After a weekend of fierce battles and intense PvP action, North American team Kawhi and European team Kungarna won the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship Cup 1.
Between March 18-20, teams competed for prize pools of $10,000 per region. Participants fought under the best-of-five, double elimination format, with the final round being a best-of-seven. Each World of Warcraft team duked it out for points toward the circuit and the ultimate goal of a spot at the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship Global Finals.
Kawhi’s incredible 4-0 victory
Kawhi became the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship Cup 1 winners by claiming victory over teams such as Zhan’Cheng, Cloud9 and Three and a Half Men.
During the quarterfinals, Kawhi bested Cloud9 before fighting Three and a Half Men in the upper bracket semifinals. This pushed both Cloud9 and Three and a Half Men into the elimination bracket, with the latter team rising to the top for a rematch.
Kawhi took down Three and a Half Men in game one with Paladin, Rogue and Priest while consistently disrupting the opposing team’s setups. While Three and a Half Men’s healer was under crowd control, Kawhi played aggressively and targeted the enemy Rogue to secure the kill.
Kawhi followed this up with victories in games two and three within the Tol’Viron Arena and Ashamane’s Fall, respectively. When it all came down to the fourth game, Kawhi continued with their winning streak, swiftly taking down the opposing team’s Rogue in Maldraxxus Coliseum. With a score of 4-0, Kawhi won World of Warcraft Arena World Championship Cup 1 and earned the most points so far toward the Circuit.
Kawhi on match point! Can Three and a Half Men turn it around? 😬
Kawhi 3 – 0 Three and a Half Men ⚔️
— WoW Esports (@WoWEsports) March 21, 2022
Kungarna’s victory at the Arena World Championship
As for the European region, Kungarna took home the gold after claiming victory over teams such as Delirium, TBD and Casual Dads.
Kungarna fought Delirium before heading to the upper bracket quarterfinals against TBD, earning a score of 3-1. This was followed by a 3-0 sweep against Casual Dads in the semifinals. However, TBD persisted in the lower bracket by defeating Casual Dads 3-2, setting up a rematch against Kungarna in the final.
The first point went to Kungarna after they took down the opposing team’s Priest. Hook Point, in game, two also went to Kungarna, thanks to their Priest, Mage and Rogue composition and the chain of crowd control it produced. Kungarna earned yet another point in the third game within Tol’Viron Arena. This was followed up with a match point victory in the Dalaran Sewers.
"IT'S OVER IT'S ALL OVER! SAPPED IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE!"
— WoW Esports (@WoWEsports) March 20, 2022
Like Kawhi, Kungarna swept in the grand final with a score of 4-0. However, it’s not over for the other teams, as the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship will return next weekend with Cup 2. Viewers can catch all of the action over on the official World of Warcraft YouTube channel.
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