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We are very excited to announce that in the spirit of the Summer Olympics we will be hosting a competition of our very own.

Awards:
From the start of the Olympics (Today) to the end of the Olympics (August 24th) we will have a 2v2 and 3v3 Arena Competition. Teams will be competing for 5 Wrath of the Lich King Beta Keys and 20 WWI Paris 2008 Cards. Yes - These are the extremely rare and coveted cards that award Tyrael's Hilt which summons a mini Tyrael pet along with a WoTLK beta key.

Competition Format:
Now that we have your attention. Here is how you can compete. Teams wanting to participate will form a new 2v2 or 3v3 team with a team name including the phrase "AJOlympics". Your team will then compete for the duration of the Bejing Olympics - August 9 - August 24.

All teams that completed the competition with a rating of 2,000+ will be entered into a raffle. The number of times your team is entered into the raffle will depend on your team's rating:


  • 2000-2049 - 1 Entry
  • 2050-2099 - 3 Entries
  • 2100-2149 - 5 Entries
  • 2150-2199 - 10 Entries
  • 2200+ - 25 Entries

Winning teams will then be drawn at random. Five 2v2 teams and Five 3v3 teams will be drawn as winners. Each member of the first 4 teams drawn from each bracket will receive a WWI 2008 Card. The members of remaining winning 2v2 and 3v3 teams will win a WoTLK Beta Key.

Competition starts now! So get going and have fun. Also - Be sure to thoroughly read the full competition rules below.

Official Rules:
  • Teams must compete on a United States (US) or European (EU) Server.
  • Your team name MUST contain the exact text 'AJOlympics' somewhere in it. Examples: 'AJOlympics', 'AJOlympics21', 'abcAJOlympics', or 'abcAJOlympics21'
  • To be eligible to win you must have competed in at least 70% of the games played, or be within 100 PR. (Exceptions may be made if deemed necessary by the judges, but at least one member must meet the requirements or the team will be thrown out under the assumption it has been purchased.)
  • Teams may only compete in the 2v2 or 3v3 bracket.
  • Submission for teams will be automatic. Once your AJOlympics team breaks a rating of 2000 it will automatically be entered into the competition. We will have an Olympics page listing the teams currently in the competition and their statistics. *NOTE* If your team has broken a 2k rating and it has not appeared on the Olympics page within 24 hours, please post in this thread with your Armory link to be safe! Teams' ratings will be locked in at 12:00 Midnight EST, August 24th, 2008. More info will follow regarding the Olympics Page.
  • Curse, Inc. employees and network affiliates are not eligible for entry.
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Looks like the regional finals for Taiwan are this weekend. It looks like it could be very exciting considering how many different comps they will be running (no paladins of course :P)

UPDATE: The live stream can be found here: http://www.efun.name/live/. We won't be covering the results due to the language barrier, but you should still watch it as it is entertaining.

The teams involved are as follows:

1) :druid::priest::warrior: Made In Taiwan
2) :mage::priest::rogue: 小嵐洛
3) :druid::rogue::warrior: 黑貓是白目
4) :druid::rogue::warlock: 十粒�*�明一切
5) :priest::shaman::warlock: 我們來娛樂的
6) :druid::priest::warrior: 豐原�*客 小德撲會玩
7) :hunter::priest::rogue: �*�*�英雄大爺集團代表隊
8) :priest::rogue::rogue: Cydonia

Here is the official Blizzard announcement. Thanks to Grombringal for the heads up. See you on vent this weekend :)

Official Blizzard Quote:


The 2008 World of Warcraft Arena Tournament Taiwan Regional Final will be taking place this weekend, August 2-3, at the World Trade Center in Taipei, Taiwan. This event will feature the top eight teams who advanced from the online qualifiers. The eight teams that will be competing are:

- Made In Taiwan (priest, warrior, druid)
- 小嵐洛 (priest, rogue, mage)
- 黑貓是白目 (warrior, rogue, druid)
- 十粒�*�明一切 (rogue, warlock, druid)
- 我們來娛樂的 (shaman, priest, warlock)
- 豐原�*客 小德撲會玩 (warrior, priest, druid)
- �*�*�英雄大爺集團代表隊 (rogue, hunter, priest)
- Cydonia (priest, rogue, rogue)

Be sure to follow the action at http://www.wowtaiwan...dex.html#over05

The event is set to run during the following times:
Friday, August 1, 7:30pm PDT to 3:00am PDT
Saturday, August 2, 7:30pm PDT to 10:00pm PDT
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We are excited to bring to you an exclusive interview with  the famous Druid, Hafu.

