When you think of World of Warcraft, you probably don’t picture a thriving esports landscape. However, you’d be mistaken, as, for several years now, the platform has played host to some huge esports tournaments. With the power of Blizzard driving it forward, World of Warcraft offers a popular and lucrative competitive environment. Today, we’re here to look at one of the most highly anticipated tournaments in that space: the Mythic Dungeon Invitational.
What Is The Mythic Dungeon Invitational?
Ultimately, the Mythic Dungeon Invitational is a world championship World of Warcraft event. It has been hosted for the world’s finest WoW players since 2017, and in September 2021, the fifth iteration takes place. Otherwise known as the MDI, the Mythic Dungeon Invitational sees teams fight to complete difficult Mythic Keystone Dungeon challenges in a short period of time.
The tournament opens with a time trial stage, during which teams record their best times on specific dungeon maps. Once every team has logged its best times, the fastest twenty-four teams will proceed into the next stage.
Following the time trial stage is the group play stage, wherein the aforementioned teams are divided into groups to compete head-to-head. These matches take the form of a best-of-three, double-elimination model, with a dynamic difficulty pattern being applied throughout.
As we approach the end of the event, the last stand tournament is held, with the lower-tier teams fighting it out for the final spots. They’ll be playing for a place in the final stage, which is…
… the season finals. At the end of the tournament, the top eight teams will play for their share of the $300,000 prize pool.
And one of the most key pieces of information here? Any team on Earth is permitted to compete.
Mythic Dungeon Invitational: Shadowlands Season 2
The tournament is named for the expansion upon which it is played. In 2020, Blizzard released the Shadowlands update to World of Warcraft, a highly anticipated expansion to an already massively popular game. This year, for the first time ever, the competition was split into two separate seasons – in previous years, only one tournament has taken place.
As WoW esports (and by association, World of Warcraft betting) becomes more popular, there’s a bigger pool of players to draw from. It’s now a lucrative and exhilarating esports tournament, and many more teams seek to get involved – thus, the split. On the 12th of March, 2021, season one kicked off, with the ultimate victors at the close of play being Team Echo.
3rd September: Group A
10th September: Group B
17th September: Group C
1st October: Last Stand Tournament
29th October: Finals
While it’s not yet known which teams will compete in the MDI, you can rest assured they’ll consist of some of the best WoW streamers and players the world has to offer. If you’re a World of Warcraft fan, you will not want to miss the action when it commences this week.