Blade and Soul isn’t just about the story mode and battling fun bosses, you know. There’s the usual PvP modes where you can test your skills against other players and see who comes out on top. While the game offers World PvP, the Arena is the latest highlight on Blade & Soul’s ongoing series, describing a bit just how this mode plays out and evens the fights.
In fact, there’s a level scaling system where a level 20 player will scale up to be able to compete against a max level player. However, it makes sense to only try the arena after you’ve leveled your character and mastered all its intricacies. Either way, the Arena will match players of similar skills and you can also practice without the risk of hurting your ranking by selecting the Sparring option.
Arena matches are best of three and play out in the style of any fighting game such as Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter – you win if your opponent’s health falls to zero or if you have the most health when the timer (three minutes) reaches zero. The first to win two rounds is the big winner. Zen Beans is the PvP currency that you’ll win in these battles – you can spend your Zen Beans on rewards, like skill upgrades, crafting, and upgrade materials. NCsoft is going to host ranked Competitive Seasons, and this is where you’ll get to win the biggest rewards.
Blade & Soul’s second closed beta weekend is coming: November 13 to November 16, 2015. If you’re the proud owner of a beta key or a Founder’s Pack, enjoy the game; otherwise, check our first look below (character creation system and Lyn Summoner prologue).