Wintergrasp Balance System, Low level BG score update and more.

Hello community,


We would like to announce some PvP related changes.


As we said in previous posts, the score system from the PvP Tournament will allow us to encourage different aspects. We would like to give a bit more of relevance the low-level BGs than they currently have, so, for now, we are going to increase the score granted per win from any low-level bracket battleground to 3 points (this is already active).


Apart from that, we have been working on a Wintergrasp balance system, it is a blizzlike feature designed to provide some extra help to the faction that loses several battles in a row. It will be live on Friday 20th of March.


Taken from here:



 

  • There is an internal tug-of-war scale not visible by players which will shift under specific conditions.
  • The scale starts at 0 (neutral) and can move up to 700 points in either direction favoring the Alliance at one end, and Horde at the other.
  • This scale is persistent and does not reset to 0 whenever control of Wintergrasp shifts.
  • If an attacking force captures Wintergrasp Fortress while under the effects of any of the advantages listed below (400-700 points in their favor), the scale tips 100 points in favor of the opposing faction.
  • If a defending force successfully defends Wintergrasp Fortress two battles in a row, the scale tips 100 points in favor of the opposing faction.

Each consecutive successful defense after a faction’s first two consecutive defenses will further tip the scale 100 points in favor of the opposing faction.

 

-As a quick example, if the scale is at 0 and the Alliance capture Wintergrasp fortress while attacking, the scale will not move. If the Alliance defend Wintergrasp twice in a row after this, the scale will move 100 points in favor of the Horde. Each consecutive defense by the Alliance after this will move the scale 100 points further in favor of the Horde each time, bringing the Horde to 400 points in their favor after one unsuccessful defense and five unsuccessful attacks, a total of six Horde losses in a row.


-As another example, if the scale is at 400 in favor of the Horde and they capture Wintergrasp fortress while attacking, the scale will move 100 points in favor of the Alliance. If the Horde defend Wintergrasp twice in a row after this, the scale will move 100 points in favor of the Alliance. Each consecutive defense by the Horde after this will move the scale 100 points further in favor of the Alliance each time, bringing the Alliance to 100 points in their favor after one unsuccessful defense and five unsuccessful attacks, a total of six Alliance losses in a row.


 

-The following advantages are provided at the beginning of the battle for Wintergrasp whenever these corresponding ranges on the scale have been reached:


 

  • 0-300: No advantages granted.
  • 400: Faction starts with the Sunken Ring Factory under their control.
  • 500: Faction starts with the Sunken Ring and Broken Temple Factories under their control.
  • 600: Faction starts with the Sunken Ring and Broken Temple Factories under their control and gains access to Catapults after earning 1 kill in battle.
  • 700: Faction starts with the Sunken Ring and Broken Temple Factories under their control and gains access to Catapults, Siege Engines, and Demolishers after earning 1 kill in battle.



 

We are also working on some extra loot for the Faction leaders, this way there will be more rewards for the tournament participants and City Raiding will be more attractive. We will post more details shortly.


We are planning to have a more fluent weekly faction reward rotation, as well as freshen the individual rewards for participation that are currently being given with each reset.


Remember that, if you have any suggestion, you can let us know by ticket or e-mail, we will gladly hear you out.


Thank you very much.

PvP Tournament: Capital Cities Raiding.

Hello Citizens of Dalaran,


We are proudly introducing a new feature in the PvP Tournament: City Raiding!


We have been working on this idea in order to have some fresh air and to fill those PvP souls with the thrill that is to raid the opposite faction capitals. Each of the leader’s death will count towards the Tournament, allowing to participate to any kind of player, as well as help to balance the scores and of course, encouraging the World PvP.


You can now check the weekly leader kills for each faction through our PvP section.


For now, each City Leader’s death will grant 2 points. We are currently thinking about some possible rewards to be added in the near future, more information will be published shortly.


Aside from that, we have reworked every Faction Leader mechanics, making their encounters a bit more enjoyable. They will also present a small extra challenge thanks to a small HP buff.


Thank you very much for your support and suggestions, they are very helpful. We will improve as much as we can and will continue trying to balance things and keep a fair environment.


Stay tuned, we will post information about a new Wintergrasp Balance System we’ve been working on, as well as the Arena Season reset that is about to happen.


PvP Tournament: Updates and Multiboxing restriction.

Hello Citizens of Dalaran,

We would like to keep you informed about few updates that are about to be introduced into the PvP Tournament tomorrow, Friday 9th of January.

Wintergrasp score points will be reduced to 5 points per win. We started with 10 points in order to increase its relevance and now that is settled, we will reduce it to 5. This will also help to balance things a bit. We will also announce some interesting updates to Wintergasp shortly.

Another important matter is the introduction of the Initial Advantage Score. This is a score that a faction will have by default upon starting a new week if they have lost a few times in a row. This will encourage such faction to keep pushing towards victory.

