With a few changes, both the Arena World Championship and the Mythic Dungeon International will be making a return in 2019.
The Arena World Championship will be very similar to the one we saw in 2018. While teams from every region will be able to join in, Blizzard’s main focus appears to be on North America and Europe. There’ll be a total of twelve cups divided over two seasons – spring and summer. Each cup will have a prize pool of $10,000 and will also award points. The top teams get to advance to the regional finals where the prize increases to $100,000.
The first cup for NA & EU will take place on February 8 and the registrations for it are already open until January 28. The rest of the regions will also have cups, but information about them will be revealed at a later date. The final event to wrap it all up will be the Arena World Championship which usually offers a significantly higher prize, as this year it stood at $280 000.
The Mythic Dungeon switches things up and transitions from an invitational to international showing its global scale. Unlike the Arena Championship, the regions here are simply MDI East (China, Korea, Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and Australia/New Zealand) and MDI West (North America, Latin America, and Europe).
MDI will kick off with the proving grounds where every player who has an account with good standing can pick up a team of five and participate. In order to pass, the team will need to complete five Level 14 Mythic Keystone Dungeons in time between February 26 and March 12. Anyone who succeeds will be granted access to the Tournament Realm where players will be able to create max-level characters and customize them at will. Invitations for the end of season LAN event will be given to the teams with the highest number of points. The latter will be distributed on a weekly basis depending on the results.
Blizzard have also announced that the prize pools for both AWC and MDI will be increased further with a portion of upcoming sales on two new toys. Details about them are yet to be revealed, but some fans have already expressed criticism about this decision. The model isn’t something groundbreaking as other popular esports titles like Dota 2 have used it to generate the biggest prize pool in the scene.
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