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It's time for some PvE esports action for WoW as Blizzard announce the first truly big PvE tournament - $100,000 big, in fact!

It's time for some PvE esports action for WoW as Blizzard announce the first truly big PvE tournament - $100,000 big, in fact. It's amazing to see some attention headed to the PvE side of things, and the hopefully first of many such events is the Mythic Dungeon Invitational! Open to any and everyone, this tournament will see the top teams from each region (the Americas, Europe, China, Asia-Pacific) battle it out for the grand prize. After the great strides the PvP esports part of WoW has made recently, it's good to see the other side of the gameplay coin get represented as well.

So, how will all this work? Well, first off there's the open stage aka the Proving Grounds where any group can submit 5 of their highest Mythic Keystone runs to Blizzard from which they'll choose the top 8 teams for each region. Then we'll have the Regional Playoffs, where the 8 teams will play each other until only 2 remain, with each region getting their own stream day. And to conclude the tournament, we'll see the grand finals where the top 2 from each region will battle it out for that $100,000 prize money.

The top raiding guilds will definitely get into this competition as well, possibly even forming multiple teams for a better chance of getting to the regionals, but as the event is open to all there should be plenty of space for less established teams to come thorough. In any case, this is a great initiative, especially since it includes opportunities for both established 5 man teams and guilds, as well as newly formed ones. Let's just hope it becomes huge and leads to many more such events in the future.

Check out all the details and, more importantly, exact dates in the official post below:

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World of Warcraft esports is expanding into the fast-paced, highly competitive world of Mythic Keystone dungeons with the Mythic Dungeon Invitational. We’re looking for the best of the best from around the world to battle it out for a share of $100,000.
 

Great Expectations, Great Rewards

We’re looking for the best players in the world, but first you need to show us you have the right stuff to compete. Teams aspiring to battle on the global stage must first push themselves through a gauntlet of Mythic Keystone dungeons, taking on increasingly difficult Mythic Keystones and earning the best scores on the Proving Grounds.
Top scoring contenders will be invited to join as one of 32 outstanding teams from around the world, competing for a share of the $100,000 prize pool—and ultimately claiming bragging rights of the #1 spot. Once chosen, 8 teams from the Americas, 8 from Europe, 8 from China, and 8 from Asia-Pacific will be tapped to face the challenge, proving they have what it takes to go all the way to the finals.


The Proving Grounds [July 25–August 8]

From July 25 to August 8 , teams aiming to secure an invitation to the top 32 will be challenged to push their way through Mythic Keystone dungeons to achieve their best scores. At the end of the two weeks, they’ll need to submit their top score using this form.

Remember, to be truly competitive among the World of Warcraft elite, your team must master multiple dungeons. We’ll be judging performance across the 5 dungeons in which the team achieves the highest Keystone Level during those two weeks.

 

The Big Showdown

Beginning in September, the invited contenders will compete in the Mythic Keystone Dungeon Invitational for their share of the prize pool. Each region’s contenders will be a part of a single-day broadcast in which they will face a series of elimination rounds until just 2 are left standing to represent their region on the global stage. The Regional Playoffs will take place over two weekends, with each region having its own single-day broadcast streamed on the Warcraft Twitch channel:

  • September 16: China
  • September 17: Asia-Pacific
  • September 23: Europe
  • September 24: Americas

In the head-to-head competition, teams will execute a dungeon speed run; the first to finish will be declared the winner. All Keystones and affixes will be determined by Blizzard at the start of the match.

Global Bracket: The top eight teams from the Regional Playoffs will advance to the final weekend of competition taking place on September 30 and October 1. Teams will continue to compete in a head-to-head single elimination bracket, only this time the battles will be cross-region. The top eight teams will earn their share of the $100,000 (USD) prize pool, broken down as follows:

  • 1st – $50,000
  • 2nd – $20,000
  • 3rd & 4th – $10,000
  • 5th – 8th – $2,500


Rules of Engagement

  • Keystone levels and affixes will be determined by Blizzard
  • The first match of each series will take place in a dungeon pre-determined by Blizzard.
  • Once the final 8 regional teams have been determined, they’ll move on to a single-elimination bracket where they’ll go head-to-head.
     

Where to Watch

If you’re an esports fan, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. You can catch the action on the Warcraft Twitch channel. Keep an eye on here or on the official World of Warcraft Esports site for more details!

The race for glory starts here. Are you and your crew skilled enough to take on the rest of the world?

So, what do you guys think of this initiative? Are you looking forward to the event and maybe even want to take a stab at the competition yourself?

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I think this is a wonderful idea ! It's a bit like the raid competition that we always wanted to see but without the fear of usebug, and the "who can test more on PTR" thing, since the dungeons where already here for a while. Maybe it'll also help and show us some "route" that we wouldn't have taken :o

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Decidedly hyped for this, don't think I will participate at this time but who knows in the future, hope it takes off, it will be great fun to watch!

