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45 minute time limit for all arena matches


Bornakk just posted an important announcement for all arena participants:

There is now a time limit of 45 minutes for all arenas. If neither team has achieved a victory, both teams will lose 16 arena rating points.

This is posted in the general discussion forums, and we can safely assume that this change is active on live realms.

Bornakk goes on further to say that matches that go on for 45 minutes are currently showing up as a draw and not displaying a loss of arena points. However, the point loss still happens. This means that you can apparently see it when you look at your honor page and you'll notice that your rating has gone down by 16 points

We've covered some very long arena matches in the past. A 13 hour match between a Druid/Warrior and Warlock/Paladin, won by the Warlock/Paladin, and a 10 hour arena match (the classes were not reported on).

This is an interesting change. Definitely something that will stop players from attempting to reach a no decision in arena matches.

I've never been in a 45 minute or greater arena match myself, though I have been in some 20 and 30 minute ones when none of us knew what the heck we were doing. Nothing to be terribly proud of. But I have heard of well matched druid teams going against each other for a long time. I have to wonder how they will feel about this (my guess is they'll not like it too much).

If Blizzard issues any more updates on this developing story, we'll update this post.

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