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Arena Season 10 has officially begun and titles have been awarded for Season 9. So far it appears that there is not a Feat of Strength associated with Gladiator or Vicious Gladiator for Season 9. We have yet to see a blue post addressing this. We'll keep you updated if things change or we get official word on why the change after 8 seasons of awarding a FoS for the titles.

UPDATE: The Feat of Strengths will be added in a future patch for these titles:

Official Blizzard Quote:

It wasn't intended for the mounts and titles to go out without their associated feats of strength. Unfortunately, this cannot be addressed via a hotfix and will require a client-side patch. The Season 9 feats of strength will be rewarded retroactively in a future patch to those who should have gotten them with the start of Season 10.

Good luck getting started in Season 10! We'll be working hard these next few weeks to get set up for S10 and moving forward on new features on AJ.

Below is the blue post:

Official Blizzard Quote:

Arena Season 10 has officially begun, and players can once again take to the Arenas and Rated Battlegrounds to compete for the new Ruthless Gladiator PvP sets!

All Team Ratings and Personal Ratings have been reset, and any Conquest Points from Season 9 have been converted to Honor Points. Any Honor Points above the cap were converted into gold at a rate of 35 silver per point. Matchmaking Ratings, however, will be carried over into Season 10.

Another important event that coincides with the start of Season 10 is the distribution of rewards from the previous season. Players who were in the top teams from each battlegroup at the end of season 9 should be receiving their end-of-season rewards approximately one week after the end of the last season. These include Arena-specific titles until the end of this new season and, for players who have earned the rank of gladiator, the Vicious Gladiator’s Twilight Drake. It's very important for players who feel that they may be eligible for Arena titles and/or the Vicious Gladiator’s Twilight Drake to refrain from transferring their characters to another realm or faction until all rewards have been received.

If you have any further questions about Arena and Rated Battleground rewards, please read the FAQ.

Arena and Rated Battlegrounds Rewards FAQ
Below, you can find answers to a plethora of questions about the Arena. This information contains facts that can be helpful for seasoned Arena veterans as well as people that are perhaps new to the sands:

How can I get the Gladiator title?
You need to be in top 0.5% of the total active teams in either the 3v3 or 5v5 bracket at the end of an Arena season.

When does the season end?
Official announcements are made to provide a warning of at least two weeks before the end of a season. These announcements for European realms are posted in the Arena and Rated Battlegrounds forum here: http://eu.battle.net.../forum/2265987/

What rewards are given for Rated Battlegrounds?
The top 0.5% of players on the Rated Battleground ladder will receive an achievement that grants a permanent “Hero of the Horde” or “Hero of the Alliance” title.

When can I purchase the PvP weapons?
Certain PvP weapons require that a player meet a minimum requirement before becoming available for purchase. Vicious Gladiator’s one-handed or two-handed weapons require that the player first accumulate 7250 total Honor Points, while Ruthless Gladiator’s one-handed or two-handed weapons require that the player first accumulate 7800 total Conquest Points. Total accumulated Honor and Conquest Points are tracked over the course of the season.

What rewards are given out when an Arena season ends?
The end of season rewards include the titles ‘Challenger’ for the top 10% to 35% of active teams in the battlegroup, ‘Rival’ for the top 3% to 10% of active teams in the battlegroup, ‘Duelist’ for the top 0.5% to 3% of active teams in the battlegroup, and ‘Gladiator’ for the top 0.5% of active teams in the battlegroup. Players who earn the ‘Gladiator’ title also receive a special permanent mount to signify their accomplishments in the Arena.

I was in a top team last season, where’s my reward?
Rewards from the previous season are awarded shortly after the start of the new season.

What Personal Rating (PR) must I have to qualify for the end-of-season rewards?
There is no specific personal rating amount required, but you need to be within 100 personal rating of the team rating.

What percentage of games must I play on my team to qualify for the end-of-season rewards?
You need to have played in at least 20% of the games that your team has competed in.

How many games do I need to play to qualify for the end of season rewards?
You need to have played in at least 20 games on your team.

What is an "inactive" team?
A team is "inactive" if the team has not played at least 20 games, there is no one in the team with 20%+ games played, or no one within 100 Personal Rating. Inactivity status has nothing to do with how often you play. Any inactive team is disqualified from the end of the season rewards.

