WoW: TBC Classic - more info about the Arena rewards in season 1

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Update 05 May:
Yesterday's Blizzard post around the arena system of WoW: Burning Crusade Classic raised some questions that were clarified last night. Here's the new info from community manager Kaivax (via WoW forum):

  • You only need to achieve a rating once to be able to buy and wear an item. In other words, once you've bought an Arena item, you can continue to wear it even if your rating is lower again.
  • You must play a total of 50 games in a season to qualify for the seasonal rewards.
  • You do not need (!) an Arena rating to purchase Arena gear from past seasons.
  • Season 1 Gladiator weapons, which didn't come into the game until Patch 2.1 back in the day, will be available n TBC Classic Season 1 already.
  • The interface for commentators on the "War Games" feature has been given a fresh look.

Original post from May 04:
Already at the BlizzCon 2021, the Blizzard developers had announced that they wanted to adjust the arena system of WoW (buy now 14,99 € ): Burning Crusade Classic compared to the original from 2007. On the one hand, the matchmaking, which is responsible for the allocation of teams, should be modernized. On the other hand, teams should be able to consist of more players than it was the case back then, and all team members should only have to play a certain percentage of the games to benefit from the scoring at the end of the week.

On the WoW forums, Community Manager Kaivax has now provided much more concrete information about PvP in TBC Classic. Below we have summarized the most important findings from the post:

  • Matchmaking scoring will use the system that was used for PvP in 2008.
  • Arena teams start with a rating of 0 (in 2007 all new teams started with a rating of 1.500)
  • Diminishing effects (from stun effects, for example) will have a cooldown of 15 to 20 seconds.
  • All PvP parts will require a personal rating already in season 1 (this was only the case in the original TBC with the later seasons).

- Pants: rating of 1.550 or higher
- Chest: Score of 1.600 or higher
- Headpiece: rating of 1.700 or higher
- Weapons: Rating of 2,050 or higher
- Shoulder pieces: Rating of 2,200 or higher

  • The Arena Points cost for Arena gear should remain the same across all stages.
  • You will receive Arena Points at the weekly ID reset, and the amount of points will depend on the team that earns the most points.
  • To receive Arena Points, your team must have played at least 10 matches in the week, and your character must have participated in at least 30 percent of the matches. In addition, your personal rating cannot be more than 150 rating points away from your team rating.
  • Season 1 will reward the best players with a unique title: Infernal Gladiator (at the time, titles were not introduced until Season 2).
  • If you want to be one of the "Rank 1" teams, you have to be one of the 0.1 percent best teams at the end of the season. "Gladiator" is only for the 0.5 percent best teams. If you're in the top 3 percent, you get to call yourself a "Duelist." The top 10 percent are "Rivals." The top 35 percent "challengers."
  • To be eligible for seasonal rewards at the end, your personal rating must not be more than 100 rating points away from the team rating. You must also have participated in 20 percent of all games.
  • Tornadoes will appear in the Nagrand Arena, as they did when the arena was first introduced.

PvP merchants will be adjusted so that their Season 1 offerings match the later seasons. Here are the details:

  • Alliance PvP Merchants
    • Captain Dirgehammer sells level-70 honor armor.
    • Captain O'Neal is selling level-70 honor weapons.
    • Master Sergeant Biggins will be selling pendants, trinkets, rings, and jewels in Season 1.
    • Lieutenant Karter will be selling Black Warlek reins in Season 1 (wasn't available until Season 4 at the time).
    • Master Sergeant Biggins will be selling Lamentations of the Star and Tears of the Star in Season 1 (were not available until Season 2 at the time).
  • Horde PvP Trader
    • Lady Palanseer sells level-70 honor armor.
    • Sergeant Thunderhorn sells level-70 honor weapons.
    • Brave Stonehide will sell pendants, trinkets, rings, and jewels in Season 1.
    • Raider Bork will be selling the Swift War Rider in Season 1 (wasn't available until Season 4 at the time).
    • Brave Stonehide will be selling Lamentations of the Star and Tears of the Star in Season 1 (weren't available until Season 2 at the time).

What do you guys think of all these adjustments? Let us know in the comments!