While DreamHack WC3 Open: Winter season is running, we wanted to reach out and to share our thoughts on the latest and future plans for the ESL Pro Tour for WC3.
DreamHack WC3 Championship
We are planning LAN. It’s been almost 2 years since the last time we were able to gather players together for an in-person competition and we are moving ahead to try again. On November 25-28, 16 of the best players from across Asia, Europe and the Americas will compete in our EPT Championship which will take place out of the ESL Stockholm Studio to determine who has earned the title of EPT WC3 2021 Champion.
We've successfully brought players back safely to in-person competition in other game titles and we are able to take these learnings and apply them to our WC3 Championship. Safety for players and staff will remain our highest priority as we look to deploy our ESL Covid Protocols while abiding by local governing guidance.
We’re ecstatic with this opportunity and are committed to doing everything we can to ensure ending 2021 with the Championship that the ESL Pro Tour deserves.
The Future of Warcraft III and EPT
We have made the difficult decision that the EPT for WC3 will not continue into 2022. The DreamHack WC3 Championship will mark the end of the ESL Pro Tour: Warcraft® III. Unfortunately the program didn’t reach the targets that were set upon it across 2020 and 2021.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce this news as we have been operating WC3 competitions since 2002 when we first introduced the game title to the ESL Meisterschaft. The game helped pave the road for where we are today as a company. Having been in and around the game since it’s origins, we’ve been thrilled to have brought competition to the game over the last few years within the ESL Pro Tour.
We will continue to evaluate the future of Warcraft III as it does hold a special place at ESL and we’ll do all we can to make sure the rest of the year is memorable, to give the community all it deserves for these final events.