Alphatier, a long time mod here, had the opportunity to interview Hafu, the Druid of Orz. Hafu, along with Glick and Rhaegyn made a big splash earlier this month at MLG Orlando when they went undefeated to win the tournament from the 18th seed.

We want to thank Alphatier for bringing us this interview. Also, many thanks to Hafu for taking the time to bring us her perspective on professional WoW PVP. We hope to bring you many more interviews in the future. Enjoy.


AJ: First, please introduce yourself quickly
Hafu: Hey, I'm Hafu. My real name is Rumay, although most people call me Maymay (like the month, twice). I'm 17 years young, and am going into my senior year of high school.

AJ: Where does the team name Orz originate from?
Hafu: Orz is a picture of a man bending over. The 'O' is his head, the 'r' is his arm, and the 'z' is his leg and butt. A chinese gold farmer explained it to me when I was leveling my first WoW character (Vendetta, a gnome mage on Kalecgos).

AJ: Have you already been approached by any sponsor(s) after your recent win at MLG?
Hafu: Vinny, our old manager, assured us with cockiness that no other sponsor would take us. However, four different sponsors have contacted us since MLG Orlando, most with better offers than the one we received from MoB. We'll be signing with one of them shortly, but I'm not at liberty to say any more than that.

AJ: How do you think WLD will do at future tournaments? Are there any compositions you find near impossible to beat?
Hafu: I think WLD is the composition to beat right now. It's rounded nature allows us to stand a chance versus just about any setup. Shadow Play (Shadow Priest/ UA Warlock / Resto Shaman) should still be able to beat us most of the time.

AJ: You played the last tournament before the fel armor change, how do you think it will affect your future performance?
Hafu: It will certainly help us against cleave teams whose strategy revolves solely around zerging down the warlock. Priest/Mage/Rogue will also be much easier to heal through, as they mainly just stick on the warlock while spamming dispel.

AJ: Does anyone of you play another class at a very high level, or do you feel that trying to counter-comp isn't any good in the end?
Hafu: Our warlock, Glick, can play a Retribution Paladin very well, giving us the composition Ret Pally/Warrior/Druid to counter cleave teams. We ran this setup versus SK-Gaming at MLG and won 3-0. We're not sure if we're going to utilize this setup any longer though, as I feel that our WLD setup will be able to stand a chance against cleave teams.

AJ: Did you play better because the Godfather wasn't standing behind you shouting?
Hafu: Hahaha. Vinny, or "The Godfather" wasn't standing behind us shouting at San Diego. He's "unable" to attend all MLGs.

AJ: You said you hadn't played together between the MLGs, what do you think made the difference this time around?
Hafu: After arriving in Orlando sponsor-less with less practice than ever, and then taking a look at our awful seed, I really thought that we had close to no chance of winning. Because of this pessimistic mindset, I played calmly, and played well throughout the tournament because of it.

AJ: Does anyone of you have a WotLK beta key?
Hafu: No! What's up with that :(

AJ: What do you think about the changes, do you have any personal highlights?
Hafu: I haven't taken a good look to be honest, but I have glanced. Feral charge is now a 21 point talent, which means you reallly have to make a choice between the good resto talents and having that survivability from the feral tree.

AJ: What are your opinions on the new proposed Wrath of the Lich King arenas?
Hafu: Again, I haven't taken too much time to look at WotLK, but from what I've heard, I don't think dynamic line of sight objects will be a good thing.

AJ: Did you already spend any of your prize money, and on what if you did?
Hafu: We haven't even gotten our prize money yet, but I have bought myself a Nintendo DS Lite!

AJ: How much time do you devote to WoW per week?
Hafu: Now that the Tournament Realms are done, probably about 10-15 hours a week. I don't raid or battleground, I just log on to arena =)

AJ: How have you found the competition on your new Battlegroup thus far, compared to BG9?
Hafu: Well we haven't played some of the best that Ruin has to offer yet, like Veex's team, Innate and Rhoz, Noxn, etc. We'll have to see!

AJ: Do you hope for a permanent tournament server in the future, or do you prefer the community of a realm pool?
Hafu: Eh, the last tournament was run poorly. However, it would probably still be more fun than live servers, where gearing up is a butt to do.

AJ: Any shout-outs?
Hafu: My teammates Glick and Rhaegyn, <Orz> on Tichondrius, Thinktanklol of Mannoroth, Hellacopter of Bleeding Hollow and Influenza the best Moonkin in the world

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