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So, about the new arenas. I'd say that the biggest difference that I could see up to this point is in the preparation time you have once the match starts. Ring of Valor literally gives you two seconds to decide on the tactic and then it's an all out brawl from that point on. A couple of the 5v5 matches I've had in there were really hectic, plus, the healer I played (or play) with in 2s still hasn't figured out how to position himself so that he gets on the pillar while his chaser stays down. I should also mind the fire really.
The other, "sewer arena" as I like to call it won't even let you mount, it's an indoor arena, and given the terrain layout, it gives you all the time in the world to figure out how to initiate the fight. That said, the Nagrand arena remains my absolute favorite by far, closely followed by Blade's Edge. Never really liked the Ruins, and, even though I may appreciate the art style in the Ring of Valor, the whole dynamic of the fight is too snappy for me to fully enjoy it.
I do like the elevator though. I always wondered if they had elevator music in there to soothe the glads before the match :)