Guild Wars 2 developer ArenaNet has shared a lot of information on the topic of competitive play, revealing plans for paid tournament play and other eSports ideas.
“After players have become used to the game and learned the basics of sPvP, we figure they’ll be ready to test their skills by challenging the other experienced players out there in paid tournaments. These tournaments are similar to free automated tournaments, but with a couple key differences,” the developer said on Guild Wars 2 blog. “As the name implies, paid automated tournaments have an entry fee. You’ll need tickets to enter a paid tournament, which you can purchase in the gem store, find in reward chests from free tournaments, and receive when you rank up!”
“These tournaments reward ALL teams that play in them, and offer better rewards on average than free tournaments. Successful teams can earn excellent rewards from paid tournaments, but you’ve got to be good to finish in the top prize slots.”
“We expect that more experienced PvP players will start to migrate to paid tournaments because the risk/reward is much higher than in the free automated tournaments.”
“There is also no matchmaking in the paid tournaments. You have to come in with a premade team, which means the teams will ALL be organized teams – you won’t have premade groups fighting pick-up groups as you would in free paid tournaments.”
A breakdown of the paid tournament rewards can be found below:
1st place – 1 Gold Tournament Reward Chest, 360 glory, 360 rank points, 180 Gems
2nd place – 1 Silver Tournament Reward Chest, 240 glory, 240 rank points, 120 Gems
3rd place – 1 Silver Tournament Reward Chest, 120 glory, 120 rank points, 4 Tournament Tickets
4th place – 1 Silver Tournament Reward Chest, 120 glory, 120 rank points, 4 Tournament Tickets
5th place – 1 Copper Tournament Reward Chest
6th place – 1 Copper Tournament Reward Chest
7th place – 1 Copper Tournament Reward Chest
8th place – 1 Copper Tournament Reward Chest
The game already has free automated tournaments, but these paid versions should add a lot more of a competitive edge to matches, especially when there’s cash shop currency up for grabs. If you’re a skilled player then this is an easy way to get all those items you wanted from the shop without spending a fortune.
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