Arena World Championship 2018 Spring Finals Recap
08/4/2018 em 09:19
On March 31st and April 1st, Blizzard went live from Columbus, Ohio with the Arena World Championship Spring Finals! With 8 teams, 4 European Teams and 4 North American Teams, this is the biggest battle of western teams to happen outside Blizzcon.
The winner of the AWC Spring Finals received a large chunk of the $100,000 dollar prize pool and a guaranteed spot at the year-end WoW Arena World Championship Tournament, slated to happen at Blizzcon! Below we recap all the interesting bits of the Spring Finals!
The 2018 Road to BlizzCon is considerably different this year for North America and Europe. There will be nine Arena Cups before the AWC (Arena World Championship), and two inter-regional LAN events – the Spring Finals and the Summer Finals. Eligibility for these LANs is determined by the amount of AWC points each team has earned. The top four teams from each of the two regions will be able to attend the LANs, which are double elimination tournaments. The winning team from each LAN will compete at the AWC at BlizzCon later in the year.
The Spring Finals were held in Columbus, Ohio. The seeding was based on the amount of AWC points each team had accrued over the first three Arena Cups for their respective regions. The teams that competed for North America were Method Orange (first seed), The Rejects (second seed), Super Frogs (third seed) and Sneakier Snakes (fourth seed). The teams that competed for Europe were Skill-Capped (first seed), XRB to the Moon (second seed), Ascendant (third seed) and Reformed (fourth seed). The bracket for this tournament (including team compositions and map selections) can be found
. Further information on the teams and players can also be found on the
World of Warcraft Liquipedia site
Several AWC Spring Finals participants have written PvP guides for Wowhead, in partnership with
Mes, Method Orange:
Frost Death Knight PvP Guide
Unholy Death Knight PvP Guide
Havoc Demon Hunter PvP Guide
Jahmilli, The Rejects:
Balance Druid PvP Guide
Dilly, Sneakier Snakes:
Marksmanship Hunter PvP Guide
Survival Hunter PvP Guide
Sethcurry, The Rejects:
Windwalker Monk PvP Guide
For more in-depth PvP guides, visit the
Method Arena PvP Guides
The North American Method teams have been reshuffled this year, putting Cdew, Trill, and Mes on the same team. Trill and Mes are both former members of Method Synergy - winners of last year's NA Regionals and third place at the 2017 AWC. Cdew won the NA Regionals in 2016 and placed second at the AWC in the same year for Method NA.
This team is comprised of former members of strong teams: Rubcub (second place at the 2017 AWC for Panda Global), Jahmilli (third place at the 2015 and 2016 AWC for Tempo Storm), Roastyz (third place at the 2015 AWC for Cloud9) and Sethcurry (2017 NA Regional competitor for Pnda Gaming).
This team consists of almost the same roster as Frogs in a Pond from last year, but Inviable has been swapped out for Mageiden. Chanimal won the 2013 AWC for Skill-Capped and placed third in the 2016 AWC for Tempo Storm. Kubzy placed third in the 2015 AWC for Cloud9 alongside Wealthyman, who also placed fifth in the 2016 AWC for Panda Global. Mageiden, a relative newcomer, attended the 2017 North American Regionals for Pnda Gaming.
After an almost fateful run through NA Cup 3, this team scraped through to qualify for the Spring Finals. Syfoxy reached the AWC in 2017 with the team Sneaky Snakes, Dilly (also known as The Dill) narrowly missed out on making it to the NA Regionals last year, but Kaska did attend the NA Regionals in 2017 with the team Your Name Here. Milkman is a relatively new name to the scene, but is a crucial member of the team as their main healer.
This team predominantly found success in the Arena Cups with a Rogue/Mage composition, however their Mage (Raiku) was unable to attend due to visa issues. Chas placed fifth at the 2016 AWC for Method EU, Whaazz won the 2016 EU Regionals and placed third at the 2016 AWC for Northern Gaming Blue, and Swapxy is a two time World Champion (2015 for SK Gaming and 2016 for Splyce) and winner of the 2017 EU Regionals for Method Triforce.
XRB to the Moon
This is yet another team of LAN veterans. Most of this roster is the same as 2017 European Regionals qualifiers Enjoy Legion, but with Joefernandes being swapped out for 2017 EU Regional Champion and AWC third-placer, Blizo. Loony won the 2014 AWC for Bleached Bones, and both Wallirikz and Zeepeye reached the 2016 EU Regionals for Four Languages and JusTus respectively.
Ratapai had a strong season in early 2017, but stumbled at the European Regional Championship. Both Vilaye and Maro reached the EU Regionals last year with the team Making a Movie. Vilaye also placed second at the AWC in 2015. Their fourth member, Akrololz, was unable to attend due to visa issues.
This fourth seed team defeated 85% in a tiebreaker match to reach the Spring Finals. It was Flappers' first LAN, but his teammates have been around the WoW esports scene for a while. Relzah and Disyo both competed at the 2017 European Regional Championship on the team Blind Faith, and Gelubaba placed fifth at the 2016 European Regional Championship with The Yacht Boys.
