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The Crowd Chose You: A change is coming


Last week, I had a lengthy discussion with myself about The Crowd Chose You, the arena match-ending buff. I'm not going to go back through all the detail I covered in that article, or all the theories I had for how they could improve this problematic system. Nor am I going to go into the detail on how I thought that the very worst thing the Blizzard PvP team could do right now was to make further changes to arena tie-breaks in the game, to go further down the rabbit hole.

Nonetheless, the post Community Manager Lore made today is completely non-specific about what's actually happening. All he says is as follows:

We're not really happy with how The Crowd Chose You is working out at the moment. We're exploring a few options for exactly what we'd like to do, but we will be changing it.

I am going to remain cautiously optimistic that they will not make a bad call, and stack the buff up with some other mechanic. I'm also hoping they don't go down the route of stacking debuffs, as I discussed at length in the previous article. From Lore's follow-up post, it doesn't look like they will be testing anything on the PTR, so live servers will become test servers for whatever they decide to do. I'd be happy if they just reverted it to what it was before, and went back to the drawing board rather than messing around with the season any more than they have already. We'll see what comes to pass.

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