It was only a few short weeks ago that we talked about the past six months of Competitive World of Warcraft PvP, and it was here that we noted how enjoyable it was to watch some of the edge-of-your-seat matches that went on during these past few months. Unfortunately, we may have spoken too soon in our expressed optimism for WoW's growth as an e-sport, because it appears that Blizzard may be giving up the fight.
You see, just last weekend, teams from around North America gathered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for the American ESL Championships for WoW 3v3 Arena. Not only were these particular competitors playing for the $15,000 prize available, but the top four teams would also be eligible to compete in the ESL Global Finals, held in Hannover, Germany, against (amongst others) the current top team in the world: Korea's famous Rogue / Mage / Priest team, HON. Unfortunately, ESL Edmonton was plagued with a huge number of technical problems from the tournament host, as well as a perceived lack of support from Blizzard. Is this a sign of things to come?
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