Summoners Wars: Questions, Answers and Information about the World Cup
On October 7, 2017, the European qualifier for the Summoners War World Arena Championship will take place in Paris. The 16 best players in Europe will play there in front of a crowd for a total of $ 5,000 in prize money and one of two tickets for the grand finale in the US – not only for the world title, but also for a total of $ 50,000 in prize money. Interest aroused? Good, because we have the European boss of GAMEVIL COM2US holes with questions!
You want to compete against the best summoners in the World Arena? Then you should definitely apply as a participant in the highly official World-Arena Championship. At nine locations around the globe, summoners can compete in exciting eSports events to qualify for the final in the US. It’s about honor, strictly limited prizes and a total of $ 100,000. You can find all the information you need on the official tournament page and the latest updates can be found on Facebook .
David Mohr, European General Manager of GAMEVIL COM2US, has told us more about the eSport ambitions of the Summoners War makers.
Hello David. When was the decision made to host official eSports tournaments with Summoners War players and how complicated was it to make that idea a reality?
David Mohr: In March, we opened the Real Time Arena in Summoners War, and from the beginning we had the desire to host tournaments. There were then first, smaller tournaments in Korea and in June an international invitation tournament in New York. The success of these events has encouraged us to embark on a true World Cup for which we now play the preliminary rounds in nine cities around the world and then crown the champion in the grand finale in the USA at the end of November. It’s not easy to set up such a series of really big offline events, but luckily we have experienced partners to help us with that. Nevertheless, we are very excited about how the tournament will be in Paris and how many viewers we will have online in our streams!
Some people claim that you just have to invest a lot of money to be one of the world’s best players in Summoners War. Is that correct?
David Mohr: To survive in the arena you need strong monsters, strong runes, and above all, a lot of knowledge about how monster skills and runes interlock and which team combinations work best against each other. This knowledge you have to earn hard, a shortcut for it is unfortunately not.
Are there any special rules for such an eSports battle? Do all participants need to use the same devices?
David Mohr: We play normal friend battles in the World Arena. Anyone can compete with their own device or use a device we have put together. With us it is much less on the hardware, as for example in a shooter or RTS game on the PC.
Which monsters will we see in the battles of the first World Tournament especially often or are there favorites?
David Mohr: Of course, it depends on the monster pool of the participants, but we expect that some favorites will appear quite often. Seara, Psamathe, Woosa, Theomars, Tiana and Zaiross are – of course, along with some others – very strong in PvP. However, participants may also be inspired by the M2 Invitational in New York, or by the other regional tournaments in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Bangkok, and re-team their teams completely. In addition, we made some changes in the last balancing patch at the end of August, which should bring new team compositions. Iris and Tablo, for example, are quite popular because of their control skills, but could now lose some of their importance due to the patch.
What are your future plans for the eSports area? Will the whole be expanded?
David Mohr: As we’re in the middle of the first World Arena Championship, we’ll have to see how it develops and gets to our players. We sincerely hope everyone will enjoy it and that we can provide great entertainment both on-site and on stream! Hopefully, after a successful World Cup, we can soon announce new tournaments for 2018. What we definitely want to do are more local events also in different European cities.
Finally, a nasty question: Which country has the best players?
David Mohr: Our colleagues in Korea naturally believe that the top gamers in the game are all from their home country. And in fact you can see in the rankings at least a lot of players from Asian countries at the top. But I think that the differences in the top-200 may not be so great, and that European players also have a good chance of winning the title.
If you feel like joining the battle for the World Championship title, you can register for the tournament at www.summonerswar.com by September 14th. Anyone applying for the tournament will receive a small in-game thank you. The winners of the regional tournaments will receive additional prize money, a strictly limited statue and a trip to the grand finale in the USA.
Alternatively, you can participate as a spectator in advance in Paris and register for it here in advance . And if you do not make it to Paris in person, but still want to be part of it, you can of course watch the events on October 7 in streams in English, German, French, Russian and Italian from home or on the road.