Tagged: PvP

Today Convert to Raid got to interview lead game designer  Ion “Watcher” Hazzikostas and senior game designer Brian Holinka, who is mainly known for PvP. Here’s a summary of the new information from the interview:

  • For the live raid at blizzcon this year Method and  Midwinter will play through heroic Highmaul.
  • From a storypoint standpoint Ashran made sense as a faction hub. After the suicide mission going into Draenor it’s the place where the factions regroup.
  • There will be 5 items per boss on mythic difficulty.
  • If there will be a 1% chance mount drop in a new raid and personal loot is used in normal or heroic, it will work like the pet drop chance in LFR. It’ll be rare.
  • There were not many mechanics that needed adjusting in SoO. A few things that needed changing were Thok and Garrosh AoE bursts.
  • The foundry will have more bosses that user their environment more like Siegecrafter.
  • Mythic tuning will be similair to heroic tuning in MoP.
  • Blizzard has done their best to make sure having to be active with your garrison is not mandatory. Players are concerned with them being mandatory, but they will need to play with the Garrisons first to get a better feel for them. If they want to earn gold as much as possible then yes it will be more mandatory just like player trade skills for example.
  • PvP gear will have a certain item level in the regular world and when they are engaged in pvp it has a second pvp ilvl rataing which it will increase to. This way it’s easier to compare PvE gear to PvP gear if you decide to go to the other side of the game.
  • Currently there’s just the legendary ring planned. If it makes sense there will be a more traditional legendary. The cloak/ring type legendary is one they view as a participation type legendary, which is why the cloak is going away at WoD launch.
  • World bosses
    • 2 in gorgrond, highmaul  quality loot. They will alternate. So 1 week the first will be active and the next week the other will be active.
    • 1 in spires of arak, Foundry quality loot
  • If anything breaks in 6.0, they will do their best to fix everything as quickly as possible so that the WoD launch will go as smoothly as possible.

PvP Season 15 Ending Soon, Brawler’s Guild: Season Two

The final warning has been issued for the PvP season! This means we should be seeing 6.0 on the live servers within 2-3 weeks!

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PvP Season 15 Ending Soon

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 and Rated Battleground Season 15 will be coming to an end in as soon as a couple of weeks. Once the season wraps, we’ll begin an approximately two week process to determine end-of-season reward eligibility.

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 15 has ended.
  • PvP Season 15 titles and mounts will be awarded approximately two weeks after the season ends.

Conquest Points will be converted to Honor Points at the end of the season, and any Honor above 4,000 will be converted to in-game currency at a rate of 35 silver per point. A few other things to keep in mind once the season has ended:

  • The Honor cap will remain at 4,000.
  • Season 15 items with rating requirements will no longer be available for purchase.
  • Rated Battleground and Arena matches will not be available during the break between seasons.

Best of luck, gladiators!

Brawler’s Guild: Season Two

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Brawler’s Guild: Season Two

You’ve been beaten and bloodied, laser beamed and chomped, and you’ve certainly earned the opportunity to take a breather. The current season of Brawler’s Guild is coming to a close once Patch 6.0.2 goes live, but you’ll be back in action before you know it. Here’s what you can look forward to as we get ready to launch Warlords of Draenor.


First, all members of the Brawler’s Guild will keep their membership after the patch goes live, so don’t worry about having to rejoin. For those who still seek to join the Brawler’s Guild, you’ll have some opportunities to find a Blood-Soaked Invitation once you arrive on Draenor.

There are quite a few changes, so let’s break ’em down:

  • All Brawler’s Guild achievements earned prior to Patch 6.0.2—Season One—will become legacy achievements. New achievements for Season Two will take their place.
  • Rewards earned based on progression will remain available for purchase. The ring reward will be updated in Patch 6.0.2 so that it will have valuable stats for all specializations.
  • The next patch will introduce boss encounters that will be adjusted for level 100 members.
  • Progression has been reverted back to 8 tiers.
  • Bosses that are being removed from previous tiers will be added to the challenge card vendor and become available as you progress.
  • All tiers have had their boss line-ups remixed—for example, Bruce is now a rank 5 boss instead of rank 1.

While we won’t be adding new bosses or challenge cards, you will be able to take Meatball back to your Garrison as a new follower—that is, once you’ve defeated him. As for the future, who knows what developments Bizmo and Boss Bazzelflange might have planned? For now, get in there, rough up a few bad guys, and get ready for Brawler’s Guild to come back with a vengeance!

