PvP season

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PvP seasons or arena seasons are periods in which rated PvP combat may occur. Each season has its own name (i.e. season 13 is called Tyrannical) and rewards. A season usually starts one week after the release of a major patch and ends when a new major patch is released. While the length of time between seasons varies, there is a PvP season active most of the year.

During a PvP season, players can join rated arenas and battlegrounds in order to obtain [Conquest Points] which can be used to buy powerful PvP gear.

Once the latest season has ended, arena and rated battleground matches will be unavailable for one week, and all Conquest Points will be converted to [Honor Points]. Any Honor above the 4,000 cap will be converted into in-game currency at a rate of 35 silver per point.[1] Those characters eligible for end-of-season rewards (see below) are then determined, and rewards are typically awarded within one or two weeks of the end of the corresponding season.

Conquest window between two seasons, telling players that there is currently no active PvP season.

When a new season begins personal ratings are reset. Matchmaking ratings are sometimes also reset at this time. With each new season the available PvP rewards are also refreshed, although the exact details of this process vary. Typically, the previous season's non-elite Conquest Point PvP rewards are made available for Honor Points, while a new tier of items are made available for purchase with Conquest Points. In this way players are encouraged to once again begin gathering points with which to purchase new, more powerful gear.

Rewards

At the end of each arena season, players that rank among highest ratings within the 3v3 and 5v5 brackets are awarded titles marking their accomplishments. Team members who have been in at least 20% of a top arena team's matches and are within 100 personal rating of the team's rating, in each Battlegroup, will receive a title according to their standing (highest to lowest):

Standing Title Percentile
1 <Season name> Gladiator † Top in the bracket (One for 2v2/3v3/5v5)
2 Gladiator* Top 0.5%
3 Duelist 0.5% - 3.0%
4 Rival 3% - 10%
5 Challenger 10% - 35%
 † Gladiator titles also award players with Master Riding and a Custom Gladiator mount (first season awarded  [Swift Nether Drake]).

