A few hours ago, the Arena of Valor team hosted a Reddit AMA session focused on the esports aspects of the game. SPOUT 360 has cherry-picked and highlighted the best parts of the online session for your reading convenience.
On AoV’s Hero Ban System:
“Hero bans are based on the number of heroes available in the game, so once we release additional heroes, we will add additional bans accordingly.”
For Players Outside Of AoV’s Supported Regions
“For players who aren’t in officially supported regions that wish to participate in certain tournaments in the future, we plan on adding a wild card opportunity for them to participate.”
Why AoV Has Different Clients For Different Regions Instead Of Having One Client With Different Servers Ala Mobile Legends
“The original reason is that we have some partners – Garena and Netmarble – working with us on publishing the game in certain areas. For the initial versions, we didn’t prepare the mechanic of being able to choose servers.”
“We are fully aware of the problem now, and we are thinking of the possibility of having 1 client in the future. This needs some time for additional research on handling potential technical and operations issues though.”
“In the long run, the differences among all versions will be very small and for international tournaments, there will be a specific tournament server with the same hero selection and balance to ensure fairness for all regions.”
On Future Periodical Leagues & Tournaments
“Yes, we are currently working on first having a semi-pro league go live in 2018, then based on that, create a pro league. We also plan on having an NPT Season 2 as a periodical tournament.”
Note: Garena will be launching its own AoV tournament called the Garena AoV Qualifiers which has a RM70k prize pool and will be held in Malaysia. Register here for further info.
On Tencent Handling Both AoV And League of Legends
“Because we are different games, Tencent is allocating different resources and strategies to each game.”
On AoV’s Professional MOBA Teams
“Right now, SK gaming and Team Liquid have already set up their AoV teams. We are also in contact with additional MOBA eSports organizations.”
On AoV’s Country Teams vs. Open Registration Formats
“We’re still trying to figure out a way that can involve the most players to come and compete. The initial idea regarding NPT was to use the concept of different countries battling it out, allowing fans to represent their countries.
Clearly in Europe, friends that want to form a team also come from various countries, so it’s relatively difficult to form a team of 5 with the same country requirement. We plan on having less restrictions next time.”
On New 5v5 Maps
“We currently do not have any plans in the near future to add additional 5v5 maps, though if we have any developments on this, we will make an announcement.”
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