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#1 Rerroll

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 09:40 PM

This month: pvp leaderboards released
Next week (30th april) custom arenas + spectator mode released.

Quoting gamebreaker.tv

Take control and battle your friends in the all new Guild Wars 2 Custom Battle Arenas!

Get ready to do battle with friends and enemies inside your very own Guild Wars 2 Custom Battle Arena. In a media conference call last week ArenaNet announced that along with the Flame & Frost that is scheduled to release on Tuesday April 30th, they would also be bringing beta testing for Custom Battle Arenas to the live Guild Wars 2 servers.
What is a Custom Battle Arena you ask? It is a small server that players will be able to rent via a Gem Store purchase that will give them their own private playground on which to test their PvP skills with friends, teammates, allies, or enemies. The choice as to who has access to your Guild Wars 2 Custom Battle Arena is completely up to you. Players who rent Custom Battle Arenas can set up members lists, passwords, and ban lists.
Guild Wars 2 Custom Battle Arenas can host 1v1 matches, team scrimmages, or be used to host entire tournaments. But why would you want to host your own tournament? I’ll tell you why.

Full Spectator Mode

The new Guild Wars 2 Custom Arenas will feature a full-on spectator mode that will allow viewers to take in all the action, or let shoutcasters call the action and stream it for the world to see.
Spectator mode will come with a ton of features including the ability for those spectating live on the server to see a player’s full build, including armor and weapons, traits, and skills. Spectators can follow individual players during combat, or use preset cameras to see it all.
Don’t worry if you’re trying to practice and want to keep things under wraps, spectator mode can be disabled by the Custom Battle Arena owner.

How Much and How Long?

Guild Wars 2 Custom Battle Arenas are still going to be in beta, so everything is subject to change, or has not yet been determined. ArenaNet has not announced a price point for renting Battle Arenas, but did say that the rental duration would most likely be a month at a time.
The community will also be able to chip-in and help cover the expenses of renting a Guild Wars 2Custom Battle Arena. There will be a token available in the Gem store the players can purchase and use to gift additional time to their favorite Battle Arena operators.

Who Will Be Testing

At first, beta testing of the Guild Wars 2 Custom Battle Arenas will be open to the top 50 or so ranked PvP players and select media sites who will be able to set-up Custom Battle Arenas. It looks like other players can be invited into those Arenas, but that may be subject to change at any moment. It is still beta after all.

MMO’s In E-Sports

Guild Wars 2 devs stated that they believe that barrier to entry is what keeps a lot of MMO’s out of the e-sports scene. Before players can truly experience competitive PvP action, they must first level up through a game with content they may or may not enjoy. GW2 fixes this by bolstering every player to max level during structured PvP, giving them access to all skills, traits, and abilities that other players have. So a new player can create a character, and within minutes be duking it out in max-level PvP combat.
Plenty of MMO’s have talked a big game when it comes to entering the e-sports scene, but a full-on spectator mode is a huge step in the right direction. We have yet to get our hands on any of these upcoming Custom Battle Arena features, but keep an eye out next week for some hands-on information and sneak peeks at what’s coming in Guild Wars 2 Custom Battle Arenas.

Way more info in
- gw2guru
- gw2 official site.
- twitch pvp event this friday (featuring developers and top players)
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Posted 23 April 2013 - 09:45 PM

sounds awesome
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Posted 23 April 2013 - 11:09 PM

do they have 50 top players? I remember when me, blowi and others destroyed everything, before the game got boring. Is there even a competitive scene anymore?
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#4 Smellyead

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 11:24 PM

There's like maybe 3 teams on EU that actually play, sPvP has gone dead.

Best part about these new custom servers.... you have to buy them...
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#5 Rerroll

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 08:31 AM


Yes, there are qp and elo leaderbords. Qp are not used anymore
Few pro players still play, but i think top 100 eu is legit. If you think you were good try it. Matchmaking is fully working and youll see how well you do. Pvp is similar to wow arena now: 1 match vs team with similar rating. You earn rat by winning, you lose it if you are defeated.


Not true. Custom arenas can be bought with ingame currency. Real money is only for lazy people.
You also dont need to buy one unless you are in a team aiming competitive gameplay
Imagine blizzard sold arena servers where you can set your rules and allowed spectator mode. You could pay with ingame gold, honor/conquest or $. You dont have to rent it but it opens many possibilities

My advice:

Try out the game if you enjoyed it back in the day. Its slowly getting the competitive structure it lacked on launch and its likely to get small money pools soon from fansites (around 2k) Game is releasing in china very soon and ncsoft/anet will invest some money in tourneys like they did in gw1.

The pvp updates maybe came late, but now they are not likely to stop.

Also, na competitive scene is almost inexistant. If you think your good come to eu, youll be stomped.
However, Imo theres a good opportunity in na to become someone.
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Posted 24 April 2013 - 11:41 PM

There is still a ways to go, but with GW2 being a free to play game, you will probably see more people willing to come back to it than other games.

It is at least, at this point, possible to run user made tournaments.
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Posted 30 April 2013 - 09:57 AM

Introducing spectator mode:


Introducing custom arenas

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