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Curious to see the comps these groups run.  I know the last time Blizzard did this we saw the standard 1/1/3 comp, but we also saw the 1/0/4 comp which would be interesting again.  Also i'm curious what affixes they are going to choose for these dungeons.

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It's Nice to see Blizzard finally give some attention to the PvE side of WoW.  I am super excited for this even if I don't get in on it.

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On 12/07/2017 at 8:20 PM, DeathsDesign said:

Curious to see the comps these groups run.  I know the last time Blizzard did this we saw the standard 1/1/3 comp, but we also saw the 1/0/4 comp which would be interesting again.  Also i'm curious what affixes they are going to choose for these dungeons.

I'm praying it doesn't end up like some of the arena tournaments did with perfectly mirrored comps.

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1 minute ago, Blainie said:

I'm praying it doesn't end up like some of the arena tournaments did with perfectly mirrored comps.

I completely agree with this.  A lot of the entertainment value comes from diversity.

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23 minutes ago, DeathsDesign said:

I completely agree with this.  A lot of the entertainment value comes from diversity.

Yep. Watching mirror RMD is incredibly dull and, given how certain classes simply are better in M+ than others, I have a horrible feeling we might see the "perfect" comp being constructed very quickly.

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15 hours ago, Blainie said:

Yep. Watching mirror RMD is incredibly dull and, given how certain classes simply are better in M+ than others, I have a horrible feeling we might see the "perfect" comp being constructed very quickly.

Yep totally agree again, also I'm sure people are looking at finding a way to "legally cheese" the strats.

I can honestly say though that i would like to see them put Grievous in as one of the affixes.  I know it would force healer comps but I think it would be interesting to see what healers they bring out for different dungeons.  

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29 minutes ago, DeathsDesign said:

Yep totally agree again, also I'm sure people are looking at finding a way to "legally cheese" the strats.

I can honestly say though that i would like to see them put Grievous in as one of the affixes.  I know it would force healer comps but I think it would be interesting to see what healers they bring out for different dungeons.  

There will definitely be plenty of "clever use" of items, I'm sure. 

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1 hour ago, Blainie said:

There will definitely be plenty of "clever use" of items, I'm sure. 

I could see "absorb strats" going into this, Prydaz with pally bubbles/cenarion wards, disc priests etc...  Also this weeks affixes kinda gave me an idea.  Put bursting in the affix rotation.  See how these top teir players deal with that affix, one that forces people to manage time and progress.  I don't think Blizzard will because it would mean that people can't just blaze through it to get the fastest time, but it adds a difficulty element that I think would work good for what Blizzard is doing.  Sure you can't just pull EVERYTHING and kill it, but the team that manages the bursting debuff the best would move forward the fastest.

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29 minutes ago, DeathsDesign said:

I could see "absorb strats" going into this, Prydaz with pally bubbles/cenarion wards, disc priests etc...  Also this weeks affixes kinda gave me an idea.  Put bursting in the affix rotation.  See how these top teir players deal with that affix, one that forces people to manage time and progress.  I don't think Blizzard will because it would mean that people can't just blaze through it to get the fastest time, but it adds a difficulty element that I think would work good for what Blizzard is doing.  Sure you can't just pull EVERYTHING and kill it, but the team that manages the bursting debuff the best would move forward the fastest.

I guess this is where Blizzard has to make a decision on the type of contest they want to host. If they want to see the runs completed in a few minutes by skipping as much as possible, they should tailor it to that. If they want to see which team works perfectly together, they can include things like needing to kill every mob in the instance, certain affixes to make them move slower etc. and rank it by deaths & time, rather than just time.

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1 hour ago, Blainie said:

I guess this is where Blizzard has to make a decision on the type of contest they want to host. If they want to see the runs completed in a few minutes by skipping as much as possible, they should tailor it to that. If they want to see which team works perfectly together, they can include things like needing to kill every mob in the instance, certain affixes to make them move slower etc. and rank it by deaths & time, rather than just time.

I agree, and I think this is one of those situations where Blizzard needs to decide how THEY want the contest to play out instead of letting the community decide for them.  As a company and game developer there are many situations where the feedback of the community can dictate the direction taken, however, I feel in some aspects the developer needs to say this is our game, this is the way we want you to play it, because this is the end experience you are supposed to have.

Don't get me wrong though, community feedback for the M+ race is fine, just you can't have the format wholly dictated by the community.

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21 hours ago, DeathsDesign said:

Don't get me wrong though, community feedback for the M+ race is fine, just you can't have the format wholly dictated by the community.

Yeah, we don't need a Twitter poll deciding what the affixes are. We need them to come together with their team and think up a cohesive set that will provide a solid, interesting challenge.

