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Mr. Holinka just posted an official World of Warcraft blog about the 5.4 arena changes. Enjoy:

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.

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.

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 Battlegrounds: you can queue for an Arena battle in a party of the appropriate size (still 2v2, 3v3, and 5v5), and your opponents will be selected based on the average Match Making Rating of your party.

For the most part, the mechanics of Arena will remain the same. You’ll still gain and lose personal rating based on your wins and losses, though your Conquest Point cap will now be based on your Personal Rating. The rating requirements to purchase items will also be based on your Personal Rating.

The change will confer a few advantages over the old static-team-based system:
  • You’ll no longer need to worry about invitations, joining, or leaving an Arena team. Now you can play with who you want, when you want.
  • You’ll be able to join a cross-realm group and queue for Arena matches with friends from other realms.
  • The Arena ladder will no longer be sorted according to Battlegroup. Just like Rated Battlegrounds and normal Battlegrounds, now all Arenas will be region-wide. You’ll be competing with a field of opponents that includes every Arena player in your region.
As before, at the end of an Arena season, the top players will still earn titles and mounts.

We’re excited for these changes, and we’re eagerly looking forward to hearing your feedback. Please join us on the PTR when these updates go live to check them out for yourself.

Source: http://us.battle.net.../blog/10333782/

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#1 Donald

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 04:58 AM

can someone official tweet to these guys to get rid of the arena flags? no one wants the giant green and yellow flags on our backs, how do they help anyone, do ppl really not know who the enemy is without it?

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#2 Nokilolz

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 11:30 AM

View PostBailamosx, on 02 July 2013 - 10:49 AM, said:

This change is going to absolutely obliterate RBG competition because of the ease at which wintraders can exploit the system and bug MMR to over 3,000. Now we will have to compete with ALL exploiters instead of just a handful spread out on each battlegroup. They will occupy literally all the spots on the top percentile. This absolutely sucks because Blizzard has allowed exploiters to run rampant in RBGs for three seasons straight without properly addressing the situation.
Patch 5.4 Arena Changes
1. You cant play with random bad friends if you are serious because you will lose alot of rating
If you don't want to or cannot play with you're friends because your afraid of them ruining your rating, then there is unfortunately nothing that can be changed with the game to help with your particular dilemma. Even the old system didn't allow for this because you would also be afraid of them tanking your team and personal ratings.

2. seen what happend rbgs? wintrade wintrade wintrade someone will find a way to abuse it
We do take actions against cheating players, as has been seen in the past. Just because these actions are not made visible to the public does not change the fact that we take cheating very seriously. If you would like to report information regarding cheats or hacks, you can send it directly to [email protected]. We will be keeping an eye out for any abuse of the new system and take action where necessary.

#3 Glink

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 11:33 AM

View PostNokilolz, on 03 July 2013 - 11:30 AM, said:

Patch 5.4 Arena Changes
1. You cant play with random bad friends if you are serious because you will lose alot of rating
If you don't want to or cannot play with you're friends because your afraid of them ruining your rating, then there is unfortunately nothing that can be changed with the game to help with your particular dilemma. Even the old system didn't allow for this because you would also be afraid of them tanking your team and personal ratings.

2. seen what happend rbgs? wintrade wintrade wintrade someone will find a way to abuse it
We do take actions against cheating players, as has been seen in the past. Just because these actions are not made visible to the public does not change the fact that we take cheating very seriously. If you would like to report information regarding cheats or hacks, you can send it directly to [email protected]. We will be keeping an eye out for any abuse of the new system and take action where necessary.
Sooo basically nothing is going to be done to address either for the 2 issues.

The difference between tanking a team rating and an RBG rating is that one can be reset, and the other cannot.
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#4 watchmepwn

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 11:38 AM

View PostNokilolz, on 03 July 2013 - 11:30 AM, said:

Patch 5.4 Arena Changes
1. You cant play with random bad friends if you are serious because you will lose alot of rating
If you don't want to or cannot play with you're friends because your afraid of them ruining your rating, then there is unfortunately nothing that can be changed with the game to help with your particular dilemma. Even the old system didn't allow for this because you would also be afraid of them tanking your team and personal ratings.

2. seen what happend rbgs? wintrade wintrade wintrade someone will find a way to abuse it
We do take actions against cheating players, as has been seen in the past. Just because these actions are not made visible to the public does not change the fact that we take cheating very seriously. If you would like to report information regarding cheats or hacks, you can send it directly to [email protected]. We will be keeping an eye out for any abuse of the new system and take action where necessary.

I don't see why the first question is a problem. It is and never will be a an option. Maybe with a re-introduction of SKIRMISH. But that was so retarded, keep meeting fake comps in 3s =] gg.

#5 Violatrix

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:42 PM

View Postprokillur, on 01 July 2013 - 04:42 PM, said:

final nail in the coffin

wow is dead

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#6 Toastboy

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 02:43 AM

Awesome change really stoked for the single battlegroup

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