For those who do serious 3v3 arena, finding the right partners who fit you both in terms of experience, potential, synergy, and more, is in itself one of the most time-consuming activities you are likely to have in any modern game. Aside from being time-consuming, it is not productive in the slightest.
Most of the WoW community are PvE oriented, and those who do PvP are widely distributed, meaning there are not a whole lot of players either at the bottom, middle, or top, but there’s simply a great distribution. Some are very bad, others bad, some middle, and whatnot. This means if you are highly experienced, finding the right partners for 3v3 can be insanely tedious, time-consuming, and lead you to stop playing the game for a good while.
One of the prime reasons I over the years have only played WoW casually and been unsubbed a lot has been that finding people for 3v3 is a hell of a difficult task, provided you want them to be of your caliber and actually make progress. I have about 3000 rating in 3v3 and it didn’t take me long to get, but most of my time on WoW is spent on actually finding people (even with this high exp). When I do find partners, it can be hard to find time to play together, or they turn out to be boosted and talentless, or have a terrible attitude, etc. It’s simply not worth my time anymore.
Many others feel the same way, and I’ve seen tons of people quit simply because they love 3v3 as that is the most prestigious PvP activity in WoW, yet they cannot find people for it for various reasons.
To altogether remove this issue, I suggest that Blizzard add a 1v1 arena, and give prestigious titles like you do in 3v3, and even balance the game around 1v1. Perhaps converting the eSports from 3v3 to 1v1 would also be a fantastic idea. People will no longer have to waste hours upon hours every day and week trying to simply play their favourite mode in the game. I can imagine how awesome it would be for the sub numbers as well. People can login, play, and have a good time without relying on everybody else.
I understand that 1v1 seems counterintuitive content for an MMO, but keep in mind 1v1 is not solo-content, as it takes two people to do. There’s also streaming on Twitch which would bring the community together. There’s duel practices for people who want to improve their 1v1. If anything, it would make people do more things together.
- Bring 1v1 to the table.
- Make it the main PvP-balancing area.
- Make 3v3 less of a priority, and stop balancing around it. Maybe even remove it and keep 1v1 and 2v2 only.
- Make classes have way more spells, so 1v1 matches can be incredibly sophisticated and fun. Think Cataclysm duels, a Frost Mage vs Rogue for instance. That was absolutely amazing.
Keep in mind Blizzard, the 1v1 tourney hosted on Twitch in January brought the same amount of viewers on Twitch as your regional tournament this weekend. People love 1v1. It’s awesome. Make it happen.