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Burning Crusade Classic Beta Updates: Arena Matchmaking, Title and Gear Changes

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Here comes a new BCC beta update, with Arena matcmaking being changed from the original BC formula, a new title being added and Blizzard clarifying gear and cost changes.

As a very minor but interesting side-note, this update comes very late in the day, which coupled with today's seeming release date announcement leak might slightly nudge the leak into plausibility. A little. Almost.

Blizzard LogoPvP Update (source)

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To bring about better matchmaking in Burning Crusade Classic, we’re updating the Matchmaking Rating (MMR) system to use a calculation design developed after original Burning Crusade, with an MMR range that will be similar to the range seen in PvP in 2008.

  • Arena Teams will begin at 0 rating. (Teams began at 1500 in original Burning Crusade.)
  • Diminishing returns will have a 15-20 second cooldown window.
  • All PvP gear will have consistent personal rating requirements to purchase and equip.
    • Shoulders = 2200
    • Weapon = 2050
    • Head = 1700
    • Chest = 1600
    • Legs = 1550

A major goal we have in Burning Crusade Classic PvP is to provide consistency as we step forward through each Season and phase of content. We believe this will promote a healthier PvP environment that emphasizes the prestige players can feel when obtaining shoulders and weapons in particular.

  • All Arena point costs for Arena gear will remain consistent for all Burning Crusade Classic Arena seasons.
  • Arena points are awarded during the weekly reset, and are based on the team that earned the most points.
  • To qualify for Arena points, your personal rating must be within 150 of the rating of your team, with at least 10 games played, and you must have participated in 30% of your team’s games the previous week.
  • Season 1 will feature a unique Rank 1 title, the Infernal Gladiator.
    • Originally, Rank 1 titles weren’t introduced until Season 2. This is a good opportunity to introduce one for the first season of Burning Crusade Classic.
  • Seasonal rewards will be delivered to players who reach a top percentage of teams per bracket in their region:
    • Rank 1 = 0.1% of top teams
    • Gladiator = 0.5%
    • Duelist = 3%
    • Rival = 10%
    • Challenger = 35%
  • To qualify for a seasonal reward, your personal arena rating needs to be within 100 points of your team’s rating, and you must have participated in 20% of your team’s games.
  • The Gold/Green Arena flags have been changed to Gold/Purple to improve colorblind accessibility.
  • Tornadoes will randomly spawn in Nagrand Arena in Season 1.
    • We want to recreate the experience of these unique map mechanics as they were originally introduced.
      PvP vendors have been configured to make Season 1 behave more like subsequent seasons than it did in original Burning Crusade.
  • Alliance PvP Vendors
    • Captain Dirgehammer sells level 70 honor armor.
    • Captain O’Neal sells level 70 honor weapons.
    • Master Sergeant Biggins sells Pendants, Medallions, Bands, and gems in Season 1.
    • Lieutenant Karter will now sell Reins of the Black War Elekk starting in Season 1. (Was available in Season 4 of original Burning Crusade.)
    • Master Sergeant Biggins will now sells Star’s Lament and Star’s Tears in Season 1. (Was available in Season 2 of original Burning Crusade.)
  • Horde PvP Vendors
    • Lady Palanseer sells level 70 honor armor in Season 1, at item levels 113/115/123.
    • Sergeant Thunderhorn sells level 70 honor weapons in Season 1, at item level 115.
    • Brave Stonehide sells Pendants, Medallions, Bands, and gems in Season 1.
    • Raider Bork now sells the Swift Warstrider starting in Season 1. (Was available in Season 4 of original Burning Crusade.)
    • Brave Stonehide now sells Star’s Lament and Star’s Tears in Season 1. (Was available in Season 2 of original Burning Crusade.)

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