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#4637195 Five Reasons Why Europe are Spring Finals Favorites

Posted by Vanguards on 25 March 2018 - 10:56 PM

Five Reasons Why Europe are Spring Finals Favorites



Official Blizzard Quote:

The Arena World Championship Spring Finals are only one week away, and Europe is looking to defend their title as the best region in the arena once again.


We talked to teams, casters, and analysts to bring you five reasons why Europe has a great chance at claiming victory in Columbus, Ohio on March 31.




With the split of Method: Triforce this year, members of this record-breaking two-time World Champion roster have passed their knowledge of success on to other top European teams. René “Swapxy” Pinkera, now playing for #1 seed Skill Capped Black, is a prime example of this. Teammate Shaun Andreas “Raiku” Meaney told us, “Swapxy is really valuable. We can see the game from a different point of view and the team atmosphere is more serious.”

2017 Triforce MVP Maroš “Blizo” Molčan has also been doing wonders for his new roster, XRB to the Moon. Magnus “Wallirik” Clausen and Emil “Zeepeye” Ek were already expected to become BlizzCon regulars by many arena fans due to their formidable Warlock/Elemental Shaman gameplay. With the addition of Blizo, the team now makes its first trip to the USA with hopes of bringing home a title for Europe.




Europe’s #1 seed this season has an absolutely mammoth roster. As mentioned above, Skill Capped Black—comprised of the core Rogue/Mage duo of Oscar “Whaazz” Wulff and Raiku—picked up Swapxy this year, as well as healer Josef “Chas” Stoianov. The team looks almost untouchable, with Wallirik describing them as “the best Rogue/Mage roster for many years.”

After the team won their second consecutive qualifier to end in the top spot, Raiku expressed his joy via Twitter: "GG BOYS! 440 points completely insane how the first season went for us, this was our goal when we made our roster and so far we are living up to expectations if not even exceeding them! GGs to everyone and thanks to my team" @Jsfchas @NRG_Whaazz @_Swapxy





It’s no secret that Europe has been dominating the arena for many years. Not only has the continent secured wins at the last four World Championships at BlizzCon, but of the eight teams that fought in the previous four finals, six of them were European. The Hall of Fame lives and breathes Europe, and with this year’s team rosters looking stronger than ever, there’s no reason why that should change.




"Europe will win because ladder activity breeds improvement of players, and Europe plays much more."



European teams are known for having a phenomenal work ethic when it comes to practice—a point echoed by European and North American players alike. When asked why Europe are favorites, Wallirik stated, “Europe will win because ladder activity breeds improvement of players, and Europe plays much more.”




Between the four teams heading to the Spring Finals, Europe has a broad portfolio of compositions. However, each team specializes in only a few. Skill Capped Black and Ascendant have been running Rogue/Mage/Priest variants predominantly, with Swapxy coming in for Skill Capped to provide some cleave options. Meanwhile, XRB to the Moon has been running Warlock compositions with Wallirik, and a devastating Windwalker Monk/Death Knight/Shaman utilizing Blizo and Zeepeye’s multiclassing prowess. To round out Europe’s representatives, Reformed reverse swept 85%—whose roster included Simon “Boetar” Heinks and Fabio “Fabss” Nardelli—to secure qualification with their jungle cleave comp (Feral Druid/MM Hunter/Disc Priest).

Between these four teams, Europe is equipped to handle any tournament metagame.

So there you have it—five reasons why Europe are favorites to win the Spring Finals! Join us March 31 from 19:00 CET to see if Europe’s teams can maintain their dominance of the arena and bring home a 5th BlizzCon spot for the year.




English Stream - https://www.twitch.tv/Warcraft

French Stream – https://www.twitch.tv/WarcraftFR

German Stream – https://www.twitch.tv/WarcraftDE

Russian Stream – http://twitch.tv/WarcraftRU

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#4636910 Antorus Progression

Posted by Vanguards on 15 December 2017 - 08:58 PM

Antorus Progression


Congratulations to Method for the world first Mythic kill, and Exorsus for second!



