CDP Topic: PvP

nitocris83 Member, Cryptic Developer, Administrator Posts: 4,307 Community Manager
For the latest CDP, we are running two topics concurrently in two separate threads. The topic for this thread is Neverwinter PvP. This includes:
  • The current state of PvP (what PvP options are available vs what modes you’d like to see)
  • The purpose of PvP (what motivates different players to engage with PvP)
  • PvP Rewards & Leaderboard
  • PvP Campaign
  • PvP Seasons
  • Intersection between PvP and PvE in terms of classes, gear, builds, etc.
The goal for this topic is to work together in identifying the needs, priorities, and potential action plans for Neverwinter PvP. The first phase of this topic will be the discussion phase, followed by a second phase where people will identify their top 3 points. From there, a summary/proposal will be put forward.

For information on the purpose of CDP discussions, please go here.

Note: Using the feedback format below allows us to better identify commonalities/differences and generate summaries and proposals more efficiently. As a reminder, the format is for feedback proposals, not for discussions/replies to another user’s proposal.

Feedback Format
Feedback Overview (short description of the proposed feedback)
Feedback Goal (what this feedback would target and accomplish)
Feedback Functionality (how would your feedback work in relation to the current design of Neverwinter)
Risks & Concerns (what problems can you foresee with implementing your feedback that you would like input on from members of this subforum)

Topic Discussion End Date: March 11, 2020

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  • nitocris83
    nitocris83 Member, Cryptic Developer, Administrator Posts: 4,307 Community Manager
    Hey folks! Heads up that we are hoping to have a Driftwood Tavern stream on Tuesday, March 10, where @rhroudadev#5641 joins in to discuss this CDP and take some questions.
  • sunshinehappy#2439
    sunshinehappy#2439 Member Posts: 41 Arc User
    i would love a way to come to scheduled PVP events in game, just like going to a football game. One team versus another in a stadium where everyone can watch. The only reason I'm not interested in participating is i know I'd have to grind Pvp boons all day long for 1000s of hours to be able to compete and that sounds dreadfully boring, especially if there are challenges that are very specific that involve kills. How is a healer or tank supposed to "get 40,000 kills while below 30% health?" This spectator mode could be awesome though if it is done right.
  • dracory1#6808
    dracory1#6808 Member Posts: 112 Arc User
    Actually, the longest boon to get is the wins boon. Either of the other two can be done with patience and because kills/assists do count in Open World.

    What I want to see is a whole different set of mounts, companions and gear meant only for PvP. Gear we have but most PvE stuff still fits in. Enchants are a pain to get. You can get 14 of one type to only realize that your build is not going to work well, this is the only place where having money pays off. Currently with the poor choice we have either maximum defense with broken items or glass cannons that deal more than you can survive. And let's be honest, it's harder for people in EU to dodge and hit than for people in the US.

    Different gear would mean a lot of work on enchantments side but we just simply can't have people run around with shadowclad and paladin sigils, soulforged healers, no cooldown rangers/fighters.
    Those are tedious to fight. You get constantly rooted, constantly knocked or can't kill the person for the whole match if you have just a bit lower stats than them.

    There is very little reward for the amount of work that's needed to be put into PvP. Rank 10 enchantment is worth just as much as a few Tower of the Mad Mage runs.

    If people want a fair experience for all, we'd need a total revamp of domination (open world can be left at it's current state, nothing can help it).
  • ashbury#6333
    ashbury#6333 Member Posts: 66 Arc User
    I think people want to PvP to play their toon they built up against others competitively and to get rewards for doing so. The rewards need to be better for the time and effort that is put in. The competitive play is amazing when the teams are evenly matched. Unfortunately that falls short many matches because of a lack of player base and/or possibly poor match making. If the rewards were greater, even for a single match, I'm sure many more people would want to to do it. Which would in turn bring better matches and make it that much more enjoyable for everyone.
  • redrockls3
    redrockls3 Member Posts: 36 Arc User
    edited March 2020
    Feedback Overview: Gear, item level and PvP specific abilities

    Feedback Goal: Balance available to a wider array of players, promoting skill versus money or time deficit

    Feedback Functionality: I’ll admit that I don’t partake in PvP in this game. I have delved into it once or twice in my nearly seven years at playing. The biggest reason being the vast disparity with gear, artifacts and equipment brought into the foray that greatly discourage newer players from joining. I, however, played PvP almost exclusively during my entire time playing World of Warcraft.

