Blizzard is considering WoW competitive raiding e-sports again

If you were annoyed by the apparent subsumption of World of Warcraft art and lore panels by other games’ e-sports at last year’s BlizzCon, prepare to keep on being annoyed: A new interview on PCGamesN suggests that Blizzard is very much not giving up on e-sports for WoW.

In fact, Blizzard E-Sports Director Kim Phan told the publication that the studio sees “an opportunity” in renewed attention on the 2004 MMO and its competitive raiding scene, which as PCGamesN points out seems a belated reaction, given how many raiding guilds have already signed off from the current meta over the grind.

How might Blizz approach this? Says Phan,

“We’ve been doing the live raid races for a long time, just to see which team can do it better – that’s still competitive. It’s not your traditional eSports where it’s two teams head to head, the dungeon races is another one. Even though you’re not going head to head with another player, I think that’s exciting to see. […] We have experimented last year and we’re going to continue to experiment this year. Now, whether or not we make it a big program with prize money and all of that stuff – I don’t think that’s the only thing that defines eSports anymore. For me, eSports is just being able to watch to see who the best is at something.”

Huh. Can any of you think of a supremely popular e-sports venture without prize pools attached?

Source: PCGamesN
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Bruno Brito

I love it! I’m always up for bad plans, nothing better than them exploding right on their faces!

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Melissa McDonald

I’m yet another whom esports make me feel like a grumpy old person. Sit in a stadium/auditorium watching people play video games? What, you got no friends?

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Rottenrotny

This must be a millennial thing.
Unless it’s someone sitting on the couch in my living room I have zero interest in watching someone else play video games.
I find myself slightly grumpy when I’m seemingly being force fed this sort of thing. I went to BlizzCon 2016 and the place was inundated with it. The other years I went where this wasn’t so much of a focus were a lot more fun. Not sure if I’ll go next year.

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Paragon Lost

Just say no.

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Bryan Correll

Blizzard HQ brainstorming session:
Executive: So, what can we do to make raiders even more obnoxious?
Danny the Intern: We can turn raids into an e-sport.
Executive: Brilliant! Let’s get right on that.
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Later that day at break with the other interns:
Danny: I think my sarcastic suggestion may end up destroying society.

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Reht

Love this idea, can’t wait to see this trainwreck!

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Danny Smith

Man, still trying to push WoW into e sports somehow?

Christ thats thirsty.

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rogbarz

Don’t let people use addons but their brain and 90% of these so called competitive raiding guilds fail :P I will say that the idea sounds interesting but for that they have to increase the difficulty level of the raids, make every class balanced and as said before remove addons to make it interesting.

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Totakeke

The hard part of that is that Blizzard now designs their encounters for people to use addons with.

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Robert Mann

Remove pre-knowledge of encounters too! Have them really show their skills by going up against a boss with unknown abilities.

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Rottenrotny

Kinda why I see the race to world first mythic progression as being silly. These guilds already test it in beta and the PTR and then do it again in a race knowing all the fight already? ◔_◔

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possum440 .

Wow raiding: A bunch of people using a bunch of third party programs to help them solve rote action dungeons.

For those of you that do not know what “Rote” means, its doing the same stupid thing over and over and over expecting a different outcome. It also happens to be the definition of insanity.

Wow raiding, the ultimate joke, now going “e-sport” for even more laughs at the pitiful.

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Rottenrotny

Spoken truly like someone who doesn’t play WoW, has an irrational hatred for it and feels the need to say so online at every opportunity! ◔_◔

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Robert Mann

Actually, “rote” does not mean that. There is absolutely nothing in the definition of rote that expects change. It merely indicates repetition. You can certainly apply it here, but it does not apply to your insanity portion as you put it. (Regardless of the truth of that overall.)

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/rote

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Brother Maynard

Can any of you think of a supremely popular e-sports venture without prize pools attached?

Yeah after spending their entire WoW life conditioning players to judge their whole game experience solely on gear and loot, to the point where players are now represented by a single gear average number, this possibly-no-reward PR blurb totally convinced me…

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About a month too early for this kind of article.

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borghive

Speechless….

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purplecopper

This is a joke gone too far.

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Skai R

Please no.

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Greaterdivinity

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