#SunDevilMoments" tournament, with the 16 best moments from the athletic season. This week we will randomly introduce all 16 moments, then reveal our seedings and match-ups next week, where you, the reader, will vote on what was the ASU athletics Moment of the Year.
If you were logged on to Twitter the evening of April 26, chances are you weren't using it to follow the Rockets-Mavericks NBA playoff game that night.
Instead, you were tuned into ESPN2 with us. Watching grown men play video games against each other.
That night, the Arizona State club eSports team competed in a best-of-five championship round of the "Heroes of the Dorm" college tournament against UC Berkeley. Despite ASUMelkhor leading a valiant charge and the savvy use of dragons from the "Dream Team", the Golden Bears still took home the title in the decisive Game 5.
The game celebrated the upcoming release of the MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) game Heroes of the Storm, and the winning team of the tournament took home $75,000 in scholarship money.
To this day, no one knows why eSports was such a fascinating phenomenon during that quiet Sunday night. All Sun Devils knew was it was ASU competing on ESPN2, so it was everyone's obligation to cheer them on.
Guys I have no idea what's going on but I'm watching ESPN2 and all I want to do is throw up the fork and praise Sparky #StormTheDorm— Justin Emerson (@J15Emerson) April 27, 2015
It took awhile for the bandwagon to build up from the start of the series. Even we didn't know what game we were watching at the time:
IMPORTANT: ASU is playing Cal in Dungeons and Dragons on ESPN2 pic.twitter.com/H3mFCRA4DP— House of Sparky (@HouseOfSparky) April 27, 2015
Even the jocks joined in on the fun. Everyone, please give a warm welcome to ASU football quarterbacks Mike Bercovici and Manny Wilkins:
I have no idea what I'm watching on ESPN2 right now... But GO DEVILS!! #HeroesOfTheDorm— Michael Bercovici (@MikeBerco) April 27, 2015
AsuMelkor for HEISMAN!!!— 5⃣ (@Manny_Wilkins5) April 27, 2015
And of course, the Sports Call of 2015 (so far) was born:
Of course, no big Arizona State athletic event is finals without SunDevilSource.com's final score tweet:
Final: Cal 3 ASU 2— SunDevilSource.com (@SunDevilSource) April 27, 2015
Despite Cal beating Arizona State in eSports, the Golden Bears wouldn't be let off easily. Every ASU-Cal in the immediate future seemed to bear a bit more of a significance.
I, Raynor, will attempt to avenge my ASU brothers when we embark upon our journey to Cal next weekend. Long live Heroes Of The Storm!— Tracy Smith (@ASUSkip) April 27, 2015
Nov. 28, 2015. Berkeley, Calif.— Sun Devil Football (@FootballASU) April 27, 2015
We know this isn't exactly a program-defining moment in athletics, but this moment gave many ASU fans a fun reason to bleed maroon-and-gold. It was a nice relief to this long football offseason, and should always be remembered of one of ASU Twitter's most epic moments.
We saw this moment as the No. 12 moment of the ASU athletic season. It will be up the readers, beginning next week, to see how far this moment goes in our bracket.
Side poll: Which was the greater video game moment: "Going HAM on this core!" or "Leeroy Jenkins?"