Blizzard announce their World of Warcraft Esports plan
Time to get excited?
Blizzard recently confirmed their plans for the 2019 Esports season on World of Warcraft, meaning there is still some competitive spirit left in the realm. In 2019 we will see the return of the Arena World Championship with a bigger prize pool than before. The Mythic Dungeon Invitational will now transition to being open to everyone to compete.
The Arena World Championship Format
The Arena World Championship is being set up in a format that will allow the best in the world to compete all year with the aim of qualifying for the Finals. Both Europe and North America will have two seasons each, with there being six cups in each season with a $10,000 prize pool. Following both seasons, the top four highest ranked players from each season will battle it out for their share of a $100,000 prize pool.
Other regions will be included with the APAC, China and Latin American regions also hosting cups throughout the year, and after all, have been played out, the top player from each region will advance to the finals of the World Championship.
What is the Mythic Dungeon International?
For those players that prefer PvE (Player versus Environment) the Mythic Dungeon International is what you might want to set your eyes on. This tournament will allow everyone with a good standing Battle.net account to gather a team of 5 members to compete in the Proving Grounds.
If you and your team can get through five level 14 Mythos dungeons between February 26th and March 12th, then you will unlock access to the Tournament Realm. From here you will be able to make a maxed-out character, select the gear and talents you desire and compete in numerous time trials.
For those that can make it into the top 8 of each region, they will be placed into a double elimination bracket that leads to an end of season LAN with a $100,000 prize pool for the teams to fight for.
In order to assist with the prize pools, Blizzard will be incorporating crowd funding which will be made available through new in game toys that users can purchase with a percentage of the sale going towards the prize pool.