Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
World of Warcraft esports is expanding into the fast-paced, highly competitive world of Mythic Keystone dungeons with the Mythic Dungeon Invitational. We’re looking for the best of the best from around the world to battle it out for a share of $100,000.

Great Expectations, Great Rewards
We’re looking for the best players in the world, but first you need to show us you have the right stuff to compete. Teams aspiring to battle on the global stage must first push themselves through a gauntlet of Mythic Keystone dungeons, taking on increasingly difficult Mythic Keystones and earning the best scores on the Proving Grounds.

Top scoring contenders will be invited to join as one of 32 outstanding teams from around the world, competing for a share of the $100,000 prize pool—and ultimately claiming bragging rights of the #1 spot. Once chosen, 8 teams from the Americas, 8 from Europe, 8 from China, and 8 from Asia-Pacific will be tapped to face the challenge, proving they have what it takes to go all the way to the finals.


The Proving Grounds [July 25–August 8]
From July 25 to August 8 , teams aiming to secure an invitation to the top 32 will be challenged to push their way through Mythic Keystone dungeons to achieve their best scores. At the end of the two weeks, they’ll need to submit their top score using this form. Note that any entries received prior to the end of the Proving Grounds period (August 8) will not be considered.

Remember, to be truly competitive among the World of Warcraft elite, your team must master multiple dungeons. We’ll be judging performance across the 5 dungeons in which the team achieves the highest Keystone Level during those two weeks.

  • The Proving Grounds run from July 25–August 8
  • Players will need to run a string of Mythic Keystone dungeons, increasing their Keystones Levels as high as they can. Performance will be evaluated across the five dungeons in which the team achieves the highest Keystone Level during those two weeks.
  • No sign-ups required: all players are welcome to form up a five-player group and compete during the Proving Grounds period.
  • At the end of the two-week Proving Grounds period, players will need to submit their top score [see blog for link]
  • Based on scores from the Proving Grounds period, 32 teams will be invited to the playoffs: eight each from the Americas, Europe, China, and Asia-Pacific.


The Big Showdown
Beginning in September, the invited contenders will compete in the Mythic Keystone Dungeon Invitational for their share of the prize pool. Each region’s contenders will be a part of a single-day broadcast in which they will face a series of elimination rounds until just 2 are left standing to represent their region on the global stage.

  • The Regional Playoffs will take place over two weekends, with each region having its own single-day broadcast streamed on the Warcraft Twitch channel:
    • September 16: China
    • September 17: Asia-Pacific
    • September 23: Europe
    • September 24: Americas
  • In the head-to-head competition, teams will execute a dungeon speed run; the first to finish will be declared the winner. All Keystones and affixes will be determined by Blizzard at the start of the match.
  • The top eight teams from the regions will face off in a single-elimination bracket, facing each opposing team in a best of three series, until just two are left standing to represent their region on the global stage.
  • Global Bracket: The top eight teams from the Regional Playoffs will advance to the final weekend of competition taking place on September 30 and October 1.
  • Teams will continue to compete in a head-to-head single elimination bracket, only this time the battles will be cross-region.
  • The top eight teams will earn their share of the $100,000 (USD) prize pool, broken down as follows:
    • 1st – $50,000
    • 2nd – $20,000
    • 3rd & 4th – $10,000
    • 5th – 8th – $2,500


Rules of Engagement
  • Keystone levels and affixes will be determined by Blizzard
  • The first match of each series will take place in a dungeon pre-determined by Blizzard.
  • Once the final 8 regional teams have been determined, they’ll move on to a single-elimination bracket where they’ll go head-to-head.


Where to Watch
If you’re an esports fan, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. You can catch the action on the Warcraft Twitch channel. Keep an eye on here or on the official World of Warcraft Esports site for more details!

The race for glory starts here. Are you and your crew skilled enough to take on the rest of the world?

Armory Stats - Mythic+ Dungeons
Today we are looking at the percentage of players that have completed at least one Mythic+ dungeon within the time limit. The data used includes a total of 1.8 million US and EU accounts that were active in the last month.

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Comments 97 Comments
  1. Fummockelchen's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Paula Deen View Post
    I can tell you with 100%, while I like Mythic+ a lot, you cannot run AI vs Players in an ESport Environment. This is going to be super cringy to watch, much like all of those E3 Presentations with Commentators for gameplay. It will just be wrong. Imagine if Method had commentators on their kill videos? Shit is boring and the main focus will inevitably turn to the poor soul (hopefully Lore) who will have to commentate the mundane BS.
    Sorry but this will be less boring than the shit unbalanced pvp on wow that should just die in a fire
    plus it will get more viewers as more people participate in m+ compared to the shit that you call pvp
  1. Paula Deen's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fummockelchen View Post
    Sorry but this will be less boring than the shit unbalanced pvp on wow that should just die in a fire
    plus it will get more viewers as more people participate in m+ compared to the shit that you call pvp
    ...maybe PvP would get more views if they fixed it kek
  1. kamuimac's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Peskre View Post
    So how will they balance this?
    they wont so we will most probably be looking at people doin exackly same BiS comps doin exackly same pulls and only difference will be between somebody fucking up and not fucking up

    this will be a boooring shit show :/
  1. Regalbeast's Avatar
    Cool, I'll definitely watch the highlights!
  1. fizyx's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Paula Deen View Post
    I can tell you with 100%, while I like Mythic+ a lot, you cannot run AI vs Players in an ESport Environment. This is going to be super cringy to watch, much like all of those E3 Presentations with Commentators for gameplay. It will just be wrong. Imagine if Method had commentators on their kill videos? Shit is boring and the main focus will inevitably turn to the poor soul (hopefully Lore) who will have to commentate the mundane BS.
    Think of it in terms of bicycle racing. PvP is a pursuit race, where the people involved are in direct competition with each other to win. It's all about putting pressure on the other person, and creating a dynamic situation in which you can create opportunities to win.

