Bornakk announced over at the forums that Arena
Season 5 is nearing its end
. He notes that the current season is slated to end "with or shortly after" Patch 3.1
is released. Season 5 kicked off in December 16 last year and has run around 12 weeks to date. In comparison, the shortest Arena Season was the pre-Wrath
Season 4, which lasted for 17 weeks while the extremely lengthy Season 3 dragged on for 29. Season 1 lasted for 20 weeks and Season 2 lasted for 23, so all seasons thus far except for the Wrath-preempted Season 4 have run for a good length of time.
The reason for the extended Season 3 was because Blizzard had wanted PvP progression to match PvE progression
, so were waiting for more guilds to gear up with Sunwell-level items. Considering how difficult Sunwell Plateau was, this took some time, delaying Season 4 considerably. PvE content in Wrath
, on the other hand, was so accessible
that by the time Season 5 started a month after release of the expansion, players were decked out in the best PvE gear -- which changed the balance of Arena play
for the first few weeks.
Blizzard is looking to address that by starting Season 6 simultaneously with the "first tier of raid content"
or essentially make PvP gear more accessible to prepare for the next season of Arena play, according to Ghostcrawler
. Although Blizzard hasn't given a starting date for either Season 6 or Patch 3.1, the new Arena seasons are looking to match the shortened Season 4 in length and might indicate a trend in PvP season progression. That is an exciting change of pace and a comforting message to PvP enthusiasts that Blizzard is committed to keeping PvE and PvP progression at a similar pace. And if the development of Ulduar is any indication, that seems to be a fast one.
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