We were all very surprised at the end of Season 11 from the amount of attention that was given to disqualify cheating teams, why the sudden attention to PvP? And can we expect this again in the next season and onwards? This has certainly improved (although not perfect) the fairness and quality of World of Warcraft PvP scene.
Another major change in MoP that will affect PvP greatly is the cool down on dispels. Although we think that this was a good idea overall, as spamming dispels was never a good design, there should be some changes on the duration of roots or spammable CC's overall.
The simple dispel change by adding a cool down has made caster classes much more powerful, especially against melee classes. If you have ever watched a rogue trying to play against a mage, you will see how painful it is in their perspective. If you are adding cool downs on dispels, root durations should be reduced by half or so if we are to acheive some what of a balance between melee and casters. A mage can keep a rogue controlled almost the entire game.
And to add on top of all that, rogue's major cool downs have increased dramatically, further stomping their ability to play. Ask any rogue if they want to play in MoP, and they will tell you "No, I just want to play the game."
We understand that balancing PvE and PvP abilities are very difficult, but a lot of abilities and glyphs have been tweaked so drastically in MoP. What is the main reason for changing many of our baseline abilities into talents or glyphs? Although some talents and abilities are given to us as baseline, some abilities feel awkward when glyphing for it.
For example, from a Discipline Priest perspective, there are many cool new abilities, but many of our abilities were removed and forced upon as Major Glyphs. Abilities such as Shadow Word: Death, Holy Nova, for exmaple, should really be baseline, or minor glyphs at most. Holy Nova isn't that big of a deal, but it is a good example of what I mean by bad glyph design. Such a minor spell that was always baseline is now a major glyph spell.
Shadow Word: Death glyph is also a problem for PvP priests, because most of us will be forced to use this glyph to have it work as it did before. That means we are permanently down 1 slot in major glyphs, yet we are already lacking in terms of healing efficiency, mobility, and mana. I'm assuming that the reasoning behind this glyph is to separate PvE and PvP users, and allow newer players to transition into the proper use of the spell by forcing it to be used at 20% or lower. However, this glyph should also be minor for it affects Priests negatively in PvP.
Rather than a bunch of questions, here's a list of suggestions:
A form of spectating arena games.
Bring the old armory back where you could see which team played who at what time and what rating they gained. I thought that armory was absolutely fantastic and outside of possible data management issues I don’t understand why it was removed.
I am also in favor of Rating Decay, as it promotes fair game play and also promotes ladder activity.
Get WoW back on the MLG circuit! Big tournaments like these get more people into PvP and more people into the game.
Allow the gladiator title/rewards to be achieved through 2v2 arena bracket, but not rank 1 titles. I remember back in burning crusade, the biggest thing that brought all of my pve friends into arenas was doing 2v2 with friends, which then led them to wanting to improve and eventually into playing 3v3 and 5v5 arena. It is a great entry bracket and giving some kind of reward for it would stimulate arena activity in all brackets.
All of rogues cooldowns need to be reduced back to what they were pre talent removal, Vanish/cloak/evasion/blind etc. Going to 3 minute cds again really destroys the fluidity of rogue gameplay.
One of the three talents on the level 60 tier needs to be baseline. Rogue damage should then be re-evaluated with the new change of mobility (this makes rogues easier to balance and more fun to play). I suggest shadowstep baseline, with smokebomb as a replacement to shadowstep, and a talent that passively reduces the cooldown of all rogue cooldowns by 45% as a replacement to burst of speed. This would also handle the problem I have listed above. To recap, that tier (lvl 60) would be Prep | New talent | Smokebomb.
Rogue Subtlety damage needs to be increased outside of dance by about 20% at level 90. Namely backstab. Also, a glyph allowing you to use it from the sides or increased range would be very helpful for the players with 120+ latency.
Also a glyph to allow shadowstep to root the target for 2 seconds (Is on diminishing returns with all other roots) would be a very nice change and would add some decision making to our glyph choices.
Not a very serious bracket, but fun none the less. I would like to see a stacking buff/debuff in 2s after X number of minutes. Healer DPS vs Healer DPS can easily have 45 min draws. I think that after say 10 minutes a 5% damage or 5% health reduction buff should go out. This can have a stack added every 5 minutes or so. This could hopefully resolve the pain of playing a ridiculously long game.
Suggestions/Questions I Have:
- As stated numerous times above (post), will skims ever be re-implemented into game?
- Bring back more "incentives" for arena play, for example (name of season) Gladiator's Tabard?
- I think a lot of people would play simply for another reward they would be able to get (like in Wrath).
- How bad would the idea of creating a more unique arena reward mount offend the PvE content dudes?
- How does one go from slayer of azeroth to a slayer of "vag"?
What id like to see added/changed.
- New Rewards for high level pvp (somthing that makes higher level pvpers stand out more among the crowd)
-Skirmishes - (or solo que system similar to that of what Sai was discussing)
-Spectator mode for in-game wow arena, so people can watch you play through the client and not through a secondary source which lags bad internet connections.
-Possibly the option of having a secondary rating system (similar to duo talent system) for 3v3/5v5, so you can teamhop to play with IRL or lower mmr friends without being penalized as to titles.
-Balance Tremor totem vs the Disc priest
- Add/Change the rewards for people achieving Gladiator or R1, they need to stand out of a crowd more. The cataclysm glad drakes look lame and our mounts aren't very unique anymore. Bring back 310% flying speed for gladiators only or something like that.
-Rating decay in teams
-Faster queues for Arena and RBG's
-Bring back skirmishes so we can train and try out different comps and specs without having to find extra partners
-Keep DQ'ing wintrading teams like they finally did now in S11