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Since World of Warcraft was first launched in 2004, there has been an ongoing conversation about its PvP options. The game started with none and then was blessed with relatively fun, if not fully engaging battlegrounds. When Burning Crusade was launched, Blizzard added Arena play which some players took to easily while others cursed and threw their keyboards across the room.
It’s been a bumpy road, but Blizzard is always trying new things, trying to tap into the perfect solution to their ongoing PvP issues. Last year they introduced outdoor PvP with Lake Wintergrasp and with Cataclysm they are going to revamp their Battlegrounds, while adding at least one new one (to the already impressive roster or 7) and make it so you can start gaining ratings for your efforts. Along with the big Battleground changes, Blizzard is also going to give us a long awaited feature – the return of the PvP Titles that we all loved so much back when it was just BGs, pre 2.0.
The Ranked Battlegrounds
The biggest change is the advent of ranked battlegrounds. How it’s going to work is that you’ll now gain both rating and arena points when you win a Battleground. However, to keep players from being punished for getting stuck on a bad team, you will not lose any points if you happen to lose (which many people often do). On the other hand, you will still gain the honor and battleground tokens you always did when you play in any BG.
There will be a weekly cap on the BG points you can gain and there will be special rewards for those that want to take advantage of BGs only instead of the arena – including some rare mounts. The best part is that Blizzard has already noted they will attempt to keep it from being a grind – something everyone can get behind.
PvP Titles Return
The PvP Titles that everyone remembers from pre-arena play are going to come back as well for those that do well in the BG each season. Titles like Commander and Centurion will be used to describe anyone that performs well in these situations. To top things off, it’s been noted that the new Guild Leveling system will be integrated into this feature somehow.
For a game that started with absolutely no organized PvP options, WoW has come quite a long way in 5 years. Here’s to hoping Blizzard has even more surprises up its sleeves.
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