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Blizzard Reveals Its Plans for World of Warcraft Esports in 2019

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    February 14, 2019 7:38 AM GMT

    Blizzard not too long ago detailed its plans for World of Warcraft esports in 2019. It's bringing back two tournaments - the Arena World Championship (AWC) along with the Mythic Dungeon International (MDI) - and launching some new in-game toys to assist fund prize pools, it said within a blog post on Thursday.

    The Arena World Championship will return with a handful of "fun" twists, Blizzard said. The North America and European regions will get wow gold two Arena seasons each and every, with six cups per season. In the course of each cup, teams will compete for a $10,000 USD prize pool, an increase when compared with last year's AWC. Each and every finals occasion will see the top four point-earners per season from both regions battle to get a $100,000 USD prize pool.

    The very first AWC cup begins Feb. 8, Blizzard stated. Signups started last week and finish on Monday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. PDT.

    The Asia-Pacific, China, and Latin America regions will also run cups based on the AWC ruleset. Signups for all those start later this year.

    Meanwhile, the Mythic Dungeon Invitational is no longer an invitational in 2019. It really is now open to any player with a Blizzard Battle.net account in superior standing. Rebranded the Mythic Dungeon International, it can showcase the world's finest dungeon-running teams and 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).

    Just like the AWC, it'll be broken into cups. Every single cup for MDI East and MDI West will stream live on Twitch every weekend across six weeks, Blizzard stated. Winners will share a $12,000 prize pool per cup and can buy wow items and obtain MDI points. At the finish on the season, the best teams from each regions will compete inside a cross-regional LAN event for $100,000 USD.

    Blizzard is introducing two new in-game toys to help fund all of those prize pools. They go on sale within the spring. The prize pools for the year's final AWC and MDI LAN events will likely be announced later this year soon after the sale.