Arena of Valor (AoV) - $600,000 USD Arena of Valor International Championship (AIC) 2018 set for November

The Arena of Valor International Championship (AIC) 2018 will kick-off on November with the theme "Break the Boundary." The tournament boasts the biggest prize pool ever for the mobile gaming category, with $600,000 USD on the line.

Arena of Valor International Championship (AIC) 2018 set for November

The Arena of Valor International Championship (AIC) 2018 is scheduled to begin in November in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Bangkok, Thailand. Sixteen (16) teams from across 11 major regions around the world are set to battle for 600,000 USD – the biggest prize pool yet for mobile esports.

AIC 2018 will be Arena of Valor’s biggest competitive stage, adopting the theme “Break the Boundary” to outdo the recently concluded Arena of Valor World Cup (AWC). The upcoming tournament will be held from November 23 to December 16, 2018.

Boasting a total prize pool of $600,000 USD, AIC 2018 will set a new record high for Arena of Valor international tournaments and a historical landmark for the mobile games category.

AIC 2018 Tournament Format

The teams from Korea, Thailand, Taiwan – Hong Kong – Macau, and Vietnam will be designated as the four seed teams. This decision is based on the 2017 AIC and  2018 AWC champion regions, as well as the two hosting regions. These teams will also be automatically included in the Group Stage.

Each seed team will draw 3 other teams to be in the same group, with the first two teams in the same region not meeting each other in the same group. The group draw will be held after Vietnam’s Pro League Arena of Glory (AOG), expected to conclude in early November.

The tournament will begin with a knockout stage where the 12 non-seed teams will be pitted against each other before moving on to the Group Stage (where the four seed teams are added) and Quarterfinals.

The top 16 teams will represent Arena of Valor’s different playing regions: Taiwan – Hong Kong – Macau, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Europe, North America, MSP (Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines), South America, South Korea, and new addition India. Thailand and Vietnam will each have 3 slots for their regions.

AIC 2018 Tournament Schedule

The tournament will begin with the knock-out stage in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and then at Bangkok, Thailand for the next three weeks.

Below details the tournament’s progression from November 25 to December 16.

Week Stage Date Event
1 Knock-out Stage November 23 to 25 Non-seed teams in each group will battle in a Round Robin, best-of-3 (Bo3) single elimination format. The top two teams will move to the Group Stage.
2 Group Stage November 30 to December 1 Seed teams and the top two teams from the Knock-out stage will battle in a Round Robin, best-of-3 (Bo3) single elimination format. The top two teams will move to the Quarterfinals.
3 Quarterfinals December 8 to 9 The first place of each group will draw the second place from other groups to battle in a best-of-5 (Bo5) format. The top team will move to the semifinals.
4 Semifinals and Finals December 15 to 16 Winner of Group A will battle winner of group C, and winner of group B will battle winner of group D. The semifinals will adopt a best-of-5 (Bo5) double elimination format, while the grand finals will be best-of-7 (Bo7)

AIC 2018 Qualifying Teams

Listed below are each of the participating regions of AIC 2018, including the qualifications to represent them in the tournament.

Region Qualifying Team
Thailand (3 teams) RPL Professional League Champion, AIC Qualifier Champion, 1st runner-up
Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau (2 teams) 2018 GCS Summer League
Championship, 1st runner-up
Vietnam (3 teams) AOG Professional League Champion, 1st runner-up, 2nd runner-up
North America Valor Series Professional League
Champion
Europe Valor Series Professional League
Champion
South America Valor Series Professional League
Champion
South Korea AIC Qualifier Champion
China AIC Qualifier Champion
Indonesia AIC Qualifier Champion
India AIC Qualifier Champion
MSP (Malaysia, Singapore and Philippines) Valor Cup Season 3 Champion

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