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Blizzard Sets Plans For 2019 World of Warcraft Esports

January 20, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Blizzard has their plans set in stone for World of Warcraft’s 2019 esports events. The company has announced the return of the Arena World Championship in 2019, as well as the former Mythic Dungeon Invitational as Mythic Dungeon International.

The Arena World Championship will feature two Arena seasons for North American and European regions, one in spring and one in summer, with six cups per season. The cups will feature a prize pool of $10,000 along with points for season placement, with the first cup beginning on February 8th. Signups have begun and close at 10 AM PT on January 28th.

Meanwhile, the Asia-Pacific, China, and Latin America will not have seasons, but will follow a cup format with signups for each region (Korea, Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau, Australia/New Zealand, China, and Latin America) begunning later this year.

The events will culminate in the Arena World Championship Finals at the end of the year, assumedly at BlizzCon. Invitations will be extended to the first place winners from NA and EU Season 1, 1st and 2nd place from NA and EU Summer Finals, the top point-earner from NA and top point-earner from EU, and the winners of the China, APAC, and Latin America finals.

Meanwhile, the Mythic Dungeon International will be split into two regions: MDI East (China, Korea, Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and Australia/New Zealand) and MDI West (North America, Latin America, and Europe). The MDI is open to any five-player group in WoW. Teams are required to five level 14 Mythic Keystone Dungeon between February 26 and March 12 to enter the Time Trial pool. The process will repeat for season two,. with the MDI awarding $12,000 per cup and $100,000 for the end-of-season LANs. The LAN events will be cross-regional between MDI East and MDI West.

The tournaments’ prize pools will be partially crowdfunded via a portion of sales from two new in-game toys to be announced.

The 2019 Arena World Championship will be the twelfth iteration of the World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena eSport event. The team of Method Orange won the 2018 AWC Finals, earning $120,000 of a $280,000 prize pool.