The best WoW Arena players from around the globe compete all year in the Arena World Championship, hoping to prove themselves in battle and earn their spot at the World Championship Finals in late 2018. One team will walk away from the Finals as Arena World Champions, and their share of the $280,000 prize pool. Before they’re able to compete at the Arena World Championship Finals, teams will need to prove themselves against teams in their own region, starting with the Arena Cups. Arena Cups are online 3v3 Arena tournaments hosted by Blizzard that are open to players of all skill levels to join, with cash rewards up to $10,000.
For North America and Europe, the year will be split into 3 distinct seasons, with each season having 3 Arena Cups per region. The first two seasons will culminate in a Cross-Regional Seasonal Final event. Each event will feature eight teams: The top four teams from Europe and the top four teams from North America. Teams will fight for regional pride, a spot in the WoW Arena World Championship, and a share of $100,000.
Teams from China, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific will also have a spot at the 2018 Arena World Championship, with full details and schedules to be revealed later.
If you think your team has what it takes to compete, be sure to check out the official rules to ensure you’re eligible.
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For more information on Points, check out the Point System tab.
Players competing in both the North American and European Regions can qualify for the Seasonal Championships by earning AWC Points through Blizzard Arena Cups and sanctioned community tournaments! Community tournaments that are approved to award points will be listed in the schedule on this website.
The top 4 teams (based on points earned that season) from each region will be invited to compete at the Seasonal Finals at the end of each Season; they’ll be fighting in-person for their share of $100,000 and a coveted spot in the World Championship Finals.
AWC Points are also crucial for getting into the World Championship Finals. The top 6 teams based on yearly AWC point totals earn a spot at the World Championship Finals later in the year (3 from North America, and 3 from Europe).
Blizzard’s Online Arena Cups reward substantial points, but Blizzard-sanctioned community tournaments can also reward a hefty amount. Points will get your team invited to compete, and also be used for tournament seeding. Every point counts!
How Points Are Awarded
Online Arena Cup
1st – 180
2nd – 120
3rd – 80
4th – 60
5/6th – 40
7/8th - 20
9-12th - 12
Approved Community Events
1st – 60
2nd – 40
3rd – 20
4th – 12
5/6th - 8
Points are earned by teams, not individuals, so leaving your team means possibly leaving some points behind.
Want to run a Community Point earning tournament?
We can help! All approved events will directly impact which teams end up in the Arena World Championships, so before you’re allotted points you need to answer a few questions.
Here’s our application form that includes all the variables organizers will need to consider before being given points. Once ready, fill out the application and send it over to us at WoWEsportsAdmin@Blizzard.com.
Teams from North America and Europe will be competing in Seasonal play throughout the year. The first two seasons of the year each end with the Seasonal Championship, a live LAN event where the top 4 teams from both Europe and North America travel to compete against each other. The winner of each Seasonal Championship earns an automatic spot in the World Championship finals.
Things really start to heat up once we get to the Regional Championship stage! China, Asia Pacific, and Latin America will be hosting regional events of their own, with full details to be shared later on in the year as we approach those events.
All of the different regional championships are live LAN events, with players playing on stage instead of from home. Playing on stage with the same setup and equipment puts on players on level playing field, and separates the pretenders from true Arena Champions. Tensions will be high, but it’s good practice for the World Championship Finals, where they’ll be playing in front of massive crowds of cheering fans!
World Championship Finals
12 Teams from across the world will finally converge at the World Championship Finals later this year, where they'll compete for their share of a $280,000 prize pool. The 12 qualifying teams will include two from China, one team from Latin America, one team from Asia Pacific, and a combined eight teams from North America and Europe (The 2 teams that won the Seasonal Championships, and 6 others from yearly AWC points leaders).
Will Europe continue their domination and claim the crown of Arena World Champion for the fifth year in a row, or will the other regions step up and take them down? The action at the World Championship Finals can get chaotic in an instant. Different regional strategies can lead to upsets and unpredictable results, so don’t miss a single game of action!
This will be the 11th 3v3 World Championships global program released by Blizzard. With action-packed gameplay and brand new opportunities for players and organizers to get involved, the stories forged in the arena this year will never be forgotten.
Assemble your team and queue up; glory awaits for those who want it most!
Do I need a team of 4 players to sign up and compete?
Nope! 4-player rosters are optional at all stages of the Arena World Championship; you only ever need a total of 3 players to have an eligible team. 4-player rosters can provide a lot of flexibility, however, so it’s often worth finding a 4th player to round out your team.
How to do I host my own Point-awarding event?
We would love to see more of these! The more community involvement, the better. Community-run tournaments directly impact which teams end up in the Arena World Championships, as all approved community-run events award points. Interested? Here’s what you should do: read the guide, fill out the application form and send it to us. If you have any questions about running your own event, get in touch. We’re here to help and want you to create as many community events as it’s possible to have.
What if I want to host a bigger live LAN event? Can those award points too?
We would love to work with you! In-person events create incredible broadcasts and offer tremendous value to the entire competitive community. Of course, bigger the event, the more complex it can be. We want to offer our support to help make your epic event as smooth as possible.
Like community events, LAN events need to follow the competition license.
Feel free to email us with any questions you have.
What happens to my points if I leave my team?
As mentioned in the rules, points are awarded to the team itself, not individual players. So, if you leave your team and join another team, you don’t bring any points with you. There are some specific scenarios that can occur if multiple players leave the same team at the same time – read more about that in section 5.3 of our official rules.
I’m a citizen in one eligible country and have a valid work visa in another eligible country. Where do I compete?
The Region that you will compete in corresponds to your Blizzard account’s country. If this is not set to the country you wish to compete in, you must update the Blizzard account’s country of residence prior to competing.
I have moved countries since I created my Blizzard account. How do I update it?
Please contact our customer service team to begin the process of updating your Blizzard account credentials. Read our support article for more instructions.
My account isn’t in good standing. Can I sign up with a different account to be eligible to compete?
If you have received notification that you are disqualified from the Arena World Championship, this disqualification applies to all accounts owned by you. Your notification from Blizzard will have more details about when you will be eligible to compete again.