The best teams in the world for mobile MOBA Arena of Valor will battle it out in Da Nang, Vietnam from end June to mid-July.

It’s the first time the AWC is taking place in Vietnam and will feature 12 teams from nine regions, including newcomers Japan, who only just got a server in November last year. Last year, the inaugural AWC was hosted in Los Angeles, with Korea edging out Thailand 4-3.

The winner of the US$500,000 tournament will take home US$200,000, while the runners-up get US$110,000. Third and fourth spots get US$50,000 each, while fifth to eighth places get US$16,000 per team. There will also be rewards for the best line up and overall MVP.

This time around, AWC will feature a new Global Ban Pick format from the knockout stage onwards, with the rule stating that the same hero cannot be played more than once in a series within the same team, meaning that if you already used a hero in a previous match, you will have to use something else.

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