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The Road to BlizzCon is finally here! As you may have heard, GCDTV will be teaming up yet again with Blizzard to help host and organize the Road to BlizzCon for North America, but we will be working directly with MLG as well! The Online Qualifier Cups will be hosted on Gamebattles!


Information regarding these Cups are little bit scattered so I'll collect all the links to post here!


First, check out the Battle.net Blog Post

This post goes over the Broadcast dates, Sign up links, Americas Regional format and location, and the update to the rules - specifically regarding to "Teams who qualify for a Regional will no longer be eligible from participating in additional Qualifiers" based on the feedback provided by the community. Each Qualifier Cup will have its own $6,000 Prize Pool!


Next Head over to the Sticky'd Post on the Arena Forums

This post will explain how seeding will work and when the matches will be played!

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"All matches leading up to the Round of Eight will be played starting from 7pm Eastern on the Thursday and Friday nights prior to the Round of Eight broadcast."




Once you're caught up, get over to MLG's Website to Register and Sign up!


Sign ups for Cup #2 close Sunday, June 26th!


Please make sure to read the Rules carefully!


Competing in the First Cup? Click he Image Below!

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Key Ruling:

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  • Teams will be expected to be online and ready to compete starting at 4PM Pacific / 7PM Eastern / 6PM Central on Thursday June 30th and Friday July 1st
  • Sign ups will Close on Sunday, June 26th - Seeding snapshot will be taken on Monday.
  • Players from Arizona, Connecticut, Maryland, and Quebec will not be eligible to compete.
  • Team names must not be longer than 15 characters, spaces included.
  • Team names must not contain profanity, the names of people not on the team, or the names of any group at odds with Blizzard/MLG.
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Warcraft Movie Premiere Live Stream June 6!

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Official Blizzard Quote:

The Warcraft movie will swoop into theaters on June 10, but we’re inviting you to join us on June 6 for the premiere live stream, direct from Hollywood! Hosts Jesse Cox and Michele Morrow will be joined by Warcraft movie director Duncan Jones, movie cast members, and many more special guests as part of this Legendary event.  

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Join us here and on the official Warcraft Twitch channel for the live stream beginning at 5pm PDT on June 6. You won’t want to miss it!
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The North American 2016 Road to BlizzCon

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Official Blizzard Quote:

The 2016 World of Warcraft Arena World Championship is about to kick off—and for teams across North America, the battle begins in just a few weeks.

This year, we’re pleased to announce that we’re partnering with Major League Gaming to produce the entire North American Road to BlizzCon, including all three qualifier cups. Over the years, MLG has played a major role in World of Warcraft’s development as an esport, and it’s exciting to be working with them once again.

Additionally, the fine folks from GCDTV will be joining us again, working behind the scenes with MLG to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.

North America Online Qualifiers & Sign-ups
The battle begins with three online qualifier cups, starting in mid-June, each with their own $6000 prize pool (see our previous announcement for more details). You’ll be able to catch them all live on Twitch.tv/Warcraftand MLG.tv beginning with the Round of 8, with the following schedule:
  • Cup 1: June 18
  • Cup 2: July 2
  • Cup 3: July 16
Sign-ups for the qualifiers are now open! If you’re interested in competing, head over to the official MLG website.

Note to competitors: games played prior to the Round of 8 will be played in the days leading up to the broadcast.

Americas Regionals
The top two teams from each qualifier cup (six teams in total) will move on to the Americas Regionals, where they’ll be joined by two other teams: one from Latin America, and one from Australia and New Zealand. This year’s Regionals will be held at the MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio on October 8 and 9. Once again, our eight competitors will be fighting for their share of a $100,000 prize pool and one of three coveted spots in the Arena World Championship finals at BlizzCon 2016.

Rules Update
We’ve heard a ton of community feedback on the 2016 changes to the Road to BlizzCon rules we laid out in our previous blog. We’ve been listening to your feedback and have decided to change a rule:  Teams who qualify for a Regional will no longer be eligible from participating in additional qualifiers.  This is consistent with previous years rules and will open up additional slots to competition.

The complete official rules are available here — for even more information on this year’s rules, read our forum update.

We can’t wait to see what path this year’s Road to BlizzCon takes, and hope you’ll join us when the qualifiers begin in June!
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