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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.
|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.
|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
|Europe||Valor Series Professional League
|South America||Valor Series Professional League
|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|
Road to AIC Coverage
- RPL Completes Regular Season, Other AIC Qualifiers Wrapping Up (Esports Roundup October 12, 2018)
- 2018 Arena of Valor International Championship (AIC) Officially Announced (October 8, 2018)
- Esports Roundup: Valor Series, GCS, RPL, AOG, ASL, Valor Cup (September 21, 2018)
- Esports Roundup: Valor Series, GCS, RPL, Valor Cup (September 14, 2018)
- Valor Series Begins Tomorrow: Esports Roundup September 7, 2018
- Esports Roundup (Valor Series, GCS, RPL, Asian Games) (August 28, 2018)
- AWC Finals Recap (August 1, 2018)
- AWC Semifinals and Finals Overview (July 31, 2018)
- Korea Crowned World Champions after Thrilling Seven Game Finals (July 29, 2018)
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