Blizzard have announced their first esports event for World of Warcraft Classic called the Sumer Bowl. Here is everything we know about it so far.
After years of speculation, Blizzard released World of Warcraft classic back in August of 2019 – with players flooding to the vanilla version of the massive multiplayer title in order to re-live some of their most memorable WoW playing moments.
Since then, some players have walked away and started picking up new games, but plenty of hardcore fans remain. As a result, Blizzard is now stepping into the esports scene with WoW Classic as they’ve announced the Summer Bowl event.
WoW Classic was incredibly popular upon launch.
The WoW Classic Summer Bowl, to give the event its full name, is a 10v10 Warsong Gulch tournament that will kick off on June 20 with qualifiers for competitors in Europe, while North American players can get involved from June 27.
These qualifiers will then lead to finals that will be contested by the top six teams in both Europe and North America. Europe’s finals will take place first on July 4, while the North American portion of things will come to a close on July 5.
The dates for WoW Classic’s Summer Bowl event are here.
The top six teams from both regions will be battling for a split of their region’s respective $4,000 prize pool – though a complete prize split breakdown has not yet been revealed by Blizzard themselves.
Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.
The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.
Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop.
Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.
Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.
And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?
In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.
Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.
Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.
Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.
Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.
There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.
Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”
Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names — Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper — but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.
Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” — which they absolutely should — the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.
Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.
Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.
The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.
Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.