Rated Battlegrounds in WoW Cataclysm

In Cataclysm there will be new Battlegrounds for players to participate in, including one called Battle for Gilneas City, but the best news is that a new way of getting arena points will be introduced: Rated Battlegrounds,  which will allow players to prove their skill and earn Arena points through either Battleground or Arena gameplay.

Blizzard wants to revive the fun in Battlegrounds in WoW Cataclysm through this system because Battlegrounds and Arena gameplay are different. Both are different forms of PvP and both appeal to different types of players. Also there are a lot of people who loves battlegrounds but not big fans of the arena, and many of them gave up on Battlegrounds and forced into choosing arena because they couldn't get up-to-date PvP gear.

With that in mind let's see what Blizzard uncovered so far about Rated battlegrounds in WOW Cataclysm:

-    New for fun group/guild activities with unique rewards
-    Weekly featured rated BG
-    Concentrate queues
           o    They want to get as many people as possible into a small queue. Player's shouldn't have to wait.


-    Keep gameplay changing from week to week
           o    If it is Arathi Basin weekend, then for that entire week, the featured Battleground for rated matches will be Arathi Basin.
-    Win BG, gain rating (your mileage may vary)
           o    Points earned will be capped at a certain number (not yet known) per week, based on your rating from the previous week, to keep rated battlegrounds from feeling too "grindy."
           o    There will be a limit  in terms of how much PvP gear you can get in a week.
           o    You'll have two ratings, your personal rating and your match making rating, just like the arenas
-    Win BG, gain arena points
-    Lose BG, no rating loss! (but no points)
           o    It would be crappy if you got into a group that wasn't very good or indiferent, so they don't want to punish you for that.


 Of course the Rated Battlegrounds in WoW Cataclysm will bring more rewards to players than just the arena points. Honor Titles in WoW Cataclysm