So I was thinking about how unfair it is that as a pvper you really don't make much gold. As a pver, you tend to make gold from raids/heroics and such (and yes I know <insert comment about dailies here amiright...>). Now I'm not making this post to whine about gold, I'm just saying this is where the idea came from. I'm sure this is nothing that hasn't been thought of before, but here we go.
So let's say that we run a tournament on Staghelm that goes weekly. The tournament rules will be fairly simple:
1. Pay entrance fee
2. Start a new arena team
3. Obtain the highest rating you can
4. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in each bracket and on each faction (that partcipated) at the end of the week get gold prize which was generated from the entrance fees.
This would generate some fun competition, and it would give you a chance to win some gold!
So let's say you wanted to join in the tournament. A post on the forums would have been made by the person designated to hold the gold as well as to edit the original post which would list all the teams participating. In order to enter you would post under that post, telling what your team name was (this would be necessary in order to confirm it was a new team) and which bracket(s) you were entering. It wouldn't be necessary to list participants as the team wins the gold and the gold would be given to the person who made the post entering the team (to make things simple for those running the tournament) and that person would give the gold out to his/her teammates. You could use more people than the bracket you're competing in designates (4 people could participate in your 2's team) to gain your rating if you so desired - you would just split the gold up evenly. Your post would be quoted and replied to by the OP, who would confirm you had entered and paid your fee as well as confirming your new team on the armory.
Let's go through an example of possible winnings on a small scale:
- 5 2v2 teams enter into the competition (1,000g in entrance fees)
- The prizes will be split into something like 2/3 of the winnings to 1st (667g), 2/3 of the remainer to 2nd (220g), and the rest to 3rd (113).
Now, of course a 100g per person fee is entirely managable by everyone. The fee could be as much as the Staghelm population can afford, but we would want to keep it within reach of everyone so that anyone can participate if they so choose! Additionally, as indicated above, you may participate in more than one bracket, so your winnings could multiply if you managed to get into a finishing position in more than one bracket!
There could be fun bonuses added later if it caught on. Things like those with double or more wins over losses (and in a finishing position) or 1st place in under a determined number of games could win additional gold or prizes. We could have one week a month in which the entrance fee was doubled in comparison to what it would be normally *shrug*. Anything to make it interesting!
I would like to include something for RBGs, but since you cannot reset your rating that would make things difficult, open to suggestions of course!
We could run the tournament from Tuesday - Sunday evening at predetermined times, and people could sign up for next week's tournament on Monday (this would provide a fair window of time for people to do their games and wouldn't give an unfair advantage to people who might do arenas in, say, the AM instead of PM). Monday could also be the day the prizes were given out (if they weren't already mailed on Sunday night). We would have to ensure to check all teams at the time the tournament ended though, so no one would gain an unfair advantage by playing past the designated time. People would have to reset their teams and begin playing once the "Season" indicator of games played matches "This Week" (this would be how we would ensure people didn't get extra games in). If your "Season" games indicator showed more games played than "This Week" that team would have to start anew, or it wouldn't be eligible for any prizes.
Let me know what you guys think. We've all been so reliant upon Blizzard to make our fun for us, but why not create some fun for ourselves. :)