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3-11-2011 @ 6:02PM
And while we're playing the "good idea" game:1) For the LFD Tool; you should be required to have completed the dungeon on normal prior to being allowed to queue for the Heroic version. Prior to queueing for the random Daily Heroic, you must have completed all the Heroic Dungeons at that level. This will ensure that players have at least completed the dungeon once prior to trying it on Heroic, and keep people from "gaming" the Daily Heroic by avoiding some dungeons. In other words, you can't start collecting on your daily VPs until you've at least completed each dungeon twice; once on normal, and once on Heroic.This would only apply to LFD Tool; if you want to run a dungeon with a full pre-made group, you could, on normal or Heroic, regardless of whether you'd completed it before or not. (So I guess you might be able to get away with running each dungeon only once on Heroic, with a pre-made, prior to queueing... /shrug) This seems like it would be easy to implement.2) Open Rated BGs to random queues/make all BGs rated, but have two tiers of BGs (a la normal/Heroic dungeons). The idea is that anyone can queue for a random BG; if your personal BG rating is below some amount (say 2000?), you are sent to a "normal" BG; if your personal BG rating is above 2000, then you're queued to the "Heroic" BGs. You get some number of bonus Conquest Points for winning your first match each day in both, but "Heroic" BGs give Conquest Points, while "normal" BGs give Honor Points.Personal BG rating would be calculated on personal performance (caps, kills, heals, etc..), and win/lose ratio. I think this would naturally lead to more pre-mades (in order to attain/maintain rating), while still allowing small groups/single players with PvP skills to participate. You could also use all BG sizes as you could build groups of 10/25/40 in the queue.3) Do something similar with Arenas. We already basically have a single player, random Arena queue (ever seen: "LF 1 player, Arena, for weekly points" in Trade?), so why not make it official? This would function like the BGs above; if your Arena rating is below some amount (say 2000), then you're queued to a "normal" Arena match vs. players in your bracket; if it's above 2000, then you go to the "Heroic" Arenas. Again, both get some number of Conquest points for the first win of the day, but "Heroics" continue to dish-out Conquest Points, while "normals" give Honor Points.Again, this would naturally lead to formed Arena teams to get and maintian their rating, but allow new/casual players to try-out an Arena match, and see if it's for them...The point with all of these is to allow players to experience everything our great game has to offer, while still providing challenges/incentives to the Hardcore players...My two (or three) cents...
3-11-2011 @ 6:32PM
1. Would be incredibly BAAAAAD for people who level lots of alts.2. I dunno, I don't like the idea of your ability to enter a rated batteground being restricted by an arbitrary rating. The game has always been designed so that people can be carried to et them catch up, and that would ruin it. Not to mention the problems it would cause for lower geared players trying to gear up.3. Dunno, only inexperienced players and bad players would ever use it, so it wouldn't provide a good idea of what arena is like. It'd be better to just bring back the old skirmishes.
3-13-2011 @ 2:04PM
@DeathknightyI'm not sure how having to queue to each dungeon twice prior to using the Random Daily Heroic would be "incredibly BAAAAAD" for people who level lots of Alts? I have a fair number myself, and you should be running the normal dungeons to gear for Heroics (in a PuG) anyways. The point of #1 was to make sure no one gets into a Heroic dungeon they've never seen before, and that they can't "game" the LFD Tool (as we saw people doing with Stonecore). I don't think it would slow you down that much... besides, if you read my previous post, I think we should have BoA Tier points to spend on outfitting our Alts! :)Your second point did make me think of something though... What if you wanted to join a BG or Arena Team that already had a high rating (and yours was low)? I guess they'd have to have a mechanism to allow that; maybe a "Team Avg" rating?Anyways, just a few thoughts... in case Blizz implements something similar, and WoW Insider runs another story like this in the future! :)
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