World of Warcraft announces $100K prize pool for Mythic Dungeon Invitational e-sports competition

World of Warcraft is giving e-sports another go. In a blog post going live this afternoon, Blizzard has announced the Mythic Dungeon Invitational, an e-sports competition themed around Mythic Keystone dungeons with a $100,000 prize pool.

“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,” says the studio. “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.”

Would-be participants should complete Mythic Keystone dungeons between July 25th and August 8th, submitting their best score to Blizzard, which says it will be “be judging performance across the 5 dungeons in which the team achieves the highest Keystone Level during those two weeks.” The top groups will be welcomed to a single-elimination bracket invitational event around in September. And yes, the rest of us will get to watch.

Source: Press release
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Armsbend

On the surface having an MMORPG in esports seems dumb – but then when you look at Twitch WoW is a continuous top 10 games week after week since Legion. A few 100K people watch it everyday – maybe closer to a million or so UUs. Every day.

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Jeremy Barnes

I feel like there’s a graph that compares the attempts to make WoW an esport and the subscriber base out there somewhere

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Ashfyn Ninegold

“We designed Legion around convincing players that esports are fun! Why is this not working?”

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Melissa McDonald

best SP episode ever, mostly because the WoW graphics were so superior to its crappy usual animation. (but it was also a funny episode).

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PurpleCopper

ONLY 100k?

Why so little? I expected at least a cool million from Blizzard.

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Alexander Smith

WoW isn’t the most popular e-sport in arena and I’m pretty sure dungeon running will be even less popular. Lets face it esports will stick to FPS, moba, and card games as far as popularity goes. The rest require to much investment for the general public to follow well.

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borghive

Is anyone else just flat out tired of this e-sport crap? Are companies actually making money off this stuff?

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Armsbend

It ‘s much smarter than any traditional method when you get down to it. You get heavy advertising while potential making money on the top end. Instead of watching a commercial that lasts 30 seconds for $100,000s you get people watching for hours each weekend at a fraction of the cost.

How doesn’t it make sense?

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Sally Bowls

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LF1 Healer – semi finalist 2017 min. required – energy drinks sponsors only

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agemyth 😩

I know everyone is tired of anything to do with esports, but this is actually the esports I would want from World of Warcraft. Not PVP arena or battlegrounds stuff.

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Danny Smith

The thirst for esports continues i see. 38th times the charm?

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Greaterdivinity

Amazon’s Breakaway stages an e-sports match on a military ship at sea

Bah, trying to directly link to Schlag’s comment but the autoformatting is killing the comment bit of the link : (

Oh well, scroll down a bit. It’s still relevant.

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