[Suggestion] PVP ideas... yet again

  • #1
    Based on the Dev interview, there still seems to be few ideas at Blizzard about what to do about PVP. I figure I'd kick this off with a few ideas I've had for a while, post your response or your own ideas.

    "Random Reward Random Setup"

    Idea #1 Make it competitive

    No matter what is implemented, it needs to have a sense of competition. It doesn't need to be an eSport, but if there is no incentive to win, players will stop PVP after about a month. I think the devs realize this much based on their "nerf gun" analogy... Ill take it a step further: give players a random reward for winning (items, gold, or AH$). The incentive fits perfectly, players can farm by playing PVP or PVE; and what made Diablo popular (that random chance of getting an exciting prize) is infused into PVP.

    Idea #2 Make it random

    Again no matter what PVP mode is decided, add randomness, probability, and chance! Thats, what makes diablo, DIABLO. Make the maps random (both in setting and in placement of tiles), make the objectives random, I already said it but make the rewards random, hell...even add random environmental effects (slippery ground that knocks moving targets down, portals that teleport players to random locations). The point is make it random to keep the player engaged.

    ^^O.C. Skinner's box if you look closely^^

    Game Modes

    Game mode: Idea #3 Survival mode

    Not sure how the devs miss-tested this one, all I know is that the most played task in the D3 beta was the jar of souls event... which is basically a very short version of survival mode. For those that don't know, survival mode is basically waves of monsters coming at the party of players, each wave harder than the last, and between the waves comes an increasing # of bosses (in this case elite packs). Waves are time based, so if your group isn't killing fast enough, you quickly get overwhelmed. Add Ideas 1 & 2 to this and list best times of the day, week, year.

    Game mode: Idea #4 Team Deathmatch Battlefield-style

    The devs are right in that its hard to tune a PVE game into PVP game modes. Thats why I dont think they should bother taking the PVE out of the game modes. Anyone play the old battlefields where it would be a PVP 6v6 but each side had about 20 bots as well (each side starts with 200 lives deaths of AI OR players are -1 life)? While the bots sucked, if you tried to ignore them and just go after real players those bots would quickly put a bullet in your head. Thats where I think Diablo PVP has to go, not so much bots but lots of demons/angels on both sides. Killing opposing AI brings you closer to victory, not killing them puts you in the dirt real quick. I even came up with a name for the game mode: Angels vs Demons, one group leads the angels, another leads the demons....again add idea 1 & 2 to this.

    Go ahead and post your ideas below be it endless dungeons or unicorn-horn fighting
    Blizzard used to care about releasing Diablo III, then they all took an arrow in the knee...
  • #2
    I don't think any rewards should exist in pvp. But i think pvp should exist. :D

    At this rate, anything is better than what we have. A little effort and the right people for the job would be nice.
  • #3
    I would like spectating and betting to be implented. Both items and money. Also, permanent death option!
    Make your peace...Quickly!
  • #4
    Quote from Elendiro

    I would like spectating and betting to be implented. Both items and money. Also, permanent death option!


    lol.. That would be so cool.
  • #5
    Moved to the PvP forums.
  • #6
    Nothing serious, an idea just for fun, but maybe some kind of "Dungeon Keeper" mode could be fun. One of the player plays a monster in a monster filled dungeon, other players have to track him down. Rewards could be new abilities for the monster, new controllable monsters, etc... :)

    Now back to reality, what were we discussing again ? :)
  • #7
    Let's say rewards with considerable value are added, what's to stop people from setting up rigged battles just to get rewards? Bets seems like the safest incentive for PvP deathmatches.

    Competitive survival gauntlets, fastest event completion (first to complete a quest, first to kill a boss), highest kill counts, seems like the best place to put game-generated rewards in order to prevent rigging.
    sto lavorando
  • #8
    Just make PvE a competition somehow to make it a type of PvP.. we don't have to kill each other to compete.

    Give us a PvP experience ladder to climb... with vanity rewards - banners, wings, portraits. MAYBE have a LvL 100 PvP reward = the return of a companion like in the Beta (snake/ferret/bat that picks up gold for you in PvE)...

    Idea 1 (OP Idea #3)
    2 teams. Both teams play a survival mode in separate rooms (eg 2 Simultaneous Jar of Souls Events are played). The Team that lasts the longest wins - gets PvP experience Points

    Idea 2
    1 player gets to be a Boss (eg Azmodan) and has all his abilities. 1-3 players fight the Azmodan player.

    Idea 3
    Gauntlet. 2 players race from point A - B (could be one long/wide corridor) and have to kill monsters in their way. Get rewards for winning the race, killing the most monsters, Crowd Controlling your opponent to slow them down...(Only CC works on other players not damage). All players have no extra %movement speed bonuses and neither can use skills/runes that have increased movement speed effects)

    I am going to keep thinking of more PvP ideas that would not have elements of 'anti-fun' as Travis put it
  • #9
    A PvP that tests your knowledge of lore could also be fun. :P
    sto lavorando
  • #10
    A Ladder System is PvP in a way...

    The idea of an Endless Dungeon could be an elegant Ladder System solution for D3!

    Rather than just take the current game and run it from start to finish like D2...boring...

    Example
    • Who can get to the furthest level of the endless dungeon in 1 play session?
    • You always start at level 1 and if you die you have to start over (Semi-Hardcore Ladder System)
    • Vanity items/rewards for reaching certain milestones (levels) in the dungeon
    • Have a Ranking system for
      • Your friends list
      • Whole of D3 Community
      • Country
      • Class
    youwillneverknow -Reached level 568 of Endless Dungeon
    Cheehc - Reached level 132 of Endless Dungeon
    Inkcheese -Reached level 11 of Endless Dungeon
  • #11
    Just my opinion on endless dungeon (ED) and survival mode:

    To me they are very similar game types, where in survival you battle waves thrown at you on a time basis... Endless dungeon kind of has the player battle waves on a level by level basis.

