World of Warcraft's PvP mode is an esport, technically, though it's much smaller than CS:GO, Dota 2, or League of Legends. Unusually, a competitive scene has evolved on its PvE side, with top guilds competing for the quickest raid clears. Blizzard have been slow to embrace that side of things, but a recent announcement suggests a change of course.
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Presenting the Mythic Dungeon Invitational: a PvE tournament to clear not raids, but dungeons (obviously), with shares in a $100,000 prize pool up for grabs.
Starting on July 25, potential entrants will compete in a two-week ‘proving grounds’ period in which they’ll aim to post the best scores while clearing Mythic Keystone dungeons. When the two weeks are up, the eight top-scoring teams from the Americas, Europe, China, and Asia-Pacific will advance to the final pool of 32.
The final showdown will then take place one day in September, in which the qualifying teams will face a series of elimination rounds to determine the eventual winners, all of it broadcast on the Warcraft Twitch channel.
It's interesting to see Blizzard embracing competitive PvE in Warcraft, when the raid race is so gruelling for little reward other than bragging rights. One wonders if events like the Mythic Dungeon Invitational will presage more official support for competitive raiding.
Here’s the announcement on the World of Warcraft site. If you’d like to get involved, keep an eye on the WoW esports site for more details, coming soon. Very best of luck!