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In an interview Tom Chilton had with Gamespy, the question of point selling came up. The response is that it will be fixed once and for all in a patch that is a few weeks away. Here is a snippet from an interview containing the relevant information.

GameSpy: Have you looked internally at the distribution of players doing arenas on the live realm, separating those who are playing competitively with those selling teams or just tanking games to get gear?
Tom Chilton: We don't really have any way of knowing that. We can't distinguish what the intent of a given player is, whether they consider themselves to be competitive or whether they're just doing it for the gear or whatever. Certainly as far as players who are trying to exploit the system through loopholes, we have some changes coming in a patch just a few weeks away where we'll close a lot of those loopholes.

GameSpy: Are you able to talk about those changes yet?
Tom Chilton: Not just yet.

GameSpy: But we can expect the changes will be targeted at the point-selling teams.
Tom Chilton: Point selling, personal rating selling.

GameSpy: The two big things that players seem like they're against are the point-selling teams, since you can face highly skilled and geared players at even the low ratings, and those who bring alts or friends on a team to tank a team so that they can then get a high personal rating on the real team.
Tom Chilton: Exactly, that's what we'll be addressing.

You can read the full interview here: http://uk.pc.gamespy...t/866456p1.html Back to Top

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Bornakk posted what the finalized schedule seems to be for the first round of the qualifiers. It details when the ratings will be reset, when registration for this round closes, and when the teams are locked. Here are the details:

Phase 1 - The Practice Phase – Currently active and completes on April 22, 2008
  • There is no penalty for changing your team and you are free to move teams around.
  • At the end of this phase all arena team ratings will be reset to 1500 during maintenance.

Phase 2 - The Competition Phase - Active from April 22, 2008 to May 6, 2008
  • Every team will be reset to a 1500 rating and official rankings begin.
  • There will be a 150 team rating penalty for any player added to an arena team.
  • At the end of this phase all arena teams will be locked down and players will not be able to switch characters from arena teams.
  • Registration will also close at the end of this phase.

Phase 3 – The Final Phase – Active from May 6, 2008 to May 20, 2008
  • Registration is closed for this phase of qualification.
  • Players are no longer allowed to switch arena teams during this phase.
  • At the end of the phase, the top 4 rated teams from the Battlegroup will be invited to the regional qualifier if they meet all eligibility requirements.
  • Eligible teams must have played a minimum of 200 games during Phases 2 and 3 to be able to qualify to advance to the regional qualifier.
  • Each team member must have participated in 30% of their team’s games to be eligible to qualify.

First Qualification Round Schedule for North America:
  • Phase 1 ends and Phase 2 begins: April 22, 2008
  • Phase 2 ends and Phase 3 begins: May 6, 2008
  • Phase 3 and the first Qualifier ends: May 20, 2008
Source: http://forums.worldo...1576&pageNo=1#0 Back to Top

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The dev team seems to have finally fixed the queues. On the practice realm it has been less than a minute consistently, and last night on live the queues were around one minute. Sundays and Mondays seem to finally be playable again. I don't know if it was the code setting or something else, but whatever they did seemed to have helped.

UPDATE: Seems like only some BGs are experiencing fixed queues. Also, the code setting alone didn't seem to fix anything, it was 4-5 days later that queues finally started to feel normal. Enjoy if your BG is fixed. If your BG isn't fixed, hopefully they know what the problem is now. =/

Blizzard said:

It wasn't a hardware issue, just a setting in the code, which we found and fixed very early this morning. We'll monitor the queues throughout the day to see if we need to make further adjustments.
Source: http://forums.worldo...d=1&pageNo=1#17

Because of the tournament issues early in the week, the practice for the first round has been extended an extra week. It now ends April 22 instead of April 15. The first round still ends on the same date, May 20. In addition, the blue gave a bit of clarification to things we probably already know, but here it is just in case you are curious.

Blizzard said:

The practice period will end on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 when the servers go down for maintenance and at this time, all teams will be reset to 1500 rating.

The 200 games must be played by the end of the first qualifier which is scheduled to conclude on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 when the servers go down for maintenance. Players will have 4 weeks to play the 200 games that count toward their final rating. Hi Trance. The same length of time will apply to the second qualification round though the dates for the second qualification will obviously be different.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 is when the first round of qualification completes. You will have to re-register to continue to take part in the Tournament Realm past this date.

There is no numerical value we can attach to this question [Approximately what rating is needed to advance?] right now. It depends on how well players do and where they are at when the four week period finishes.
Source: http://forums.worldo...ageNo=1&sid=1#2 Back to Top
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