This week, Blizzard has released new details of their plans for World of Warcraft's 2019 Arena World Championship (AWC) and the rebranded Mythic Dungeon International (MDI). First off, the Arena has a near-complete schedule listed for 2019, the only things that seem to be missing are dates and locations for the championship rounds. The regionals seem to have a prize pool of $10k each, while the bigger tourneys will have $100k on the line. The first cup will begin on February 8th, and you have until January 28th to sign up. The MDI, however, has been given a new upgrade of events, and new toys will be on the way. We have part of the changes below, and you can read more about both at this link.
The Proving Grounds are a qualification period open to any player with a Blizzard Battle.net account in good standing. Think you've got what it takes to be Mythic Dungeon International champions Grab a team of five players and prove it! All you and your team need to do is complete five level 14 Mythic Keystone Dungeons in time between February 26 and March 12. (Note: Keystone level is subject to change, and will be determined sometime after the start of Season 2, on Jan. 22.) If successful, you and your team will be granted access to the Tournament Realm, where you will be able to create max-level characters, equip them with the items you feel are most optimal, and build out talents as you please. You and your team will have access to the Tournament Realm for the duration of the season.
Each season, those who have gained access to the Tournament Realm via the Proving Grounds will be able to participate in Time Trials—a limited number of attempts at the week's dungeons during a designated time period, of which your team's best results will be submitted automatically. Each week will alternate between East and West, beginning with the Time Trial in ending in the week's Cup, a double-elimination bracket featuring the top eight teams for that week's region. All teams on the Tournament Realm will be able to run in their region's Time Trials every alternating week, which means more opportunities to participate in Cups.