ESL announced that WoW will be replacing Warcraft 3 in the upcoming Intel Extreme Masters 3 tournament. The prize money for everything will be $750,000. I'm not sure how much will be allocated for WoW, but with an amount that large I am sure no one will be disappointed. They will be announcing further details soon.
Intel Extreme Masters Website
750,000USD Prize Money for Counter-Strike 1.6 and World of Warcraft
For the previous seasons of the Intel Extreme Masters the games Counter-Strike 1.6 and Warcraft 3 were the two main disciplines. For the third season we are exchanging one game. Instead of Warcraft 3, the world's most popular MMORPG, played by more than 10 million players, will be the second title: World of Warcraft. At the Blizzard and Intel Warcraft Weekend in Hamburg and at the Intel Extreme Masters at DreamHack the ESL presented two major tournaments that introduced WoW to the eSports audience. We are looking forward to see World of Warcraft as a part of the Intel Extreme Masters.
Tournaments around the world
After two exciting seasons of Intel Extreme Masters featuring several events in Europe and the Global Challenge in Los Angeles it is time to take the next step: The third season of world's greatest eSports tournament is featuring events in Asia, America and Europe. The American and European continental league seasons will culminate in continental finals. Individual country finals will be hosted in Peoples Republic of China and the Republic of South Korea. The start of the third season will be at Games Convention 2008. In early 2009 the world finals will determine the world’s best teams at CeBIT 2009!
Further information about the play mode, the qualification system and of course the events will be announced on the Intel Extreme Masters website soon!
Also, epic gems will be purchasable with arena points for 800 points per gem. They are not unique equip, but they are soulbound.
Gems that can be purchased:
Bold Ornate Ruby
Inscribed Ornate Topaz
Gleaming Ornate Dawnstone
Smooth Ornate Dawnstone
Runed Ornate Ruby
Potent Ornate Topaz