Alumni '18-'19E-Board

Senior Farewell: Diego Corea

Oh you think we forgot about Diego “Stormsoldat” Corea, where to even start?

Jack of all trades but master of some, Diego Corea was one of our most vibrant community members. Diego served as President of Dota Club for 3 years, and took on a variety of roles as an Officer in his three years with Rutgers Esports. This included being involved with HR, Social Media, Partnership, and of course, serving as the Director of Community Management in 2018.

A member of Dota club since 2014, Diego has been instrumental in fostering the welcoming but tight-knit environment the club has to this day. While he stayed true to the roots of the club’s foundation, Diego was always willing to adapt and try new things as a leader, including coaching lessons, replay analyses, and in-houses in non-Dota games. 

Diego also has a storied history as a competitor within Rutgers Esports:

{2018-2019}    🏅  (Captain) Varsity Dota Team — Top 8
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  (Captain) CSL Quake — Top 32
{2017-2018}    🏆  (Captain) Varsity Dota Team — Top 16
{2016-2017}    🏆  
(Player) Tespa Summer Series                                                                         Overwatch — 4th
                             🏆  (Captain) Varsity Dota Team — Top 16
{2015-2016}    🏆  (Player) Varsity Dota Team — Top 32
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  (Sub) Heroes of the Dorm — Top 32
{2014-2015}    🏆
(Captain) JV Dota Team — Top 32

Diego Corea: Only person in Rutgers Esports to have competed in 4 different games

Diego graduated with a B.S. in Information Technology and Informatics with a specialization in Game Design and Game Production and a Minor in Linguistics. Pursuing a career in professional Dota, we hope he’ll remember us when he makes it—but no matter what, we will always remember him as a friend and comrade to us all.

And most of all he—
Nevermind.

Dota is the best game ever made...

Diego Corea
Dota Enthusiast

Probably, my favorite thing would be my relationships and bonds that I have made with the people in Rutgers Esports. I always thought that I would not be able to get closer to these people, but I always manage to get closer to them anyway...

Diego Corea
Dota Club President

So like, one of [my fondest memories] would be going to IHOP at like 3 in the morning at SCIII...mostly, because I was putting off an assignment and I didn’t start it until 7 am the next morning, when I only slept for like an hour.

Diego Corea
Procrastinator

When did you get involved with our community?

I guess before Rutgers Esports existed since I was in Dota club in Fall 2014, which was founded [Aedan Dispenza], a cofounder of the org. I didn’t become a Rutgers Esports officer until Spring of 2016, after I was president of Dota club (when the org was comprised of more than just presidents of the individual game clubs).

What degree are you graduating with?

I’m getting a B.S. in ITI with a specialization in Game Design and Game Production with a minor in Linguistics.

What did you do in your time with us?

A lot of different things. I think the most notable thing would be being Director of Community Management for half a year. I was in charge of the marketing for Scarlet Classic IV, which at the time, was our biggest event yet, breaking our attendee record. Besides being director for that semester, I was also coordinating, playing for the Dota team, and running the Dota club. I also did some partnership stuff with [Jacob Moffatt]. At the time, I was also running a secret shadow organization inside of the club. The majority of what I’ve done would be things in regards to Social Media, working in Competitive Management, while also doing some minor stuff in HR. I did a little bit of everything, I would call myself the club’s inquisitor.

What drew you to Dota as an esport? What other games do you enjoy?

Dota is the best game ever made, in my opinion. It is also one of the most fulfilling esport, both as a spectator and a player. So when I heard about a Dota club at Rutgers, I was super excited since I didn’t know anyone except for my roommate. I actually found out about Dota club through Facebook. I joined the group and it took me a while to actually go to the club since I was really shy. But I finally went, and everyone was so welcoming and we played some games. Afterwards, I really tried to go to Dota club whenever possible. I actually missed the elections for Spring 2015, so that’s why I wasn’t on E-board (haha, I didn’t even know they were happening). Dota is actually great for friendship but also it is fulfilling for competitive outlets since I got to play on the D2 team. I joined after the the CSL deadline but I would’ve been on D1 since I had one of the highest MMRs in the club. I like CS:GO a lot; I would play it more if I were better at it. I don’t wanna play it when I make a lot of mistakes haha it pisses me off. A game that I enjoy a lot because it’s easy is Overwatch. It’s a FPS that is really easy for MOBA players to play. However, sometimes since it’s easy, it gets a little boring after a few games. That’s why I enjoy Dota so much, it’s a game that I can play for an extended period of time.

What are your plans after you graduate? Are you going to continue going to majors?

I’m not sure exactly what I want to do, but I know for sure I want to try playing Dota professionally for at least a year. I also want to try and find a part time job in esports to support myself. Longtime for sure, I want to work in esports for as long as I can.

What has been the most rewarding part of being in this org?

I guess the best part of being in the org in general is knowing all the people in it, in terms of growing. For myself, it’s been about growing myself personally and professionally. Being part of the org has shown me what I am capable of, as well as how I am with other people. Probably, my favorite thing would be my relationships and bonds that I have made with the people in Rutgers Esports. I always thought that I would not be able to get closer to these people, but I always manage to get closer to them anyway, and as well as for the new people this semester. I didn’t expect that I would know the new people as well, but I learned that some of them turned out to be some of my favorite people.

What’s your fondest memory of your time at Rutgers Esports?

I have too many. Being in this org has been my fondest memory of college so its very hard to name one thing and have it my fondest memory of being in the org. I have a couple highlights, they don’t really have to do with the roles or work in the org but more about the people in it. So like, one of them would be going to IHOP at like 3 in the morning at SCIII. I still remember that night very well. Mostly, because I was putting off an assignment and I didn’t start it until 7 am the next morning, when I only slept for like an hour. Another highlight would be spending 12 hours at the welcome table with my best friends at Fall Friendlies. But every memory I have made in this org is fond.

Which Dota character do you associate the most with?

I think I identify most with Leshrac, the tormented soul. I don’t actually think my soul is tormented, but Leshrac is all about disrupting the natural order and creating chaos. So I think anyone who knows me and how I interact with people, have conversations with people, and argue with people would definitely see the parallels. I think another character I relate to would be I think Oracle, since he’s all about saving people and trying to prevent certain outcomes since he can see the future. I feel like a lot of times when I’m helping my friends, it’s because I can see something that’s going to happen that I have seen before. I try to prevent the false promise.

Everybody Loves Diego