    I propose two different solutions, both can actually be implemented at the same time via PvP type or queue type and frankly, offer a more complete system for two different types of PvP players.

    First, pure equalization. All classes enter into a PvP match with the same fundamental gear, artifacts and stats designed specifically for PvP content. This will offer the PvP player the opportunity to get experience, build their combat senses and possibly find some semblance of enjoyment in the experience. They should also be able to earn currency that would go towards my next suggestion.

    PvP specific gear tab akin to PvE equipment and Appearance items. These should be earned pieces of equipment that reward the player for competing in the balanced arena. They can earn bonus currency for completing this and have the opportunity test out their skills against other players with similarly earned equipment. Until an equipment piece is earned, they would enter into the area, if they so chose to, with their balanced PvP equipment only.

    As for the PvP specific abilities, I don’t mean to create whole new abilities but instead create a subtext of current abilities that state its effectiveness in PvP. Far too often the game is attempting to cater to this delicate balance between PvE and PvP when it comes to skills. Some skills have a small but noticeable footnote stating its different effects in PvP. I would implore you to expound upon that and make it so that you can balance the game and powers more effectively by having each ability have it’s own specific PvE and PvP impact. Yes, that does mean more time but, it also lessens the burden of worrying about how an ability might adversely impact PvE or PvP when you can separate the two in that manner.

    Furthermore, the earned PvP gear could reintroduce things like tenacity but, please use it sparingly. While I don’t think it’s appropriate for anyone to get one-shot, I do believe that tenacity is something that should be carefully considered. For instance, the more players you are directly being engaged by, the more effective tenacity is. No one likes getting ganged up on but still, have it’s maximum effectiveness be capped at 3 players. No one should be one or two shotting anyone else in PvP. If you ever want to see someone lose interest in PvP, don’t address that.

    Risks & Concerns: Many PvP players love their advantages. Many people just love trolling others and making them miserable. This is the nature of this environment. But many others enjoy the sheer competition of it and can respect their fellow players. Having it more focused on skill and tactics instead of who has the highest item level and who spent the most money, will only serve to expand the sense of availability to your players. Right now, you have a small but dedicated PvP base and you’re looking to expand it. I would caution you that taking only their feedback and running with it could further alienate potential players who already find PvP in Neverwinter to be discouraging and uninviting. Try not to alienate them if you can but, please don’t focus in like a soda straw on their feedback, either.
  • froger#9967
    froger#9967 Member Posts: 574 Arc User
    Feedback Overview:
    Improved PVP competitor grouping
    Feedback Goal:
    Have a way for players to engage PVP without getting slaughtered. Give players a chance to learn how to PVP.
    Feedback Functionality:
    I would like to see PVP separated into leagues. As players move up in ranking their league also moves up. There can also be negative rank stats that move players down in leagues. In this, players from higher leagues cannot enter lower league matches, but lower league players can enter higher league matches.
    Ideally this would pit lower skilled players against each other. As they improve, they face better skilled players. There would need to be a ranking system developed (or borrowed from something else).
    PVP in it’s current state isn’t the least bit inviting to anyone who isn’t skilled in PVP.
    Risks & Concerns:
    PVP is so toxic may won’t bother engaging.
    There won’t be enough players engaging to keep leagues viable.
    Striking the correct league balance can be a problem (ranking out too fast or too slow).

    In its current state I rarely bother with PVP. It simply isn't worth my time and energy. The last time I ran it for any significant period was for a guild competition for a R12 Brutal when it was a BiS enchantment.
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  • superiority#9271
    superiority#9271 Member Posts: 3 Arc User

    A little background before I get into the feedback: I'm an xbox player, and I main an endgame barbarian. I've been playing since mod 6, and have been comfortably endgame since about Mod 11. A lot of my specific comments will use barbs as the example, since it's what I'm most familiar with, and as an endgamer with legendary mounts and insignias, rank 15 enchants, and BiS gear, I am 100% behind stripping gear differences out of PVP completely.

    Feedback Overview: Class imbalances and bringing our own items and gear are the main causes of the current PVP issues

    I think PVP improvements could help keep endgamers engaged after they've completed all the base content, and if the rewards are good and accessible to newer players it should be able to work for everyone. That said, I think the current issues with PVP are due to 2 main things: (1) classes are still wildly unbalanced, and (2) unlike most PVP games, we bring our own items in with us. I'll discuss both points under each of the headers below.

