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The last day of the Arena World Championship Shadowlands Circuit ended with the top World of Warcraft teams earning a spot in the Season 1 Final. The finals will take place May 1 and May 2 for Europe and North America, respectively.
Arena World Championship Shadowlands Circuit Europe
Blast Wave Bros and Cowana Gaming opened the day for the European teams in the Nagrand Arena. The latter team earned the first win using a Shaman, paladin and warrior against the opposing team’s druid, demon hunter and warlock. Cowana Gaming achieved victory in the Tol’Viron Arena as well, which was followed up by a win in the Ruins of Lordaeron when the opposing team’s druid got taken down.
Up next was Method EU versus Ad Hoc Gaming, with the first team earning a win in Game 1. The team’s players consisted of a shaman, warrior and paladin against the Ad Hoc Gaming’s priest, druid and hunter. The priest went down after being unable to heal up and got hit with a Hammer of Justice alongside a series of interrupts. Although Ad Hoc Gaming tied the score 1-1 in the Arena, Method EU persisted and won in Hook Point and Mugambala.
Meanwhile, Reload Esports and CREED duked it out in the remaining matches for the Europe region. In the Nagrand Arena, Reload Esports had a shaman, priest and warrior to go up against CREED’s shaman, mage and paladin. The first point went to Reload Esports, but CREED earned a point in Game 2’s Tol’Viron Arena matchup. Despite the tie, it was not enough as Reload Esports won the next couple of arenas in Hook Point and Empyrean Domain.
These results, along with the tallied up scores from previous matchups, meant Skill Capped, Method EU, Reload Esports and CREED earned a spot in the Season 1 Final. They will be clashing on May 1.
North America results
As for the next region, we’ll start with Method NA against Hamsters & Hares. The compositions in the Nagrand Arena consisted of Method NA’s mage, paladin and warrior versus Hamsters & Hares’ mage, rogue and paladin. Method NA claimed victory in the first game. Although Hamsters & Hares persisted in Ashamane’s Fall and Tiger’s Peak, it wasn’t enough as Method NA obtained a 3-0 sweep.
As for OTK versus the Golden Guardians, the former achieved victory in the Nagrand Arena. The winning team opted for a death knight, monk and paladin composition against a shaman, rogue and priest. While the Golden Guardians made a comeback in the Dalaran Sewers, the Hook Point and Ruins of Lordaeron victories went to OTK.
When Cloud9 went up against Spacestation Gaming, it was druid, warlock and mage versus hunter, warrior and paladin in the first arena. Cloud9 came out on top in Game 1, but Black Rook Hold went to the opposing team. The score was then tied 2-2 when Cloud9 and Spacestation Gaming each earned a point in Ashamane’s Fall and Hook Point respectively. When it all came down to Empyrean Domain, it was Cloud9 that earned a score of 3-2.
The closing stages
The final game of the day involved Charlotte Phoenix clashing against Unitas. Game 1 consisted of Charlotte Phoenix’s warrior, mage and paladin against Unitas’ priest, rogue and mage. Charlotte Phoenix came out on top and continued the win streak in Ashamane’s Fall and Tiger’s Peak.
With the scores all tallied up from prior matches and this final week, Cloud9, the Golden Guardians, Method NA and OTK will head into the region’s Season 1 Final. The matches will begin on May 2.
Following the conclusion of both the Season 1 and Season 2 Circuits, the top World of Warcraft esports teams will clash in the Arena World Championship 2021 Grand Final, taking place this July and August.
Amy Chen is an esports journalist and enthusiast who specializes in in-depth interviews and breaking news. A University of Toronto and Humber College graduate, she is passionate about building up the Canadian esports industry. Her current favorite games are Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, and she has always had a soft spot for World of Warcraft!