World of Warcraft esports is once again going to mark heavy competition as the Arena World Championship opens up this week with its first in the new season.
The Arena World Championships will kick off the first of four open cups from March 18th to the 20th. Competition will be streamed on the Warcraft YouTube, and in this round, players from Europe and North America will have a chance to compete for bragging rights and glory. And cash, of course.
The Season 3 competition seeing out Shadowlands in 2022 will have a $700,000 US dollar prize pool across the entire season (including the Global Finals). Each of the four cups will have a $10,000 prize pool, with the first place winner getting $5,000, second place earning $2,800 and third place earning $1,600.
These four cups will take place for Europe and the Americas beginning at 10 AM PT each of the days, with the EU matches going Friday and Sunday and the North American matches going on Saturday and Sunday. The first set is on March 18th to 20th, and they will run every weekend through April 10th. The winners, as determined by point totals, will join the top eight for each open region and eventually go to the Circuit to make their way towards the ultimate Global Finals.
Casters across the event will be:
Gillian “Eiya” Long
Sid “Supatease” Compston
Elliott “Venruki” Venczel
Mohamed “Ziqo” Beshir
The new season for World of Warcraft is part of a larger plan to get things into high gear this spring. With the next WoW expansion reveal happening on April 19th, and details on the first Warcraft mobile game coming, the return to competition is one more step in the process of getting more players excited over the game again.