Everything you need to know about Great Push 2023, the next competition for the Mandatory World of Warcraft team
Competition resumes for Mandatory's World of Warcraft team ! This summer the Great Push of Dragonflight Season 2. We explain everything you need to know about the event, how to follow it and support our players.
What is the Great Push?
The Great Push is a very different tournament of the MDI (Mythic Dungeon International) to which participated Mandatory a few months ago. Once again, the aim is to complete World of Warcraft's high-level Mythical Dungeons as quickly as possible.
Whereas the MDI is a speedrun event that pits two teams against each other, the Great Push is played solo and focuses on the performance of each team, rather than their times. Only the teams with the best scores can progress to the next stages of the tournament. That's not to say that time isn't an important part of the competition - on the contrary, but we'll talk more about that later.
The Great Push principle
The different phases of the Great Push are played out over several days. At the start of each phase, the tournament organisers unveil the list of dungeons that will be played during that phase, with predefined affixes and key levels.
Teams then have several days to complete each dungeon. Each time a team completes a dungeon, they can redo the dungeon with a higher key levelincreasing the difficulty of the dungeon. The aim of the teams is achieve the highest possible key level in each dungeon. The team score then corresponds to the total of the highest key levels validated by the players.
Although not strictly speaking a speedrun event, time management remains a central element during the Great Push. It's up to the teams to manage the time allocated to them as effectively as possible to complete as many dungeons as possible in order to reach the highest levels. Teams have to weigh up the risks and rewards of each dungeon before setting off. The number of potential points to be won has to be taken into account, as well as the time each attempt takes.
What's more, in the event of a tie, the team that completes the dungeon faster wins.
Which teams are taking part in the Great Push?
Everyone can take part in the Great Push. It's a a tournament open to all teams of 5 playersThey must register before 30 June 2023.
Whether you're an amateur or a professional team, you're all in the same boat. The Mandatory team is therefore taking part, like all the others, in the qualifying phases, which we will describe in a little more detail below.
Once registered, teams have access to a dedicated tournament server where they can create their characters and access all existing World of Warcraft equipment. without any restrictions. So they have to choose classes and builds to match their strategies for tackling the dungeons.
The different phases of the Great Push
The Proving Grounds
The registered teams will all have to go through the Proving Grounds.
This stage takes place from 5 to 10 July, 24 hours a day. All registered teams must achieve the highest scores in two dungeons selected by the organisers. These maps are Freehold and Uldaman: Legacy of Tyr.
The top 18 teams then qualify for the group stage.
The top 18 teams are divided into 3 groups of 6 teams. The time allowed is much shorter than that for the Proving Ground, as each group has only 15 hours, spread over 3 daysto achieve the highest scores. The groups play on different dates and in different dungeons.
The group stages are played on the following dates:
- Group A: 21 to 23 July
- Group B: 28 to 30 July
- Group C: 4 to 6 August
The group phase takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 7pm to midnight.
On Friday at 6.59pm, the organisers tell the teams the first 4 dungeonsTheir affixes and key levels will have to be played. One team is eliminated at the end of each day, while a new dungeon is added at the start of Day 2 and Day 3.for a total of 6 dungeons to tackle.
This format therefore requires both strategic mastery and a great deal of adaptability, as well as the composure required given the time limits of the event.
The top two teams in each group qualify for the grand final.
The Great Push Grand Final
The Grand Final brings together the last 6 teams in the running for a final showdown. The stage takes place from 18 to 20 August and uses the same rules as the group phase. The scores in this phase determine the final position of each team and the cash prize won.
The Great Push Cash Prize
One of the special features of the Great Push is that all the teams that qualify for the group stage receive a cash prize, whatever happens. Each group has a cash prize of 30 000$.
Breakdown of the group stage cash prize :
- 1st: 9000$ + qualification for the final
- 2nd: 8000$ + qualification for the final
- 3e : 6000$
- 4e : 4000$
- 5e : 2000$
- 6th: 1000$
The cash prize for the grand final is much higher, at 300 000$. Teams accumulate winnings from the group phase and the grand final.
Breakdown of the Grand Final cash prize:
- 1e : 120 000$
- 2e : 80 000$
- 3e : 40 000$
- 4e : 30 000$
- 5e : 20 000$
- 6th: 10 000$
How can I follow the Great Push and the Mandatory team?
The first stage, the Proving Grounds, will not be broadcast. The streams and official commentary will begin with the group phase. For the moment, since we don't yet know which group the Mandatory team will play in, we don't yet know which days it will play.
Depending on the dates when Mandatory plays, it is possible that ZeratoR also provides commentary on matches on Twitch channel.
We will keep you informed once the groups have been determined.