    Feedback Goal (what this feedback would target and accomplish)

    (1) The goal should be to make all classes equally viable, in PVE and PVP content. Non-viable classes won't queue, which means you only have a small fraction of the playerbase that thinks it's even worth trying.

    (2) Leveling the playing field takes out the difference between vets and newbies, so newbies won't queue once, get stomped, and then never try PVP again. Midgamers also benefit, because it's expensive to gear a character up and you basically need to gear your character twice to be good at both PVE and PVP. Leveling the field improves queue numbers across all segments of the playerbase.

    Feedback Functionality (how would your feedback work in relation to the current design of Neverwinter)

    (1) You need to balance all the classes in PVP (and PVE, which still hasn't happened yet). Currently in PVP, as has been discussed above by other commentors there are huge gaps in how different classes perform. Barbarians have long cooldowns on all of their abilities, take too long to build rage, and can be killed before they're halfway through a rotation. Other classes, like rogues and hunters, have cooldown reductions built into their skill trees and deal more damage faster than an equally-geared barbarian ever can. This should not happen - if there are classes that cannot compete against equally geared and equally skilled other classes, PVP is never going to work. Anyone not playing one of the better classes won't bother queuing, and anyone in those better classes without better gear won't bother queuing. The end result is you get only a tiny fraction of the playerbase queuing, because any players that try PVP and do nothing but feed don't have a good time and won't bother trying again any time soon (if at all).

    (2) Another commentor mentioned that in MOBAS, everyone starts the match with basic gear and at level 1, and it resets for each match. This is how you need to approach PVP, otherwise the matches are decided before they even start. My recommendation is to give every player a PVP loadout for their characters, give them a choice of 2-4 gear pieces per slot that have the same stat offerings for everyone (e.g. you can pick from 2 helmets that have the same IL, one with defense and deflect and one with armor penetration and critical strike, and that's it). Every enchant slot can be filled with a rank 10 radiant, dark, azure, or silvery, and that's it. Artifacts are mythic sigils of the classes (whether or not the player has them all unlocked in PVE), you get to choose which one is your active and which of the other 5 you want as the 3 other artifacts. This way there's some customization and strategy that players can tinker with, but when you start a PVP match there's more room for skill and game-sense to shine as the reason you win or lose. PVP would be immediately accessible for new players, midgamers won't need to choose between spending AD on PVE gear or PVP gear, and endgamers can't just wipe the floor with newbies due to their stacked gear.

    Risks & Concerns (what problems can you foresee with implementing your feedback that you would like input on from members of this subforum)

    (1) Your dev team is tiny, and even though class balance has been an issue since Mod 16 dropped, fixes to the balance are few and still not sufficient. Wizards, rogues and hunters are still the only DPS that are accepted into endgame PVE content, and have extreme advantages over all other classes in PVP. Constant posts here and on reddit, and attrition rates from people who play other classes, have been ignored or pushed further and further into the future as items to update someday, but not today. It's not a nice thing to say to you guys, but my #1 concern is that this just won't be fixed, and anything else you do to slap a bandaid on this won't actually solve the problem. Better rewards don't mean a thing if over half of the playable classes know they can literally never win a 1v1 against certain classes- especially since rewards are only given in PVP if you win the match. If I know I will never win, and therefore won't even be eligible for the rewards, I won't queue no matter how good the loot is. This isn't Overwatch where I can swap to another hero if I get hard countered, I'm stuck on my barbarian through the whole match- if I'm just swinging a wet noodle the whole time when everyone else has sharp knives, there's no point in trying.

    (2) A lot of endgamers, and the handful of hardcore PVPers that exist, will hate this. They want to see their progress, and I understand that, but it's diametrically opposed to the goal of getting more people to play PVP. Newer players, and midgamers with ok PVE gear but zero investments into PVP, absolutely will not queue for PVP just to get stomped by endgamers with maxed gear and enchants. They will queue once, have a horrible time, and maybe queue again in 6 months when they have better gear, or maybe never try again. If everyone has a fighting chance from the start, and their own skill and understanding of the game and their class make the difference between winning and losing, more people will queue.
  • abn173d2003#3683
    abn173d2003#3683 Member Posts: 28 Arc User
    Feedback overview Core aspect issues in PVP

