World of Warcraft expands its arena world championship series

    
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World of Warcraft is cranking back up its Arena World Championship series for another run — and this year it looks to be bigger than before.

Blizzard announced that the 2017 series will contain four additional teams in both regionals and the finals, in part thanks to a dedicated Latin America team and a second Chinese team. Other changes include open signups, additional qualifiers in NA and EU, and a prize pool of $6,000 each.

“The top eight teams will be broadcast live, giving your team the chance to show off epic skills and the audience good reason to cheer on the teams they’re passionate about,” the studio said.

If you need a refresher about what went down last year, check out the 2016 World Championship recap after the jump!

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Brother Maynard

Activision will need to spice it up a bit. So… will the prize pool be distributed in WoW tokens?

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Jeff

I’m so glad that Zenimax and SE doesn’t do the E-sport crap, Blizzard’s insistence of turning every single product into a E-sport is why I no longer play Blizzard games.

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Armsbend

Lol, no one on earth would ever watch ESO or any SE game pvp ever. They don’t have a choice in the matter.

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Greaterdivinity

$6K prize pool? Blizzard is truly pulling out all the stops.

Obligatory, “…Competitive arena PvP is still a thing in WoW?”

Honestly though, I thought that had completely died years ago. It’s been a joke for as long as I can remember.

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deekay_plus

they tried to profit off it on the wrong end of things and fucked the whole thing royally.

i don’t think even people who like an dplay wow arena anymore care about esports at this point. and $6k prize wouldn’t even cover the travel and hotel costs of a tourney for a 5 man team. let alone incentivize people to come there with the risk of not getting paid. unless they’re gonna have fun with a non local tourney.

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Armsbend

$6K prize pool? With those meager offerings sure, why not? That isn’t risky in any sense of the word. A complete waste of time for the participants though.

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does it still costs extra to play the wow arenae esports league servers? as well as requiring normal server character copy?

because those two things right there pretty much killed any hope they ever had of turning wow arena in to a esport even when it was legit popular and people actually liked watching it.

which not sure if that ship has sailed already or not. don’t really hear about wow arena like i used to in general.

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Danny Smith

Still gotta keep trying to chase them e-sports bux with the pillar hugging huh?

You think that team that does this, and has been trying to push this for like 8 years now just look at the Overwatch guys at the cool kids table at lunch and feel themselves turning into a pillar of pure sodium?

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i like to cite wow arena as a good example of a big company bungling esports efforts with theri game.

i mean there’s better examples of that like firefall or any of hirez’s games but blizzard is a huge company with an already very popular product that they did a number of things wrong with the whole effort to turn it into an esport.

like they could not have been more counterproductive towards that goal with their efforts towards it.

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semugh

their problem is they casualized WOW beyond sense, now they want to make it into a hardcore esport…. lolwat…
They should just stick to their guns: make expansion, bring in 10m subs, rinse and repeat…

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they’ve been trying to make arena an esport since wow tbc so obviously your argument isn’t true and has nothing to do with their failure to make arena pvp into an esport.

literally some of hte most popular early gaming youtubers were wow arena esport players with massive for the time followings popularizing wow arena.

but the fact you had to pay an addition fee to play on the comp server and had to have existing characters you leveled up the normal way with an ever changing meta meant people just cba to fuck around with the esports play for the game. it didn’t matter that gear was free on that server because people had to race to level up to get in when the season started.

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semugh

well, I wouldn’t call MLG times a hardcore esport event, it was more like a publicity stunt to keep interest in their game. Probably LOL and DOTA2 monies made them smell the coffee.
MMORPGs are just not good esport materials.

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wow arena would be fine as an esport given what is used as esports games for years now.

it’s just that they made the barrier to entry to high and too much grind for people to take part in the league they set up to do esports.

so teh real comp play happened on a normal battlegroup but didn’t have the esports prizes and shit cuz no one gave a shit cuz no one who was serious about wow arena played on the esports server.

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Utakata

WoW has a lot of elements that appeal to the “hardcore” set. While not always apparent to the general gaming population, digging beneath that surface there’s stuff that is only designed for the exclusive and highly competitive in mind.

Edited: For some qualification.