If Guild Wars 2’s abrupt pull-out of PvP e-sports and tournaments a year ago filled all your 20-slot bags with stacks of pure sadness, take heart: Players are trying to fill the void. Not with a $200,000 prize pool as ArenaNet once did, mind you, but it’s still got a cash prize. We’re talking about The Mist Challengers Tournament, a player-hosted series of PvP events, the first of which is this weekend, beginning at 11 a.m. EDT on Saturday and streamed live by WoodenPotatoes.
“The Mist Challengers Tournament aims to bring new and experienced players together in a two bracketed Tournament! If you’ve never stepped into an arena before, or you haven’t left one since Pro League ended, this is the tournament for you! We will be providing gold prizes for anyone who enters, even if you get knocked out first round, and increasing gold the farther along you get in the First, or Challengers Bracket. All donations to increase this prize pool are welcome, more info on that can be found on the Battlefy link. Additionally the top 2 teams from the Challengers Bracket will be allowed the opportunity to participate in the second bracket, the Invitational, where they will join the top 6 teams across both NA and EU. The most exciting part? These 8 teams will be battling it out for a prize pool of $2,000!”
Intriguingly, organizers have announced they’re banning the use of the Mesmer Chronomancer elite spec, to the cheers of Reddit. “We feel it is currently way too overpowered, and will also lead to boring/uninteresting matches over the course of the tournament,” key sponsor Roile says.
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