Kim Phan, Blizzard’s Director of esports recently raised some hopes for every WoW hardcore player. Her team seems to evaluate different plans for competitive PvE content.
“Whether someone calls it an eSport or not is another thing, but there is a competitive element to it and my team is very interested in it.”, Phan told pcgamesn.com a few days ago. Blizzard has experimented with two different forms of PvE competitions: live raids on stage and with the introduction of Mythic Keystone dungeons forms of speedrun challenges between two groups.
However, he most interesting form of competitive WoW was never really supported by Blizzard: the race to world first still draws a lot of interest among the community every time a new raid instance is released. Sadly, it looks like Kim Phan has no plans to change that anytime soon:
“We have experimented last year and we’re going to continue to experiment this year. Now, whether or not we make it a big program with prize money and all of that stuff – I don’t think that’s the only thing that defines eSports anymore. For me, eSports is just being able to watch to see who the best is at something.”
Mythic Keystone Dungeons Might be the Future
Supporting the already popular raid race would be the obvious choice at first sight. But let’s be honest: only very few people would watch a progression stream for 12 hours straight. A lot of things would need to change before you can consider the race to world first as an actual, legit tournament. Just think of the different resets for NA and EU!
Things look completely different on Mythic Keystone dungeons however: The runs are fast to complete, played in teams of five players and easy to explain even to viewers that have never played WoW in the past. We also suggested to implement something like Custom Mythic Keystone Dungeons to enable the community to create Tournaments on their own.
WoW esports at Gamescom 2017?
Last year’s gamescom in Cologne, Germany was the first occasion that we saw a Dungeon Race between two top guilds (set sail for fail and From Scratch), played on Keystones especially created for the race on stage. However, they both were invited by Blizzard, mainly to show off Legion.
Blizzard, please take it a step further this year!