PvP November Update

by Jonathan Sharp on November 15, 2012

Temple of the Silent Storm

With this week’s patch, you will be able to play a beta version of our new PvP map  – Temple of the Silent Storm.

We’re really trying to push the verticality of the map.  Taking inspiration from many of the shooting games that we’ve enjoyed, we created a map that has some of the vertical play normally seen in shooters, but still has strong regions of the map that play off our active combat and RPG elements.

The secondary mechanic for this map revolves around channeling different buffs throughout the map.  These buffs will have different effects on the game:

  • Meditation on Ferocity: Bonus +3 team points when anyone on your team earns a kill.  These can stack, which means that if you have both buffs, your team can earn 11 points for a kill! There are 2 of these buffs; one on each team’s side of the map.
  • Meditation on Stillness: Cap points give you 2 points per pulse instead of 1.
  • Meditation on Tranquility:  Resets all cap points and gives them to your team.  This meditation will only come up once the game has been running for a while, and it only appears once each game!  If you’re really behind and see this meditation come up, grab it, because it could swing the outcome of the game!

sPvP Daily and Monthly Achievements

We’ll also be introducing daily and monthly Structured PvP achievements with this patch.

Daily Achievement:

    • Caps: 3
    • Kills: 5
    • Matches: 3
    • Top Stat: 1

Rewards:

    • 1 x Glory Boost
    • 1 x Tourney Ticket

Monthly Achievement:

    • Kill Variety: 8 unique professions killed
    • Rank points earned, organized in four levels: 200, 400, 800, 100
    • Tournament wins: 3
    • Monthly matches won: 10

Rewards:

    • 5x Glory boosts
    • 5x Salvage Kits
    • 10 x Tourney tickets

New PvP Stats

The PvP hero panel now has more stats! You can access these stats by pressing the crossed swords icon in the top left-hand corner of your screen.

The current stats tracked are now:

  • Games played
  • Games won
  • Tournaments played
  • Tournaments won
  • Top stats awarded
  • Favorite profession
  • Favorite map
  • Glory
  • Qualifying points

Qualifying Point Leader Boards

Qualifying points are very important.  We’ll display the current qualifying points for both EU and US datacenters here:   https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/forum/pvp/pvp/Leaderboards-for-Qualifying-Points/first#post665723

These qualifying points will be used to determining entry into larger tournaments down the road.

Paid Tournament Entry Fees and Rewards

We’re going to revise the reward structure for paid tournaments.  The rewards will break down like this:

1st place – 1 Gold Tournament chest, 500 glory, 500 rank points, 120 Gems, 5 Qualifying Points

2nd place – 1 Silver Tournament chest, 400 glory, 400 rank points, 80 Gems, 3 Qualifying Points

3rd place – 1 Silver Tournament chest, 300 glory, 300 rank points, 20 Gems, 1 Qualifying Points

4th place – 1 Silver Tournament chest, 300 glory, 300 rank points, 20 Gems, 1 Qualifying Points

5th place – 1 Copper Tournament chest

6th place – 1 Copper Tournament chest

7th place – 1 Copper Tournament chest

8th place – 1 Copper Tournament chest

Paid tournaments also provide each finishing place a small % chance to win gems in the following amounts.  The chance of winning one of these is approximately 1 in 4.  No player can win twice.

      • 10 gems
      • 35 gems
      • 80 gems
      • 120 gems
      • 1000 gems

Smaller Changes

We’ve reorganized the PvP browser hot-join maps so that some are 5-on-5 and some are the current 8-on-8.  We’ve made this change so that people who want to play 5-on-5 instead of 8-on-8 in public maps have the option to do so.

Players will also be able to use /rank in the PvP lobby to show off their PvP rank! While this can’t be used in matches (we don’t want people confusing them with finishing stomps) we wanted people to be able to show off how awesome they are in PvP.

For a full list of all PvP changes this patch, please check out the patch notes right here.

That’s it for now!  Stay tuned and I’ll keep you guys updated as things are added to structured PvP!