When it comes to Esports events for World of Warcraft, there are three main events: Race to World First (RWF), Arena World Championships (AWC), and Mythic Dungeon International (MDI).
Race to World First
One of World of Warcraft’s most exciting content is the raid with every new expansion. From Onyxia’s lair to Ice Crown Citadel to the latest raid, Castle Nathria, a ten bosses raid that offers four difficulties to all players. The Race to World First is to see who clear all ten bosses on the Mythic difficulty the fastest. The raid was released on Dec. 15, 2020, and it took nine days for Complexity Limit to take down Sire Denathrius and getting their back to back RWF title. Just a quick comparison of how fast they did it. The world’s 9th Mythic Sire Denathrius kill came on January 6th, 2021 with BDGG (Big Dumb Golden Guardian). RWF is different than other World of Warcraft’s Esports’ events such as AWC and MDI because guilds compete on live-servers. The other two tournaments are done on tournament servers meaning that players competing can choose items and switch classes at will. On live-server, where items don’t come easy. Furthermore, there is also a time difference between regions, even though this a global event. The top guilds had to coordinate gearing strategies and gold farming, in order to prepare themselves for this raid. The race doesn’t just end after the kill, as the Complexity Limit shown here. They have a lot of debt to repay.
Season 1 of the Arena World Champion (AWC) and Mythic Dungeon International (MDI) are already on their way. For AWC, the winners of the first cup were Kahwi for NA and Method for EU. In MDI, Perplexed beat Echo with a score of 2 – 0, taking the crown.
Arena World Championship
As the name stated, AWC is the World of Warcraft event that focuses on PVP. Season 1 of AWC started on January 15th and will be on every other weekend till March 7. The format is 3v3 and the best out of five. Over 200 teams signed up each week to be one of the 12 teams that have a chance at winning $10,000 USD. The first cup started the season strong with many of the familiar faces from previous years to some newly formed teams and organizations, such as One True King, OTK, formed by multiple popular WoW streamers. The winners of the first cup of season 1 were Kahwi for NA and Method for EU. Depending on when this article is published, Cup 2 is either currently being played or just finished. At the end of four cups, the top 8 teams will make it to the final championship.
Mythic Dungeon International
MDI the PVE counterpart of AWC. Two teams race in the same level 18 mythic dungeon from Shadowland to see which team has the better strategy and skills to finish the dungeon first. To qualify for each cup, eight teams are chosen based on their time trials. Once all four cups are finished, the top six teams based on their total points will be joined by two teams from China and compete in the Season 1 MDI Final for a grand prize of $300,000 USD. Every season, Mythic + has an unique affix that applies to all difficulty starting level 10. Shadowland’s season 1 affix is prideful, where every 20% of mobs count will spawn a Prideful that deals party-wide damage but once it is defeated, the team also receives a damage and healing buff that can be beneficial for the team on bosses or stronger mobs. The winner of MDI cup1 is Perplexed with 2 – 0 over Echo.
Catch the Games Here
Both season 1 of AWC and MDI are in motion. Starting with AWC on Jan 15th and MDI on Jan 22nd, events will be streamed every other weekend until March 14th (excluding Feb 19, because of Blizzcon). You can find all the past cups and the lived stream here.