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      If you could change a few dungeons which would they be and how would you change them?
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      Marvink: My favorite dungeon by far is Court of Stars. I despise Halls of Valor (I’m look at you Hyrja).
      Mittbitt : My favorite dungeon to run is currently Vault of the Wardens. I enjoy the layout of the dungeon and how it allows me to optimize my cooldowns. My least favorite dungeon to run is Upper Karazhan, I do not enjoy the bosses, nor the tuning for the dot on Mana Devourer.
      Shakib: Favorite dungeon is hands down Lower Kharazan. There’s nothing I love more than pulling big and lower is a goldmine of huge trash packs. Turns out dh’s are also quite strong at doing exactly what I love :). (Seat is really close behind.) My least favorite dungeon has to be Neltharion’s lair. Even though it is a pretty straight forward dungeon there’s something about the environment and the mob type that just gets to me.
       
      What are the easiest affixes and do they vary from dungeon to dungeon?
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      Are there some affix combos you just will not get out of bed in the morning for?
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      Mittbitt : I will always get out of bed for some mythic plus regardless of the affix combos, however the affix combo that least excites me is Bolstering, Grievous, Tyrannical.
       
      What do you think of the current affixes as they are now? Which should be changed or even removed completely and are there any you’d like to see added in BfA?
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      Bolstering is probably a bit too punishing. If you screw up, you can’t really undo it without wiping. If the Bolstering buff had a duration (maybe 10-15s) or a cap (maybe 10 stacks) it would be a lot more palatable.
      Explosive starts to feel a little overwhelming on high keys because the orb health scales with the key level so instead of just requiring a global cooldown, the orbs now need people to focus them for several casts.
      Volcanic is a joke now that probably needs to be reworked. It isn’t threatening and half the time it doesn’t even require you to move.
      Quaking for the most part is ok but can be devastating on boss fights where you absolutely need your Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus shield up to live through certain mechanics. There isn’t a way to play around that currently. If Quaking always did damage to your hp pool directly instead of eating shields, I think it would improve the affix a lot.
      Mittbitt : I feel that Tyrannical needs some tuning, possibly by dropping the hp that bosses receive and beefing up trash more. However, Tyrannical boss hp and abilities get out of control much sooner, and honestly are the least enjoyable mythic plus weeks where we typically farm 20-24 keys.
       
      What’s your favorite, least favorite and funniest “trick” you’ve used in the past to get that tier done in time?
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      Least favorite trick is delaying on the second platform of Viz’aduum. He always targets me with the disintegrate so I have to spend a minute or two running back and forth between two spots.
      Funniest trick was probably taunting Ularogg to keep him from going underground (has since been fixed) - if you were successful, he would instantly punch you really hard and probably kill you on higher keys, so the taunt “winner” would usually be the dead guy.
       
      That's it for the first part of this interview, we had to cut it up into two for, well, obvious reasons! Huge thanks to the Mythic + crew for the insightful answers and you check back in a few days when we finish this up with their thoughts on addons, raiding and its impact on M+,  the Mythic Dungeon Invitational, their suggestions for the future of M+ and much more!
      Part 2.
    • By joat
      Who We Are
      Tequila Sundown is a growing raid team formed within the <Karma Horde> guild on US-Stormreaver. Lead by a husband/wife team with high-level raiding experience dating back to WotLK, we're a "positively determined" progression team that maintains a light-hearted atmosphere while tackling mythic difficulty content. We're mature adults with jobs and family seeking like-minded players who have a passion for the game but want to avoid the needless angst or drama that often gets associated with progression raiding. We log on to have fun - so come have some fun with us!

      A Team Within a Community
      Our raid team is one of four within the larger guild of <Karma Horde>, which was formed back during WotLK. As such, the guild and Discord are very active and social. There are always people around online and in-game. The community atmosphere is welcoming and friendly to players of all levels. The guild enforces a Code of Conduct that has zero tolerance for hate/offensive speech.

      We care more about the people we play with than their item levels or progression rankings. We want players who are going to log in on non-raid nights and be down for all the other things we're into: pushing mythic+, doing world quests, PVP shenanigans, achievement hunting, hyper-competitive fishing.. there's so much to do and so many ways to enjoy the game. This is our favorite hobby and we'd like to play with you if it is yours, too.

      Progression Goals
      We are 3/11 Mythic, Heroic AOTC Antorus progression.
      We strive for a fun environment that takes the challenges of mythic seriously and giving the content the respect it deserves. Our aim is, as all mythic teams, full clear of content but with always keeping the friendly spirit of camaraderie alive. Performance matters, but so does staying positive and finding the fun in the difficulty of a raid.
      We do not require mythic raid experience to join our team but we do expect mythic-level dedication and accountability from all of our raiders.