Initial Advantage Score:

  • 2 weeks lost in a row: 15 points.

  • 3 weeks lost in a row: 25 points.

  • 4 or more weeks lost in a row: 40 points.

Alongside these changes, we would like to announce that the Multiboxing in PvP will not be allowed from now on and this new rule takes immediate effect. We will be open to discussion about this matter if the overall community thinks otherwise in the future but, for now, it won’t continue being allowed.

We have been working on several systems to introduce the City Raiding but we have also improved the faction bosses by adjusting their HP and mechanics, in order to have some epic battles. This new feature will be introduced to the PvP Tournament the Friday 17th of January.

We will post more information about how it is going to work during the next week.

Thank you very much.

https://www.dalaran-wow.com/news/169/pvp-tournament-updates-and-multiboxing-restriction/

 

BG Tournament: Wintergrasp.

Hello Citizens of Dalaran,

As you may be aware, we’ve been including some features to the Battleground Tournament each week (such as Tournament ladders with participation rewards, score system update…etc). As mentioned in previous news, there are many things that we will be slowly introducing into the Tournament.

This week, we have a new interesting addition: Wintergrasp Battle. This means that Wintergrasp battles are very relevant and will count towards the global score; each win will be shown on the PvP section and will score 10 extra points to the corresponding faction.

What comes next?

The PvP section will keep getting little upgrades, our next step is to introduce a City Raiding system/feature into the Tournament, as well as show some extra PvP statistics. We are having a blast seeing so much participation and interest, receiving this many suggestions and support for this idea, we are going to keep working hard to improve it and make it as fun and challenging as we can. Thank you everyone!

As a side note, we have decided to reset the current Arena Season, more info about this and the upcoming arena ladders on website will follow shortly. We are also going to stop publishing the weekly winner as new on the website, although we will keep announcing it in the forums and Social Media, alongside with the ingame system message.

Thank you.

https://www.dalaran-wow.com/news/167/bg-tournament-wintergrasp/

Weekly BG Tournament winner: Alliance

Roaring victory for the Alliance as the weekly winner of the Battleground Tournament! The banners fluttering in the wind will be the blue ones with golden lions!

Congratulations Alliance! Good job fighting back your enemies and be victorious again.

We are going to detail the rewards that the Alliance is going to enjoy this week as fair winners of the tournament:

  • Extra Wintergrasp Mark of Honor.

  • Extra Honor.

  • Extra experience in Dungeons.

  • Small amount of Arena Points upon finishing a level 80 BG.

  • 25% emblem drop chance upon finishing a WoTLK Random Heroic Dungeon (Frost for ICC attuned players, or the corresponding emblem based on character progression).

  • Extra emblem drop from certain WoTLK Raid Bosses (Frost for ICC attuned players, or the corresponding emblem based on character progression). Naxxramas: Loatheb, Maexxna, The 4 Horsemen, Thaddius and Kel’Thuzad; Ulduar: XT-002 Deconstructor, Auriaya, Mimiron, Yogg’Saron; ToC: Lord Jaraxxus, Twin Val’kyrs, Anub’arak.

We will take advantage of the announcement to congratulate the top winners in the scores of H.K. and participation in BGs. Fantastic job! Now is time to enjoy your bounty and good luck opening the rewards! You can also use those paints to mark your next victim and create nice strategies to mislead the enemies!

https://www.dalaran-wow.com/news/166/weekly-bg-tournament-winner-alliance/

 

Weekly BG Tournament winner: Alliance (and more info)

And the first winner of the Weekly Battleground Tournament is: The Alliance!

Congratulations, Alliance! Good job with the team effort that brought you to Victory.

We would like to say that we are vastly impressed with the participation in the tournament; a total of 282 battlegrounds in a space of a week, most of them level 80. Some days, the sewers of Dalaran were crowded and full of duels once again, we noticed an arena activity increase aswell. Thank you everyone for embracing this initiative and for having such spirit of competition.

First of all, we are going to detail the rewards that the Alliance is going to enjoy this week as fair winners of the tournament:

  • Extra Honor.

  • Extra Experience received in Battlegrounds.

  • 25% emblem drop chance upon finishing a WoTLK Random Heroic Dungeon (Frost for ICC attuned players, and their correspondent emblem for the other attunes).

  • Extra emblem drop from certain WoTLK Raid Bosses (Frost for ICC attuned players, and their correspondent emblem for the other attunes). Naxxramas: Loatheb, Maexxna, The 4 Horsemen, Thaddius and Kel’Thuzad; Ulduar: XT-002 Deconstructor, Auriaya, Mimiron, Yogg’Saron; ToC: Lord Jaraxxus, Twin Val’kyrs, Anub’arak.

  • Small amount of Arena Points upon finishing a level 80 BG (both factions will enjoy this).

