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Blizzard Posts April 7th: 7.2.5 Guardian and Destruction, Arena Cup #1, Samwise Interview
2017/04/07 at 4:17 PM
For today's Blizzard news roundup, we have some early information on 7.2.5 Guardian Druid and Destruction Warlock changes, how to watch the first Arena Cup this weekend, and The Starting Zone's interview with Samwise Didier.
Blizzard Roundup: Arena World Championships, Esports Interview, Reap Souls, Legendary Follower Items
2017/03/22 at 5:55 PM
Today's roundup include the first North Qualifier cup details, IGN's Rise of Arena Esports video and discussion on
and Legendary Follower Items.
Legion PvP Season 2 Begins on December 13; PvP Season Not Tied to 7.1.5 Release
2016/11/29 at 2:18 PM
Blizzard has announced that Legion PvP Season 2 will begin on December 13th! Usually PvP seasons are tied to the start of a new raid or major patch, in addition to some downtime in between seasons. However it looks like Blizzard is shaking things up, as part of their plan to have more frequent seasons and varied content.
Check out our
Legion Season 1 and Prestige Rewards
guide if you want to get started PvPing! Prestige ranks will
reset in between seasons; you will be able to hit Prestige level 8 and acquire an additional round of mounts, pets, artifact appearances, and more!
You can also acquire a variety of
, which are recolors of raid gear, as you PvP. The Season 1 and
Fearless Gladiator Season 2 gear
will look identical.
Bonus Events: Arena Event Live, Timewarped Badge Quests and Costs, 6.2.2 Events Start On Wednesdays
2015/08/28 at 10:04 AM
Arena Skirmish Bonus Event
is active and runs between
August 28th and August 31st
During this time, you will get the
Sign of the Skirmisher
buff which can significantly increase the amount of Honor earned from completing random Arena Skirmishes. In addition, you can complete
The Arena Calls
(Winning 10 Arena Skirmishes) to earn 0
. The Conquest earned from this bonus quest does not count towards your weekly cap.
The Arena Calls
can be picked up in your Garrison from
In addition, with 6.2.2 likely on Tuesday, it's a good reminder that in 6.2.2,
Bonus Events will begin on Wednesdays not Fridays
. You can see a complete upcoming adjusted schedule on our
PTR Recurring World Events Page
The new holiday that likely starts on Wednesday is
Wrath of the Lich King Timewalking
As you may remember from our earlier coverage, there are new vanity items purchasable during Timewalking weekends with the new currency
, such as
Bridle of the Ironbound Wraithcharger
. The prices of these items was exorbitant, and they have been lowered in a recent build. Here are some examples:
Reins of the Eclipse Dragonhawk
: 5k, down from 50k
Commendation of the Cenarion Expedition
: 50, down from 500
: 500, down from 20k
Mark of the Ashtongue
: 1250, down from 12500
Check out all the updates on our
currency page, or our
In addition, there are new quests in the data that suggest you can supplement your Timewarped badge gains. These are weekly quests, so can only be completed once per event:
Swirling Timewarped Vial
The Swirling Vial
Frigid Timewarped Prism
The Unstable Prism
Timewarped Badges can also be obtained from killing Timewalking bosses (numbers not final, but it was 150 per boss, 200 per end boss in an earlier build), and the data in the tracking quest
Timewalking Heroic Random (Nth)
suggests that you will be awarded an additional 0
for completing any random Timewalking dungeon.
News Roundup: PvP rating issue hotfix, Blizzard tweets on gearing
2014/03/31 at 4:15 PM
Today we've had some updates on the recent MMR issues, as well as some tweets from Blizzard on gearing.
Wowhead launches Class Guides!
On Friday Wowhead launched guides for every class and spec. Aimed at new level 90s, or players new to a given spec, these are all written by experts in each class. You can check them out at our
Class Guides page
MMR issues hotfix incoming
Blizzard Community Representative Daxxarri responded to player concerns about gaining 0 points of Current Rating following wins in arena:
We recently implemented a hotfix to address a bug that allowed Personal Ratings to exceed Matchmaking Rating. As a result, some players may notice that they do not gain or lose Personal Rating in the wake of a match. As more matches are played, these ratings will normalize and converge to the correct rating, and Personal Rating will then rise or drop accordingly.
In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the situation and make further adjustments if necessary.
Following several responses expressing dissatisfaction, Senior Community Repres
PvP Season 13 Ending Soon
2013/08/13 at 11:17 AM
Season 13 is planned to end on August 27th--while this isn't confirmation of a Patch 5.4 release date, generally the end of a season is close to the start of a new patch.
Many weapons have been brought to bear and countless spells have been cast in this action-packed PvP season—now the time has come for the victors to reap their rewards!
On Tuesday, August 27, the 13th Arena and Rated Battleground Season is scheduled to end. On that day we'll begin an approximately one week process to determine end-of-season reward eligibilities.
Qualified players should note the following in order to ensure you receive your just rewards:
Please refrain from transferring your characters to another realm or faction until after PvP Season 13 has ended.
The awarding of PvP Season 13 titles and mounts will occur approximately two weeks after the season ends.
will be converted to
at the end of the season, and any Honor above 4,000 will be converted to gold at a rate of 35 silver per point. A few other things to keep in mind once the season has ended:
cap will remain at 4,000.
