Toxic Youth and Evil Genius battle out who will advance into the ArenaLeague finals today! Start 5pm CET.
ArenaLeague finals will be played this Sunday and this is the schedule.
25.08.2013 - Sunday
Start - 17:00 CET (19:00 MSK)
Evil Genius vs. Toxic Youth
Game H (Bo5)
AJ developer interview
ArenaJunkies content editors Vanguards and Hildegard interviewed the World of Warcraft developers Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street and Brian Holinka.
We talked about Blizzard's decision to hold no regionals, the new match ending mechanic "The Crowd Chose You!!!", the dispel cooldowns, rewards for 2v2, the win/loss statistics with the new 5.4 arena system and online tournaments like ArenaLeague.
After the interview Zilea, Novoz and Gothiques (ArenaLeague organisator) joined the call and we discussed the interview together.
Interview as MP3
The interview is also available as MP3 with adjusted audio levels. You can download it here: AJ Dev Interview audio only
The questions about the regionals not happening have been dodged by Holinka and GC. They agree that the lack of regionals is disappointing and later on GC wrote on Twitter that they knew the answers were disappointing but they are still in the process of deciding.
Arena participation, especially for alts, has increased in patch 5.3 due to catch-up mechanic.
A role check is implemented before arena queues can be initiated. This serves the protection against malicious players queueing up arenas without asking their group members first.
For now cross-server chats are not implemented. The idea is considered for the future to help finding players for cross-realm activities like rated battlegrounds, arenas, old raids, LFR or world bosses. They like the tools players use, like e.g. oQueue and OpenRaid.
Cross-realm PUG are less needed for high-rated players.
Arena statistics only show games played and wins, but not losses. Losing games on purpose, however, should have a penalty and the statistic serves this purpose.
97% of the arena games are less than 5 minutes long. Long turtle games can destroy the experience of an arena session. The match ending mechanic called "The Crowd Chose You!!!" is intended to make these matches shorter. Some things can only be tested on live. The mechanic will be monitored on live and evaluated further.
Regarding Battle Fatique: Tanks in raids have double the health of arena players and therefore a tuning mechanic is needed to tone down heals. Healing outpaces health pools, so constant adjustments are needed.
The game in 5.3 got to bursty and so base resilience got buffed. Numbers on PTR feel better than on live. The reason why base resilience is used, instead of resilience on gear, is that new players and alts got destroyed by geared players too fast. It improves the experience for lesser geared players.
The ArenaLeague tournament is something the developers like a lot. They also like the pick and ban system ArenaLeague uses, but it's unlikely to be implemented into the game. The devs want to support ArenaLeague and similar tournaments as well as the ArenaLive tournament UI.
Streaming increased a lot over the last 5 years. Twitch.tv now has 32 million viewers. They will explore ideas like adding streams to the new launcher in the future. This is not a feature promise of any kind.
The tools to track wintrading are being improved constantly. SC:2 does not have the problem of wintrading like WoW has.
Rank 1 titles will be granted for 3v3 and 5v5 for the next arena season but that may change in the future. They are still looking at 5v5 and are unsure in what direction to go.
No titles for 2v2 are planned. 2v2 does not need help as the participation is already high. 3v3, however, needs help so moving rewards from 3v3 to 2v2 might have bad consequences.
Seasonal based achievements are a good idea, but they might cause achievement bloat. They will not be included into 5.4.
Classes in World of Warcraft have too many abilities but removing abilities may alienate players.
Hotted and Swifty dev interview
Hotted and Swifty also had an interview with Ghostcrawler and Holinka. Check it out.
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Want to play on the ArenaPass tournament realm?
The registration is still open. You can not only compete for a spot to the regional BlizzCon qualifiers but also win a Murloc pet and the Vanquisher title, have up to 11 fully geared characters for the arena and ride close to any mount you like. Also you can /wave into the livestream or say hello to the tournament players.
More infos and registration: http://battle.net/wow/community/arena/
Tournament UI and ArenaLive UnitFrames
Many people ask about the new Tournament UI and the UnitFrames based on them. Here are the download links.