PvP seasons

Season Title Gladiator Mount Start Date (NA) End Date (NA) Duration Notes
Season 1 [Gladiator]  [Swift Nether Drake] January 30, 2007 June 19, 2007 20 weeks Introduced with The Burning Crusade
End coincided with Patch 2.1.2
Season 2 [Merciless Gladiator]  [Merciless Nether Drake] June 20, 2007 November 26, 2007 23 weeks
Season 3 [Vengeful Gladiator]  [Vengeful Nether Drake] November 28, 2007 June 23, 2008 29 weeks  
Season 4 [Brutal Gladiator]  [Brutal Nether Drake] June 24, 2008 October 14, 2008 17 weeks Last arena season of The Burning Crusade
Season 5 [Deadly Gladiator]  [Deadly Gladiator's Frost Wyrm] December 16, 2008 April 14, 2009 17 weeks Began four weeks after the launch of Wrath of the Lich King
Ended with launch of Patch 3.1.0
Season 6 [Furious Gladiator]  [Furious Gladiator's Frost Wyrm] April 21, 2009 August 25, 2009 18 weeks Began one week after Patch 3.1.0
Season 7 [Relentless Gladiator]  [Relentless Gladiator's Frost Wyrm] September 1, 2009 January 19, 2010 20 weeks End corresponded with the opening of the Crimson Hall in Icecrown Citadel
Season 8 [Wrathful Gladiator]  [Wrathful Gladiator's Frost Wyrm] February 2, 2010 October 12, 2010 37 weeks Began with launch of Patch 3.3.2
Ended with launch of Patch 4.0.1
Season 9 [Vicious Gladiator]  [Vicious Gladiator's Twilight Drake] December 14, 2010 June 28, 2011 28 weeks Began one week after the Cataclysm
Ended with launch of Patch 4.2.0
Season 10 [Ruthless Gladiator]  [Ruthless Gladiator's Twilight Drake] July 5, 2011 November 29, 2011 21 weeks Began one week after Patch 4.2.0
Ended with launch of Patch 4.3.0
Season 11 [Cataclysmic Gladiator]  [Cataclysmic Gladiator's Twilight Drake] December 6, 2011 August 28, 2012 38 weeks Began one week after Patch 4.3.0
Ended with launch of Patch 5.0.4
Season 12 [Malevolent Gladiator]  [Malevolent Gladiator's Cloud Serpent] October 2, 2012 March 5, 2013 22 weeks Began one week after the launch of Mists of Pandaria
Ended with launch of Patch 5.2.0
Season 13 [Tyrannical Gladiator]  [Tyrannical Gladiator's Cloud Serpent] March 12, 2013 September 10, 2013 26 weeks Began one week after Patch 5.2.0
Ended with launch of Patch 5.4.0
Season 14 [Grievous Gladiator]  [Grievous Gladiator's Cloud Serpent] September 17, 2013 February 18, 2014 22 weeks Began one week after Patch 5.4.0
Ended with launch of Patch 5.4.7
Season 15 [Prideful Gladiator]  [Prideful Gladiator's Cloud Serpent] February 25, 2014 October 14, 2014 33 weeks Began one week after Patch 5.4.7
Ended with launch of Patch 6.0.2
Warlords Season 1
(Season 16)
[Primal Gladiator: Warlords Season 1]  [Primal Gladiator's Felblood Gronnling] December 2, 2014 June 23, 2015 29 weeks Began three weeks after the launch of Warlords of Draenor
Ended with launch of Patch 6.2.0
Warlords Season 2
(Season 17)
[Wild Gladiator: Warlords Season 2]  [Wild Gladiator's Felblood Gronnling] June 30, 2015 November 10, 2015 22 weeks Began one week after Patch 6.2.0
Ended with launch of Patch 6.2.2
Warlords Season 3
(Season 18)
[Warmongering Gladiator: Warlords Season 3]  [Warmongering Gladiator's Felblood Gronnling] November 17, 2015 July 19, 2016 35 weeks Began one week after Patch 6.2.2
Ended with launch of Patch 7.0.3
Legion Season 1
(Season 19)
[Vindictive Gladiator: Legion Season 1]  [Vindictive Gladiator's Storm Dragon] September 20, 2016 December 13, 2016 12 weeks Began three weeks after the launch of Legion
Ended on December 13, 2016 at 6:00am PST
Legion Season 2
(Season 20)
[Fearless Gladiator: Legion Season 2]  [Fearless Gladiator's Storm Dragon] December 13, 2016 March 28, 2017 15 weeks Began on December 13, 2016 at 8:00am PST
Ended with launch of Patch 7.2.0
Legion Season 3
(Season 21)
[Cruel Gladiator: Legion Season 3]  [Cruel Gladiator's Storm Dragon] March 28, 2017 June 13, 2017 11 weeks Began with launch of Patch 7.2.0
Ended with launch of Patch 7.2.5
Legion Season 4
(Season 22)
[Ferocious Gladiator: Legion Season 4]  [Ferocious Gladiator's Storm Dragon] June 13, 2017 August 29, 2017 11 weeks Began with launch of Patch 7.2.5
Ended with launch of Patch 7.3.0
Legion Season 5
(Season 23)
[Fierce Gladiator: Legion Season 5]  [Fierce Gladiator's Storm Dragon] August 29, 2017 November 28, 2017 13 weeks Began with launch of Patch 7.3.0
Ended with the release of Antorus, the Burning Throne
Legion Season 6
(Season 24)
[Dominant Gladiator: Legion Season 6]  [Dominant Gladiator's Storm Dragon] November 28, 2017 March 20, 2018 16 weeks Began with the release of Antorus, the Burning Throne
Ended on March 20, 2018 at 6:00am PDT
Legion Season 7
(Season 25)
[Demonic Gladiator: Legion Season 7]  [Demonic Gladiator's Storm Dragon] March 20, 2018 July 17, 2018 17 weeks Began on March 20, 2018 at 8:00am PDT
Ended with the release of Patch 8.0.1
Battle for Azeroth Season 1
(Season 26)
[Dread Gladiator: Battle for Azeroth Season 1]  [Dread Gladiator's Proto-Drake] September 4, 2018 January 22, 2019 20 weeks Began on September 4, 2018 with the release of Uldir
Ended on January 22, 2019
Battle for Azeroth Season 2
(Season 27)
Sinister Gladiator: Battle for Azeroth Season 2 Sinister Gladiator's Proto-Drake January 22, 2019 TBA TBC Began on January 22, 2019 with the release of Battle of Dazar'alor

References

  1. ^ Blizzard Entertainment. PvP Season 14 Ending Soon. Retrieved on 2014-02-19.