    The advantage of survival mode though address the shortcomings of Endless dungeon. From what I've read the flaws of ED are that:
    • it can take a long time for each attempt; going through 100 levels even at 10 minutes a level is extremely long ...survival is set up for relatively short attempts with a faster increasing difficulty
    • downtime if a player goes in the wrong direction... survival has no real downtime, unless the team is diesel it would be near non-stop combat until everyone is dead.
    Quote from inkcheese

    Let's say rewards with considerable value are added, what's to stop people from setting up rigged battles just to get rewards? Bets seems like the safest incentive for PvP deathmatches.

    Competitive survival gauntlets, fastest event completion (first to complete a quest, first to kill a boss), highest kill counts, seems like the best place to put game-generated rewards in order to prevent rigging.


    Good Question! So if there was a reward system, whats to stop match rigging? Well, a safegaurd i thought of would need to be put in to simply drop the statistical chance of a good reward based on the number of times you have played PVP with all members in the PVP match.

    For example Player A normally has a 10% chance of winning a Legendary after winning a PVP match. A joins a match with Player B to fight players C and D. After winning they decide to rematch.. for fun. Lets just say its a 1% deduction for recent (recent could be defined as long as 1 month) repeat players. So in the second match, Player A now has a 7% chance, because he played with B, C, and D before. If player A wants to play yet a third match with B but against players E and F that chance would be 8% because he has recently played 2 games with player B.

    So players trying to rig matches would quickly find they are getting worse and worse loot for a reward.

    I believe this would stop match rigging and more importantly clans from forming near-unbeatable teams and dominating arenas just to farm good items. Additionally it would encourage players to go out and find new people play with and slaughter.

    As for the match betting, I personally don't have a problem with it. But I do think that the system would quickly become underused (rather than spur e-sport matches) because no player is going to bet their good gear. It would have to be gold or RMAH dollars in order for it to last...that would work better. But again, what if players just want to casually fight each other?

    The "random reward random setup" from the original post is the most tried-and-true method of keeping the user engaged in a somewhat repetitive task (it is operant conditioning if you didn't get the skinners reference); which is really what we all want. Betting is fine, but it should be an addition to "random reward random setup", not in replacement.

    Actually "random reward random setup" is really what made Diablo addicting in the first place

    Just my opinions and knowledge, discuss further!
    Blizzard used to care about releasing Diablo III, then they all took an arrow in the knee...
  • #12
    the brawling thing is a good start but there should be a ranked ladder and some cool arena maps. Capture the flag would be awesome
  • #13
    I'm happy to see this thread. This topic is so important for D3 to succeed, in my opinion. (At least for a large portion of us)

    PvP is a never-ending Endgame that also motivates the other aspects of the game (gear hunting). It needs to be done right though, I suppose I'm happy that Blizzard is taking their time to make a perfect system. I think the community needs to help them do it though, it's unfortunate they didn't have it ready for launch.

    Quote from youwillneverknow

    Game mode: Idea #4 Team Deathmatch Battlefield-style

    The devs are right in that its hard to tune a PVE game into PVP game modes. Thats why I dont think they should bother taking the PVE out of the game modes. Anyone play the old battlefields where it would be a PVP 6v6 but each side had about 20 bots as well? While the bots sucked, if you tried to ignore them and just go after real players those bots would quickly put a bullet in your head. Thats where I think Diablo PVP has to go, not so much bots but lots of demons/angels on both sides. Killing opposing AI brings you closer to victory, not killing them puts you in the dirt real quick. I even came up with a name for the game mode: Angels vs Demons, one group leads the angels, another leads the demons....again add idea 1 & 2 to this.


    I actually like this idea a lot. I don't know if it will fit the Lore of the Nephalem, but it's still a good idea. Even if it's some other types of enemies, this would allow DIablo's AoE style gameplay to transfer to PvP.


    One of my greatest worries regarding PvP in Diablo is Statistical gear differences among players:
    The difference gear makes in a duel is ridiculous. There is quickly a point where skill doesn't matter. It won't be fun for 95% of the community if gear is the only way to have a good win:loss record.

    Solution (1 idea):
    Have 10 (or so) brackets based on stat values of gear. Each stat has a weight, to determine the contribution an item has to your total gear value. This can be shown directly on the item. Based on your total gear value (lets call it "Gear Rating"), you will be placed in the right corresponding bracket when you que for a PvP match. Teams would use the average Gear Rating of the entire team.

    NOTE (to the hardcore gear farmers):
    The higher bracket you are in yields better rewards. Rewards could be mainly visual (Special 1-time use dyes, demon/angel wings, skins, etc), achievements, or even gold/gems/demonic essences etc. This would promote obtaining/using better gear for PvP, while at the same time balancing the playing field. To be honest, if "Loot 2.0" is done correctly, hopefully farming for gear will consist more so on finding great Legendary Item/Skill combinations, opposed to just looking for higher stat values.

    To keep players coming back for more!:
    It's very important that there is something about PvP that keeps players doing it! There needs to be some kind of rewards, rankings, bragging rights, experience, etc. I don't believe it would be best if PvP rewarded gear, PvP should motivate PvE!! Maybe items that give MF and +XP, as long as they aren't items that directly help with PvP.
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