World of Warcraft Arena has existed for quite some time as Blizzard’s core esport in their Warcraft franchise. That was until Hearthstone popped up, but the player vs. player community remained intact through good patches and bad. With the Arena Championships underway at the moment and the Mythic Raid race between the top guilds in the world heating up, Blizzard is introducing a new kind of competition – Dungeon Running.
Blizzard is challenging teams of five to see who can complete a dungeon in the fastest times while facing the challenging affixes that Mythic+ has to offer. If you’ve been away from World of Warcraft for a few years, Mythic+ is an upgraded version of one of the new dungeons in the Legion expansion. It goes up a level (or three) when completed in a certain time and the higher the level the harder it gets. At level four, seven and ten the dungeon gains an affix, and at level 10 it has all three. An example of an affix would be bolstering – when mobs die they buff the ones still alive within a few yards. At level 10 the affixes alternate between fortified (stronger mobs) or Tyrannical (stronger bosses). There’s a website tracking who does the highest dungeon in the fastest time, and now Blizzard is challenging teams of five to see who can complete a dungeon quickest and walk away with $100,000.
Blizzard has done this before at a collegiate level where the winning team of five got their tuition paid for. The rules are simple: Players are given a base item level and are able to pick which class, gear and legendaries they want. They then tackle the dungeon (of Blizzard’s choice) in a head to head against another team with the affixes that Blizzard chooses. It’s called “Mythic Dungeon Invitational.”
It starts with the proving grounds where you and your team can enter to see if you’re up for the task.
From July 26 to August 9, 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 9) 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.”
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Last Updated: July 13, 2017