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ArenaJunkies Shutting Down on July 1st 2018

17 April 2018 - 02:40 AM

ArenaJunkies Shutting Down on July 1st 2018

 

Today we'll be announcing the closure of ArenaJunkies on July 1st. This was a hard decision to make, and we would like to sincerely thank you all the users who have supported us over the years.

 

I'll always remember using ArenaJunkies since way back in Wrath of the Lich King, where many of us had our competitive banters over our rating and gameplay. AJ was a fun place where I found a lot of useful information when I was new to arenas, and the spice from the battlegroup forums really added to the competitiveness nature of PvP.

 

It was fun being a user, moderator, and admin of this site. Thank you all for your support!


AWC Spring Finals Viewer's Guide

30 March 2018 - 09:07 PM

 AWC Spring Finals Viewer's Guide

 

Results: 

Spoiler

 

Official Blizzard Quote:

On March31, we go live from Columbus, Ohio with the Arena World Championship Spring Finals. New for 2018, the format includes four teams each from Europe and North America in the biggest battle of Western teams outside of BlizzCon. The winner will grab a piece of the $100,000 prize pool and earn a spot at the year-end WoW Arena World Championship tournament.

Get caught up with all the info you’ll need to enjoy the Spring Finals. 

 

Broadcast Schedule March 31st 

  • 9:00 a.m. PST
  • 12:00 p.m. EST
  • 6:00 p.m. CEST

 

April 1st

  • 9:00 a.m. PST
  • 12:00 p.m. EST
  • 6:00 p.m. CEST

 

Streams 

English: Twitch.tv/Warcraft 

French: Twitch.tv/WarcraftFR 

German: Twitch.tv/WarcraftDE 

Russian: Twitch.tv/WarcraftRU

 

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Talent 

Desk Host: Rich W Campbell 

Commentator: Sid “Supatease” Compston

Commentator: Elliott “Venruki” Venczel

Commentator: Adrian “Healingstat

Archer-Lock Analyst: Mohammed “Ziqo” Bashir 

 

Format & Prizing 

Total Prize Pool: $100,000 USD & Automatic Qualification for BlizzCon  

  • 1st place: $50,000 & Automatic Qualification for BlizzCon
  • 2nd place: $20,000
  • 3rd place: $10,000
  • 4th place: $8,000
  • 5th – 6th place: $4,000
  • 7th – 8th place: $2,000

 

Opening Match ups

  • Skill Capped Black (EU) vs Sneakier Snakes (NA)
  • XRB to the Moon (EU) vs Super Frogs (NA)
  • Ascendant (EU) vs The Rejects (NA)
  • Reformed (EU) vs Method Orange (NA)

 

The Story 
Some of the underdogs at the Spring Finals are finding form at just the right time. With the Sneakier Snakes taking North America Cup #3 to sneak into the Spring Finals they will be looking to catch fire at just the right time. Running one of the most dangerous Jungle Cleaves in the world, the pressure from Sneakier Snakes has looked better and better each week. The European region has its own underdog too with Ascendant coming in as a #3 seed. Don’t be fooled by that seeding for Ascendant though; in EU Cup #3 Ascendant lost to two of the top teams in the world: Skill Capped Black and XRB; the top two seeds in Europe.

With a lethal RMP, Ascendant will be looking to match up with North America’s more direct compositions, especially if they can push the games later and get further into dampening. Sneakier Snakes should be showing a different angle, with their aggressive Jungle Cleave looking to push early and notch quick wins. The stylistic matchups will be in the spotlight on the big stage at the Spring Finals with the top North American teams, including Method Orange, playing a very aggressive fast style. On the other side, Europe has the behemoth Skill Capped Black playing an extremely smooth RMP right now with some very quick set ups. If both Sneakier Snakes and Ascendant can keep their red-hot play going into the Spring Finals anything is possible for them, even with tough matchups in round 1.

The World of Warcraft Arena World Championship Spring Finals kick off March 31st featuring the best from North America and Europe. *

Where to Discuss
Join in on the conversation about these games here!

 

More Information

Visit the AWC Website for information on this tournament and others, or to learn more about competitive WoW Arena!


Five Reasons Why Europe are Spring Finals Favorites

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.

 

1) SHARED KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE

 

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.

 

2) PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD

 

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

RAIKU

 

3) HISTORY DOESN’T LIE

 

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.

 

4) PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

 

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

WALLIRIK

 

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.”

 

5) SPECIALIZATION

 

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.

 

WHERE TO WATCH:

 

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


Hotfixes: March 20

21 March 2018 - 04:09 AM

Hotfixes: March 20

 

Official Blizzard Quote:

Player versus Player

  • Ivory Feather can now be used in Seething Shore.

 

Demon Hunter

Vengeance

  • Tormentor increases damage taken by 3% per stack (was 5%).
  • Demonic Trample's cooldown is now 45 seconds (was 30 seconds).
  • Demonic Trample's duration is now 5 seconds (was 8 seconds).

 

Death Knight

Blood

  • Murderous Intent increases damage taken by 3% per stack (was 5%).

 

Druid

Guardian

  • Alpha Challenge increases damage taken by 3% per stack (was 5%).

 

Monk

Brewmaster

  • Admonishment increases damage to the target by 3% per stack (was 5%).
  • Guard now staggers 20% of damage taken by allies (was 30%).
  • Hot Trub deals 30% of your purified staggered damage (was 50%).

 

Paladin

Protection

  • Inquisition increases damage taken by 3% per stack (was 5%).
  • Forbearant Faithful increases cooldown recovery rate by 20% in PvP situations (was 50%).
  • Shield of Virtue now has a 45 second cooldown (was 25 seconds).

 

Warrior

Protection

  • Oppressor increases damage taken by 3% per stack (was 5%).
  • Morale Killer reduces the cooldown of Demoralizing Shout by 10 seconds (was 30 seconds).
  • Booming Voice now grants 30 Rage in PvP situations (was 60 Rage).
  • Booming Voice increases damage taken by 15% in PvP situations (was 25%).


WoW AWC - NA Cup #3

11 March 2018 - 01:13 AM

WoW AWC - NA Cup #3

 

The final NA championship cup leading to the International Spring Finals begins tomorrow! Watch to see who will get to play in the first Spring Finals of NA vs EU this year.

 

Watch tomorrow 10:00 AM PST, Sunday March 11th at Twitch.TV/Warcraft.

 

Battlefy Link to brackets and participants.

 

Prizes:

1st Place           - 180 Points & $5000

2nd Place          - 120 Points & $2800

3rd Place           - 80 Points & $1600

4th Place           - 60 Points & $600

5th - 6th Place   - 40 Points

7th - 8th Place   - 20 Points

9th - 12th Place - 12 Points

 

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