    Feedback Goal Try and get to a break even point for the game itself. as a disclamer I play a DPS class, but most of the thing I will talk about don't deal with my class for the most part.
    the Stamina regen is completly broken in PVP, currently most people that go into a domination match got from having a stamina regen above 20% end up with a -35 to -45% stamina regen. This really effects the tanks more than anyone, as a dps i should not be able to 1 or 2 shot their shields and then just do damage to them from the front because they have no shield left. on the other side of the issue is that there are dps classes that are bigger tanks than the tank themselves. truthfully that makes no sense to me. T ad to what @fireball310 said yes the paladin sigil is a game breaker, one person drops the sigil and then it takes all 5 members of the other team to damage the person in the sigil. the healers are also very crazy as well, I have been on both sides of this issue. I had a healer heall me through a 5 v 2 fight and i survived, and been on the side of the 5 v 2 and couldn't dent the opposing player.

    feedback functionality Looking into the stamina, healing and as said in many posts before me matchmaking would help bring some consistency back to pvp.

    Feedback concerns I am afraid it cause some of the older players to leave because it is a change, and people in general don't adjust to changes to much
  • oremonger#9999
    oremonger#9999 Member Posts: 213 Arc User
    edited March 2020

    Feedback Overview

    PVP and PVE should be two separate things and changes to the balance of one should not affect the other.

    Feedback Goal

    Help foster an environment to where both PVP and PVE can exist without alienating one or the other part of the playerbase.

    Feedback Functionality

    Time and again I have seen changes made to PVE in order to balance PVP or vice versa. This leads to resentment and pits one section of the player base against the other. There are many options to balance PVP without affecting PVE but they all require more developer resources and effort. IMO Cryptic needs to decide if PVP is worth that effort and then commit to it fully if it is. I have seen a few community members call for a separate Neverwinter themed PVP game. I do not think that is needed but I do think PVP should be developed as a separate entity. Different gear, powers, weapons, boons... you get my point. If you want to use PVE to help outfit or level for PVP then give a form of PVP currency for completing PVE content. This currency could then be used to purchase balanced items and gear to use in PVP.

    Risks & Concerns

    More developer resources would be needed.

    Why I don't PVP in Neverwinter

    I agree with everything @darthpotater posted above. Those are a few of the reasons I will not participate in PVP in Neverwinter. On top of what he said I would also add that I was rarely able to experience PVP without crazy long queue times. On one of the few occasions that I did experience PVP it was with premades on both teams. It was fun, but obviously broken. I personally would not sink time or effort into it, there are many other PVP centered games on the market that do a better job. One of the few times I was able to get a queue to pop without a premade it was the most toxic experience I have had in Neverwinter. After that I lost all interest in PVP. That was a long time ago and I doubt those people are still in the community.

  • theraxin#5169
    theraxin#5169 Member Posts: 366 Arc User
    So, I also just tipped into the PvP then lost most interest even though the banner was neat and I miss it :/

    My main problems:

    -Balance vs progression: You can't really have both. In a free MMO you probably can't have either for a long time, but being a progression based game breaks the inherent class balance (even if it was that balanced to being with).

    -Overattached to PvE: While just using PvE stuff to progress your character seems the least resource expensive solution, PvE is not meant to be balanced optimised and competitive, so there's an inherent problem that PvE design should have to oblige the PvP norms and makes a bar so high that it cannot be reasonably met during development. The long progression cycle that an MMO builds on destroys any potential for casual or (unless huge resources are spent on balancing and reworking) just a healthy PvP. However, by building a strong and independent PvP foundation will mean that no PvE nerfs or items will have negative side effect to PvP.

    Basically by making a PvE role, as a class role or maybe requiring a full different loadout that specs on the PvP aspect of the role and changes the skills as so. Making it's own progression, gear, enchantments, companions and boon and other systems. If there is an overlap (which while not the best, probably unavoidable), PvP on itself should provide the resources (aka Astral diamond) to get it or it should be bought in itself. I think that if people invest huge amount of time (and money) into PvP, they probably should have the PvP equivalent of the Lionheart set.

