Blizzard revealed its plans for 2022 World of Warcraft esports in a tweet from January 13th, featuring several tournaments with a combined $1.8 million on the line. Also part of Blizzard’s plan is a return to on-site events, which (as of right now) is still up in the air.
“One of the main questions we have received from players during the pandemic has been when we are returning to live, on-site events,” Blizzard said in the announcement. “While qualifying tournaments and each regular season are going to remain online, we are targeting a return to an in-person event in Summer 2022 that encompasses the Shadowlands Season 3 championships for both AWC and MDI.”
This year’s schedule includes the Arena World Championship beginning March 18th, where teams from North America and Europe will duke it out against each other in four open cups, with $10,000 in weekly prizes per region. The top eight teams will advance to the Arena World Championship circuit. This circuit features four weeks of round-robin matches and a $320,000 global prize pool. The top four Arena World Championship circuit teams from each region will then battle for a spot in the grand finals for a prize pool of $300,000. Registrations for the Arena World Championship North America and Europe are now open.
World of Warcraft esports teams can now sign up for the Mythic Dungeon International Season 3 Time Trials. This phase will begin on March 30th and the top 24 teams will head into the seasonal group stage. From there, players will compete for a share of the $30,000 weekly prize pool, alongside invitations to the Mythic Dungeon International global finals. China’s top team and the champions of the Season 3 Last Stand Tournament will join these teams in fighting for the lion’s share of the $300,000 prize pool.
Last year, Blizzard introduced The Great Push tournaments. In 2022, The Great Push will return, but in the form of “a multi-weekend mini-season,” according to the announcement. There will be an additional $210,000 in prizes after the Mythic Dungeon International global finals. More information about the return of The Great Push will be revealed later this year, according to Blizzard.
Alongside the main Arena World Championship and Mythic Dungeon International events, World of Warcraft will also see the return of the Classic Arena Tournament. Season 3 of the Classic Arena Tournament will feature teams across North America and Europe battling in 3v3 matches in Burning Crusade Classic. A combined prize pool of $100,000 will be on the line. Registration for North America and Europe is open until 12 PM EST on February 9th.
(All information was provided by Upcomer)