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Patch 5.2 PTR: PvP Interface gets a makeover


On the patch 5.2 PTR, the PvP interface has had a much-needed makeover. You can see the results above. The revamp has made the system far more intuitive to use, and brought it in line with the PvE queue screen.

Clicking one of the three lines on the left-hand side will bring up the various options available to earn that currency, or, in the case of War Games, a brief explanation on how this under-used feature works, and how to set up a War Game. Perhaps this will result in more players using them, but many still lament the absence of a skirmish system, and there doesn't seem to be a gap for it at present!

Moving to the right-hand side, the dice icon next to the Random Battleground is how players will choose which battlegrounds to blacklist. This could be considered an improvement on the current interface, but it's still not entirely obvious that that's what the icon does. In order to queue for specific battlegrounds other than Wintergrasp and Tol Barad, it is necessary to choose them from the drop-down menu at the top right of the screen.

Clicking on Conquest will bring up your 2v2, 3v3 and 5v5 teams, as well as a Rated Battlegrounds section, all of which allow your party to queue for the relevant bracket. This also indicates very clearly just how many points are awarded for a victory, and the Honor and Conquest sections to the left also show how many points the player currently possesses.

Overall, it looks like a decent update, making the PvP pane somewhat less confusing. We at WoW Insider are particularly interested in the World Battles section, and are wondering whether this could be the point for the future inclusion of a genuine Defense of the Anci... er Alehouse battleground, or whether that map will be included in the random queue.

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