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7-16-2009 @ 6:26PM
Regarding competitive battlegrounds:One of the greatest assets of BGs at the moment is a quick game for a casual player. Along with the changes to each game so they last around 20 minutes, this makes them ideal for logging on, playing for a bit and then logging off.One of the problems is, if you encourage premades to compete against PuGs, which is exactly what rated battlegrounds will do, then the casual attraction of BGs is lost. It would be flooded with hardcore guilds desperate to earn rating and the associated rewards. Such premades would capitalize on winning matches against unprepared PuG teams, reminiscent of twinking. Casual players would soon start to disappear.What Blizzard really need to do is separate PuG teams from premades in different queues, similar to how the new XP option is going to do. Then, by all means, provide a rating system.That aside, currently the most common complaint in battlegrounds is balancing.First, they need to balancing team numbers properly (AV is notorious for imbalanced games, but often others suffer very badly too).Second, they need to balance team compositions properly (so often I play WSG games with no healers and five rogues).Then, they need to balance gear.Then we can start to talk about rated battlegrounds.So I think Blizzard are getting WAY ahead of themselves. There's some serious problems with battlegrounds that need to fix before they think about making them competitive.
7-16-2009 @ 6:58PM
Wall of text crits you for over 9000.The willingness to read fades from you.Arcane Intellect fades from you.Molten Armor fades from you.You die.
7-16-2009 @ 7:00PM
Actual idea:What if you put the rated players into the 'twink' bracket? Like they could turn off XP gains at 80 and get into rated brackets; otherwise, you simply play BG's the same way we do now, no ratings, just honor and tokens.
7-16-2009 @ 7:01PM
I agree with Wither, especially about balancing.I know people just want to pick up and play BGs, but starting a 11 v 40 AV is terrible. Might as well just not even play.
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