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New WoW Arena Guide

How the Arena Works
The arena has deathmatch-style PvP matches against even numbers of teams (2v2, 3v3, and 5v5). There are two modes, team battle which are ranked and award special arena points that can be used to purchase various rewards and practice battles which award nothing but allow you to enjoy risk free PvP.

There is no objective in arena matches outside of eliminating the other team. The simple yet majestic beauty of combat wins the day in the arena. There is nothing more here then sword vs. sword, magic vs. magic, and any combination of tactical offense and defense to create a swirling vortex of insanity and bloodlust.

Poetic words out of the way, the arena works like this. You find a goblin Arena Battlemaster who will give you two choices. Skirmish mode and Rated Match mode. The differences in the two are detailed further down. You’ll come to a holding area once a match becomes available and you zone in. All buffs are removed (debuffs are left on), pets are dismissed, and you are given a 60 second buff that removes casting cost of all abilities (things like Mana and Soul Shards). During this time you can prepare for battle.

Skirmish
In Skirmish mode you can go in and be placed in a random team (at any level, standard ten level brackets apply) to fight it out for practice in either 2v2, 3v3, or 5v5. At lower levels it’s an excellent way to practice PvP skills or just waste time. There is nothing special in this mode, no prizes or awards. Just good ‘ol fashion fighting.

Rated Match
In a rated match you will first need to be in an official Arena Team. To form an Arena Team you’ll need to be level 80 and have either 2, 3, or 5 people ready to sign a charter (including yourself in those numbers). Head to either The Ring of Trials in Nagrand, Gadgetzan in Tanaris, Circle of Blood in Blade’s Edge Mountains,the sewers of Dalaran or if you are horde to the Valley of Honor in Orgrimmar and find an <Arena Organizer>. Buy a character from them (2v2 is 80g, 3v3 is 120g, 5v5 is 200g). Take the charter and have it signed by everyone who will be in the team then return it to an <Arena Organizer> to seal the deal and choose a banner.

Arena Points
Arena Points are used to obtain special rewards from the Arena. Similar to Honor Points, they are very useful for obtaining PvP-tuned gear without having to go through the massive trouble of PvE. They also have a somewhat simple way of handing out points.

Penalties:

2v2 teams earn 76% of the points of a 5v5 team with the same rating
3v3 teams earn 88% of the points of a 5v5 team with the same rating
Your team will also need to do at least ten matches in one week to get the points, so you can’t get a high rating then sit and chill while gaining points each week. To make things even more fair, you’ll need to be in 30% of all of the teams matches that week to get arena points for them.