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Tomorrow, the first wave of Blizzcon tickets are going on sale at 10:00AM PST. This year, Blizzcon will be October 21-22 in Anaheim, California.We've been to the last 3 and had a lot of fun watching the arena tourney, meeting up with AJ members and tournament players, and checking out the panels. These tickets will sell out super fast, so make sure you're ready to pull the trigger right on time. Hope to see a lot of y'all out there again and good luck with tickets!

Official Blizzard Quote:

Just in case 21 May isn't circled on your calendar, here's a quick reminder that BlizzCon 2011 tickets will be going on sale Saturday at 19:00 CEST - keep your eye on the ticket sales page tomorrow for the chance to get yours.

If you are unable to purchase tickets tomorrow, a second batch will go on sale Thursday, 26 May at 04:00 CEST. In addition, tickets to an exclusive pre-BlizzCon dinner to benefit Children's Hospital of Orange County will go on sale Saturday, 28 May at 19:00 CEST. For those unable to attend the show, in-depth coverage of BlizzCon will also be available through the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which is offered as a multi-channel Internet stream and also via DIRECTV in the United States. BlizzCon 2011 will take place 21 and 22 October at the Anaheim Convention Center, and tickets cost $175 USD each. Tickets to the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner cost $500 USD each and include BlizzCon admission.

For further information, check out the official BlizzCon site. Click here to go to the BlizzCon 2011 ticket sales page.

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UPDATED (5/9/2011): Phases Added

UPDATED: EU Blue post added.

It's that time of year again, time for the official WoW Arena tournament, called Arena Pass. I haven't seen a blue post or an official post about it yet, but here is the Arena Pass Registration page.

Below I have posted excerpts from the registration pages. For all the details check out the Blizzard's Arena Pass FAQ.

What is Arena Pass?

Official Blizzard Quote:

We invite the most dedicated and skilled Arena combatants around the world to enter the new World of Warcraft Arena Pass! Your glorious victories in the Arena Pass will not only grant renown and recognition for your prowess, but will also grant you a chance to earn exclusive rewards only available to Arena Pass participants. Within a structured format comprised of one online qualifier, players will battle on special Arena Pass realms purely dedicated to the competitive format of 3v3 Arena matches. The characters used in these realms are new level 85s that you create and customize, packed with PvP armor and weapons.

Arena Pass registration is open to any active World of Warcraft account upgraded through the World of Warcraft: Cataclsym expansion. Registration costs one payment of $20.00, which grants one eligible World of Warcraft account access to the Arena Pass realms for the duration of the eight-week service. Players will be able to create up to three new fully customizable level-85 characters on these realms and deck them out with a full set of epic gear. Then form your new 3v3 team and enter the Arenas, where a whole new level of competitive play awaits you. Good luck!

Prizes:

Official Blizzard Quote:

Players who participate in the service can earn both the exclusive Armored Murloc in-game pet, and the “Vanquisher” title on their live characters by meeting certain eligibility criteria. (Please see the FAQ for more details)

When Will Arena Pass Start?

Official Blizzard Quote:

We are looking at May of 2011 for the initial phase of the Arena Pass, but will have registration for the Arena Pass available beforehand.

Arena Format:

Official Blizzard Quote:

Participating players will gain access to our dedicated Arena Pass realms and be able to create up to three level-85 characters per registered account. This special realm will allow players to fully customize characters with some of the best items available in the game. We will continue to use the 3v3 Arena format for this years’ service. Please note that the standard 2v2, 3v3, and 5v5 Arena season games will continue as normal on the live realms and will not be interrupted by this Arena Pass.

Structure and Timing:

Official Blizzard Quote:

The Arena Pass service will run for eight weeks. The first four weeks are designated for practice -- giving players a chance to meet, form teams, gain experience working together as a team, and to experiment with different lineups and strategies. During this time period, matches will not count, although your rating will change as normal. After the practice period, all team ratings reset to 0. During the next two weeks, there will be a -150 team rating penalty for any new player additions to your team. Player rosters will be locked down during the final two weeks of the Arena Pass, and no changes may be made to your team during that time. The rating and ranking system functions in the same way as it does on the live realms, including personal ratings

Registration Requirements:

Official Blizzard Quote:

To participate, you must:
  • Have an active subscription to World of Warcraft with an account in good standing, meaning the account is not flagged, suspended, or banned for violating any of the Terms of Service, EULA, or other rules of World of Warcraft.
  • Have a World of Warcraft account that has been upgraded to Cataclysm
  • Have a valid credit card to pay the per-competitor registration fee for the Arena Pass, which is €15/£12 in Europe; $20 in North America; and NT$450 in the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.
  • Reside in a country or territory that allows participation (you will see the full list when registering).
  • Complete the required information on the registration page to register for the Arena Pass.
  • Meet all eligibility requirements listed in the Terms of Use. Players meeting these requirements will be allowed to participate in the Arena Pass and will have access to the dedicated Arena Pass realms in their region.

