Blizzard is working hard on their next expansion for World of Warcraft called Warlords of Draenor. Their latest expansion will introduce tons of new features and updates to improve and expand upon many aspects of World of Warcraft, including PvP of course!. The PvP experience was given a first look at BlizzCon, where they briefly showed the development process behind it. But as they keep saying to their fans, plans change sometimes. They develop for a brighter tomorrow in gaming. Here’s what they came with:
The Tale of Trial of the Gladiator
At BlizzCon they’ve unveiled plans for a new form of ranked Arena competition called the Trial of the Gladiator, in which players would get a trial only set of gear. This mode would then only be available for a certain amount of hours. The goal of this mode was to concentrate high-level competition to specific times. This would match players against competitive opponents and make exploitation more difficult.
All be it a very good a idea, it does come with some issues. First off, the game mode will only benefit those who are available during the pre-set times when the mode is playable. Ultimately they will then sort of neglect the players who aren’t able to play during these times. So they’re scrapping this idea.
Arena for Everyone: Skirmishes
For all of you who have been playing World of Warcraft for quite some time, you may remember the skirmish option that was available when queuing up for arena. The skirmish feature (non-ranked) that went alongside ranked arena play, was disabled because Blizzard that the option was redundant. Now they’re figuring out that, since ranked arena is such a high-stakes game, the need for a enjoyable low-pressure arena mode becomes higher among players who are just starting out with PvP.
Although, this time around Blizzard is going to add some features to improve the skirmish mode. First off, skirmishes will return in Warlords of Draenor as a form of unranked arena play that will allow you to queue for 2v2 or 3v3 battles with your friends or by yourself. Second, winning skirmishes will reward you with Honor an a random bonus. These bonuses could consist of gold, more Honor or even a small amount of Conquest Points. Or possibly something entirely different.
Last but not Least: The Spectator Invite System
To ease up the process for spectators to watch live arena matches, Blizzard is finally introducing a spectator option! This will be implemented in the War Games, so all players have access to this. Community-run tournaments will be easier to organize, manage and ultimately broadcast.
But wait, there’s more! Blizzard also announced that they will be providing tournament clad gear. This gear is a special set of gear that can only be used in War Games, to help tournament runners ensure that all players are on equal footing.
All these new features sound exciting to me! Can’t wait for the expansion to come out!