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Title says it all. Heres the official word from Blizzard:

Blizzard said:

  IRVINE, Calif. - February 14, 2008 - Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced plans to launch a new type of tournament competition  using the Arena system in World of Warcraft®, its popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game. The tournaments will take place on special realms that allow competitors to instantly create level-70 characters with epic equipment, placing the focus on tactics and execution rather than normal adventuring.
"eSports is one of the most exciting facets of online gaming today," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "We're pleased to expand World of Warcraft's tournament options for players who want to focus mainly on the competitive aspect of the game."
The tournaments are scheduled to start in April with two rounds of online qualifiers in Europe, South Korea, North America, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. Each qualifier round will have a per-competitor entry fee -- €15/£12 in Europe; 20,000 won in South Korea; $20 in North America; and NT$450 in the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau -- and will run for six weeks. During this time, teams will play 3-vs.-3 matches on the tournament realm in their region, with the top four teams from each round advancing to the regional finals to compete for more than $27,000 in cash prizes. Winners from each regional will then be invited to a global championship event to compete for $120,000 in cash prizes, including a $75,000 grand prize.
Stay tuned to http://www.worldofwarcraft.com for further tournament details.

Tournament Rules: http://www.worldofwa...rnament/faq.xml
Press Release: http://www.blizzard....ss/080214.shtml
Blue Post: http://forums.worldo...icId=4665618488
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#1 Saffira

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 05:35 PM

S3 gear on a pally makes me sad.

#2 Tyveris

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 05:50 PM

Saffira said:

S3 gear on a pally makes me sad.
They said you will have access to all the PvE equivalents, enchants, and gems.

#3 Duraeas

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 07:01 PM

Tyveris said:

They said you will have access to all the PvE equivalents, enchants, and gems.


So I can pay $20 to watch a Druid based team win lots of money.


#4 Saffira

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Posted 22 February 2008 - 04:50 AM

I am learning how to play a druid atm.  It's so easy.  


o wait drink, shadowmeld! (Full mana)



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Posted 22 February 2008 - 11:57 PM

I wonder if I'd be laughed out of the tournament if I brought a shaman : O

#6 Yothga

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 12:10 AM

i dunno tbh, Shaman Druid Warrior might accualy go decent but in the end just make a druid you never played before and you'd still have a beter chance :p

#7 Ocius

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 04:59 AM

If Canadians can't play this I'll be mad. Both my teammates are Canadian :(.

If it's the same restrictions as the season 1 5v5 tourny, though... LF 3v3, can play Druid, Priest, and Hunter at high levels