    More PvP focused event: I think if PvP gets rework to work as an individual system, it would probably need like 2 tier, casual and professional. Casual will be to get boons, to progress and to alliance/guild events including PvP and/or those who would like to try it out, but not really want to torn into pieces by the big players. The professional would have the leaderboards, the high rewards and prestige and I probably would not touch it from a mile.
  • kegsondeck#2000
    kegsondeck#2000 Member Posts: 19 Arc User
    Hi, preamble: player since launch on Xbox, only continue to play this game specifically for PvP. I want to see it improve and grow. things are not great right now (OP has an AP gain bug, and I haven't played a match yet this mod that I haven't crashed 2-3 times in resulting in losses) even still, PvP is better balanced today that it has been in a while (once those issues, and some others can be addressed).

    Feedback Overview:

    Prioritize player experience; this includes addressing known issues, implementing new content and properly rewarding play.

    Feedback Goal:

    Supplement the game as it currently exists to expand the player base and improve player experience.

    Proposed functionality:

    I will break this sections into subsections for each area I mentioned.

    1. Prioritize the elimination of broken PvP mechanics. The community knows what is game-breaking and the PC player tournament rules are evidence that we as players do wantthese items in-game, as-is. A short list of the most crucial items to address includes:

    A. Sigil of the Paladin - this item may be unscaled in terms of healing and should be re-aligned in effectiveness.

    B. Drains - these are generally not widely used among respectful players. But their existence deters people from playing. (Instead of removing completely / perhaps institute overloads, purchasable with glory, that can both drain and *fully* negate drains. If they could be properly countered I doubt people would have much of a problem with them)

    C. I would like to mention the items which would have made this list; but have already been addressed - Control Wizards shields and the OP AP bug (I've heard a patch is incoming). Thank you very much for those changes.

    ****only concerns would be time and resources spent coding the changes

    2.implementing new content:

    I am not just referring to maps, but game types as well. I will focus on ideas outside of physical maps below:

    A. Use existing maps to generate game types as events such as 3v3v3 king of the hill type matches where the hill could move after a certain number of points, or stay in the same central place.

    B. Ultimately I would love to see a 2v2 or 3v3 que but I doubt the size of the community as it is today could stand being split. This is kind of a pipe dream idea.

    C. A PvE version of PvP - I've seen this suggested before and I really liked it - teams que up for content and are pitted against another team through the same content (whether existing content - or new boss type encounters).

    **obviously the concern would be time to code and develop - which is why I think the use of existing maps/content to generate new looks would be the best course of action.

    3. Rewarding play/player experience:

    A couple points here from gear to rewards.

    A. I think the implementation of PvP specific gear that could be purchased with AD or Glory that have very high item levels in PvP, but not in PvE was a great idea. Why not build on that further. Instead of just gear what about insignias/ mounts / enchants / overloads ->(similar to the hell pit event) that only work in PvP content and have very little value outside. This could be earned through match currency like glory - or purchased with season reward currency and could really help bridge the gap for newer players trying to get in.

    B. Rewards - I think the rewards for the season are going in the right direction - however I think the level of 10 is fairly low (especially for non weapon/armor enchants) I'm not sure if a new currency would be necessary, or to add things to the glory store such as enchanting stones for 10k glory, pres wards 5x for 10k glory things like that? (Account bound of course)

    C. Player experience. As throngs stand currently: there either needs to be a minimum gear score to que for domination - or a split que in a reasonable area such as 20k with play above that being ranked on the leaderboards, subject to season rewards, and below 20k subject to only glory rewards - at a lower rate than the top Q.
    *this is a frustrating point for many - mismatched games. It isn't fun for the 15k person who just got to 80 and wants to learn, and it isn't fair to the veterans playing who want a competitive game.
    ***the obvious concern would be players (the same one who use drains probably - lol) building toons specifically for play in the lower tier - you would have to have some kind of safeguard to keep this from happening - maybe playing in that Q would disqualify you for the current season rewards account wide? If the rewards are good enough that may be enough to deter..

    D. Player experience. Kicks.
    -this is another frustrating part of the game for both new players and veterans. in theory this shouldn't be used to kick people who are not playing, are throwing a game, or have disconnected. Today it is more often used as a way to remove the 18k player who is unable to survive more than 2 seconds in hopes of getting a better player and winning. I'm not sure what the best move is, but being repeatedly kicked from games doesn't help new players want to PvP, and only having 1 kick per 4 hours makes me, as a veteran, frustrated by repeatedly having the same undergeared players who die instantly and give up playing objectives and only 1 chance every 4 hours to rectify it. A tiered Q could help alleviate much of this issue and bring more people in from both sides as that issue becomes less prevalent.
    **risks would be that the community couldn't sustain a tiered Q system, meaning the lower tier would never have games and the top tier would have fewer. But if you keep doing the same thing you have to expect the same results..

