Get over here, Mortal Kombat fans! WePlay Esports is hosting the world’s hottest new Mortal Kombat 11 tournament later this week. Starting on Thursday, December 10th, two groups of professional MK 11 players will compete in WePlay Dragon Temple, which slumbers atop a $60,000 dollar hoard for the winners.
Taking place in the WePlay Esports Arena Kyiv – the first event to be held at the brand-new venue, the tournament will have two stages. The Group Stage will split the teams into two round-robin groups, where players must win two of out three sets to progress. The top four contestants from each group will then move on to the Playoffs, a double-elimination bracket where they must win the best of five sets.
WePlay Dragon Temple will see the Mortal Kombat 11 fighting scene elite duking it out for victory. It’ll play host to both veteran fighting-game players like Tekken Master and the aptly named ForeverKing, as well as newer entrants to the scene such as Infinitii and Dubasik. The full lineup of competitors is below:
Group MORTAL (A):
- A F0xy Grampa Hayatei
Group KOMBAT (B):
- Tekken Master
But WePlay Dragon Temple is more than just a competition. Spectacle and drama have always been central to WePlay Esports' events, from creating a cyberpunk city on-stage for the Dota 2 WePlay! Mad Moon event, to transforming a ski resort in the Carpathians into a winter wonderland for the WePlay! Bukovel Minor 2020. Augmented Reality has been at the forefront of WePlay’s events, providing information and analysis of matches in an innovative and spectacular format.
Let's have a look at AR that we have created for the #MadMoon tournament 👀👇#pixotope #poweredbypixotope pic.twitter.com/GmHTXfRbiRFebruary 21, 2020
WePlay Dragon Temple is no different. Alongside the players, the show will bring in a wide range of talent to host, discuss, and cover the event live. Proceedings will be overseen by analyst and former professional esports player Kyle, while streamers and casters like Mr Aquaman and the twins Ketchup and Mustard will provide commentary of matches. When hip-hop icon and self-professed Mortal Kombat fan Snoop Dogg himself is geared up to watch, it’s going to be a show you don’t want to miss.
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"We at WePlay Esports recognize that fighting games have all they need to become a form of mass entertainment, just like boxing and UFC,” says Anton Gribovskiy, General Manager Americas at WePlay Esports. “The potential audience of these titles is enormous and includes many generations of casual players. Everyone interested in the MK multiverse will enjoy WePlay Dragon Temple. Our teams will do their best to make this event special, so don’t miss it.”
As well as running a thrilling event, WePlay Esports is also keen to ensure it is a safe one. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, WePlay Esports has hosted multiple events, including the WeSave! Charity Play marathon, raising funds to aid the battle against the pandemic, alongside two three-week long Dota 2 leagues, and shorter tournaments in CS:GO and Valorant. For some of these events, the talents involved stayed with WePlay Esports for a prolonged period of time.
For Dragon Temple, WePlay Esports is working based on input from medical professionals and practices taken from previous events to ensure a safe environment for everyone involved. “Only the essential staff will be working in WePlay Esports Arena Kyiv during the event, and it will not be open to the audience,” says Maksym Bilonogov, Chief Visionary Officer and General Producer at WePlay. “Any visitors such as business partners or press representatives will be allowed into the venue only with a negative COVID-19 test result.”
WePlay Dragon Temple runs from December 10 until December 13. You can watch the full event live at 19:00 GMT/20:00 CEST/11:00 PST via WePlay’s Twitch channel. For more information on WePlay Dragon Temple, check out WePlay Esports’ website. And if you want to keep up to date on the Dragon Temple and future events, you can follow WePlay Esports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as keeping an eye on the company’s Reddit page.