19/04/2011 12:25I think 1v1 skirmish would be fun if you could beforehand check the other players gear/spec.
Posted by Jurari
But that would mean players would only accept these arena fights if they were going to win, which would lead to the exact same problem as with duels
It could be possible to implement a 1v1 arena, with the normal MMR system for equal fights, but it would be quite boring, and very weird. As mentioned above, every class has a counter. I can destroy any Warlock, even if the Warlock is 3k rated and the best in the world. The same goes for Mage vs Warrior, and probably some other classes as well.
The way the game is being balanced right now, there's no feasible or easy way to balance 1v1 without overhauling just about every class and ability in the game. Maybe it could be fun to have 1v1 skirmishes, but it would not be worth it, and after 1 week nobody would be interested any more
Besides that, healers won't be able to join these fights, which would be unfair. Healer vs Healer duels are quite boring, so that's not really worth it either.
1v1 arena is something which might sound great on paper, but once it becomes reality it will disappoint. For that reason, there are duels which anyone can do. These duels can create quite some good fighting as well.
And lastly, if you really want some 1v1 arena system, you could create your own. I've seen it happen on some servers. Just make a thread on your realm forums, and make a macro for trade chat, with an exact date and time when you will organise a tournament. Let players register, and let them fight eachother in duels/arena. Then you can create your own little competition, in any way you want to.