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#4636826 100 wins + 50 after faction change = glad?

Posted by Vanguards on 27 November 2017 - 06:19 AM

You need 150 after the faction change https://us.battle.ne...pic/20758756538

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#4636691 World of Warcraft - New Expansion Battle for Azeroth and Classic Servers Anno...

Posted by Vanguards on 03 November 2017 - 10:43 PM

I'm really hoping this next expac will have more "unpruning". A lot of classes really need to be more interesting to play.

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#4636689 World of Warcraft - New Expansion Battle for Azeroth and Classic Servers Anno...

Posted by Vanguards on 03 November 2017 - 07:57 PM

One thing that blizzard never fails to amaze me with is their cinematic trailers.

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#4636687 World of Warcraft - New Expansion Battle for Azeroth and Classic Servers Anno...

Posted by Vanguards on 03 November 2017 - 07:39 PM

World of Warcraft - New Expansion Battle for Azeroth and Classic Servers Announced!



New expansion will feature a level 120 cap, two new continents, and allied races.



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#4636098 WoW® Arena Championship Finals announced!

Posted by Vanguards on 19 July 2017 - 08:50 PM

WoW® Arena Championship Finals announced!

Official Blizzard Quote:

The North America Championship finals will be held at the MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio, 7-10 September. The top 12 teams from North America will be invited to compete, based on hard-earned points amassed during the tournament. You can see the point standings here.


Who You Can Expect To See

  • Tempo Storm (Jahmilli, Pikaboo, Gorecki)
  • Method: Reborn (Cdew, Snutz, Samiyam, Bean)
  • Union (Sethcurry, Mageiden, Prevy, Brain)
  • Method: Synergy (Mes, Maldiva, Kolo)
  • Panda Global (Rubcub, Rositajones, Jellybeans, Wallabare)
  • And many more!
  • Catch all the action on our Twitch channel.

Prize Pool: $100,000

1st Place - $50,000
2nd Place - $20,000
3rd Place - $12,000
4th Place - $8,000
5th and 6th Place - $5,000

BlizzCon Final
Only the top 4 teams will get to compete at BlizzCon, representing their region at the World Championship. And with $280,000 up for grabs, the competition will be fierce.








Regional Events
The WoW Arena Championship is truly global, and all regions in the tournament will be sending a team to the BlizzCon finals. Want to know who you’re up against? Keep an eye on the international team play on the dates below.

Cups #4 and #5 Are Still Up For Grabs!
The NA Championship finalists are far from decided, and with two more cups to play for there’s plenty of opportunity for late contenders to taste glory. Want to compete? Sign up for Cup #4 here and Cup #5 here. For those of you following at home, you can watch all the action from Cups #4 and #5 on the dates and times below.

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#4635664 Tuning Adjustments for 20/21-June

Posted by Vanguards on 19 June 2017 - 06:35 AM

Tuning Adjustments for 20/21-June

Official Blizzard Quote:

Following the release of Patch 7.2.5, we continue to monitor every spec's performance and make tuning adjustments as necessary. With the opening of the Tomb of Sargeras in mind, during scheduled maintenance on 21 June, we expect to make the following changes:

Demon Hunter
  • Vengeance
    • Damage of all abilities reduced by 5%.
    • Spirit Bomb damage reduced by 33%.


  • Survival
    • Damage of all abilities increased by 3%.


  • Arcane
    • Damage of all abilities increased by 3%.
  • Fire
    • Damage of all abilities increased by 3%.


  • Brewmaster
    • Stagger now has 40% effectiveness against Magic damage (was 50%).


  • Retribution
    • Damage of all abilities increased 3.5%


  • Discipline
    • Evangelism now has a duration of 6 seconds (was 7 seconds).


  • Elemental
    • Damage of all abilities increased by 3%.
    • Smoldering Heart proc chance is now 10% per 100 Maelstrom spent (was 20%).


  • Affliction
    • Damage of all abilities reduced by 5%.
  • Destruction
    • Damage of all abilities reduced by 5%.


