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In partnership with Southeast Asian games distributor, Garena, the Chinese gaming conglomerate, Tencent, recently announced...

AW by Asura World in Feb 27, 2019
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In partnership with Southeast Asian games distributor, Garena, the Chinese gaming conglomerate, Tencent, recently announced details regarding the 2019 World Cup for their mobile MOBA, Arena of Valor, which is set to take place in Vietnam later this year.

Last year, the 2018 World Cup was held in Los Angeles in July and featured 12 teams – 10 from Asia, and 1 from each of Europe and South America – fighting over a $550,000 prize pool. The event was later followed by the Arena of Valor International Championship 2018, which raised the prize pool to $600,000 and the number of participating teams from 12 to 16.

Choosing Vietnam as the host for the 2019 World Cup comes as no surprise to fans of the game. Arena of Valor is one of the most popular titles in the country, with the first day of Arena of Valor’s Vietnamese league, Arena of Glory, enjoying over 100,000 concurrent viewers on YouTube.

Team Flash owner Terence Ting had this to say regarding the announcement

“As the most popular mobile game in the country AoV has definitely helped to raise the overall profile of esports in Vietnam alongside its PC predecessor League of Legends. Garena has done a great job of promoting esports in the country and made AoV extremely mainstream in the past year, and AWC will be a major milestone for Vietnam esports.”

While Garena and Tencent have revealed details regarding which country is going to host the 2019 World Cup, they remain quiet regarding the dates and prize pool. If it is any consolation, they did announce a couple of gameplay changes. In particular, the introduction of the “Global Ban Pick” format is a good idea. Going forward, teams will no longer be able to play a hero more than once in a best-of-7 series outside of a game 7.

It’ll be interesting to see how pro teams react to these changes. Although viewers will likely enjoy seeing a variety of heroes playing in the main stage, teams will now have no choice but to diversify their strategy. This is a problem as most often build their playstyle around players and their signature heroes, making it a point of interest to see how teams are going to adjust to this particular change.
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