Neverwinter is taking a hard look at its PvP game with the next update.
To make improvements, they are adding three big new things: new PvP gear,
better matchmaking with penalties for leaving matches early, and a new
Matchmaking will now be based on relative skill ratings. According to
PvP Domination matches will be created using an ELO-like skill rating.
Your skill rating will increase as win matches and decrease as you lose
matches. If you win a match against players with much higher skill
ratings, you will gain more points than if you had won against players
with much lower skill ratings. Similarly, if you lose against players
with much higher skill values, you will lose very few points compared to
if you had lost against players with much lower skill values than
yourself. The skill rating system also takes into consideration your
teammates when determining your new skill rating after a match.
The PvP Domination queue attempts to match you with other players that
are at a similar skill rating. As a result, queuing times for PvP
Domination may be longer than you are used to, especially when the queue
population is low. Even at low populations, however, the new queue times
should be minimal as long as there are enough players in the queue to
To prevent players from bailing on matches and screwing over their
teammates, a new penalty system will be enforced. Players ditching a match
before it's over will not be able to queue for any queueable content,
including PvE dungeons and skirmishes.
gear looks pretty slick. Players will be able to purchase it from
the Trade of Blades in Protector's Enclave.
It seems likely that the new gear will incorporate the new
Tenacity stat. Tenacity is a stackable resistance stat that applies
to PvP only. It increases resistance to damage and reduces the amount of
time a character might spend stun-locked. This is something like how
Expertise works in SWTOR, but since PvP match-ups will be based on skill,
it shouldn't create a massively-steep ramp for new players just getting
into late-game PvP, which is what Expertise did in SWTOR's endgame PvP.
Theoretically, low-rated nooblets with no or very little Tenacity should
get matched up with other low-rated players, and the guys with maxed-out
Tenacity can duke it out amongst each other.
Executive Producer Rob Overmeyer discusses these topics in Neverwinter's
State of the Game video:
No word yet on a launch date for this update, but they're promising
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