Competitive Proving Grounds – Season 1

On March 22, Lost Ark announced the first season of Competitive Proving Grounds, which will launch on March 24 in the weekly update. Their full announcement is as follows.


Heroes of Arkesia Season 1, Competitive Proving Grounds will launch this week and will be released on March 24 in the weekly update. Players will be able to queue solo for the “Team Deathmatch” mode, competing for prestige and rewards. As you win and lose competitive matches throughout the season, you can track your ‘Average Competitive Match Score’. Your rank is determined by your score, as are the rewards you receive at the end of the season. To participate, players will need to reach level 1 in Proving Grounds, so be sure to start practicing before the season starts later this week!

Season 1 will last approximately six months, and we’ll be sharing details on the end date (and end-of-season leaderboard rewards) as that deadline approaches. Although you will receive items based on your final rank, the majority of PvP rewards will be earned by accumulating coins through the Proving Grounds game, which can be spent at a new vendor located in major cities. The vendor will have a mix of weekly rewards and season-specific rewards. Weekly rewards include break-in materials and XP potions, while season rewards include cosmetic and functional items, like mounts, titles, and more. Players will be rewarded for progressing through ranks and levels with access to additional weekly enhancement materials and other vendor items.

In addition to the ranks and levels present in Lost Ark since launch, new competitive ranks can be achieved. As players increase their “Average Competitive Match Score”, the leaderboards will be achieved when the score thresholds listed below are reached. The ranks that players can earn (based on the “Average Competitive Match Score”) are:

  • Grandmaster: Top 30 players in the region

  • Master: Top 31 – 100 players in the region

  • Diamond: 2000+

  • Platinum: 1800 – 1999

  • Gold: 1600 – 1799

  • Silver: 1400 – 1599

  • Bronze: 1399 or earlier

The average Competitive Match score will decrease if a player does not participate in Competitive Matches for 2 weeks.

Similar to existing Proving Grounds modes and other matchmade activities, Competitive Matches will use region-based matchmaking, as well as skill-based matchmaking to create balanced games. For those looking for glory in addition to rewards, the top 200 players from each region will be visible in an in-game competitive match leaderboard! After the update, a new tab can be found in the Proving Grounds entrance panel in major cities, titled “Competitive Matches”. On this tab, players can queue for matches and view the standings.

We look forward to the intense PvP battles to come as players have more ways to earn enhancement gear and see which players rise to the top of the leaderboard in each region. We’ll see you at Arkesia!

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