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WoW Esports: What to Expect in 2018?

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WoW esports manager Jeramy McIntyre revealed what to expect from WoW esports in 2018 in a live stream earlier today.

WoW Arena World Championship

  • The number of cups will be increased to 9 (up from 5) and they are starting soon (February 3).
  • The prize pool for each of the online cups will be increased to $10,000 (from $6,000).
  • The entire year will be broken up into 3 Seasons.
  • Season 1 will last 6 weeks. Players will earn points and at the end of a Season, the top 4 teams will be meeting at Seasonal Finals.
  • Spring & Summer Finals will grant a direct qualification to the World Championship at the end of the year. NA & EU will be facing off against each other in both of these events.
  • More details about other regions will be announced soon.

Mythic Dungeon Invitational

  • All eligible teams to complete the Mythic Keystone dungeon challenge during the Proving Ground stage will be invited to the Time Trials in the tournament realm.
  • All teams will be competing on specific dungeons over one week. The top 8 teams will advance to the regional playoffs. Blizzard's allocating a prize pool of $25,000 to each regional event.
  • The regional playoffs will be broadcast like last year, but with a couple of key changes:
    • Each region will have their own weekend of broadcasts.
    • The format is switching over to double elimination, giving teams a chance to return after a loss.
    • Global finals are taking place a few weeks after regional finals.
    • Global finals are going be a live LAN event.

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Last year was huge for WoW esports, with the introduction of the Mythic Dungeon Invitational (MDI), the WoW Arena Championship tournament matches throughout the year, and a tense and exciting championship match at BlizzCon. We’re proud of all we have achieved, but we won’t rest on our laurels: we are hard at work gearing up for 2018—with more teams, more talent, and more epic battles that will have us all on the edge of our seats.

THE 2018 WOW ARENA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (AWC)

The biggest event in WoW esports will be supported by a full calendar of tournaments around the world, ensuring only the most battle-tested and proven teams have a shot at the 2018 WoW Arena World Championship. At the championship tournament itself, teams will be fighting for their share of a $280,000 prize pool and WoW Arena glory.

We'll be back later in the year to discuss how teams from China, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific make their way to the 2018 Arena World Championship.

INTRODUCING SEASONAL FINALS FOR NORTH AMERICA AND EUROPE

*drum roll* We are delighted to announce TWO seasonal finals where the best North American and European Teams will clash for the first time ever outside of the World Championship. The first season finals will be decided in March at a live event.

  • Each event will feature eight teams: The top four teams from Europe and the top four teams from North America.
  • Both events in 2018 will offer $100,000 prize pools—that’s two opportunities for players in Europe and North America to land a share of $100k before the World Championship is even on the horizon.
  • The eight teams will also be competing for a spot in the WoW Arena World Championship, rewarded to the winners at each of the two events.

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Global Qualification

You won’t want to miss either of these milestone events where your favorite players and teams will fight for regional pride, a spot in the WoW Arena World Championship, and a share of $100,000. Dates and additional details on these events to come.

MULTIPLE SEASONS OF ARENA CUPS IN NORTH AMERICA & EUROPE

We are starting early this year with the first Arena Cups just around the corner. Arena Cups will be spread across the entire year and will offer not only a cash prize but also AWC Points.

Teams with the most points from each season will be invited to compete at that season’s Finals event, while the top overall teams of the year from each region will be invited to the Arena World Championship.

  • The first of three Arena Cup seasons starts Jan 31
  • There will be nine (up from five) Arena Cups in each region (18 total) over the course of the year
  • A $10,000 (up from $6,000) prize pool will be available for each of the 18 cups
  • The top 12 (up from six) teams at an Arena Cup event will earn points
  • New point distribution system will reward consistency
  • Teams in 2018 will follow the same guidelines and rules regarding roster changes as last year—

please refer to the official rules for additional information (coming soon)

The Mythic Dungeon Invitational Returns!

In 2017, we took our first foray into the world of competitive Dungeon Races with our Mythic Dungeon Invitational (MDI). Teams from around the world battled against each other with Australia’s ‘Free Marsy’ standing head and shoulders above the rest to become the inaugural champions.

The excitement and passion we saw from fans meant we couldn’t wait to kick it up a notch. So today we’re truly excited to announce a second season of the MDI.

WHAT IS CHANGING FOR THE MDI?

  • More teams from the Proving Grounds! All eligible teams that complete the Mythic Keystone dungeon challenge (details still to come) during the Proving Ground stage will be invited to the Time Trials in the tournament realm.
  • In Time Trials, all teams will compete on specific dungeons and post their best times over one week. The top eight teams will advance to the regional playoffs.
  • The regional playoffs will be broadcast like last year, but with a few key changes:

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Mythic Dungeon Qualification

  • Each region (Asia Pacific, Americas, China, Europe) will have their own weekend of broadcasts.
  • The format will be double elimination, giving teams a chance to regroup after a loss and bounce right back.
  • The Mythic Keystone level will change over the course of the tournament, rewarding teams who can quickly crush easier dungeons and survive tougher ones.
  • Just like 2017, the top two teams will advance to the Global Finals.
  • The Global Finals will feature the top eight global teams, who will compete head-to-head and on stage at a live event.

For all updates, announcement, fixtures, and news, check out the WoW Arena World Championship hub for all the details—and see you on the stream!

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