Guild Wars




Guild Wars Factions World Championship

$100,000 in Cash Prizes!
Travel to an Exciting Destination!

(Not to mention a fresh shot at fame and glory!)

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The Guild Wars Factions World Championship is the culmination of the Guild Wars Factions Championship Series, comprised of three seasons of competitive gameplay taking place between March 7 and June 26, 2006. NCsoft and ArenaNet announced the exciting news of the Guild Wars Factions Championship in a press release on February 23, 2006. The Championship Series is open to all Guild Wars players, and at the end of each season, the top sixteen guilds on the Guild Wars Ladder will compete in post-season playoffs for Guild Wars Factions Championship Points. The five guilds from around the world with the most Championship Points at the end of the three qualifying seasons, along with the winner of the upcoming Guild Wars Factions Championship Open Event, will be awarded a trip to the Guild Wars Factions Championship, where they will compete for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes. The winner of the Guild Wars Factions World Championship will also earn the honor of choosing the designs of next season's set of Guild Wars skill pins, new collectible badges given to Guild Wars fans at events throughout the year.

The Guild Wars Factions Championship will take place at the Games Convention (GC) in Leipzig, Germany, which is scheduled to take place August 24 through 27. And like the Guild Wars World Championship event held in February in Taipei, Taiwan, the guilds invited to the GWFC will compete for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes in front of a live audience, where they will meet and make friends with guilds from around the world. Visit for rules and information.

Qualifying Seasons

The GWFC season began on March 7, 2006. The dates of the three qualifying seasons are as follows:

Season Qualifying Play Playoffs
Season 1 Bracket Results March 7 through April 3 April 8 through April 13
Season 2 Bracket Updates April 18 through May 15 May 20 through May 25
Season 3 Bracket Updates May 30 through June 26 July 1 through July 9
Open Season July 14 through July 17 N/A

After the exciting qualifying rounds and the tabulation of the Guild Wars Factions Championship Points, the Guild Wars Factions Championship finals will begin on August 24 in Leipzig. But don't worry if you can't make it to Germany, you can catch all the action—from anywhere in the world—in Guild Wars via Observer Mode!

Check the website for continued coverage of the Guild Wars Factions Championship, including bracket updates and the schedules for upcoming battles. Keep your eye on the site to catch the debut of our new section dedicated to competitive play, which is scheduled to open next week! And don't forget to check out the GWFC FAQ for answers to many of your questions.

But Wait, There's More!

The first season of the Guild Wars Factions Championship offers a unique prize: The Guild Wars Factions Championship Special Opportunity: E3 Appearance Prize. This prize will reward the winner of the first qualifying season of the GWFC with a trip, as ArenaNet's guests, to the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, California, in May! The ladder is locked, the guilds are ready. Who will take the stage at E3?

The second season the Guild Wars Factions Championship offers another exceptional prize: The winning guild will be given the opportunity to create several guild build templates. This is a chance for a Guild Wars guild to have a permanent impact on the game and on competitive play into the future. We look forward to seeing how the Season Two winners make their mark in history!

Event Rules

Read the Guild Wars Factions Championship Rules or the Universal Guild Wars Tournament Rules for detailed information on eligibility, the provisions for participation, the releases required to participate, and gameplay expectations, as well. Each of these rules documents applies to the Guild Wars Factions Championship, and participants in the event should make it a point to read and follow all the rules carefully.

About Leipzig

Leipzig is a gem of a city located near the eastern border of Germany, in the state of Saxony. It is situated at the confluence of three rivers, and boasts historical buildings and stunning natural features. Leipzig has a long history as a trade center; the city and its surroundings form one of the fastest-growing economic regions in Europe today. The city became known as the Stadt der Helden (City of Heroes) for its leading role in the democratic East German revolution, which began in 1989 and eventually led to the fall of the Iron Curtain and to German reunification.

Home of such historical figures as Bach, Schumann, Wagner, and Goethe, the city's proud heritage can be glimpsed down crooked alleyways or captured in awe-inspiring vistas. Dozens of historic buildings—some dating back to the 16th Century—dot the landscape, and the city center offers tree-lined parks and squares, sidewalk cafes, and charming shops, as well.

And yet, all is not antiquated and historical in Leipzig. The city is very 21st Century in its hosting of several technology fairs, including the GC, Europe's largest electronic game show. Leipzig features a pulsating multicultural atmosphere that permeates its city center, day and night. In summertime, every street seems to become an outdoor café or beer garden. A stroll of the two-mile promenade that encircles the old city, tracing the route of its ancient city walls, offers a chance to take in much of what charming Leipzig has to offer.


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