Greymane: Update on Gurubashi Arena
Hi everyone !
About 3 months ago, we released the Legion PVP realm Greymane, and now is the time to look back on those 3 months.
A central place of this realm is the Gurubashi arena, a “free for all” battle ring where everyone, Horde and Alliance can fight each others without restrictions.
We took your requests into consideration, and that’s why quickly after the realm was released, we disabled grouping in Gurubashi.
What we can see now, is that the Gurubashi arena is a place where usebugs are being exploited by a lot of people, making it difficult for players not abusing them to have fun there.
The major usebugs found are:
Staying close to the stairs
Staying on the edge of the battle ring
Using spells that allow you to have a “get out of jail” free card
Even though those issues were or are still being present on retail pvp servers, we believe it could be interesting to deviate from the “blizz-like” aspect to offer a better quality of play in this arena.
Solution (still Work in progress !)
This is why we will implement a gate system all around the arena, as well as at the bottom of both stairs.
The way they operate is simple:
For players not in combat, those gates will be down, and you will see no difference.
For players in combat, they will be up, and thus activating collision and Line of Sight block.
We believe that it’s important for players to choose when they go in, but that it’s also needed to give them limitations about when they can go out.
Once you are in combat in the arena, there is no going back. We also believe that the battle ring is big enough to give ranged classes a chance, but not to the point where they could exploit the weakness inherent to melee classes.
We would like to let this change go through for a certain period of time, to allow players to get a good grasp at those changes’ consequences; and of course give us feedback on this !
Feedback can be about any point of improvement you would like to see:
The aesthetic aspect, that -let’s be honest- wasn’t a prime priority for this change
Various propositions of things you would like to see on the realm
We already have some ideas we got from players, like
Enable legendaries again, and making custom tweaks on them, so that they are potent enough to be attractive to players, but not too powerful either so the outcome of a fight between someone having a legendary item, and someone who does not isn’t already decided.
Create a PVP zone like Gurubashi’s arena, but bigger, where we allow grouping up to 2 or 3 players, to give healers a place on the realm, which they do not have right now.
Create events on the realm
To sum it up
No promises for the moment, but feedback is appreciated, and will be taken into account to help us establish a list of priorities for you guys on Greymane.
Thanks in advance for your reports on the matter,