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Asmongold unveils plans for competitive WoW Classic dueling tournament

Published: 23/Sep/2019 23:20 Updated: 23/Sep/2019 23:42

by Isaac McIntyre

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Leading World of Warcraft is often collated with grinding, dungeon diving, and general player vs environment gameplay, with the player-vs-player modes regularly considered spice and extras to the main objectives of the game.

Twitch star Asmongold has different ideas for Blizzard’s RPG title, announcing a dueling tournament to be held on his server Faerlina on his September 23 stream. He also revealed the competitive tourney could boast a collective prize pool of $40,000, if not more.

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The arena-style tournament will see the game’s best clash head-to-head to prove they’ve created the strongest hero in Azeroth, and the concept has already garnered major attention.


“There are a lot of people that thought this tournament was really, really good. There were even some people that thought it was so good that they’re probably going to give us $40,000 in prize money to give out for these tournaments,” Asmongold announced on-stream.

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“To be honest, that’s only a very, very small amount of it. It could very well be much more, like twice as much easy,” he added.

According to the streamer, there’s also the potential for Blizzard to grant the $40k tournament a private area to avoid griefers and trolls, though Asmongold marked the idea “unlikely”.

He also confirmed tryouts and sign-ups would be opening soon, as well as more information about the PvP event, and told his viewers that they should get cracking on power-leveling their characters in preparation, as the tournament would be held in the next fortnight.

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“We’ll be beginning these tournaments very soon. A lot of you are probably thinking ‘Oh shit I should level up,’ and you’re goddamn right you should. The prizes will be massive, the tournaments will be huge, it’s going to be fucking amazing,” he said.

While many players are interested in the PvP tournament that Asmongold announced, the WoW star also said he knew battling against other players isn’t always the aim for many people grinding out Blizzard’s flagship game.


To cater for these players, Asmongold revealed he and his backing sponsors would also be setting up a speed-running event to run alongside the dueling tournament, with a separate prize pool. He also confirmed this speed-running event would debut live on Twitch.

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World of Warcraft, YouTubeBlizzard has hosted WoW esports tournaments like the Arena World Championship in the past.

The two major community-hosted tournaments are great news for the World of Warcraft community, many of whom have already defeated this release’s end-game raids and are looking for more to do with their time.

As well as Amongold’s plans, Blizzard have also confirmed they will be continuing support for WoW Esports with the Arena World Championship. Cloud9, Method, M2KC have already qualified, leaving five more slots up for grabs.

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How to find World of Warcraft’s new Reckful memorial in Shadowlands

Published: 16/Oct/2020 23:27

by Bill Cooney

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The NPC paying tribute to legendary World of Warcraft streamer Byron ‘Reckful’ Bernstein has been moved following the Shadowlands expansion to a new location in Azeroth.

Reckful was easily one of the biggest names in WoW streaming when he tragically and unexpectedly passed away in July of 2020. 

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Along with the outpouring of support from the community that followed, Blizzard themselves paid tribute to him with a new Rogue Trainer NPC bearing his tag located in the Cathedral of Light.

After Shadowlands wasn sent live, the area has undergone a bit of a makeover – standard practice for WoW expansions, but Reckful is still there available to train leveling Rogues, just in a slightly different spot than before.

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As shown by his fellow WoW streamer and good friend Asmongold, Reckful was moved by Blizzard in Shadowlands to stand right by the stairway to greet anyone who walks up.

“They moved him, wow, holy s**t,” Asmon said. “Does it still do the wings? Yeah it does. Holy s**t that is pretty cool, that is definitely pretty f***ing cool man.”

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All of the features are still there, including the option to tell Reckful, “It’s good seeing you again,” as well as the ghostly wings that appear on the NPC’s back.

WoW players have also discovered a new feature apparently added along with Shadowlands – if you use the /hug command on Reckful, his character will /hug you right back. How’s that for wholesome?

So if you visit Reckful in the Citadel and hug him, he hugs you back from wow

The Rogue trainer is actually Blizzard’s second tribute to the streamer, with another NPC named ‘Byron Burnside’ first added in Tiragarde Sound – a play on his real name. The Reckful one is more of a direct connection to his in-game identity, with Rogue being his preferred class, and the one that helped him become a household name in the world of WoW.

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Shadowlands is definitely bittersweet for all of us who were fans of tuning into Reckful’s streams, since it’s the first WoW expansion he won’t be around to experience along with us. It’s good to see Blizzard has kept a little piece of him around in-game though – one that we can visit anytime we want.