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

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
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We are putting in a new ranking update system in place tonight which should keep specs more up to date. As part of this, we are in the process of completely reupdating the rankings list. This might mean you will temporarily see some BGs missing from the list, but don't worry, they are being updated.

Also, if you are a member here, your spec on the rankings page will be updated in sync with your personal profile. We will also denote that you are a member here with some little special icon :)

Sorry for the inconvenience of the missing teams/specs temporarily, we are updating them as quickly as possible. Back to Top

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I'm not sure the notes really qualify as news, but if you have been waiting on them, they are live. You can check them out here.

Included is the fix we have all been waiting for:
Monstrous Kaliri have learned how to chase players going straight up. :(

On the plus side:
With the 2.4.0 PTR, we will be allowing US, EU and Korean players to access all available PTR realms. Players will be able to choose which test realm they wish to play on without being restricted by region. We currently plan to make all PTR realms available in this way for all future patches.

The arenas are currently disabled to help focus the testing on Warsong Gulch. Hopefully they will start to roll out some Arena balancing changes after they get the PvE and BG testing out of the way. Back to Top