  • Arms
    • Trauma can no longer Critically Strike.
    • Damage of all abilities reduced by 4%.

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#4634872 Legion PvP Season 3 Ending June 13!

Posted by Vanguards on 30 May 2017 - 06:11 AM

Im not done farming the elite Set.. does anyone know if there will be a token to buy the whole set again?

I assume there will be, since there were tokens for S1 / S2 it would make sense for them to continue it.

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#4633240 Hotfixes: May 1

Posted by Vanguards on 02 May 2017 - 06:29 AM

Hotfixes: May 1

Official Blizzard Quote:

  • Demon Hunter
    • Bladedancer's Grace now correctly improves the critical strike damage of Death Sweep.
  • Priest
    • Fixed an issue where Guardian Spirit sometimes fails to trigger on fatal damage.
  • Shaman
    • Purge mana cost reduced by 20%.

Dungeons and Raids

  • All raid adjustments will take effect with restarts in each region.

The Nighthold

  • Grand Magistrix Elisande
    • Slow Time Zones now last 70 seconds on all difficulties (was 60 seconds).
    • Fast Time Zones now last 35 seconds on all difficulties (was 30 seconds).
    • Damage from Arcanetic Ring reduced to 3 Million on Mythic difficulty (was 3.6 Million).
    • Elisande health decreased 5% on Mythic difficulty.
  • Gul’dan
    • Gul'dan's health has been reduced by 5% on Normal, Heroic, and Mythic difficulties.
    • Fel Lord Kuraz'mal and D'zorykx the Trapper's health has been reduced by 10% on Normal, Heroic, and Mythic difficulties.
    • Inquisitor Vethriz's health has been reduced by 10% on Normal and Heroic difficulties.
    • Azagrim, Beltheris, and Dalvengyr's health has been reduced by 10% on Heroic difficulty.
    • Chaos Seed missile travel speed decreased slightly on Mythic difficulty.
    • Parasitic Wound damage decreased by 10% on Mythic difficulty.


  • The Children's Week quest "Auchindoun and the Ring of Observance" can now be completed.
  • Orphan Whistles can now be used in battlegrounds.


  • Killing bosses in Cathedral of Eternal Night will now activate the Burden of Power set bonus from Return to Karazhan.

Player versus Player

  • “Something Different” now requires 1 Brawl victory to complete (was 3 Brawl completions)
  • “Something Different” now rewards a Soldier’s Legacy token (was a Glory of the Melee).


  • Hunter
    • Marksmanship
      • Windburst no longer displays ground effects during Arena matches in Blade's Edge Arena.
  • All PvP class changes below will take effect with maintenance in each Region.
    • Druid
      • Restoration
        • PvP template Mana regeneration reduced by 10%.
        • Overgrowth mana cost increased by 33%.
        • Deep Rooted now refreshes Rejuvenation, Regrowth, and Wild Growth on targets below 20% health in PvP situations.
    • Mage
      • All specs
        • Temporal Shield can no longer be cancelled before its duration expires.
    • Monk
      • Mistweaver
        • PvP Template Versatility increased by 30%.
    • Priest
      • Holy
        • Flash Heal healing increased by 60% in PvP situations.
    • Warlock
      • Demonology
        • PvP template Stamina reduced by 15%.
        • Soul Skin increases Soul Link's split to 30% in PvP situations (was 40%).
    • Warrior
      • Arms
        • Duel's duration reduced to 6 seconds (was 8 seconds).
        • Duel's cooldown increased to 60 seconds (was 25 seconds).
        • Disarm's duration reduced to 4 seconds (was 6 seconds).
        • Disarm's cooldown increased to 45 seconds (was 30 seconds).

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#4633048 Vanguards Retribution Paladin PvP Guide (7.3)

Posted by Vanguards on 24 April 2017 - 09:44 PM

Updated to 7.2, new information is mostly related to the new traits.

