Patch 13 Coming to SEA Servers
The patch that went live on the Taiwan server on March 27 is now making its way across Southeast Asia and India. While the details on each server page differ slightly, the main changes to Arena of Valor can be found on this video from the AoV MSP (Malaysia / Singapore / Philippines) YouTube channel:
The awkward “Guild War” voice-overs aside, the video references multiple locations in North America and Europe, so it is likely that a similar video will surface on the official Arena of Valor YouTube channel soon – marking its entrance into the Americas and Europe servers.
Now that the changes are official (at least for Southeast Asia), let’s go over the features set to hit all servers.
Replacing “Training Camp” on the main menu screen will be the Guild Wars button. Players can form squads made up of players within their guilds and compete in server-wide tournaments that are adjusted for player level.
Enhanced Referral System
Players will be given a six-digit referral code that they can use to invite friends and receive rewards
Those playing on large displays previously had the sides unnecessarily occupied by the hero display. The display is now full-screen, with the placements of the hero portraits mimicking that of devices with smaller screens.
Match Results Upgrade and Menu Lag Reduction
More useful data will be displayed in the match results, though they were vague with details. Players will also be able to select players at the same time (in non-draft modes), whereas previously some players would load the character selection screen faster and thus have an advantage.
Four changes were made to optimize hero control:
- Ability cancellation was moved farther away for area-target abilities like Maloch’s ultimate, making it more difficult to accidentally cancel the ability when aiming at full range
- “Target tower” and “target minions” buttons will now enlarge after pressing them once, making it easier to continue pressing them
- Tapping the “target minions” button will now properly target minions and monsters when heroes are around
- Hero attributes screen reduced in size to allow players to continue to view the minimap and use the joystick while viewing
Arthur‘s model was updated, giving him a sleek, more knightly appearance:
Meanwhile, Lauriel‘s Smite was made more vivid:
Roulette Rewards Added
Logging in at certain times of the day will give players a chance to win rewards via a new roulette feature
Differences Between Servers?
There are multiple differences between the patch notes announcements for each Asian server. Some of them are positive: The MSP server, for example, is touting its Superman release (albeit on roughly the same day as the leaked Americas release) as well as the AOV Express Installer, giving players the option of playing after only downloading 100 MB.
However, some of the changes simply add to the inconsistency between servers, creating a potentially unfair playing field at the Arena of Valor World Cup and making it confusing for casual players.
The hero balance updates for the Valiant (MSP) server differ slightly from the Taiwan patch notes for multiple characters. Because some of the inconsistencies are significant (for example, Veera is reworked on the Taiwan server but seemingly simply buffed on the MSP server), we’re holding off on analyzing each change until they’re definitive.
Update: It appears that many parts of the update have been updated to reflect the same changes in the Taiwan patch (including heroes, items, and bug fixes). There are still some differences though, so we’ll continue to wait until the patch notes are final to evaluate the changes.
Update 2: Patch evaluation complete
The MSP release is scheduled for April 13, while the Indonesia, Vietnam, and India releases are a bit more vague as to the timing. As of writing, the Europe and Americas releases have yet to be announced.
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