It was announced today that Blizzard will be partnering with Major League Gaming for the North American World of Warcraft Road to BlizzCon.
The World of Warcraft Road to BlizzCon begins in two weeks, starting June 18, and includes three qualifier cups and the Americas Regionals. The three qualifier cups will take place on June 18, July 2, and July 16. The qualifiers cups each have a $6,000 prize pool and the top two teams from each event will move on to the Americas Regionals.
The top two teams from each qualifier will meet one team from Latin American and one team from Australia and New Zealand on October 8 at the MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio. While at the Americas Regionals event, the competition will be fighting over a spot at the Arena World Championship finals at BlizzCon 2016 and a $100,000 prize pool.
Additionally, there has been a rule changed this year that does not allow teams who win a regional to compete in subsequent regional tournaments. This prevents a single team from winning each regional event.
It’s really no surprise that Blizzard has decided to go with MLG this year instead of ESL. Activision Blizzard acquired MLG earlier this year, and we can expect every major tournament hosted by the studio to be associated with MLG in one way or another.