Welcome to the 2022 Arena World Championship The AWC returns for its 15th year. The best World of Warcraft Arena players from around the world will compete in the culminating AWC season of Shadowlands, hoping to prove themselves in battle.
WoW Arena World Championship
This is a great time to be a fan of World of Warcraft. Not only are we blessed to have the World First race in the Sepulcher of the First Ones still running, but we also have the WoW Arena World Championship right alongside it.
While Echo and Liquid continue the race to beat the Jailer, we’ll focus on the Arena World Championship and see what Blizzard has in store for us there.
What is the WoW Arena World Championship?
The Arena World Championship is World of Warcraft’s annual player vs. player tournament where teams of players compete against each other in a 3v3 arena mode. The players fight to the death and the last man standing wins the match.
WoW AWC is the 15th iteration of this esports tournament, and it boasts some of the best PvP players from all around the globe. There are a total of eight teams spanning across two regions – Europe and North America. Each region will have four teams competing for a combined prize pool of $700,000.
The current 3rd season of the tournament will have four cups in total. The first NA and EU cup began on March 18th and concluded on March 20th. And in case you missed the first cup, don’t worry, there’s three more to go.
How to Watch WoW AWC?
The second cup of the WoW AWC S3 begins on March 25th in both regions and you’ll be able to catch all the matches live on the official Blizzard YouTube channel.
Expect some high-level plays from the teams and a top-tier caster commentary that will accompany it.
This year’s casters include:
- Elliott “Venruki” Venczel
- Sid “Supatease” Compston
- Mohamed “Ziqo” Beshir
- Gillian “Eiya” Long
The first matches start on March 25th at 6:00 PM CET, so make sure not to miss all the exciting action!
The Passion is Still There
World of Warcraft’s player vs. player modes always played second fiddle to the PvE content that included new raids, mythic dungeons, and more. Despite Blizzard’s obvious preference for PvE, they always continued to support the PvP community in various ways.
This year’s Arena World Championship is a testament to that. The overall esports budget for WoW has been bumped up this year, which obviously included the AWC as well.
Still, WoW esports has a long way to go before they’ll be able to catch up to some of the other esports giants we have today. For now that’s still a distant dream, but things might change once Microsoft fully takes over Activision Blizzard in 2023.
All in all, it’s great to see WoW Arena thriving and attracting as many fans as it currently does.