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1UP recently posted an article examining commercial support of Arena teams in Blizzard Entertainment's ever popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft. Two teams selected from PvP guilds in the Bloodlust battlegroup were recently sponsored by Team Pandemic and CheckSix, introducing pro gaming to WoW for the first time in what those involved hope will be a long stay on the world stage of competitive gaming.

All the fuss over PvP is an interesting shift to see take place for longtime WoW players, as it would be hard for anyone to argue that Blizzard has put much more time into developing a rich, deep PvE experience. That's how the game has been supported for so long. That's why people bought the expansion -- new PvE content to tackle. And now, they're getting attention for PvP advancements. Ultimately this puts the onus on Blizzard to perfect PvP imbalances to the same level they've tweaked and refined PvE content to ensure a challenging, yet (mostly) bug-free playing experience.

"At the moment there are still balance issues that need to be worked out both in-game and in the arena ranking system itself. These issues will continue to become less and less of a problem as Blizzard is surely working hard to alleviate any and all problems standing in the way of its massive freight train of a game," said Schoder. "In the future you will soon find that Blizzard has tweaked the game to near perfection in preparation for mainstream eSports competition."

"This is only the beginning of what's to come in my eyes - things are only going to get more popular and more companies and teams are going to start to see the potential competitive WoW has," said Romano. "As far as people going for the 'slice of the Sandpear pie,' yes, I think a lot of people are going to start playing WoW more competitively, especially if gear is on equal terms with longstanding teams."
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