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The arena ladder system records a player's progress within PvP seasons based on their arena win/loss ratios.[2][3]

  • Titles can be received from arena play.[4]
  • Other rewards will be revealed at a later time.[5]
  • Arena points that can be used to buy gear is not currently in the design.[4]

Arenas

Arenas are instanced PvP scenarios and are not part of open world PvP.[2][7]

The arena system as we've spoken about before is going to have ladder systems where people can progress within certain seasons based on their win/loss ratios. The importance of arenas are obviously that players have an opportunity to participate [and] practice out certain builds from a PvP perspective and can compete with one another within the system.[2]Steven Sharif

PvP seasons

Performance in various PvP systems (such as Caravans, Arenas, Guild wars) is measured over the course of 6 month PvP seasons. At the end of each season, a player's cumulative score may unlock various rewards.[2][12]

Gear enhancement rewards

Gear enhancements (power stones/runes) can be applied to weapons to add elemental or energy types of damage.[13][14]

We are very likely going to have a rune system and then we'll have the ability to sort of enchant weapons outside of that too... That's not always going to be like a vertical progression... Some of it's going to be giving up something to get something else; so maybe I do less physical damage but more magical damage, that kind of thing.[14]Jeffrey Bard

It's not as though you're going to necessarily acquire these once and then you're set for your PvP enchantments, but instead you'll have to continually perform month after month in order to keep having those slotted enchantments.[16]Steven Sharif

Metrics

Ashes of Creation gathers tracking data to facilitate achievements, titles and other accolades on a server.[17]

Visibility of those types of things on the server help to promote a competitive atmosphere. If there is an attainable impression that you can work towards, so that others know your success, you have more drive to succeed.[17]Steven Sharif

Guild ladder

An inter-guild ladder will rank guilds based on their performance within competitive activities:[18][19]

When the guild participates in guild wars or they participate in sieges, you'll be able to climb the ranks of your inter-guild ladder as well so you get bragging rights amongst your friends.[19]Steven Sharif

Leader boards

There will be dungeon and raid leader boards.[20]

Military node arena

Mayors of military nodes are chosen from citizens through last man standing (gladiatorial arena style) combat.[22][9][4]

  • An idea currently under consideration is to have players build out a champion that they can then fight in the arena, rather then using their regular characters. These champions can be equipped with gear and skills via quests, along with materials and gold to make the champion stronger.[23]
  • The reason for the champion idea is because the game isn't balanced for 1v1 PvP. Utilizing champions makes arena combat more of a level playing ground.[23]
  • Arena style combat is instanced but spectators may be possible through an interface.[11]
  • The winner of the combat can not transfer the mayoralty to another player.[24]

Server vs server

The arena system may support cross-server combat.[10]

  • There may be monthly competitions where the winning server and winning team receive beneficial buffs for the month.[25]

We definitely like cross-server play. I think it's cool because it is something that players get to participate in.[26]Steven Sharif

When you're talking about Arena play especially, one server might not be able to support that depending on what's going on with it, but across all the servers then we've got a really great pool for matchmaking.[26]Jeffrey Bard

Esports

eSports is not the main focus, but the game will naturally move in that direction if the game play is compelling, competitive and fun.[27]

If we make the gameplay compelling, competitive and fun, that naturally it will move in that direction; and then we will find the ability to support it afterwards.[27]Steven Sharif

See also

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