We're finally getting some PvE esports action with the Mythic Dungeon Invitational, a $100,000 tournament that everyone can enter! Blizzard are turning their focus over to the Mythic Keystone dungeons with this three stage event that will bring some focus back to the PvE side of things. First off there's the proving Grounds where everyone can send in the 5 best M+ runs of their team from which Blizzard will then choose the 8 best for each region (the Americas, Europe, China, Asia-Pacific). After that it's on to the Regional Playoffs where the group of 8 will be taken down to 2 for each region, and then it's the grand finals that will see the top 8 teams from all over the world battle it out for a share of that $100k prize money.
Method will be joining in the fun with at least one team, and it's really great to see such an initiative from Blizzard, pulling in this segment of the PvE community. Hopefully this will be a great success and will bring in even more PvE events down the line!
Here's the official post with all the details (source):
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 26–August 9]
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.
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.
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