The Arena of Valor World Cup (AWC) 2019 organized by Garena and Tencent Games, will host its group stage to finals for the first time in Da Nang, Vietnam from end June to mid July. With USD 500,000 in prize money up for grabs between 12 teams from 9 regions, AOV maintains as one of the highest international esports prize pool amongst other similar mobile MOBAs.
9 Regions, 12 Teams
These 9 regions include:
- Chinese Taipei
- Mainland China
The AWC 2019 marks Japan’s first participation in an AOV international tournament since the game introduced their Japanese server in November 2018. Each team is selected by their respective region’s qualifier process. As of the date of post, only 5 out of 12 Teams have been selected.
Teams the have qualified for the AWC 2019 are as follows:
- EVOS Esports (Indonesia) via ASL Season 2
- Team Flash (Vietnam) via AOG Spring 2019
- BMGaming (America) via Valor Series
- Toyota Diamond Cobra (Thailand) via RPL Season 3
- M8HEXA (Malaysia) via Valor Cup 2019
For the Malaysia/ Singapore/ Philippines region, the representatives have been chosen via Valor Cup that was held last 10th March 2019 by ESL. M8HEXA have also placed first during the Malaysian Esports Selection 2019 for SEA Games last weekend.
US$ 500,000 Prize Pool
The prize pool for AWC 2019 includes USD 200,000 for the champion, USD 110,000 for the first runner-up and USD 50,000 for the 3rd and 4th placed winners respectively.
To better improve the spectator experience, AWC 2019 will introduce a revolutionary “Global Ban Pick” mode from the knockout stage onwards. Global Ban Pick is a rule that the same hero cannot be played more than once in a match within the same team. Heroes that were used by the team in the previous game are automatically banned in their remaining matches during the same game, thus increasing gameplay and hero pick diversity.