The new PvP Arenas: More variety. More maps. Better gameplay. Non-broken fair arenas. And more lag. The new arenas are the definition of a lag machine. With all 16 of the new arenas stacked in a 124x124 space, it's a lot of entities in the same place. The new arenas give me a quarter of my usual fps. I normally average 80 while PvPing. Ever since the arenas were replaced, I have averaged 20, sometimes lower. In order to get a respectable fps, I have to set my render distance at two. And I have a pretty good computer. Now it's not just me that's having this problem. I have talked to countless people who are reporting fps problems with the new arenas; some have even called PvP "unplayable." The simplest solution? Fewer arenas. While diversity is generally a nice thing, 16 arenas is way to much. Four normal arenas is plenty. Most of the time, there is only one active arena. (Usually that's the Blue arena.) While giving players more options regarding arenas might seem like a great idea, it's really not. EMC doesn't have a large PvP community as it is. Splitting that community into four arenas is fine; give people some options. But 12? That's overkill. One good thing about having all of the arenas next to each other was that it was easy to spot where the action was taking place. Now, to have two additional levels to run up? That'll get annoying after a while. Sure you could ask "what arena are you guys in?" but very few people actually respond to that. So, a possible solution would be to revert back to the normal arenas and place the new arenas on the Games server. The lag from surrounding residences would be removed and players could (possibly) get better frames. I know a lot of hard work went into this arena, and I would not like to see it gone; there are many better options, though. Poof brought up an interesting idea earlier tonight. Every month or so, cycle the arenas. It'll give the current arenas more use (as everyone seems to be sticking with Blue... still...) and mean less lag. While I do like the new arenas, don't get me wrong, the insane amount of lag counteracts any benefit of adding more arenas. I'm not sure exactly what's causing the lag; maybe it's one thing in particular, maybe it's all of the arenas put together. But I am sure of one thing: it has to go. Maybe my opinion will change as time passes if the lag is somehow reduced. However, one thing in particular I'm worried about: Staff vs World. The event is laggy enough as it is with all the people there, and adding on the fps-crushing lag of the new arenas - people will constantly be complaining of lag.