Heroes of the Dorm 2016 has met its first major hurdle.
Blizzard/Tespa released a statement this morning that Harvard University’s Heroes of the Dorm team, Team Ambush, has been disqualified for account sharing during the round of 64/32. According to the report, a player on the team shared his Battle.net account with a higher-rated player during their games, resulting in Ambush being barred from the tournament.
Blizzard is not taking it likely, stating that they “will be taking disciplinary actions against the Battle.net accounts involved.”
“We have zero tolerance for cheating in our tournaments,” the post continues. “The rules are in place to ensure a fair playing field for all participants—when these rules are abused, they put the integrity of the competition at risk.”
The post goes on to say that a similar situation has resulted in the disqualification of Michigan’s Team Hot Boys from the round of 64.
While the news is rough for Harvard, it opens the door for 2015 champ UC Berkeley to re-enter the tournament. Cal will take on Indiana-Purdue in a round 32 match, with the winner taking Harvard’s round 16 slot.
This is not the first time a Heroes of the Dorm team has been disqualified. Last year saw the disqualification of UConn after one of the players failed to register for his Spring semester. UConn is currently still alive in the bracket for 2016, however, and is set to take on second-seed Ohio State in the round of 16.
For current bracket info, head to the Heroes of the Dorm site.
Dylan Walker is on Twitter at @Dyluuxx