Ally and Sam sit down to talk about the changes made to the presentation of WoW as an esport, the future of arenas on the road to BlizzCon in 2017. Several format changes were introduced for PvP to have a strong presence on par with Blizzard’s other competitive titles. The show will be prerecorded every Tuesday, and made available Wednesday. You can listen here or find us on Stitcher, iTunes, or Google Play. If you have any questions for the show, email us at ArcAna@blizzpro.com, or you can find us on Twitter: @ArcaneAnalysis, @Phaerixia, @Allayva, and @Ktjnwow.
This week Ally, Katie, and Sam discuss PvP. From it’s humble beginnings in Vanilla to the introduction of Arenas in Burning Crusade; the evolution of PvP gear, spell-tuning and unique talents and what they mean for entry-level and high-end PvP. The show will be prerecorded every Tuesday, and made available Wednesday. You can listen here or find us on Stitcher, iTunes, or Google Play. If you have any questions for the show, email us at ArcAna@blizzpro.com, or you can find us on Twitter: @ArcaneAnalysis, @Phaerixia, @Allayva, and @Ktjnwow.
Patch 7.1.5 brings a massive amount of changes and new/updated content. Highlights include: Opening of The Nighthold raid January 17th Balancing of legendary equipment, new legendaries, and increased item level for newly acquired legendaries (existing ones can have their ilvl increased) Numerous class balancing changes and talent reworks Secondary stats have been reworked to be more valuable to all specs Professions updates PVP updates: Artifact traits 35+ are now active (update: in non-instanced PvP) Prestige cap raised to rank 9 MoP dungeons being added to the timewalking rotation Brawler’s Guild returns and has been reworked for new and amusing challenges Micro Holidays introduced Artifact Knowledge catch-up to rank 20
As previously announced, World of Warcraft: Legion 7.1.5 will feature a visually updated version of Blade’s Edge Arena. The new version of the arena will retain the same collision mapping, and is meant to bring the PvP instance into 2016’s modern style. The updated arena will also feature an overlooking Ogre, who will “shoutcast” developments during the instance. If it proves an enjoyable addition, they may add similar features to arenas going forward.
This week’s Bonus Event: Battlegrounds has begun! From now until Monday, September 14th players will receive a 200% bonus to honor gains earned from battlegrounds. Players can also pick up the quest “A Call to Battle” to earn an additional 500 Conquest points above your current cap for winning 4 battlegrounds. What will you spend all those bonus honor points on?
Blizzard has unveiled a new entry about an in-development feature called Mercenary Mode, which will allow players to circumvent long queue times for Ashran and unrated Battlegrounds by fighting for the other team. Get all the details here and come back for a bit of analysis after the post. They say, “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer”—and soon, you’ll be able to do just that. In an upcoming patch, we’ll be adding a feature that allows you to act as a mercenary for the opposite faction in PvP. Whenever your faction is experiencing a long wait time to get into Ashran or unrated Battlegrounds, agents of the enemy faction will appear in your base in Ashran (Stormshield for the Alliance, Warspear for the Horde). These agents will allow you to enter Ashran or Battlegrounds disguised as an enemy player, and actually fight as the opposite faction. When you
Community Manager soft kitty warm kitty little ball of fire Lore has reported on the forums that the recent hotfix to reduce player PVP damage by 10% in response to a general increase in player power from patch 6.1 has been reverted. Without much experience with PVP during WoD I can’t add my voice to the masses on this, but it seems like the message is tailor-made to communicate that Blizzard listens to feedback, and that this change, while initially well-intentioned, was more detrimental than it was helpful. The takeaway from this? Tell the devs when you don’t like something, folks. Read the forum post below and tell us what you think of this stunning reversal. Recently, we applied a hotfix that reduced the damage players took in PvP by 10%. Our goal was to reduce damage across the board in order to slow matches down a bit. However, we received overwhelming feedback
Blizzard is giving players with beta access the chance to play with a couple of developers and some community figures on the new world PVP zone Ashran. For those who don’t want to play or don’t have beta access but would still like to watch, the event will be live streamed on WoW’s official channel http://www.twitch.tv/wow. This is a good chance to get a feel for how this zone will work, with insight from both the players and developers. The original post can be found here. Join us Wednesday, October 29 at 11:00 a.m. PDT for a special live stream direct from Ashran. Designers Brian Holinka and Chris Kaleiki will be joined by community manager, Josh “Lore” Allen to provide commentary and share insights on all that Ashran has to offer. Players on the beta realms are also invited to play alongside the blues, just be sure you’re camera ready because notable streamers,
If you’re big into the WoW arena scene, you’ll be interested to know that Blizzard will be streaming the North American Regionals this Sunday on Twitch. This is, of course, merely a prelude to the Arena World Championships at BlizzCon this year, and it promises to be a pretty exciting event. Read the full post below. The battle for BlizzCon continues! Eight of North America’s best 3v3 Arena teams will clash this Sunday, October 5, when the 2014 North American World of Warcraft Arena Tournament takes place at the Hammerstein Ballroom in the Manhattan Center Studios in New York City. Their goal: Earn a spot in the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship at BlizzCon 2014. Watch the Live Stream: http://www.twitch.tv/wow Date: October 5 Schedule: 9:45 a.m. EDT – Show begins 10:00 a.m. EDT – Six Winner’s Bracket matches 4:00 p.m. EDT – Three Lower Bracket matches Format: All matches will be
The Community Team has offered fair warning that the last PVP season for the expansion is about to finish. And since the end of the PVP season would logically coincide with the release of the Warlords systems patch 6.0.2, that means that when the season is over, we can expect the patch to drop almost immediately. At this point, expect 6.0.2 to drop no earlier than October 14th, and given the expansion’s release date and the typical 3-4 week period between systems patch and expansion release, it’s not likely to be later than the 21st. Read the full post below and get your PVP business sorted, kids. The new game is coming. After many grueling bouts in the Arenas and Battlegrounds, the time has nearly come to see who will reign supreme in this action-packed PvP season. Prepare to fight your last battles, and remember—to the victors go the spoils! Arena