The World of Warcraft Arena World Championship involves some of the best players from all over the globe. After months of heated and hard-won battles, the tournament culminates in several brutal arena battles at BlizzCon 20127, where we’ll crown the victorious team Arena World Champions.
Before they’re able to compete at the Arena World Championship Finals at BlizzCon, teams will need to prove themselves against teams in their own region, starting with the Arena Cups. Arena Cups are online 3v3 Arena tournaments hosted by Blizzard that are open to players of all skill levels to join, with cash rewards up to $6,000 in addition to points for North America and Europe. Starting in late summer, the top 12 point-earning teams will be invited to compete at their Regional Championships, where they will be seeded based on their point total from the entire year.
Points can be earned from the Arena Cups hosted by Blizzard, but also from community tournaments that have been approved to reward points. There are a lot of chances to earn points throughout the year!
If you think your team has what it takes to compete, be sure to check out the official rules to ensure you’re eligible.
Click here to sign up for the next tournament.For more information on points, check out the Point System tab.
Players competing in both the North American and European Regions can qualify for their Regional Championships by earning points through Blizzard Arena Cups and sanctioned community tournaments! Community tournaments that are approved to award points will be listed in the schedule on this website.
The top 12 teams from each region will be invited to compete in person for their share of $100,000 and a coveted spot in the World Championship at BlizzCon.
Blizzard’s Online Arena Cups reward substantial points, but Blizzard-sanctioned community tournaments can also reward a hefty amount. Points will get your team invited to compete, and also be used for tournament seeding. Every point counts.
How Points Are Awarded
Online Arena Cup
1st – 160
2nd – 80
3rd – 36
4th – 20
5th – 12
6th – 12
Approved Community Events
1st – 40
2nd – 20
3rd – 12
4th – 8
Points are earned by teams, not individuals, so leaving your team means possibly leaving some points behind.
Want to run a Community Point earning tournament?
We can help! All approved events will directly impact which teams end up in the Arena World Championships, so before you’re allotted points you need to answer a few questions.
Things really start to heat up once we get to the Regional Championship stage! Twelve teams will be headed to both the North American and European Regional events, eight teams will be invited to the China and Asia Pacific Regional events, and four teams will compete at the Latin America Regional event.
There, players will be fighting for their share of the regional prize pool – the combined prize pool for all the regional events totals in at over $225,000. Do you have what it takes to claim some of that for yourself?
Unlike the previous rounds, all of the different regional championships are live LAN events, with players playing on stage instead of from home. Playing on stage with the same setup and equipment puts players on a level playing field, and separates the pretenders from true Arena Champions. Tensions will be high, but it’s good practice for BlizzCon, where they’ll be playing in front of massive crowds of cheering fans this November!
This year’s World Championship has leveled up, with more teams from NA, Europe, China, and Latin America invited than ever before. 12 teams from across the world will finally converge at BlizzCon 2017 where they'll compete for their share of a $280,000 prize pool. The 12 qualifying teams will include four teams from North America, four teams from Europe, two teams from China, one team from Latin America, and one team from Asia Pacific.
The action at BlizzCon can get chaotic in an instant. Unlike the regional championships, there’s a good chance that teams will find themselves facing off against teams they’ve never encountered before. Different regional strategies can lead to upsets and unpredictable results, so don’t miss a single game of action!
Will Europe continue their domination and claim the crown of Arena World Champion for the fourth year in a row, or will the other regions step up and take them down? We’ll find out in November!
This will be the 10th 3v3 World Championships global program released by Blizzard. With action-packed gameplay and brand new opportunities for players and organizers to get involved, the stories forged in the arena this year will never be forgotten.
Assemble your team and queue up; glory awaits for those who want it most!
Q: Do I need a team of 4 players to sign up and compete?
A: Nope! 4-player rosters are optional at all stages of the Arena World Championship; you only ever need a total of 3 players to have an eligible team. 4-player rosters can provide a lot of flexibility, however, so it’s often worth finding a 4th player to round out your team.
Q: My account isn’t in good standing. Can I sign up with a different account to be eligible to compete?
A: If you have received notification that you are disqualified from the Arena World Championship, this disqualification applies to all accounts owned by you. Your notification from Blizzard will have more details about when you will be eligible to compete again.
Q: How to do I host my own point-awarding event?
A: We would love to see more of these! The more community involvement, the better. Community-run tournaments directly impact which teams end up in the Arena World Championships, as all approved community-run events award points. Interested? Here’s what you should do: read the guide, fill out the application form and send it to us. If you have any questions about running your own event, get in touch. We’re here to help and want you to create as many community events as it’s possible to have.
Q: What if I want to host a bigger live LAN event? Can those award points too?
A: We would love to work with you! In-person events create incredible broadcasts and offer tremendous value to the entire competitive community. Of course, the bigger the event, the more complex it can be. We want to offer our support to help make your epic event as smooth as possible.
Like community events, LAN events need to follow the competition license.
Reach out to us with any questions via email.
Q: What happens to my points if I leave my team?
A: As mentioned in the rules, points are awarded to the team itself, not individual players. So, if you leave your team and join another team, you don’t bring any points with you. There are some specific scenarios that can occur if multiple players leave the same team at the same time – read more about that in section 5.3 of our official rules.
Q: I’m a citizen in one eligible country and have a valid work visa in another eligible country. Where do I compete?
A: The region that you will compete in corresponds to your Blizzard account’s country. If this is not set to the country you wish to compete in, you must update the Blizzard account’s country of residence prior to competing.
Q: I have moved countries since I created my Blizzard account. How do I update it?
A: Please contact our customer service team to begin the process of updating your Blizzard account credentials. Read our support article for more instructions.