The Crimson Ring is an underground network featuring gladiatorial combat to the death. Tournaments and matches are organized in hidden venues on Kalimdor like deep forests or abandoned ruins, such as Dire Maul.
Members of the Ring include liars, cheats and gamblers, to entrepreneurs, aristocrats, and peasants. Its entertainers: the gladiator slaves, prisoners, criminals, and any free gladiators willing to test their mettle in the ring. Their skills developed by their slavers and or their gladiator trainers. The violent public events of the Crimson Ring attract audiences from all walks of life, many of which are fond of gambling on who will live to be the victors.
The gladiatorial games begin with individual single combat matches and whichever gladiator teams can survive the individual trials intact can advance to team combat matches to vie for the team championship. It is presumed that members of the teams who were unable to advance to team combat matches continue to fight in single combat matches to vie for the single combat championship.
A gladiator who hasn't been "bloodied" has yet to make a first kill. Typically, the weapons and possessions of the fallen are inherited by the victors of the match.