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AJ resto druid podcast & Everybody loves Zyrean wins ArenaLeague

25 August 2013 - 07:14 PM

ArenaJunkies Resto Druid podcast


On Sunday the AJ resto druid podcast takes place. Guests were Hotted, Nolij, Doomsen, Bigmoran and Hamlet. Hosts were Lazerchicken and Hildegard. We talked about all the resto druid changes for 5.4, about Cenarion Ward being available due to NS being baseline, about the Wild Mushroom changes, the glyph of Lifebloom being baseline.


We talk about resto druids in 5.4, PvP vs. PvE balance, Cenarion Ward, NS baseline, Wild mushrooms changes, the Glyph of Lifebloom. Druids look to be the strongest arena healers with patch 5.4.




Podcast MP3 version

Download the ArenaJunkies resto druid podcast as MP3.






Everybody loves Zyrean wins ArenaLeague


Congratulations to Everybody loves Zyrean for winning ArenaLeague! Check out the video playlist of the finals below.






New to ArenaJunkies?

AJ is the forum in which World of Warcraft arena is discussed. Our site is well known for the distinction made between Junkies and normal members. Only Junkies (former gladiators or players rated 2.2k or higher in 3v3 bracket this season) can write in some parts of the forums (General Section for example). Everyone, however, can write comments on the news and is able to post on the class forums. You can login if you are registered at other Curse websites like MMO Champion. If you're not, then just create a new account.


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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.


Download the ArenaLive tournament UI


Download the ArenaLive UnitFrames


GC & Holinka live interview and ArenaLeague finals

22 August 2013 - 10:24 AM

ArenaLeague finals


Toxic Youth and Evil Genius battle out who will advance into the ArenaLeague finals today! Start 5pm CET.






ArenaLeague schedule

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



Synopsis


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.



Twitter Links

Ghostcrawler

Holinka

Vanguards

Hildegard

Zilea

Novoz

Gothiques

ArenaJunkies




Hotted and Swifty dev interview


Hotted and Swifty also had an interview with Ghostcrawler and Holinka. Check it out.





New to ArenaJunkies?

AJ is the forum in which World of Warcraft arena is discussed. Our site is well known for the distinction made between Junkies and normal members. Only Junkies (former gladiators or players rated 2.2k or higher in 3v3 bracket this season) can write in some parts of the forums (General Section for example). Everyone, however, can write comments on the news and is able to post on the class forums. You can login if you are registered at other Curse websites like MMO Champion. If you're not, then just create a new account.


Follow Arena Junkies

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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.


Download the ArenaLive tournament UI


Download the ArenaLive UnitFrames


ArenaLive 2.0 - next generation tournament UI

20 August 2013 - 10:43 PM



Vadrak is the creator of the ArenaLive tournament UI and one of the most important persons to make World of Warcraft online tournaments happen. He spend literally hundreds of hours to create the UI ArenaLeague, ArenaJunkies, MiR Gaming and Yaspresents use(d) for their tournaments.

The latest version fixed many of the issues currently present. For example name plates and cooldown tracker are included, setup time for casters has been shortened, the design has been streamlined, the alias function now works on target, nameplates and statistics. Also a new statistics module is included that tracks absorbs, shows time in cc and can be displayed until the next match is starting.

In my opinion Vadrak is one of these guys that make this game better and more enjoyable for all of us. He does that without taking money so far. Follow him on Twitter and give him some feedback for his work.

Disclaimer: All matches played are not competitive but to show addon functions. The teams did not have time to prepare and did not play together before. Thanks to all the helpers, you are in the credits.


Download the ArenaLive tournament UI

Download the ArenaLive UnitFrames

Follow Vadrak on Twitter

Visit Vadrak's ArenaJunkies profile

Developer interview on Thursday 3pm PST

19 August 2013 - 04:32 PM

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Brian Holinka and Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street found the time to have a live interview with AJ content editors Vanguards and Hildegard.

Day: 22nd of August 2013
Time: 3pm PST, midnight CET
Channel: http://www.twitch.tv/diewildehilde/

The show will start with the interview and maybe Vanguards and me will invite others to talk about the interview on stream afterwards.

Twitter links:
Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street - Lead Systems Designer, Blizzard Entertainment
Brian Holinka - PvP Designer for World of Warcraft
Vanguards - ArenaJunkies administrator
Hildegard - ArenaJunkies content editor

Next gen tournament UI test - need teams

19 August 2013 - 12:08 PM

The new version of the ArenaLive tournament UI is nearly done. Today Vadrak and me want to fraps 3v3 games on the tournament realm to showcase the new version.

If you are interested to help us frapsing (30 minutes) let us know. We have one team ready at around 3pm and need one more. I'm online as Hildegard on the tournament realm. Alternatively write me here or on Twitter.

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