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Welcome to the World of Warcraft World Championships with GCDTV!

 

This weekend, North America's finest will do battle in search of further Championship points toward the Regional Finals later in the year.

 

The first rounds took place Thursday, 20th April and you can see the results here.

 

 

Tune in to twitch.tv/gcdtv for our final 8 teams!

 

Saturday: 2PM Pacific // 5PM Eastern // 11PM CEST

Sunday:   2PM Pacific // 5PM Eastern // 11PM CEST

 

Who will take the 80 Championship points, and over $1200 in prizes?

 

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 Arena World Championships: Sign Up Now!
 

Official Blizzard Quote:

Calling all World of Warcraft esports fanatics! The first European Qualifier Cup will be broadcast live on Twitch, on April 29-30 starting at 16:00 CEST on both days. You can read up on entry requirements, prizes and community events below. Get involved!

ALL ABOUT TOURNAMENTS

The events will be 3v3 Arena Tournaments on live realms
There is a double elimination bracket
Team rosters are 4-player, but you can sign-up with 3
All series are best-of-5
Tournament Mode is required; all gear is normalized and honor talents and artifact power are maximized

ALL ABOUT PRIZE POOLS

1st place: $3,000, 160 points
2nd place: $1,500, 80 points
3rd place: $1,000, 36 points
4th place: $500, 20 points
5th and 6th places: 12 points each

ALL ABOUT POINTS

This is a great year for esports and a big year for World of Warcraft. The new points system allows us to spread tournaments consistently throughout the year, which keeps up the momentum and excitement— from the tournament all the way to the Championship. Don’t forget, the top 12 teams are the ones who earn their place in the Championship.

ALL ABOUT ROSTERS

Didn’t finish in the top 6 in the first tournament? Not a problem! Teams can change their team members as often as they want, until points are earned. Once you have points on the board, your teams are set in stone. Well, except. . .
Teams who earn points are allotted one roster swap without consequences.
After the free swap, there is an automatic 50% reduction to your points tally.
If you want to know more, you should definitely read the official rules below.

Signups for EU Cup #1 are live!

SIGNUPS ARE LIVE!
Signups will be open until 23:59 CEST on April 23rd.
Teams will be seeded by the rating they achieve at the end of the season.
The open tournament bracket starts on April 27th, and plays through until the 28th.
The last 8 teams will be broadcast live on Twitch on April 29-30 starting at 16:00 CEST on both days.
We’re excited to partner-up with StarLadder, who will be helping us out with all that has to happen behind the scenes (which is a lot).
The full rules and regs—plus the essential player handbook—can be found here.
Dates and signups for future cups will be coming soon!

WANT TO RUN YOUR OWN TOURNAMENT?
We would love to see more of these! The more community involvement the better and there are some seriously solid reasons for doing it. Community-run tournaments directly impact which teams end up in the Arena World Championships, as all approved community-run events award points. If you’re even remotely 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 buzzing community events as it’s possible to have.

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Cup #1: Results, Reactions and Next Steps
 

Official Blizzard Quote:

Saturday 8th April saw Warcraft heroes go head-to-head as the first cup was fought for and won in the WoW Arena World Championships. Eight teams, in ten epic matches, played each other in a tense fight-to-the-death. Check out the results below and catch all of the action here.
 
Leaderboard
 
#1 Panda Global - 160 Points
Rubcub - Paladin
Wealthyman - Mage, Shaman
Roastyz - Rogue
Chanimal - Warlock, Priest
 
#2 Meatballs - 80 Points
Nolij - Druid
Ozz - Warlock, Shaman
Rodak - Demon Hunter
Ziffy - Warlock
 
#3 Fragment Apparel - 36 Points
Maldiva - Warlock
Kolo - Druid, Shaman
Mes - Demon Hunter, Death Knight, Warrior
 
#4 Method - 20 Points
Cdew - Shaman, Druid
Snutz - Warlock, Warrior
Bean - Druid
Samiyam - Mage
 
#5 Tempo Storm - 12 Points
Jahmilli - Mage
Pikaboo - Rogue, Warrior
Gorecki - Druid, Paladin
 
#5 Vim n Vinegear - 12 Points
Kaska - Shaman
Vanguards - Paladin, Shaman
Yoske - Hunter
Borngood - Paladin
 
Highlights and Headlines

MIGHTY, MIGHTY, MEATBALLS
Team Meatballs have been on the scene a long time and are always successful on the arena ladder. This year, however, they finished second for the first time. Congratulations Meatballs! 
 
A CLASS ACT
The team they played initially was Demonology Warlock, Elemental Shaman and Restoration Druid, until facing down a 0-3 defeat at the hands of Panda Global in the semi-finals. Learning from that experience, they swapped to Demon Hunter in place of Ele Shaman. It clearly worked, as they smashed Panda Global 3-0. Bam!
 
PANDA-MONIUM
Panda Global are an experienced supergroup formed with members from Northern Black, Northern Red and Tempo Storm. All three teams competed at the Americas Regional Championship, seeded 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Who can argue with that background?
“PLAY TO WIN”

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In the second series of the double-elimination grand finals—Panda Global’s second chance—they stepped up to the challenge with a change in mentality. According to Rubcub: “We decided we’re just going to damage and play to win.” You can’t argue with words like that!
 
Team Meatballs fought back hard, but the Pandas patient playstyle and shift in attitude paid off: they took the series 3-1 and were crowned Arena Cup #1 champions.
 
Want To Get Involved?
You can award points to teams by running your own community event, find out more here .
 
What’s Next?
Details of Cup #2 will be announced shortly—watch this space!

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