Feb. 26 marks the release of “Guild Wars 2”’s anticipated second “Flame and Frost” update, titled “The Gathering Storm”. The patch adds guild missions, a continuation of the game’s “Living Story”, and a new PvP map. However, it has also brought a significant change to paid PvP tournaments: they’re gone. Instead, they will rely on a matchmaking system that will govern the remaining free tournaments.
ArenaNet’s Tyler Bearce explained the turn of events to PC Gamer. “One of the reasons we initially introduced Paid Tournaments,” he said, “was to create a place for hyper-competitive, highly skilled players to find matches with players of comparable skill, leaving the Free Tournament system available for more casual competitive play.” With the matchmaking system accurately placing players of a similar skill level in matches, the paid tier is no longer necessary.
After the update, single round and 3 round tournaments will be available, each with separate matchmaking ranks. Bearce notes that remaining Tournament Tickets can now be exchanged for currency reward chests at the Ticket Merchant NPC in Heart of the Mists, next to the Tournament Master.