    In closing; there's a lot of potential here. Against all odds the PvP community still exists after essentially no attention for literally most of the games existence. I think a little bit could go a long way here and appreciate your interest in making that happen!
  • maturutuki
    maturutuki Member Posts: 74 Arc User
    Feedback Overview and single line ideas:
    A Totaly separate PvP gear from PvE gear.
    B PvP gear rotation but allow all players to get each gear without RNG and big grind.
    C Sahha ball PvP idea.
    D 4 PvP seasons active all year with Finale event in last one or two weeks for each one.
    E PvP rewards.
    F Seasons developement.
    - PvP mode with item shop inside of it (start with bad gear and evolve it in fight).
    - PvPvE dungeon/skirmish.
    - Add ID campaing BHE in PvP area to counted for Legacy Campaings quests and add good weekly win reward to it.
    - Mario cart type PvP race (Two maps (winter event, Nostura quest) are ready for it, just need few changes).

    Feedback Goal
    A - Easier to fix balance issues without breaking PvE - balance class items.
    A - Add separate loadout for PvP.
    A - Gear types Ability and Statistic.
    A - Move PvP to 'skill' game type instead of 'gear' game.
    B, D - Fix stagnation in PvP.
    C - Sahha game with more action instead of common pausing.
    E - Good reward for trying PvP first or few firsts fights as PvP advertisement (like 5xpward).
    E,D - Four independent rewards per season: 1. Progress bar with rewards. 2. Season placement. 3. Final week/s PvP quests. 4. Final week/s tournament/s (group, solo, guild/alliance).
    E - Add as reward something to increase bag size or PvP items bag or move something like insignias into bag.
    E - Allow to put up to 5 miniatures for winning pose in PvP and winner announcer for season and final tournament.
    E - Add emote: show up to 5 chosen miniatures as reward in PVP.

    Feedback Functionality
    A - In PvP leave only two type of items: Statistic only or ability only (maybe except weapons). Put all gear into Statistic and enchants into ability. Put artifacts in both categories but active don't give stats. Base PvP artifacts on all current artifacts, but: all have same item level and stats sum, F - rotate allowed artifacts as active between seasons to bring variety into PvP, add two ways to obtain them: copy real artifact as PvP and BtC orginal (with season rotations it brings more value to old artifacts and causes to run old dungeons) or buy PvP artifact available for current season in PvP shop. Remove mounts/mounts powers/insignias/insignias sets from PvP - but maybe bring them into in future mods or for few maps in PvP. Add enchants with abilities (like in current gear) to PvP shop, EF- rotate enchants available to use and buy in each Season. PvP enchants don't have ranks. No different item level PvP gear for other purpose than class balancing.
    (my idea from previous CDP - separate enchants from items maybe would help with item organization for players)
    Also adding separate page for PvP class skills helps with balancing class and allows to new players start PvP without 80 lvl.

    F,D - Create auto-rotation mechanism for seasons with different maps available for them. (one or more maps for: solo queue, prepared-group queue, guild/aliance queue, joke/unusual/PvE gear PvP mode).
    C - Base map - Illusionist gambit, map modification - resize if needed, add goals, add field texture. Base gameplay: same as normal sahha but with invisible walls that bounces ball instead of reposition game. Chaos gameplay: random gameplay with modifications: 3vs3vs3vs3, 2 balls, no reposition on scoring goal (new ball spawns in few seconds after it), ball on hitting wall teleports on axis (X, Y or both). Ultimate chaos gameplay: rules can change during the game (except teams count), walls on map (possible on different heights and with different sizes), goals ownership reversing.

    Risks & Concerns
    A Increase amount of items in inventory.
  • bpstuart
    bpstuart Member Posts: 232 Arc User
    Feedback Overview: Never have PvP interfere with PvE.

    Feedback Goal: Please no further Situations like icewind dale in which you have to pick a faction to even go into PvE areas, and have PvP zones that cut into normal quest paths causing players to have to adjust routes so they don't accidentally get flagged to PvP while they are trying to quest. It also, repeatedly sounded like changes to PvE and class powers were made during Mod16 which negatively impacted PvE play. Please never do that again.