    A PvE race like this, however, is more like a team time trial. You are competing against other people, but it's not a direct competition. It's more about using your own power and technical skills to the best of your ability, without the interference of outside forces.

    Certainly people will probably like one more than the other and vice versa, but both have their own strengths and are fascinating to watch in their own way. Previously, we've never really gotten a chance to really see the effect of a longer term season of time trial-style events in eSports. It might be a wash, it's true. But there very well may be a place for shows of the kind of technical perfection that time trial events demand.
  1. baghwan's Avatar
    Just to understand, this is not under any sort of equalized gear rule set? If you're not on the bleeding edge of gear don't even think about bothering with this?
  1. masterhorus8's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by baghwan View Post
    Just to understand, this is not under any sort of equalized gear rule set? If you're not on the bleeding edge of gear don't even think about bothering with this?
    Yeah, I'm worried about that part...
  1. Mascotte's Avatar
    This should be done on Tournament realm with preset comps, affixes and gearsets.
    Anything else would be a joke, 8/9 Mythic (maybe even 9/9 at that point) comps tearing M+ apart with gear that has nothing to do with M+ helps with what exactly?

    Kinda feels like; "hey people are complaining about how repetitive M+ has become, lets throw 100k at the problem to fix it!".
  1. primalmatter's Avatar
    Kinda seems like a poor fit...

    Can you have a real race without having comp restrictions and premade characters?

    This kind of thing can be clinched by how lucky people are with warforged mythic gear.
  1. RippedLife's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Quoth View Post
    "rather than waste time on the worst players in the game, we have devoted it to improving the GAME PEOPLE PLAY" is what you mean
    people who talk shit on pvp'ers are always hardstuck LFR people who wish they wouldn't get destroyed by 900mmr teams in arena
  1. Bryntrollian's Avatar
    This isn't the first ever M+ tournament, why are people acting like its an unfathomable concept ?
  1. Darknessvamp's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dope_danny View Post
    Man the esports thirst is unquenchable with the WoW team.
    Well they've tried it with Arena, they didn't even bother trying it with the world first raiding scene (even back when people used to get super hyped over nothing) now it seems like they are just going to throw it at different aspects of the game just to see if it'll stick. Next we'll have Blizzard sponsored competitive leveling competitions and Transmog fashion shows as they try to see if that works after this will undoubtedly won't meet their expectations.

    I really don't get why they keep trying to turn WoW segments into Esports especially when the only other games that have actually been successful Esports-wise are Starcraft and Hearthstone. HotS and Overwatch just kinda flounder along in the water whilst they never did anything with the arena system in Diablo 3.
  1. Nirty999's Avatar
    Well good luck winning vs top mythic raiders that run 5 split raids per day.. I mean they have 935+ ilvl already rofl.
  1. Corroc's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Taeldorian View Post

    Maybe this means they'll eventually figure out a way to make the world first race more interesting and worthwhile.
    Never going to happen. These world first raiders are cancer to Wows development.
  1. DarkXale's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Paula Deen View Post
    I can tell you with 100%, while I like Mythic+ a lot, you cannot run AI vs Players in an ESport Environment. This is going to be super cringy to watch, much like all of those E3 Presentations with Commentators for gameplay. It will just be wrong. Imagine if Method had commentators on their kill videos? Shit is boring and the main focus will inevitably turn to the poor soul (hopefully Lore) who will have to commentate the mundane BS.
    I'm going to guess you've never heard of AGDQ? I do doubt WoW format will make for one of the more exciting examples to watch mind you.
  1. App's Avatar
    Great, guess M+ isn't going anyway time soon.... garbage content.
  1. Onikaroshi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by App View Post
    Great, guess M+ isn't going anyway time soon.... garbage content.
    That no one makes you do? I hate pvp and don't do it, but there's people out there who only do pvp and enjoy it, just like there's people who only do M+. What you consider "garbage content" offers many other people enjoyment.
  1. Paula Deen's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DarkXale View Post
    I'm going to guess you've never heard of AGDQ? I do doubt WoW format will make for one of the more exciting examples to watch mind you.
    Bad example considering there is countless cringe comps of it every year.
  1. Psykee's Avatar
    People have been asking for more incentives to run high level PVE content as a competition, especially raiding. Lets see how it pans out.
  1. starkey's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lightspark View Post
    I bet this event will get more views than Arena tournament
    Bob Ross gets more viewers and hes dead.

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