      Raid Days/Times
      Our mandatory raids are:
      Tuesdays 8:45pm PT - 11:45pm PT
      Thursdays 8:45pm PT - 11:45pm PT
      Optional:
      Sundays 8:45pm PT - 11:45pm PT
      Sundays are for raiding the previous raid difficulty.

      Recruitment Needs
      DPS: Will consider all specs, but would love to add a dedicated Shadow Priest & Elemental Shaman.

      The Nitty Gritty
      If you're intrigued, please check out our wiki on the <Karma Horde> subreddit. This will give you a deeper dive into the raid team.
      https://www.reddit.com/r/FTH/wiki/tequilasundown

      Contact Us
      You can reach us on bnet: joat#1832 & lambkill#1856
      or Discord: joat#1832 & saever#4432
    • By Stan

      The latest Alpha Build added Blight - a new Mythic Keystone affix. Damage and healing done is increased when injured, and reduced when healthy.
      Blight is a new interesting Keystone affix added in Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26032. Damage and healing done is increased when injured, so it will be up to the healers to find the sweet spot between having party members deal more damage and dead, because healing a player to full health will not be efficient if your party wants to utilize the damage increase.
      Affix Description Blight Damage and healing done increased when injured, and reduced when healthy.
      Relentless is a second affix that might be added in Battle for Azeroth. It has been around for a while, but hasn't been implemented yet. When the affix is active, trash mobs are temporarily immune to Loss of Control effect, meaning they can't be feared, mind controlled, stunned, rooted etc. for a short period of time.
      Affix Description Relentless Non-boss enemies are granted temporary immunity to Loss of Control effects.
      We'll keep you updated about new affixes as they become available.
    • By Stan

      Battle for Azeroth goes back to standard weapon drops. Check out new faction-themed weapons from Warfronts!
      Warfronts in Battle for Azeroth drop faction-themed items and our first preview covers weapons!
      We datamined the following weapons related to Warfronts so far (Alpha Build 26032):
      Alliance
      Bows

      Daggers

      Guns

      Maces (1H)

      Maces (2H)

      Off-Hands

      Polearms

      Shields

      Staves

      Swords (1H)

      Swords (2H)

      Wands

      Horde
      Axes (1H)

      Axes (2H)

      Bows

      Daggers

      Guns

      Maces (1H)

      Maces (2H)

      Off-Hands

      Polearms

      Shields

      Staves

      Swords (1H)

      Wands

      Warglaives

    • By Stan

      The WoW MVP program will be moved to an application-based recruitment system soon. Existing MVPs should reapply for the process. Open recruitment begins early next week, after the President's Day holiday in NA.
      Blizzard (Source)
      <This is going to be a bit of a meta discussion, and not something focused on World of Warcraft, as a whole. Those of you who are active on the forums and among the other World of Warcraft communities will probably have more thoughts on this than those who visit the forums on rare occasion.>

      Hey guys!

      Over the past year we've had it on our plate to breathe a bit of life in the MVP program for World of Warcraft (you may have seen me mention it here and there, and I know the MVPs have been eagerly waiting for movement on this). After nearly a year of discussions, we're finally ready to start moving forward with a refresh of the MVP program for World of Warcraft!

      Most of our active posters here know that when the MVP program was founded, it's goal was to recognize active forums poster who contributed to our community through things like high-quality class guides or assisting and guiding new players with helpful information. While being active and posting in a constructive manner will still be something we take into account, we realize that we now live in a world with Icy Veins, Wowhead, Reddit, and numerous other communities that didn't necessarily exist at the onset of this project. This leads our MVP group to not being able to actively fulfill it's original purpose on our singular forums platform.

      All of this led us to think we needed to be realigning the purpose of the program slightly, as we want to more actively empower the group to engage in discussions with us on various community issues, happening on the forums and in our greater community. This would also include working to provide insight into community and gameplay feedback they may see around the community, with direct conversations between the WoW community team and the WoW MVP group as a whole on a regular basis, much as we do in our conversations with folks on Reddit, Discord, etc., something that hasn't been utilized to its best.

      To facilitate this, we will be moving the WoW MVP program to an application-based recruitment system, which will address a few concerns we have currently with the recruitment process, as well as letting us asked targeted questions to candidates during certain recruitment periods, and hopefully widening the audience. We expect to open recruitment early next week, after the President’s Day holiday, so be on the lookout for a thread if you're interested!

      Of note, these changes DO NOT affect any region or franchise outside of World of Warcraft in North America, and these changes also do not apply to our awesome Customer and Technical Support MVPs who do great things.

      We look forward to getting to work on the program and hearing your feedback!
      I hope this doesn't mean Crepe is losing his MVP status. I notice community MVPs are not listed as being spared these changes.
      We're asking the MVPs to reapply for the process, but we will be keeping everyone who is able to meet the newer standards going forward! 

      I wouldn't expect any of the familiar faces you know to go away unless it's their own choice.