Do I need to play in the last week to be able to get Gladiator?
No, you don't have to play in the last week.

If I transfer to another realm after the season ends but before I get my title and drake will they still get to me?
No. You must wait for titles/drakes to be distributed and then transfer afterward.

How do players get the Vicious Gladiator title?
At the end of each season, the #-1 ranked teams from the 3v3/5v5 brackets in each battlegroup get the title of that Arena season. For season 9 it is Vicious Gladiator and for season 10 it will be Ruthless Gladiator. If multiple teams are tied for the top spot, they will all get this title.

Do I get to keep my title forever?
The Challenger, Rival, Duelist and Gladiator titles are redistributed at the end of each season based on your team’s performance. So for example, if you get a Gladiator title at the end of season 9, when season 10 ends you will get a new title based on your performance specifically for season 10. The only title that is permanent is the one awarded for the #1-ranked teams each season.

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Hopefully Season 9 went well for you and in a week you'll be sitting pretty with your Gladiator title. And if you miss the title you were gunning for this season, we'll be here to help you step up your game in Season 10.

Season 9, like every other season had its good times and its hard times. There is already more than enough retrospective to me and the moderator team busy for a while. But, we're always more excited to see what happens in Season 10. So, in the spirit of looking forward, here is a reminder about the transition  period from Season 9 to Season 10:

From the end of season announcement:

Official Blizzard Quote:

Arena and Rated Battleground Season 9 is scheduled to end as early as June 28. At that point we will determine who is eligible for the end-of-season rewards, a process that should take approximately one week. It's very important for players who feel that they may be eligible for Arena titles and/or the Vicious Gladiator’s Twilight Drake to refrain from transferring their characters to another realm or faction until after Season 9 ends. During the break between seasons, all Rated Battleground and Arena matches will be unavailable.

At the end of the season, Conquest Points will be converted to Honor Points, possibly exceeding the 4,000 point Honor cap. All Season 9 items will cost Honor Points (equivalent to their previous Conquest Point cost) when the season ends, with the exception of any items with rating requirements attached. These items will no longer be available for purchase.

The next Arena and Rated Battleground season will begin for level-85 players approximately one week after the end of Season 9 and will coincide with the awarding of Season 9 titles and mounts. At that time, any Honor accrued above the 4,000-point cap will be converted into gold at a rate of 35 silver per point. In addition, Season 10 rewards will be made available for purchase with Conquest Points awarded during the new season. All Team and Personal Ratings will be wiped when Season 10 begins. Matchmaking Ratings, however, will carry over into Season 10.
...and from the 4.2 Patch Notes

Official Blizzard Quote:

  • The individual Matchmaking Rating column has been removed from the Arena scoreboard.
  • The Ring of Valor has been added to the Arena rotation once again. Players no longer start the match on elevators at the center of the map. They now begin the match in starting rooms on opposite sides of the Arena.

  • The individual Matchmaking Rating column has been removed from the Rated Battleground scoreboard and replaced with a team Matchmaking Rating.
  • Eye of the Storm has been added into the rotation as a 10-man Rated Battleground. The tug-of-war style capture points have been replaced with Arathi Basin style capture points to better support 10v10 competition. This change applies only to Rated Battlegrounds. Eye of the Storm is otherwise still a 15-player Battleground with tug-of-war style capture points.
  • Warsong Gulch has been added back into the Rated Battleground rotation.
  • War Games
  • Many improvements have been made to the War Games interface. It now has its own panel for ease of use and raid/group leaders are the only ones who can challenge another group to War Games.

On top of a new Arena season, we have some big plans for Season 10 here on ArenaJunkies as well. Of course, you can expect our regular end of season routine where we reset Junkie access for those who do not have a Gladiator title.  There are also some feature improvements in the pipeline we hope to see pushed out during this season that should make the experience on AJ much better and more useful for everyone.

We always get excited for a new season to crank up and give us a fresh start. Here's to an exciting Season 10.

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Our team had a long week getting restoring service to all of our sites and upgrading our network hardware. We're back on track now and, all Curse websites are back online. Thank you for your patience with us through this week - it's been rough for all of us.

Bringing you guys the best experience possible across the network is our primary goal. Rest assured, we will continue to expand our network infrastructure to prevent this from happening again.

Again, thanks for bearing with us. Good luck in the final days of the season!

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