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#4630228 Blizzard PvP Developer Q&A | 2017 WoW Arena Championship Announcement

Posted by Vanguards on 09 March 2017 - 08:36 PM

Lots of cool news regarding the eSports part, excited to see far more teams this year and more tournaments in general. Also, everything is really transparent! Hopefully they continue this way, if you guys remember the year where people weren't even sure if a Tournament Realm would exist or not...


A huge question for any competitors is if the April cups will be in 7.2 or the current patch.

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#4630213 Blizzard PvP Developer Q&A | 2017 WoW Arena Championship Announcement

Posted by Vanguards on 09 March 2017 - 07:19 PM

2017 WoW Arena Championship Announcement




Watch the VOD at https://www.twitch.tv/videos/127508776.



- Happy with the 2016 Blizzcon, they plan for 2017 WoW eSports to be bigger than it has ever been

- Global Finals at Blizzcon will have 12 Teams and seeded based on their points in Cups

- More teams in every Regionals, NA and EU will have 12 teams





- Cups will start in April

- Signup for Cups will start in a few weeks

- Last year they had no rating requirement to join the Cups, they liked this and will continue it this year

- Plans to increase the amount of Cups, biggest changes for the NA and EU regions

- 2016 had 3 Cups for EU and NA, this year there will be 5

- Prize Pool will be replicated, meaning more money in total since there is more Cups compared to 2016

- Tournament format will be changed, rather than qualifying for Regionals it will be more based off a point system similar to Hearthstone

This way players who won in a previous Cup can keep playing to earn more money and also increase their points


For more information on Cups and the 2017 Championships check out the official battle.net post here.



Blizzard PvP Developer Q&A





- Leveling via PvP will be buffed

- Developers are still undecided on Solo Queue for PvP

One of the many things they're concerned about for Solo Queue is there is a lot more DPS than healers.



- In 7.2 players can melt their gear acquired from PvP at the Obliterium forge and turn it into a currency to purchase different PvP gear

- Bonus rolls will be added for the weekly rated gear rewards

- Certain PvP mounts such as Vicous and Battleground mounts will now be account wide, Gladiator mounts remain character bound

- For Legion Season 3 you'll be able to purchase Legion Season 1 and 2 gear from the vendor

- Developers don't like how complicated the stat differences are in PvP and PvE currently



- Stat templates might be added to duels, but not in 7.2


Rated Battlegrounds

- Developers see Balance Druids and Mistweavers as a problem in RBGs when competitive teams are looking to find 3 Mistweavers + 5 Balance Druids per team


Title Rewards

- Blizzard is working on ways to be more transparent about title ranges



Legion PvP Season Ending Soon


Official Blizzard Quote:

Attention arena and Battleground competitors! Legion PvP Season 2 is coming to a close soon. Once ended, the battle will begin again a few hours after, when Legion PvP Season 3 begins!

Season 2 – End of Season Rewards
If you participated in Season 2, in order to ensure you receive the rewards that you’re due, please keep the following in mind:

Refrain from transferring your character(s) to another realm or faction until after Legion Season 1 has ended.
Legion Season 2 titles and mounts will be awarded approximately two weeks after the season ends.
Season 3 Updates
With Legion Season 3, the maximum number of times you can Prestige will increase from 9 to 13.

Faction-based Rewards
Don’t forget—end-of-season rewards are based on your faction. The top 0.5% of Alliance PvPers will be awarded the Gladiator: Legion Season 2 achievement and mount, and the same will go to the top 0.5% of Horde PvPers. If you transfer your character to the other faction, you must have 50 wins after your transfer to receive the reward.

Where will you rank at the end of this season?

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#4630210 GCDTV NA Spring Finals

Posted by Vanguards on 09 March 2017 - 06:54 PM

Blizzard PvP Dev Q&A live in 5 minutes: https://www.twitch.tv/warcraft

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#4628824 Vanguards Retribution Paladin PvP Guide (7.3)

Posted by Vanguards on 23 February 2017 - 10:01 PM

Guide updated to 7.1.5! Added in a small section about Divine Storm vs Templar's.

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