Welcome to the 2021 Arena World Championship
The Arena World Championship (AWC) returns for its 14th year. The best World of Warcraft Arena players from around the globe will compete in two seasons of the AWC, hoping to prove themselves in battle. Each season, eight teams from the Americas and Europe—four from each region—will converge for the AWC Circuit Finals, where they will compete for their share of $900,000 in total prizing for the year.
Welcome to the 2021 Arena World Championship
The Arena World Championship (AWC) returns for its 14th year. The best World of Warcraft Arena players from around the globe will compete in two seasons of the AWC, hoping to prove themselves in battle. Each season, eight teams from the Americas and Europe—four from each region—will converge for the AWC Circuit Finals, where they will compete for their share of $900,000 in total prizing for the year.
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Inside the Arena World Championship

Arena players from the Americas and Europe will compete throughout 2021 in the Arena World Championship (AWC), hoping to prove themselves in battle and earn one of eight spots at the AWC Circuit for their region.

First, teams need to prove themselves starting with the Arena Cups. These are online 3v3 Arena tournaments, hosted by Blizzard, open to players of all skill levels. Regional bragging rights and cash rewards are up for grabs!

If you think your team has what it takes to compete, check out the official rules to ensure you’re eligible, then head over the GameBattles home page to sign up for the next Arena Cup in your region!

The Arena World Championship Cups operate on a point system. Points will be awarded to the top twelve teams for each Arena Cup in 2021. These points can add up to a ticket into the AWC Shadowlands Circuit at the end of the season. 

The AWC Circuit is an online round robin series with a double elimination Finals. Between the NA and EU Circuits, players will compete for their share of USD $900,000 in total prizing throughout the year!

For a full rundown of point distribution, check out the official 2021 AWC ruleset.

Each team will be allowed one free roster swap in the season, following this roster swaps will result in a 50% deduction of their AWC point pool at the time of the swap.

Remember, anyone can try to compete in the Arena World Championship! Head to our sign-up page for more information.

The best eight teams of the Americas and Europe will battle in their respective regions during the AWC Circuit. Teams in the AWC Circuit will compete in a round robin format, playing every other team in a best of 5 match.

The top four performing teams of the round robin portion of the Circuit will compete in the AWC Shadowlands Finals to determine who is the Shadowlands champion.

Between the NA and EU Circuits, players will compete for a total USD $900,000 in prizing throughout the year.

This will be the 14th World of Warcraft 3v3 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 those who want it most!

Do I need a team of four players to sign up and compete?
Nope! Four-player rosters are optional at all stages of the Arena World Championship; you only ever need a total of three players to have an eligible team. Four-player rosters can provide a lot of flexibility, however, so it’s often worth finding a fourth player to round out your team.

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 4.3 of the 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 the country specified in your Battle.net account. If this is not set to the country you wish to compete in, you must update your Battle.net account’s country of residence prior to competing.

I have moved countries since I created my Battle.net account. How do I update it?
Please contact our Customer Service team to begin the process of updating your Battle.net account credentials—it’s quick and easy! 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. If you have any questions about your disqualification or suspension, please contact us via email.