    Feedback Functionality: I supply this in hopes that PvP will be less intrusive in future quest zones, and changes made on PvP's behalf do not ruin the fun of PvE. Keeping the 2 separate will foster better attitudes for both modes, PvP players will be there because they want to be, not because they got duped or coerced into it.

    Risks & Concerns: i see no risks in this method of planning of PvP. A few times it felt like PvP was being pushed on me and i was very annoyed by it. I tend to stay away from Icewind Dale because i don't like having to dodge around sections of the map because i am literally not allowed out of Caer-konig unless i sign on play a game mode i don't enjoy.
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  • nitocris83
    nitocris83 Member, Cryptic Developer, Administrator Posts: 4,307 Community Manager
    Hey folks! Both @rhroudadev#5641 and I are following this thread so thank you all for the great comments so far. Special shout out to those who work with the feedback format - even when not used exactly as stated, it really does help when there is some sort of structure to a comment!

    There's a lot here already (I have 2 pages of notes just from this first page of comments!) but there's a couple points brought up by various people that I'd love to hear more on:

    1) Issue: Equalizing/Balancing the game/Making PvP more accessible but also not hurting/hindering/punishing long-time PvP players. I've heard some proposals like have different tiers/modes of PvP but could folks expand more on how they would approach the issue in a realistic way?

    2) Solo Queue: This was actually a feature that was made permanent soon after I started at Cryptic. Initially it was offered as an occasional weekend event and a number of players clamored for it to be permanent. Could players on both sides of the argument (remove it/keep it) give specific examples on how it impacts the PvP landscape?
  • bolt#9204
    bolt#9204 Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 65 Arc User
    I presume the issue with long waits for queue pops in pvp is a reflection of the fact that not enough people are queued to form complete teams to engage in matches, assuming of course that the queue system is not simply broken as has happenned in the past. So the real issue is how to get more people interested in trying pvp?

    I should say I am a learner pvp-er in a guilld that has lots of veteran pvp-ers. I die a lot but I can still see the attraction and challenge of pvp. So assuming that the devs and the player base want to keep pvp as a feature of Neverwinter then obviously something has to change to get more players trying pvp.

    Importantly I think a clear pathway is needed for beginners to try pvp and progress their skills at their own pace whilst having fun. Its no fun for a beginner to solo queue for 20 minutes only to be confronted by a premade group of vets that are farming boon points and wipes you out in the first 30 seconds of a match, not only is it no fun you dont learn anything. Similarly I would suggest the majority of vets prefer good matches over farming.

    PvP Divisions

    One solution that might address the issues above is to have stratified pvp divisions a bit like those that exist in football (thats soccer for our American friends :) ). In order to play in a certain division a players pvp score would have to fall in the banded range of pvp scores associated with that division. A characters pvp score would be a number based on a weighted representation of the numbers of kills and assists they have accumulated in pvp matches. Any one character can only play in the one division they qualify to be in based on their pvp score and the banding range of the division.
    So purely as an example lets say their are 3 divisions. div3 (lowest), div2 and div3 (highest) for pvp-player scores between 0 -100, 101 -199 and 200 -300 respectively. This banding system pretty much guarantees players always play teams whose members have similar pvp skill levels to theirs regardless of whether they queue as a premade or solo queue.

    This in turn means that both beginners and vets have the opportunity to have good fun matches. No gross mismatches anymore. As players get more experience and successes their pvp player score increases so eventually a player in div3 with a pvp score of 70 will increase their a pvp player score to over 100 at which time they will be automatically moved into the more challenging div2 and will not have access to play in div3 or div1 .. you get the idea


    Sticking with the example above if you had 3 divisions then it would make sense to have 3 levels of boons. In Div 3 (lowest) you can only get level 1 boons, Div2 only level 2 boons and Div 1 only level 3 (highest) boons. You would just have to make sure that the pvp player points needed to get all the boons in a division did not exceed the upper banding limit for a division to ensure players could earn all the boons in a division before being transferred to the next (higher) division

    Class Composition of teams

    Emotive topic but imho only 1 of each class allowed in a team might be the best compromise to provide matches that required a reasonable balance of tactical skills in rotations as well as firepower and survivability


