Vaneck over the on EU forums just announced the 2009 World of Warcraft Arena Tournament. Last year's arena tournament was a big success, and even had some appearances by some WoW Insider staff and a few GMs.

The tournament realm will open up next week on February 17th. The global tournament will have cash prizes over $200,000.

The tournament realms will have level 80 characters in the latest epic gear from Wrath of the Lich King. We don't know exactly what the gear is yet, but we'll let you know as soon as we have it figured out.

And perhaps the best part?
  • The top teams will contend for the "Vanquisher" title for their live characters.
  • All participants "can earn" an Armored Murloc in-game pet for their live characters.
Updated 1:54 p.m. EST: Armored Murloc pet picture is now up.

Updated 3:03 p.m. EST: US participation confirmed.

This article was originally published on WoW Insider.

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