Blizzard has announced its plans to launch its next big World of Warcraft Classic event on Battle.Net this week.
The Burning Crusade Arena Tournament will feature the top 16 teams across North America and Europe.
And the best will be advancing to this weekend’s live, Classic Arena Tournament (CAT) broadcast.
The Arena Tournament will be broadcast on YouTube and Twitch, with Blizzard telling gamers today:
“From over 150 teams signed up ahead of last weekend’s Qualifiers, to only eight teams remaining in both North America and Europe, the epic conclusion of WoW Esports’ first Burning Crusade Classic Arena Tournament is set.
“The remaining teams, composed of some of the best 3v3 players in the world, have mastered the legendary Arena for their shot at a total $30,000 (USD) prize pool.
“CAT is our celebration of all things WoW pvp, as we harken back to the greatest game of 2007 and where WoW Esports originally got its start.
“We’ll be joined by special guest casters, as well as Burning Crusade Classic Lead Producer Holly Longdale, so be sure to read on so you don’t miss a single moment of what is bound to be a truly classic weekend.”
Arena World Championship casters Supatease, Venruki, and Ziqo will be running the desk all weekend, where they will be joined by Esfand, MrGM, and Pikaboo.
The team will be covering the best plays and games, with Sunday featuring Holly Longdale as part of the desk lineup.
The WoW Classic Arena Tournament start time has been set for 10am PDT on Friday, July 23, with the full schedule as follows:
- Venue: YouTube.com/Warcraft and Twitch.tv/Warcraft
- Co-Streams: Players will be able to stream their matches on their own channels
- Dates: Friday, July 23 – Sunday, July 25
- Broadcast Start Time: 10:00 AM PT
- Prize: $30,000 (USD), split into $15,000 per region
- 1st: $5,000
- 2nd: $3,500
- 3rd: $2,000
- 4th: $1,500
- 5th/6th: $1,000
- 7th/8th: $500
- Format: 3v3, Best of 5 Double-Elimination
It should also be noted that away from the Tournament, there will be some top Arena events going on in World of Warcraft.
All week, from anywhere in Azeroth, open the Group Finder (default hotkey: i), select the Player vs. Player tab on the bottom of the window, and then under Casual, choose Arena Skirmish and join battle.
You’ll be matched up with teammates and provided with opponents to kill in the Arena. You can also queue for a Premade group or create your own group within the Premade tab.