Arena players from North America, Europe, China, the Asia-Pacific, and Latin America will compete throughout 2019 in the Arena World Championship (AWC), hoping to prove themselves in battle and earn their spot at the AWC Finals in later in the year. Only one team will walk away as the 2019 Arena World Champions.
First, teams need to prove themselves in their own region, starting with their Arena Cups. These are online 3v3 Arena tournaments, hosted by Blizzard, open to players of all skill levels. Regional bragging rights and cash rewards are up for grabs!
The Arena World Championship operates on a point system. Points will be awarded to the top eight teams for each Arena Cup in 2019. These points can add up to a ticket to the Arena World Championship Finals at the end of the year.
But that’s not all—in NA and EU, teams that qualify for in-person LAN tournaments at the end of each season will compete for a USD $100,000 prize pool.
Full a full rundown of point distribution, check out the official 2019 AWC ruleset.
Each team will be allowed one roster swap per year, but these roster swaps will result in a 50% deduction of their AWC point pool at the time of the swap.
Remember, anyone can try to compete in the Arena World Championship! Head to our sign-up page for more information.
Teams from North America and Europe will compete in seasonal play throughout the year. The two seasons of the year each end with the Seasonal Championship—live LAN events where the top four teams from both Europe and North America travel to compete against each other in person. The winner of each Seasonal Championship earns an automatic spot in the Arena World Championship Finals.
China, the Asia Pacific, and Latin America will also host events. These will culminate in live regional LAN finals. These events will also reward qualification for the biggest event of year—the Arena World Championship Finals. For more information, check out the regional portals for Korea, Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau, and Latin America.
World Championship Finals
At the end of the year, the best eight teams from across the world will finally converge at the Arena World Championship Finals! The qualifying teams will include teams from every participating AWC region—China, Latin America, Asia Pacific, North America, and Europe. The action at the World Championship Finals is intense, as metas from across the globe clash.
This will be the 12th World of Warcraft 3v3 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 those who want it most!
Do I need a team of four players to sign up and compete?
Nope! Four-player rosters are optional at all stages of the Arena World Championship; you only ever need a total of three players to have an eligible team. Four-player rosters can provide a lot of flexibility, however, so it’s often worth finding a fourth player to round out your team.
What happens to my points if I leave my team?
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 4.3 of the rules.
I’m a citizen in one eligible country and have a valid work visa in another eligible country. Where do I compete?
The region that you will compete in corresponds to the country specified in your Blizzard account. If this is not set to the country you wish to compete in, you must update your Blizzard account’s country of residence prior to competing.
I have moved countries since I created my Blizzard account. How do I update it?
Please contact our Customer Service team to begin the process of updating your Blizzard account credentials—it’s quick and easy! Read our support article for more instructions.
My account isn’t in good standing. Can I sign up with a different account to be eligible to compete?
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. If you have any questions about your disqualification or suspension, please contact us via email.