Patch 5.4 Arena Update: Cross-Realm Arenas, No Premade Teams Needed
2013/07/01 at 11:08 AM
As revealed at the
Fansite Dev Roundtable
on Friday, some big changes are coming to arenas in 5.4. The team requirement is lifted, and you can compete with cross-realm friends!
<div class="detail"><p>Big changes are coming to World of Warcraft’s Arenas that will make participating more convenient and competitive than ever before, and some of those changes may begin appearing on the PTR very soon.</p></br>
<p>Today, competition is limited to the realms within your Battlegroup, and your ability to participate in the Arena system requires having a static team with friends on the same realm. In the upcoming Patch 5.4, we’re building on technological improvements we’ve made over time (such as region-wide matchmaking) to expand the pool of competitors and improve the Arena experience for all World of Warcraft players.</p></br>
<p>One of the first things you’ll notice in Patch 5.4 is that you’ll no longer need to join or create an Arena team to compete. Instead, queuing will work much as it does for Rated Battl
Talk Azeroth - Episode 04 - Arena Tie-Break System
2013/06/27 at 11:45 AM
This week Olivia takes a look at the proposed changes to the arena tie-break system. She starts off with a look at where we're at right now, explaining the current system, before running viewers through the new tie-break system, and then dives head-first into the potential issues with the systems old and new, while also examining why Blizzard decided to shift away from the old system in the first place.
The new system, she asserts, provides a fairer look at arena matches, likening them to boxing. The pugilistic metaphor continues as Olivia discusses how the current system is much like demanding a TKO to win any boxing match, while technical victories are completely absent.
However there is a downside, as Olivia explores, with the way the system changes the psychology of the arena, as players might look to play the system rather than play the game.
Patch 5.3: PvP Changes, Additions, Cosmetic Rewards
2013/05/18 at 1:59 PM
PvP is getting some radical changes and welcome additions in Patch 5.3! Most importantly, resilience is gone from gear, Season 13 gear won't be eligible for item upgrades, and all gear is being scaled down to ilvl 496 in arenas and battlegrounds. These changes are designed to make PvP a more welcoming experience for new players, instead of being something dreaded for
School of Hard Knocks
Chapter II: Wrathion's War
where undergeared players repeatedly meet a quick death.
There's also a greater emphasis on cosmetic PvP rewards in 5.3--enchants and special gear for high-ranked players. And since high-level Elite gear is getting a nerf, Elite gear now fills a transmog niche instead of serving as overpowered PvP gear.
Finally, there's a new arena and battleground, for which you'll get the fabulous
title if you complete the meta.
Click the cut to read the guide!
5.3 Arena and Battleground Preview, Glorious Conquest and Lei Shen Hotfixes
2013/04/30 at 12:02 PM
Patch 5.2 Hotfixes: April 30
Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
Throne of Thunder
's hitpoints have been reduced by 10% on Raid Finder difficulty.
Static Shock from the North Conduit now deals 300,000 damage at 0 energy, down from 650,000 on Raid Finder difficulty.
PvP Preview and Hotfixes
Today's news covers a few PvP topics--hopefully
School of Hard Knocks
got you interested in PvP! Blizzard previewed two PvP areas coming in 5.3: a new battleground,
, and arena,
The Tiger's Peak
is a 15 vs 15 battleground where players try to control three gold mines to acquire the most gold. There is a meta-achievement for this battleground,
Master of Deepwind Gorge
, and completing it rewards the fabulous title
. Other achievements include:
Deepwind Gorge All-Star
Deepwind Gorge Perfection
Deepwind Gorge Veteran
Deepwind Gorge Victory
PvP Gear in 5.2 and Beyond
2013/01/17 at 8:16 PM
Blizzard just released a blog about PvP gear moving forward in Mists of Pandaria. They acknowledge that players who start early have an advantage, that there's a big gap between the power of Honor and Conquest Point gear, and that the 2200 rating requirement on gear creates a sharp gearing divide.
Here's how they plan to address issues in 5.2 and beyond:
2200 rating will be removed from all PvP gear.
Gear will be available in four tiers:
crafted Dreadful Gladiator
, ilvl 476 Malevolent Gladiator (Honor Points),
(Season 13 Conquest Points), and Elite Tyrannical (after 27,000 Conquest Points have been earned).
Team Rating will gradually increase during the season for teams and players that continue to compete in PvP.
Players in 5.3 will not need to meet the seasonal currency requirement to purchase Conquest Point weapons.
Once the seasonal currency amount is met in 5.3, players can purchase C
Battle.net World Championship this Weekend: Official Trailer and Event Schedule
2012/11/15 at 3:52 PM
The Battle.net World Championship is going on this entire weekend, starting on
Friday, November 16th, at 6:00pm PST
--and we've got all the information you need to follow along and watch the live events you want! In addition to the finals of the StarCraft II World Championship Series, there's some competition that will definitely interest WoW players as well.
The Challenge Mode Dungeons race between top guilds Stars and Supreme Quicksand is shaping up to one of the Championship highlights for WoW players. Watching teams race each other in Challenge Modes was a player-favorite at the Mists of Pandaria Launch event, and now players can watch even more races in
challenge mode dungeons
and the live Mogu'shan Vaults raid! With Leaderboards up, players can check them to see how these elite guilds stack up on stage against the record times currently established around the world.
In addition, the World of Warcraft Arena Global Finals are also going on, with the top two teams from each global region competing for a prize pool totaling $189,000.
And last but not least, there will be a costume contest or cosplay
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