Skirmish PvP returning to World of Warcraft

The upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion for World of Warcraft had aspirations of making some new additions to the PvP experience. However, Blizzard has revealed that the original plan of a new Trial of the Gladiator mode is being shelved in favor of restoring the game's Skirmish mode and implementing a new Spectator Invite system for tournaments.

A Battle.net post from WoW community manager Josh Allen goes into the demise of Trial of the Gladiator, which would have been an exclusive high-level PvP mode that only operated at certain hours with certain gear.

"While there were a lot of potential benefits to [Trial of the Gladiator], ultimately we agree with some of the concerns community has raised about the way it worked," Allen states. "Ultimately, players who couldn't play during the pre-set times for Trial of the Gladiator might feel like they're missing out, and it was possible that normal Arena games would lose a lot of their replay value without rating to push for. Because of these issues, we've decided not to continue development of Trial of the Gladiator and to focus our efforts on giving players more ways to find PvP that suits them."

The unranked Skirmish mode, which was originally discontinued with the Cataclysm expansion, will return in Warlords of Draenor with new 2v2 and 3v3 options. Skirmish victors will receive different rewards, such as gold, Honor, or Conquest Points.

The new expansion will also debut the Spectator Invite system, which allows players to organize tournaments.

"Our new Spectator Invite system will allow a match organizer to invite two teams to play against each other in a PvP spectacle called a War Game," Allen explains. "Then, when the match begins, everyone in the match organizer's party will be able to watch those two teams duke it out."

These PvP plans come in the wake of World of Warcraft's new 5.4.7 patch, which includes the launch of the new PvP season. Check out the full patch notes here.