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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Shared Topic - Hardmode / Heroic PVP

“Why not have ‘hardmode’ pvp matches? More difficult goals and the like you can sign up for?” (source)

Interesting idea. A queue-able BG that would allow me to take on harder opponents, maybe in a more complex environment and possibly have better rewards. Now that I have a good portion of my Cataclysmic Gladiator set (ilevel 393), I think this would be a lot of fun.


  1. With greater requirements, comes greater dedication. Heroic PVP is going to have less trolls. If the iLevel requirement is set high enough, there are going to be less people that don't know what they are doing. Less people standing in the middle of Eye fighting over the flag when absolutely no bases are guarded. The number of people running around with Kid's Week orphans will be dramatically less. 
  2. Complexity breeds excitement. Now, Tol Barad was a great concept. Complex PVP environment that required the teams to work together to effectively overthrow the incumbent. Sadly it was an open environment that encouraged everyone to participate because for some classes the rewards being BIS gear. This was unfortunately too complex for the average pug. It required that a majority of the players effectively know what they need to do and where to be. As time went on, puggers stop showing up and Blizz simplified the requirements, the ownership of TB changed more often. If Blizzard could have kept a version of TB exclusive to those that have the gear level, this could have been more successful when implemented. Maybe add features like having NPCs that work with you. Recruit a tank or healer if you want to go DPS. 
  3. Greater rewards encourage participation. This year I am participating in a 3s arena team. Unfortunately due to timezone differences, we've only been able to meet about 5 or 6 times. The best reasons for participating in arenas, are 1) faster acquisition of conquest points, 2) heroic level arena gear and 3) cool titles that you can't get anywhere else. Unfortunately, if you're in my situation, the team is unable to meet unless I stay home sick, or don't go to work. 

Personally, I love the idea. This is what I thought Rated Battlegrounds were going to be when first mentioned in Cata. Unfortunately, it turned into a guild activity and I appear to be in the wrong guild for it.  Heres to hoping for changes in MoP to open up more opportunities for PVP.



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