A discussion started the other night on Twitter, and it was over rank resets. See, some people believe that ranks should be periodically reset in the game to encourage PvP participation and fairness. Plus, with the issues present today, this might clean things up. Many, however, fear rank resets entirely. They spend a lot of time on ranks. So the question is asked: Rank resets, or no rank resets?
In Wizard101, ranks used to reset every now and then. You had to work your way back up to Warlord whenever they did. If I remember correctly, you kept your tickets and arena gear, you just lost the rank.
What are Rank Resets?
As explained above, rank resets are periodic wipes of your PvP (and possibly derby) ranks. This feature used to exist in Wizard101 and was removed. With ranked PvP remaining a possibility for Pirate101, the door is open for the question there, too.
Many now feel that rank resets would help clean up the arena, and propose that these same, occasional resets be implemented into Wizard101 and Pirate101.
Reason For a Wizard101 Reset
Wizard101 PvP is widely regarded as having problems. Those who aren't saying it probably haven't been there recently. Even KingsIsle recognizes this as an issue. They tried on solution, and it didn't work. Now they're doing things exactly right - taking their time looking into the roots of the problem, and weeding out everything that shouldn't be there.
From Puppeting to leaving matches before they're finished and not losing any rank, the issues are definitely there. Furthermore, many players consider PvP yo dictate many other areas of the game, including PvE. After all, if not for PvP, our 2-pip wands, Elucidate and Simplify spells, and other updates might have stayed.
Reasons Against a Wizard101 Reset
A variety of people are against rank resets, or even a single rank reset, as they've worked hard for their rank. Some don't have the time required to maintain rank.
That's the next issue. Many have worked at a hard, steady pace to gain their rank. Others are "Warlords of the past," having earned theirs years ago. Is it fair for everyone to keep it? Some people think so.
When noting that many do not gain rank fairly, "Hai xD" responded with, "Its not fair to 'Punish' everyone just because of some people doing it unfairly."
Wait a Minute!
I won't be giving my opinion on rank resets just yet. My little rank reset mini post series has a couple more rounds, first. However, I will say this.
Rank resets are meant, in this case, mainly to solve a problem. Before rank resets can be put into place, KingsIsle needs to be given a chance to address current issues in-game such as puppeting and leaving matches with no penalties. If ranks are reset beforehand, you just end up in the same place you were before, with everyone temporarily on the same level.
It isn't safe to draw a conclusion just yet, but I am curious - what are your opinions on a rank reset? Stay tuned for more to this topic in the coming days! Thanks for reading, and see you in the Spiral!