Matchmaking Changes coming to PvP in SWTOR

Recently, Musco revealed the specifics on upcoming changes to matchmaking in PvP coming in Game Update 5.9.2 (possibly launching July?). All Warzone queues are now cross-faction. The Unranked Warzone queue will now always prioritize Warzones over Arenas. An Arena match will only pop if there are not enough players to populate a full Warzone match at that time. Role Balancing –  Matchmaking will never place more than 2 tanks or healers on the same team in a Warzone or 1 tank or healer for an Arena. Matchmaking will always do its best to balance the number of tanks and healers on …

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Warzone Changes coming to SWTOR with Commentary

Musco unexpectantly posted some changes slated for the following Warzones. Voidstar Ancient Hypergates Alderaan Civil War Yavin Ruins These changes will likely be implemented starting in July and hopefully be on the PTS (that hopefully, everyone will have access to if they wish). Overall Aim of the Changes To shorten the average time of our Warzones to be around 12 minutes. We have a few WZs that are taking quite a bit longer than that currently. We have some WZs that are exploitable due to environment hacking, we want to fix that. Commentary – I think these are beneficial goals. …

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Keith Confirms late June PTS plus more Rishi Stronghold Details

Keith came onto the forums today to respond to some of the queries players had about the newly released Summer Road Map. The most intriguing detail was the revelation, hinted on the Road Map, that we’ll be getting ‘access to the changes on PTS‘ to test the upcoming PvP changes and the new Stronghold in late June. Here are some additional caveats Keith revealed about the new Stronghold! Stronghold Acquisition – you’ll be able to acquire it the same as any other Stronghold by purchasing it on the Fleet (and probably the Cartel market too). So no, there isn’t a PvP component …

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SWTOR Summer Roadmap Overview

Keith Kanneg has surprised us with the release of a new Summer Road Map for Star Wars The Old Republic. Keith started off with some general statements again emphasising their focus to provide fun, story-driven gameplay with a variety of multiplayer battles and making ‘quality of life’ improvements. He also noted that much of the upcoming changes are based on Player Feedback. We’ve met with a lot of players, influencers, press, did Livestreams, held Cantinas, received lots of emails and private messages, and reviewed the feedback on our Forums and on Social Media. As a result, we’ll be making a lot of …

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Game Update 5.9 Patch Notes and Maintenance

The patch notes include quite a few Conquest changes, Class changes, Companion returns and the new Flashpoint with the Traitor set on Nathema. Full notes below. Maintenance for Game Update 5.9 will occur Thursday 3rd of May 5:00 am – 9:00 am PDT (1300 – 1700 GMT). Highlights Flashpoint: The Nathema Conspiracy – The traitor saga reaches its dramatic conclusion on the planet Nathema as you face a deadly enemy determined to obliterate your entire Alliance. There will also be a Double Rewards Event running from during this time! Returning Companion: Felix Iresso – Consulars will learn the tragic circumstances …

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My Dream Rishi Stronghold

Some of you probably know that I have wanted a Stronghold on Rishi for a very long time! Well, now that is finally becoming a reality! Charles Boyd revealed in his and Eric Musco’s recent interview with Vulkk that the next Stronghold (possibly coming out in Game Update 5.10 in July) will be located on Rishi. Here are some elements I hope are included in the Rishi Stronghold. Setting – Private Island Like, come on? Surely there’s a nice, sizeable island we can call home with our names written on it somewhere on Rishi? With a nice tall mountain (and maybe even a Volcano), …

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Game Update 5.10 will be a ‘PvP Focused’ Update plus New Stronghold Location Revealed

In Vulkk’s excellent interview with Eric Musco and Charles Boyd, we learned some new tidbits about future content. Eric and Charles were both unexpectantly forthcoming hinting at what they had planned beyond 5.9. PvP Charles revealed that next major Game Update after 5.9, which will probably be 5.10, will heavily feature PvP. They’re targeting July for the release of this update but it could come later. At this stage, they said there probably won’t be a new Warzone. But there will be a brand new Arena set in Shae Vizla’s Mandalorian Compound, a ‘beast fighting pit with a lot of Mando decorations …

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SWTOR Announces Massive Direct Cartel Market Sale

Eric Musco, the Community Manager for Star Wars The Old Republic, has announced a massive direct Cartel Market Sale Event. For a limited time, almost all Cartel Market items will be made available for direct purchase from Tuesday, April 3rd through Tuesday, April 17th. Cartel Market Limited Time Sale  From Tuesday, April 3rd through Tuesday, April 17th almost every Cartel Market item will be available for direct sale! Maybe there is an item you have been waiting to see in our weekly sales, or, you just don’t want to throw the credits at it on the GTN. This will give you …

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Game Update 5.8a Maintenance and Patch Notes

The Patch Notes for Game Update 5.8a have been published! Maintenance for Game Update 5.8a will be occurring Tuesday 27th March 6 am  – 8 am PDT. Patch Notes General Planetary Yield targets for Guild Invasions have been reduced for all sizes: Small is now 200,000 (down from 460,000) Medium is now 550,000 (down from 1,380,000) Large is now 1,130,000 (down from 2,530,000) The Personal Conquest target is now 15,000 (down from 20,000). The following Conquest Objectives have been added to all Conquests: Completing a Warzone Winning a Warzone Completing a Galactic Starfighter Match Winning a Galactic Starfighter Match The …

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Game Update 5.8 Patch Notes

Musco has posted the Patch Notes for Game Update 5.8. Here they are for your perusal. Highlights are my own. Maintenance for Game Update 5.8 will be occurring Tuesday 20th March 5:00 am – 9:00 am PDT (1200 – 1600 GMT). Highlights New Operation Boss, Izax – The final boss of Gods From the Machine is here! The mightiest of the Iokath droid superweapons, Izax is capable of destroying entire fleets of warships – defeating him will require tremendous power and skill. Conquest Revamp – From a new interface to changes for Guilds of every size. Our improved Conquest system now provides …

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