WGL Rumor – Format Change

World of Tanks tournaments (WGL – Wargaming League) are likely to switch to the 15×15 format.

According to the insider of site Game2Day, the new season of Wargaming.net League will give fans of tank e-sports a big “surprise” – a new format of the matches. If the last season matches on the cybersport scene took place in a 7/68 format, now the developers will expand the team participants to 15 players on the X tier tanks.

There is no official confirmation from Wargaming yet, but conversations about changing the format have been going on for a long time, so the news does not seem to be fiction. The last year Mohammed Fadl, head of World of Tanks e-sports said:

“To begin with, we need to change the gameplay from 7×7 to 15×15, and it will take at least a year, so the next Grand Final will also take place in a 7×7 format – all this time we will test the format of 15×15. And now all of us, perhaps we will see real armies of pro-players or even clans appearing on the stage. ”

The interview with the mention of the 15×15 format was given back in April 2016. We can conclude that the preparations for the transition to the new mode have been completed, and in the new season we are waiting for battles with a new level of entertainment.

If the rumor turns out to be true, it will be quite possible to expect new participants on the professional stage – representatives of the top World of Tanks clans. They would feel better in a familiar format and are quite capable of resisting the current favorites of the League. Which, by the way, will have to revise their team composition. And then another question is brewing: will the current sponsors / organizations “pull” the increased costs for the teams? To keep a roster of 15-17 people is a rather difficult task: it is salaries, equipment for training, forms, and logistics, in the end… But of course, it will be possible to speak about this only when there is an official announcement from Wargaming.

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7 thoughts on “WGL Rumor – Format Change

  1. Then this will just be an another version of clan wars, except you won’t have to be in the same clan to compete… Not sure what they’re thinking, this makes the WoT esport scene seem like even more of a joke.

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  2. 15v15? I’m hearing subtle complaints about getting 7 players to get them to fly to Warsaw (or wherever WGL Finals was held) and they’re gonna switch to 15?
    So it’s either two things: If they actually go through with this, then it’s highly possible that there will be no more live/LAN events like the WGL Grand Finals. Or, someone would point out how ridicolous this is.

    I mean, they tried this in RU cluster before and almost all players didn’t like it.

    Ah heck, who am I kidding, I’m just one of the few people who rants (and cares) about WGL anymore.

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  3. 15v15 is really dumb, the maps arent big enough for 30 players and to be able to flank and make use of the terrain. Its literally what i hate about random battles. WoWS has the same problem.

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  4. That means a lot of effort on the part of WG.
    In order to get 15 people teams they need a lot less restrictive rules schedule and a lot of rewards for people playing 15v15 organized matches.
    Also, it would have helped a lot if they did it before 9.18, since they lost a lot of people since then and now the patch will be divisive – if they roll back the changes, they will lose some players, if they keep it the way it is they will lose players as well. If there was just one version, of which everyone knew and accepted, they would have had 100% of players to choose from

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  5. I think that the most appropriate would be to pass the randoms to 7vs7 and not the competitive one to 15vs15. Maps are small for 15 vs15. With the 15vs15 format there would be artillery and that would encourage its use. And I do not want artillery to increase in the game.

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