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During next update, alongside the class changes that were already announced last week, we will implement improvements on PvP. Our Lead Game Designer, Azael, tells you everything you want to know about these changes.


Hey party people!

I'm very pleased to announce the modifications we're going to make to the PvP system with the next update, alongside the balancing changes.

These are only the first changes we're going to make. We plan to really develop this aspect of the game in future, rules-wise as well as in terms of the PvP content we're going to add.

For this first phase of modifications, we have tried to make combats longer and reinforce the tactical aspect of the PvP game.

As always, we'll be looking forward to hearing what you think so that we can develop a PvP system that you like.

Balancing and HP bonus for PvP fights

One of the changes we're going to implement is a very simple way to balance basic PvP: by raising the number of Health Points you have!

The way it works is simple: when a player enters a PvP fight, his Health Points are automatically multiplied by 3. The player can view his PvP Health Points in his health bar whenever he likes - they'll be displayed in a different colour.


 
This means that even if your opponent plays first, you'll both have to fight for longer and play more tactically. Similarly, you'll have to pay more attention to your stock of Wakfu Points. Gone are the days of hot-headed PvP fights which are over in two turns!

Oh, one little thing... During fights between players, the calculation of certain spells' effects will be based on the players' basic HP rather than on their total HP with the PvP boost taken into account.

Here are the spells for which this is the case:
  • Sacrier: Coagulation
  • Ecaflip: Black Bow Meow, Hairy Moon Tarot, Meowtyrdom Tarot, The Croquette
  • Eniripsa: Sadist Mark, Regeneration, Transcendence, Coney, Massacuring Mark
  • Enutrof: Drhellzerker, Phone a Frhend, Combat Training
  • Pandawa: Master of Merriment
  • Sram: Torment
  • Sadida: Doll

These modifications will make fights longer and more tactical. Combined with the class balancing changes that you have been reading about this week, they should enable us to set down some solid bases to help PvP in the right direction.

New Timeline system

This system is going to have an impact on both PvP and PvE, so it's important that we explain it in this devblog.

We have decided to alter the current Timeline system to put more emphasis on strategy and prevent killer combos that depend entirely on players' Initiative.

The Timeline is the Initiative gauge displayed on the right-hand side of your screen during fights. It determines the order in which players and their opponents play.


We are going to change the way the Timeline calculates game turns. Now, these calculations will take place at the end of the preparation stage and will be done in two steps:


 
If several players have the same Initiative, they will be put in order as follows:
  • The player with the highest level will play first and so on.
  • If the players are the same level, turn order will be decided at random.
 
If one team contains more players than the other, the turn order will still be defined as described above. The bigger team might therefore have several characters playing in a row.
Here's a little example of the system:
 
We are aware that this new system will reduce the importance of Initiative in the game. However, we are planning to review the Speed system in an upcoming update in order to:
  • Make it easier for players to understand how the game works;
  • Make Initiative more important in the combat system again;
  • Give fights a better rhythm, with Initiative bonuses appearing sooner and more regularly.

We will let you know when this review is under way.

"No aggro" state

Many of the community's players have spoken to us about experiencing constant aggro. That's why, in this update, we're going to implement a "no aggro" state.

When a player is killed as a result of a PvP attack, he will automatically enter this state. For 5 minutes, it will be impossible to aggro him.

If the player engages in any kind of PvP activity during this 5 minute period, the state will disappear. That means that if you attack a player whilst you're in the "no aggro" state, you will lose the state.

This restriction will be developed over the course of future PvP updates to take data and findings into account. Our aim is to curb behaviour that is detrimental to your in-game experience, not to introduce immunity to PvP or other flaws in the PvP system.

KenKO

I'm almost done here, but first up, I have a modification to report concerning KenKO, the item that allows you to revive someone outside battle. This item will now apply the De Darm state (like after coming back to life using a regular Phoenix).

That's all for now! As I mentioned earlier in this devblog, these changes are only the beginning. I'll be in touch soon to let you know how we're progressing with regards to these issues and to tell you about other improvements we're planning to make for PvP!

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Grizzled Dandelion
bambee 30 July 2012 15:17
yay! Pertamax!!
Grizzled Dandelion
christinebr360 30 July 2012 15:18
Are these changes going to take place in August?
Eccentric Moogrr
SistinaChan 30 July 2012 15:27
I've already read the notes on the french forums.
Nice to see the entire thing translated, looks like I was 98% right. :p

I like the new system for initiative, keep this up Ankama!
Narcissistic Larva
VatesKz 30 July 2012 15:32
Oh my Gosh, i dont know what to think about this....
Grizzled Dandelion
chowchow123 30 July 2012 15:34
well that took a while to translate, but thanks troyle!
Member
ThyHolyOverlord 30 July 2012 15:38
Kinda sad that water eni got all those nerfs and now the want to triple the hp yet keeping the wp system the same, 6 wp attacks makes it impossible to kill in 1 vs 1....

The ini system is a good improvement ^^
Short Strich
keemsky 30 July 2012 15:43
are the wakfu going to be increased too? ummhh longer fights mean that were going to lose wakfu in just a few rounds. other players which depends heavily on wakfu will be rendered useless. hmm
Senior Moderator
[MOD]O-Respeitador 30 July 2012 15:45

(christinebr360 @ 30 July 2012 15:18) *
Are these changes going to take place in August?
Yes, if nothing goes wrong the date is still unknown.


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Ugly Gobball
chiavedisol 30 July 2012 15:50
did you make a poll just to ignore it?