    I know several guilds like to run inhouse matches purely for fun or as a way of training guildess. Under the banding system above vets could not play in mixed teams with less experienced players because of the banding restrictions. My suggestion have a specific division for this lets give it the imaginative name of div0. In Div 0 no points or boons can be earned and teams can have any class composition or player level but introduce a new feature solely for the div0 queue namely pvp invites where one team leader can invite another team leader in the queue to join them for a pvp match rather than having random matchups of teams in the div0 queue.
  • thefiresidecat
    thefiresidecat Member Posts: 4,486 Arc User
    edited March 2020
    @nitocris83 I don't pvp in the current landscape.. but afaik the problem wtih solo q is it's easy to game and you still get full parties in there by quing at the same time. and they make the experience bad for everyone. I think it comes down to there only being ten people quing for it at any given time as well. a common refrain in zone is Q SOLO DOM.. these people have been waiting for the que to pop for hours. that means anygroup that wants in is going to get in together. if your buddy is on the opposite team they will hoark it for the other team. and if you're an honest solo you're going to get stomped by a full team.

    I don't know if there is anyway to equalize pvp without hurting long term pvp players but there are so few of them that it seems like an acceptable step to take to make the genre accessible to everyone else and give it the wider player base that would make something like solo que viable again.

    Most of the gear for pvp is just as viable in pve so the reality is that by changing the balance no one is going to take any kind of huge loss on their build. there are so few pvp players that pvp specific gear is dirt cheap still
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  • froger#9967
    froger#9967 Member Posts: 574 Arc User
    I am sorry if this double posts. The forum and I are having a disagreement.

    My thought is for there to be PVP related metrics that move players up or down a division. Perhaps use the existing points system or make something new. I don’t necessarily think win / loss should or shouldn’t count as that is very group dependent. Individual, assists, kills, deaths, HP lost, HP healed, damage mitigated, damage dealt, etc. can be used to positively and negatively impact a player’s score. This calculated score will assign a player a rank, then place them in divisions. Since each class is different the formula will have to be calculated different to arrive at the same rank. I envision a system where if you do well you move up and if you do poor you move down (with a range of staying where you are). Honestly, I have no clue how something like this could be done.

    I think the highest priority for PVP is growing the player count. I believe that starts with players having a fighting chance of enjoying themselves.

    Enjoyment > Rewards

    I think there should be purchasable PVP gear that, depending on the number of ranks, ranks up with you for a bit similar to Ensorcelled gear. So if the fresh level 80 wants an advantage in lower ranks, they can quickly do that. There should be currency earned through PVP to buy gear from a vendor. PVP gear can have a minimum rank assigned. So, if you drop ranks your gear isn’t overpowered, but is usable again when you rank up.

    Along with specific gear I would like to see a separate gear equip screen / feat / skill / boon / attribute / etc. for each class for PVP. I want a PVE toon to feel different from a PVP toon. I think players are smart enough to understand they essentially have two games in one.
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  • ryvensblade#9833
    ryvensblade#9833 Member Posts: 2 New User
    Feedback Overview - Solo Q
    Feedback Goal - one healer (no matter class) per team
    Feedback Functionality - there must be some algorithm to how teams are created. Modify it so one healing spec class per team unless Q can fill 2 healing spec's per team.
    Risks & Concerns - healer might have to wait to play

    Feedback Overview - Solo Q
    Feedback Goal - team balance
    Feedback Functionality - there must be some algorithm to how teams are created. Modify it so players are ranked and distributed evenly between teams (after healer spec characters are assigned to teams)
    Risks & Concerns - open to players gaming the system with new characters etc (maybe attach ranking to gamer tag)

    Feedback Overview - Healing
    Feedback Goal - level the playing field so healers are not in perma god mode
    Feedback Functionality - not sure how it would work but slowing the healing rate or magnitude in pvp would be a start
    Risks 7 Concerns - healers would have to do something other then stand at a node and if might create more dynamic game play that would increase the pvp population fun meter

    Feedback Overview - Leaderboard
    Feedback Goal - win/loss ratios can be skewed depending on team composition and does not reflect play effort.
    Feedback Functionality - have points for the leaderboard awarded along the lines of the current pvp system (ie capping nodes, kills, assists) and add in points for activity to encourage gameplay even if (as it often is) a very lopsided affair
    Risks & Concerns - would need to remaster the coding and recording of player points in a match.

    Oh and if you could fix the constant crashing on xbox that kicks you out for losses that would be great as well.

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