We are going to take advantage of this notification to talk about a few things regarding the tournament and the PvP status itself.

– We would like to let you know that we have been working on a system to improve the ghost-queue monitoring but, we also rely on your reports for a faster catch. Therefore, if you see anything suspicious let us know with a ticket and we will quickly take action. Any Battleground detected as ghost-queued that had no fair participation in it, is removed from the total counter, so it will not interfere with the Tournament in any way. We have been warning those players who ghost-queued and banned the ones that repeated it. From now on, the ghost queue shall be directly a 1-day ban, without any warning. If continued, it may lead to an account suspension.

– We are dealing with past win-traders, we are amending our own mistakes regarding proper monitoring. In order to balance the PvP status, we are removing the gear from people who did not earn it in a legit way. Thanks to those who understood and collaborated with us when we removed the items. That being said, we will not allow it to happen again and those who traded in the past, will see their accounts suspended if repeated.
We are preparing the terrain for an Arena Season reset, we will give you more information about this shortly.

This is just the base concept for the Weekly Battleground Tournament, we have plenty of ideas and our intention is to have more PvP areas involved, making it fun while challenging. We are open to suggestions, as always, and we will take them all into consideration. We would like to give you a sneak-peak about what we are thinking to include soon:

  • City Raiding: It will involve proper capital attacks and defense.

  • Wintergrasp will count towards the Tournament.

  • We are working on a way to incentivize players to join Alterac Valley during the Tournament.

  • Gurubashi Arena: extra rewards at the beginning but, we are thinking about giving it more relevance bit by bit.

We are going to be including totally new rewards every few weeks, the current ones are just to start with!

Our intention is to upgrade the Weekly Battleground Tournament and make it a Weekly (general) PvP Tournament. We will also keep improving the PvP section on the website so it can show more interesting stats such as top H.K kills, extended BG and WG info…etc.

This tournament is just the first step, and we are delighted to see the results. Thank you for your participation, the interest shown has been wonderful!

We can’t be more grateful for the feedback we are receiving, we are giving our best to make Dalaran your WotLK home, strong, long-established, dedicated and respectful to the hard work from our players. The PvP was an area that needed some love from our side so, we are on it now. We hope you enjoy the BG Tournament and what comes next.

https://www.dalaran-wow.com/news/162/weekly-bg-tournament-winner-alliance-and-more-info/

 

Weekly Battleground Tournament: Faction-wise Rewards.

Drums of War can already be heard in the distance, an ancient call to defend your faction and sing ballads of victory in every tavern and city through Azeroth.

The eternal fight for power and domination it’s now a common effort; not only those prepared for the battle are the chosen ones to enjoy these challenges and rewards, everyone from the same faction is.

We are very glad to present to you our Weekly Battleground Tournament, a faction-wise collaborative event that will allow both the Alliance and the Horde to work together for glory. This event will be an ongoing Tournament and will start on the 6th of December.

This tournament is designed to promote PvP in a PvE focused server. Our intention is to encourage each faction’s participation in every Battleground’s bracket. We have tried to make it interesting with its cyclic form and the faction-wise rewards so any kind of player can overcome their PvP blockage and turn into the bloodthirsty enemies you have always feared.

With time, the PvP aspect should be more active thanks to the participation of the community. Therefore, we will be including more perks, rewards, and challenges to the Tournament as it increases in popularity.

For now, we have prepared a few initial rewards that will rotate each week and will benefit both the PvP and PvE aspects of the game while trying to increase the interest towards PvP gradually.

This Weekly Battleground Tournament should also contribute towards making the Northrend’s Heroic Dungeons and Raids more active thanks to the faction-wise perks.

How will it work?

The system is really easy to understand.

There will be a Battleground counter which will be reset every week (Fridays 15:00 p.m Server Time), the faction with more Battlegrounds won that week will be considered the winner and will be enjoying the faction-wise rewards until the next Friday’s reset.

For this, we have prepared a new PVP section on our website where you can see the weekly winner, Battleground statistics, Tournament history, active and upcoming rewards/perks…etc.

After each Friday’s Tournament reset, the rewards will be available for the winner faction. There is no need to do anything as a player: just enjoy the perks and keep pushing!

All the relevant information will be broadcasted everywhere each week: in-game notifications, website, our social networks…etc.

In the future, this website’s PvP section will also include some top rankings (H.Ks…etc), as well as some extra interesting data. We are also going to dedicate a space for Wintergrasp, Gurubashi Arena and capital cities raids into the Weekly Battleground Tournament along with the introduction of more enjoyable features.

How can you participate?

By just doing Battlegrounds. There is no need to do anything special, just participate in any kind of Battleground from level 10 to 80. Unless there are some specifications for a particular week, the level or the Battleground does not matter.

What are the Faction-wise rewards?

