World of Warcraft e-sports: The return of the Mythic Dungeon Invitational and Arena World Championship

    
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World of Warcraft and e-sports: two great tastes that taste great together, right? That’s Blizzard’s position, anyway. On Friday it laid out its plans for 2018. “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,” the studio says. “At the championship tournament itself, teams will be fighting for their share of a $280,000 prize pool and WoW Arena glory.”

Along the way in March, we’ll see eight teams split across North America and Europe fight for $100,000 and a spot in said championship, along with an increased prize pool and team roster spread for the Arena Cups throughout the year.

And if you’re more into watching competitive dungeon clearing, keep an eye out for the return of the Mythic Dungeon Invitational, which will this year include more teams, though this year, broadcasts will be broken down regionally and the “format will be double elimination, giving teams a chance to regroup after a loss and bounce right back.”

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Danny Smith

*Blizzard slicing more chunks out of that WoW corpse on the surgical table*
“GOD DAMMIT THERES AN ESPORT IN HERE SOMEWHERE WE. JUST. NEED. TO. KEEP. CUTTING!”
[Steinmans theme from Bioshock plays as Diablo hides in the corner, sobbing]

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Just awaiting their news that the new Diablo project is an esports platform and that will wrap up my predictions regarding Blizzard’s business plan for the future of their IPs.

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Zora

I think I am close to nirvana… I had nothing but snarky things to say about their e-sport obsession and thought to myself… no point posting anything at all then, right? Just… move on and ignore it all.

I still didn’t resist posting completely, though. That is why I said “close” to nirvana…

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agemyth 😩

I still think the competitive Mythic dungeons idea has merit, but I hope they have come up with some new ways of presenting what is going on between the two teams racing. Having let my subscription lapse months anything added or changed after 7.1 is new to me. Their free access to any legendaries of their choosing and the ability to swap to different ones between encounters is cool but I think I only ever got two legendaries in my time with Legion and certainly have no idea what all the good ones for all the different classes/specs do.

It seems to require a higher knowledge of rules/systems than any spectator sport/esport I can think of, but maybe this isn’t really intended to reach for an audience outside of those already invested in the challenges of Mythic+ dungeons and all that.

Good luck, Blizz.