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Quemapueblos #1 Posted Jun 02 2017 - 21:05

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Hey Tankers,

We are listening to your concerns about Bonds, Equipment and Directives and reached out to our developers to provide some clarity on the Ranked Battles: Beta Season.



Q: How much of this Beta Season of Ranked Battles is final?

A: Ranked Battles: Beta Season is a 1 month test, designed to collect feedback and tune the mode based on what players say and data we collect.

We're eager to tune Ranked Battles and deliver an experience that truly resonates with our community. With the Beta Season, we're rolling out a new game mode to a large number of tankers to test and help define potential future adjustments. We will be monitoring player feedback in every region, collecting and analyzing your suggestions.

Q: What if I'm not a Tier X player or don't want to play Tier Xs? Can I earn Bonds in any other way in the future?

A: While Bonds are being introduced to the game with the Ranked Battles: Beta Season, the Ranked Battles mode was not and is not intended to be the only way to earn Bonds. In the future, we’ll make Bonds available through other game modes and expand the list of items players can obtain with them.

Along with the new mode, we have added an all-new currency, Bonds, to the game. Right now, Ranked Battles are the only way to stock up on Bonds, but it won't stay this way forever. Just as with Ranked Battles, we're testing the new currency and the new rewards. We will expand the list of items you can purchase with Bonds; there will be much more than Improved Equipment and Directives for purchase. We’re also planning to make Bonds available through other game modes, including ways to acquire them in Random Battles. Players will also be able to earn Bonds by completing Missions and taking part in in-game specials.

Q: What kinds of changes will come from community feedback?

A: We may make subsequent changes based on player feedback to the functionality and rewards of the mode, including Improved Equipment and Directives.

After going over feedback and collecting game data, we'll proceed to optimize the experience by tweaking its functionality, rewards, and any other element that players raise as a concern. We are tracking carefully the way Improved Equipment and Directives work and their effect on gameplay, and we may make changes to them based on that data and player feedback.

For instance, we might revise where these rewards can be earned or used such as Tiers and/or game modes.

Q: If I don't have a Tier X how can I effectively give feedback?

A: All players get 100 Bonds when the Beta Season begins.

All players registered prior to June 3rd will receive 100 Bonds when the Beta Season begins. Tankers can test the newly added Directives, which also allows us to gather substantial feedback.



Thank you for reading this, and thank you for your interest in Ranked Battles, Bonds, Improved Equipment and Directives. We hope this clarifies our views around these features and answers any concerns you may have. If you have any further questions or comments, please leave your feedback below.



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View PostQuemapueblos, on Jun 02 2017 - 15:05, said:

All players registered prior to June 3rd will receive 100 Bonds when the Beta Season begins. Tankers can test the newly added Directives...

 

Oh boy, a whole 100 Bonds? That's really going to help players evaluate the effectiveness of a potentially game-breaking resource. >sarcasm<

 

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YANKEE137 #3 Posted Jun 02 2017 - 21:18

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Bond, Games Bond.

Nudnick #4 Posted Jun 02 2017 - 21:18

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Thanks for the clarification. Hopefully people will read this. It just seems to me that you're making the game needlessly complicated with all these little extras, while ignoring more critical issues like balance, power creep, stale maps, artillery, nerfs/buffs, etc. For myself, I haven't played much since 9.18 because I like slow tanks, and the arty splash has made them useless.

Devildog8 #5 Posted Jun 02 2017 - 21:20

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Ranked battles.............................. great!!!

 

Bonds and super consumables for some and not all used in randoms........................dumb



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View PostNudnick, on Jun 02 2017 - 14:18, said:

Thanks for the clarification. Hopefully people will read this. It just seems to me that you're making the game needlessly complicated with all these little extras, while ignoring more critical issues like balance, power creep, stale maps, artillery, nerfs/buffs, etc. For myself, I haven't played much since 9.18 because I like slow tanks, and the arty splash has made them useless.