The faction-wise rewards are some perks that every player from the winning faction will be able to enjoy for a week, there is no need to participate in order to benefit from them though. It is a very similar case to the Stone-Keeper Shards from Wintergrasp.

There will be two kinds of rewards: static and random. The entire winner faction will benefit from them until the next reset.

Static rewards: These are the perks that will always be active for the current winner faction. If your faction wins, you can enjoy them at least until the next Friday’s reset.

A post with all the possible rewards and specifications will be released shortly.

Some of the initial static rewards:

  • Extra Honor.

  • Extra emblem drop from certain WoTLK raid bosses (e.g: Naxxramas last bosses from each wing, Ulduar’s Keepers…etc). Emblems will drop individually for each player, based on their character progression (Frost for ICC attuned players).

  • 25% chance to have an extra emblem drop upon finishing a WoTLK Heroic Dungeon through the RDF tool. Emblems will drop individually for each player, based on their character progression (Frost for ICC attuned players).

  • Extra XP in Dungeons and Battlegrounds.

Random rewards: These are additional perks that will be changing each week randomly and will be available for the winner faction.

Some of the initial random rewards:

  • Extra Wintergrasp rewards.

  • Battleground Marks of Honor available.

  • Extra reward/drop from Vanilla and TBC raids.

  • Vote/Donation Shop discounts.

  • Services discounts.

Regardless of the faction winner, the level 80 battlegrounds will grant a small amount of Arena Points during the Tournament.

A quick example:

  1. The Friday 6th of December the WBT will start.

  2. Then, the next week on Friday 13th the reset will happen at 12:00 pm and that faction who won the most Battlegrounds shall be declared the winner.

  3. A new week starts, therefore the Battleground counter starts from 0 again and all the static rewards become available for the winner faction, plus one of the random ones until the next reset.

  4. And this gets repeated every week.

Why this kind of Tournament?

Our intentions are to bring the competitive PvP scene back alive. We consider this to be one of the firsts steps. We think that by making it a faction-wise collaborative effort and rewards, would ease the participation and reinforce the faction feeling of victory. And by being able to collaborate no matter the level or the battleground will help towards a common goal: be the winners that week. So everyone with a bit of curiosity about PvP could help to achieve that weekly goal and, bit by bit, keep improving and get into the PvP scene more and more. Practice makes the master.

https://www.dalaran-wow.com/news/159/weekly-battleground-tournament-faction-wise-rewards/

 

Reporting for duty!

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We want to continue to improve our level of communication and assistance to you, the community. This new post is to detail what we are working on currently, and what we have in mind right now.

– As you may have noticed the number of weekly fixes has been improved with nearly daily deployments. We are constantly clearing the bug-tracker and we want every single detail to be corrected. Once the majority of important fixes are solved we will make a huge revamp of all the Classic and TBC Dungeons/Raids, but we need to focus first on the issues already reported.

– Alongside those fixes, we have been working to improve many systems in order to have a smoother gameplay, such as the Dungeon Finder system, pathfinding, maps, view distance, combat bug and many Wintergrasp important changes (preparations for the incoming internal balance/struggle system). More information about them shall be published in our next Changelog.

– Encouraging the players to make reports of every issue they find in our bug-tracker, it is the key to improve Dalaran’s quality for everyone, and we shall all cooperate on it. If it is not reported there we will not be aware of it, therefore it can’t be fixed. Please, report everything to our bug tracker: https://github.com/dalaranwow/dalaran-wow/issues

– Increase and improve our communication with you, including our communication on our Social Media, it is a nice and really forward way to stay tuned about every change or important notification. Our Social Media always has relevant information, although we need to improve our feedback response, you can follow us in order to keep track on our important information or latest posts (Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Blog and Youtube).

– Increase our tester team, since there are many changes to be tested each week before deploying them to the live realm. As our latest incorporations (Teri and A.Tock) are quite settled, we believe is a great moment to increase the ranks. We will make an announcement about it.

– We want also to increase the Game Master team once again since there are many returning players and many new players each day, we need a higher number of Game Masters to cover all the time frames. It will be a slow process but we are confident we will get a perfect match. Another announcement shall be done about this.

– Keep punishing Win-traders and Exploiters, every report is taken into consideration, remember that you can always report an abusive tactic, someone you have seen doing something fishy, etc… by the in-game ticket system, including screenshots or videos if possible. We will investigate and deal with all of them; we have zero tolerance for cheaters.

– Keep the community ideas and suggestions alive. We want to make you participants in the present and future of Dalaran WoW, and we are thinking on the best way you could collaborate, suggest or even criticize us. We will develop more what we have in mind about this in future news posts.

Lok’Tar Ogar! / For the Alliance!

PS: A new changelog will be published with the latest changes applied this month as soon as possible. Stay tuned!

http://www.dalaran-wow.com/news/112/reporting-for-duty/