Ascendant vs The Rejects - Crosskill
With Jahmilli (The Rejects) very low on health and Vilaye (Ascendant) in a Kidney Shot while his healer is in a full Polymorph, it's a race to see which team gets the first kill.
XRB to the Moon vs Super Frogs - Low Health All Around
At 45% dampening, with everyone low on health and very few cooldowns left for both teams, it seems that anyone could perish at any time.
Reformed vs The Rejects Part 1 - Fast Match
With attention focused on Flappers (Reformed), the match ends quite quickly in his favour.
Lower Bracket Final - Skill-Capped vs The Rejects
In 2016, Swapxy's former team found success with a Ret/Rogue composition in the 2016 European Regionals and early in the 2016 AWC. It found its use again, this time with an Outlaw Rogue, in the battle out of the lower bracket against The Rejects. It seemed to be a good answer to The Rejects' Assassination Rogue/Fire Mage/Holy Paladin and Elemental Shaman/Windwalker Monk/Discipline Priest compositions, but faltered against Jahmilli's Arcane Mage towards the end of the series. On Nagrand Arena, Jahmilli's health dipped early but was saved by a Cauterize. Swapxy ended up falling to heavy burst damage that he tried to line of sight slightly too late. The second match was a different story however, with Rubcub (The Rejects) falling very fast on Dalaran Sewers. Sethcurry was subbed in on The Tiger's Peak and was Skill-Capped's target of choice, even trying to kill through his Touch of Karma. They failed to do so, but did secure a victory in the end. On Tol'Viron Arena, both Rubcub and Jahmilli nearly fell but eventually took Swapxy down again despite clean setups from both teams. In the final match of the series on Black Rook Hold Arena, Skill-Capped started off strong, taking Roastyz down to low health early. The Rejects were able to turn the pressure around however, and killed Swapxy while Chas (Skill-Capped) was in a Polymorph. This secured their place in the Grand Final against the team that took them down to the lower bracket, Reformed.
Watch Skill Capped Black vs The Rejects | Lower Finals | AWC Spring Finals - Day 2 from Warcraft on www.twitch.tv
Grand Final - Reformed vs The Rejects
These two teams met earlier in the bracket, with Reformed's Jungle Cleave swiftly sending The Rejects and their Rogue/Mage-focused compositions down to battle Skill-Capped in the lower bracket final. On Nagrand Arena, Disyo's (Reformed) health fell low while Relzah (Reformed) was in a Blind. Divine Shield was forced out from Rubcub early, but ultimately Jahmilli perished. Jahmilli fell again on Ashamane's Fall after The Rejects were forced to play defensively very early in the match. On Ruins of Lordaeron, Jahmilli was a target yet again, almost dying very early. Without his Ice Block, he fell in Reformed's second attempt on him. Disyo and Jahmilli were both on low health early in their match on The Tiger's Peak. Disyo found himself low again after stabilising, but his Aspect of the Turtle was able to protect him from the onslaught of The Rejects. With The Rejects all on low health, Reformed selected their target and Jahmilli met his demise, securing Reformed's place at the Arena World Championship at BlizzCon later in the year.
Watch Reformed vs The Rejects | Grand Finals | AWC Spring Finals - Day 2 from Warcraft on www.twitch.tv
Europe had a strong preference for Marksmanship Hunters and Elemental Shaman, while North America valued Fire Mages and Affliction Warlocks.
North America seemed to believe in Assassination Rogues far more than any other melee specialisation, whereas Europe showed a slight preference for Outlaw Rogue and Feral Druid.
Discipline Priests were greatly favoured in Europe, while the healer selections for North America were a little more evenly distributed.
Not So Different After All
Despite generally having quite different team compositions, the percentage of Melee DPS to Ranged DPS was very similar for the two regions. North American DPS players selected melee specialisations 57.8% of the time and ranged specialisations 42.2% of the time, whereas European DPS players selected melee specialisations 56.8% of the time and ranged specialisations 43.2% of the time. Both regions played the same amount of melee specialisations (eight), while Europe played two more ranged specialisations than North America (eight and six respectively). Both regions also played three healer specialisations each.
Popular Team Compositions
Despite two of the eight teams only playing Jungle Cleave and none exclusively playing Rogue/Mage, the most popular composition of the Spring Finals was Rogue/Mage. The composition was played 27 times, compared to Jungle Cleave's 23 times. The most popular Rogue/Mage variation was RMPala, which was selected 18 times by North America. RMP with a Discipline Priest was selected nine times, being chosen by EU seven times and NA twice.
Next Stop, Summer Season!
The Arena Cups will be back in May with Europe's first cup of the Summer season on the 12th. For more information on the AWC, including this year's schedule, check out the official
World of Warcraft Esports website
About the Author
Dderserei is a Warrior main who is also the main contributor to the
World of Warcraft Liquipedia site
. She will be bringing you recaps of World of Warcraft Arena tournaments, with plenty of statistics and a summary of the action.
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