Blizzard came out with more information today about the 10 year anniversary event for WoW. The most important details is that the 10- year anniversary celebration will begin in-game on Friday, November 21 and will last until Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 10 a.m. PST. The first raid (Highmaul) will open on December 2nd 2014. At the same time the pvp season will start! See the full announcement below

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Preparing to Launch Warlords of Draenor & Celebrate 10 Years of World of Warcraft

With Warlords of Draenor set to launch on Thursday, November 13, we’ve seen a few questions about how that fits in with our plans for the upcoming 10-year anniversary content. We’re looking forward to celebrating this epic milestone with you, and we want to make sure everyone has plenty of opportunity to take part while still being able to fully enjoy what the expansion has to offer.

The 10- year anniversary celebration will begin in-game on Friday, November 21 and will last until Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 10 a.m. PST. Everyone who logs in during this time period will receive the incredibly cuddly, feisty, and fiery new Molten Corgi to love, pet, and call their own. You’ll also be able to participate in a pair of special events to commemorate the occasion.


Maximum Molten Core

One of WoW’s classic 40-player dungeons, Molten Core, will be available in Raid Finder during the anniversary period for level 100 players. Making it through the underground gauntlet and defeating Ragnaros will reward players with a Core Hound mount and a Warlords of Draenor Raid Finder–quality helm (100% guaranteed!). For a walkthrough of the dungeon as it stands today, check out our Revisiting Heroism’s Past – Molten Core guide.

Southshore vs. Tarren Mill—The Battle Continues

To recapture the feeling of the endless tug-of-war of early WoW PvP, we’ll be opening a Team Deathmatch–style Battleground based on the timeless struggle between Southshore and Tarren Mill. We’ll have two different brackets for players to take part in: one for levels 90–99 characters and another for level 100. Unlike the old days of Tarren Mill vs. Southshore, there will be a clearly defined victor, so you’ll need to work as a team or face crushing defeat. A win will gain you a shiny new title: either Tarren Mill Terror for the Alliance or Southshore Slayer for the Horde.

Onward into Warlords of Draenor

With the release of Warlords of Draenor, all unrated PvP Battlegrounds, Skirmishes, and other unrated PvP activities will be available immediately. The new rated season will begin Tuesday, December 2 at 8 a.m. PST.

We also wanted to make sure that everyone had time to level up before we opened our first Raid dungeon, Highmaul, in Normal and Heroic modes. These will open at the same time as the rated PvP season (December 2), with Raid Finder and Mythic modes opening the following week. We’ll provide a complete schedule in the future for those who wish to start planning their new Raid calendars. For more information on the new Raid structure for Warlords of Draenor, be sure to read our Dev Watercooler series: Raiding Azeroth – Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

The PvP battleground call to arms is being removed in Warlord of Draenor. This is being done in due to the negative influence the call to arms had on queues.

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We’ve removed Call to Arms in Warlords. Originally, the feature was added to bring some variety to the battleground experience and allow players who like a specific battleground to occassionally binge on it. But, like any feature, we have to weight the benefits with the consequences. Call to Arms has an adverse affect on queue times in a pretty profound way. When certain battlegrounds are up, one faction will tend to queue for Call to Arms while the other tends to avoid it. As a result, we’re going to remove it so that the majority of players are queuing through Random Battlegrounds.

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It’s time to play with Blues on the Beta realms! Help us put the Premade Groups feature through its paces by creating and joining lots of Dungeon and 3v3 Arena groups. During the playtest, you’ll have a chance to encounter members of the Warcraft Development Team like Watcher, Celestalon, and Holinka, in addition to QA, CS, and CM team members as we join you for a Dungeon run or Arena match.

What: Create Premade Groups, run Dungeons, and 3v3 Arena groups with Blizzard employees!
When: Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM PDT.
Where: Level 100 PvE and Level 100 PvP Beta realms
How you’ll know they’re a Blue: Blizzard employees will be in a guild called <Blizzard Alliance> or <Blizzard Horde> respectively for the duration of the event.

How to create a Premade Group:

  • For Dungeons, access the Group Finder pane (bound to I key by default.)
  • Select Premade Groups –> Dungeons –> Find a Group or Start a Group


  • For Arenas, access the Player vs. Player pane (bound to H key by default.)
  • Select Premade Groups –> Arenas –> Find a Group or Start a Group (3v3)

If you want to learn more about improvements to Group Finder in Warlords of Draenor; check out Premade Groups: Looking for Adventure.

For information on how to create a level-100 template character, submitting a bug report, or suggestion; check out Welcome to the Beta Test: PLEASE READ!

Good, wholesome fun for the whole family! We look forward to grouping with you. :)