UPDATE: Phases and Dates:

Official Blizzard Quote:

The 2011 Arena Pass is split into several different phases. To help you gain a more detailed understanding of how this year’s Arena Pass will unfold, you can find an explanation of the different phases in this article. You can also find out which matches are counted towards receiving a pet or title!

Registration Phase
4 May – 21 June (9pm CEST)
During this period you can register for the European 2011 Arena Pass Service. Registration will be closed outside of these dates.

Practice Phase
11 May – 8 June
During this period you will be able to enjoy the Arena Pass Realm and practice your setup with your friends. Matches played during this phase will not count towards the pet and title prizes.

Ranked Ladder Phase 1
8 June– 22 June
All Arena Rating points will be set to zero when this phase begins. Ranked 3v3 matches played during this phase will count towards the pet and title prizes. If a player switches from one Arena Team to another, the Arena Team that the player joins will have their Arena Rating reduced by 150 points.

Ranked Ladder Phase 2
22 June – 4 July (9pm CEST)
Ranked 3v3 matches played during this phase will count towards the pet and title prizes. During the Ranked Ladder Phase 2 of the Arena Pass Service, players cannot switch Arena Teams.

Prize Eligibility
Ranked 3v3 matches that count toward the pet and title prizes will start on 8 June 2011, (once the weekly maintenance has ended) and end 4 July 2011, at 9pm CEST.

Please note that phases begin once weekly maintenance has finished on the dates specified, and end at the beginning of maintenance on the dates specified (unless stated otherwise).

UPDATE: EU Blue Post:

Official Blizzard Quote:

Gather your teammates and prepare yourselves for one of the biggest online Arena events World of Warcraft has to offer; registration for the 2011 World of Warcraft Arena Pass is now open!

This premium service allows players to create up to three ready-made level 85 characters of any regular class and race combination, deck them out in some of the best gear in WoW, and then fight for glory, honor, a special title and even an in-game pet!

Top notch armor, weapons, accessories, enchants, gems, gold, glyphs, training, pets—they’ll all be freely available when you enter the Arena Pass realm so you can fully customise your characters as you see fit. Once you’re ready, all that’s left to do for you and your team is to go head-to-head with others in the Arena, focusing purely on skill and strategy, in a 3v3 format.

Besides the rush of competing with and against players dripping in full epics, there are a couple of other exclusive benefits to registering and taking part in this awesome Arena-focused service. All participants have the chance to earn themselves a special in-game pet. Play at least 50 matches with the same character and team during the last four weeks of the Arena Pass, and finish the event with this team, and you will take away a unique armoured murloc non-combat pet to accompany your adventurers on live realms. Play at least 100 matches with the same character and team during the last four weeks of the Arena Pass, and finish with this team in the top 1,000, and you will also earn the highly enviable ‘Vanquisher’ title for your eligible live realm characters!

If you have any questions or would like more details, please read the FAQ and be sure to come back to the site for more upcoming Arena Pass news and information.

Don’t miss out on the chance to prove yourself by fighting for glory in this epic Arena-focused premium service. Commit yourself to the mighty cause and register now to take part in the 2011 World of Warcraft Arena Pass!



Thanks guys, let us know who's signing up. Once it starts we'll get the tournament forums rolling for you guys as well. Good luck!

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UPDATE 3 (5/7/2011) - Getting reports that people can add characters at this time. Please try adding your character now.

UPDATE 2: Clearly something isn't working for most folks - we're checking it out. Thanks for bearing with us.

UPDATE: I'm told the character claim system is up and running, please try to add your character now. If you continue to have trouble, please send me a screenshot of the claims screen as well as a link to your bnet and we'll try to work through it. Thanks.

I've been getting a lot of PMs and requests in Site Feedback about adding characters, so I figured I would address it here rather than trying to respond individually - <strong class='bbc'>currently the system is down</strong>! Unfortunately, our developers have been without power for the last few days because of the storms and tornadoes in the south east.

Hopefully they will get power restored and be back online soon! I'll keep this thread updated with any new information. Thanks for your patience with this issue. We'll have it back up as soon as we can!

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