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Interview Highlights with George Velev from Blizzard on Technically PvP Podcast

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Technically PvP Podcast and Venruki had the chance to talk to Game Producer George Velev about the new Battleground and PvP in the War Within and we've got the highlights!

George Velev is a Game Producer focusing on combat design content and PvP / class tuning. He transitioned to production with Shadowlands after starting on the WoW Q&A Team.

Deephaul Ravine Battleground in the War Within

  • The new battleground is a mix of Eye of the Storm and Silver Shard Mines.
  • Two factions start with carts that can be converted and moved for points.
  • A central flag (gemstone) can be captured for more points, offering strategic opportunities.
  • Your team needs to accrue 1,500 points to wi. You get points by controlling carts and capturing the flag.
  • The battleground consists of two graveyards at the start and two near middle, dynamically updating based on the battleground state.
  • Graveyards are designed to be inaccessible for camping.
  • The new BG will be available in all play modes (random, solo queue, pre-made) with some changes in Blitz.

General PvP Questions

  • Blizzard has no plans for PvP-specific sets at the TWW launch.
  • Blizzard likes how shared tier sets with PvE content have impacted PvP.
  • The Great Vault will no longer offer PvP rewards, the Conquest journey will be updated to give players more control over gear acquisition.
  • The team is considering workarounds to compensate for fewer sockets without the Great Vault.
  • There's an ongoing effort to balance match-ups for healers and potentially increase MMR to incentivize healer participation in solo shuffle.
  • There's an ongoing evaluation of short-duration crowd controls and their impact on gameplay. 
  • Blizzard is committed to providing frequent class balance updates.
  • Blizzard has no plans to replace Rated Battlegrounds with RBG Blitz, as they want to cater to both solo queue players and those preferring to play in groups.

You can watch the Technically PvP crew discussing the interview in the video linked here.

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