 

well you know they were very busy creating this nonsense

Bad_Oedipus #7 Posted Jun 02 2017 - 21:24

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YANKEE137 #8 Posted Jun 02 2017 - 21:30

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Anybody know what the next update will be? I tried looking up 9.2, but that one was used in 2014. This is getting confusing.

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View PostNudnick, on Jun 02 2017 - 20:18, said:

Thanks for the clarification. Hopefully people will read this. It just seems to me that you're making the game needlessly complicated with all these little extras, while ignoring more critical issues like balance, power creep, stale maps, artillery, nerfs/buffs, etc. For myself, I haven't played much since 9.18 because I like slow tanks, and the arty splash has made them useless.

 

All they had to do was make this point (can earn bonds outside of ranked battles) crystal clear to the players from the start. Unfortunately for them player trust has been even further eroded through their incompetence in communication.

 

Most of the resulting outrage would have been tempered. The immediate anger is a sign that there is little trust in how WG behaves; and I would argue that the playerbase has lots of examples of them badly implementing all kinds of things.

 

They really have no idea how PR or communication (cough SirFoch cough) actually works do they?


Edited by Markd73, Jun 02 2017 - 21:35.


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View PostYANKEE137, on Jun 02 2017 - 21:30, said:

Anybody know what the next update will be? I tried looking up 9.2, but that one was used in 2014. This is getting confusing.

 

​Might not be. Seems even the EU players don't want the ranked crap anymore then NA does. WG might have single handedly killed WoT this time.

BigRebOne #11 Posted Jun 02 2017 - 21:42

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If you were truly tuned in to the community, then why are you only allowing and beta testing with Tier 10 tanks?

KaiserWilhelmShatner #12 Posted Jun 02 2017 - 22:04

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WG smacked the iceberg with this patch.  Woman, child, and rich to the lifeboats.

Finnegan_Gromyko #13 Posted Jun 02 2017 - 22:06

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View PostMarkd73, on Jun 02 2017 - 21:34, said:

 

All they had to do was make this point (can earn bonds outside of ranked battles) crystal clear to the players from the start. Unfortunately for them player trust has been even further eroded through their incompetence in communication.

 

Most of the resulting outrage would have been tempered. The immediate anger is a sign that there is little trust in how WG behaves; and I would argue that the playerbase has lots of examples of them badly implementing all kinds of things.

 

They really have no idea how PR or communication (cough SirFoch cough) actually works do they?

 

I agree with you completely. I work in PR and Media Relations, and this is pretty much how NOT to do it. 

 

The explanation above is far more reasonable than the nonsense that accompanied the announcement of Ranked Battles. 

 

Mind you, this may be a belated attempt to staunch the blood flow after the wave of rage from WoT players, but hopefully it's true that bonds can be earned by non-Tier X, non-Unicums. 

 

However, one wearies of WG's chronic foot-in-mouth disease.



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how do you register for ranked battles

RIA1911 #15 Posted Jun 02 2017 - 22:09

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Rank Battles:justwait: ---- the smell begins:hiding:

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View PostShirShot, on Jun 02 2017 - 16:06, said:

how do you register for ranked battles

 

I'm thinking from how it sounds , if you registered in the game you'll get 100 bonds to test even if you have no tier 10

Edited by RIA1911, Jun 02 2017 - 22:12.


Quemapueblos #17 Posted Jun 02 2017 - 22:21

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View PostShirShot, on Jun 02 2017 - 14:06, said:

how do you register for ranked battles

You don't need to sign up for Ranked Battles specifically. Anyone who has a World of Tanks account now should receive 100 Bonds. Ranked Battle Test Season will start June 5th 



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This vid says it all:

I would predict that this ranked battles and how it is planned to be implemented will be the downfall of WOT. I predict a 10 fold increase in rage threads in these forums after these ranked battles start up. 



RoyalGreenPC #19 Posted Jun 02 2017 - 22:29

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Overall I like it, new exciting game mode.

But Bonds/Directives should be restricted to be used only on Tier 8-10 or maybe Tier 6-10 which will prevent experienced players to seal club those new players even more.



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Is there an answer to the question "why are you going through with improved equipment and directives, when there is an overwhelmingly negative opinion of these things?"




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