The EverQuest 2 Battleground system is going into beta starting 9/07/2016 with a full scaling revamp, allowing players from level 30 up to 100 to participate in a balanced fight, where skill is the most significant factor. The Battleground Beta is accessed through what used to be the live battleground system (matchmaker or BG portal), and the live Battlegrounds have been temporarily shut down until this beta has been concluded. Entering the BG beta moves your character to the Battleground Beta server until you transfer your character back to your live server. Rewards earned on the Battleground Beta server will transfer back with your character to your live server. Gear differences are scaled way back, so the difference between a fully raid geared participant and a player in crafted gear is relatively minor. Blue stats from gear do not apply in Battlegrounds. Raw Health and Mana from gear do not apply in Battlegrounds. Blue stats from AA’s and spells will apply in Battlegrounds. Procs or permanent activated items do not apply in Battlegrounds. Consumable activated effects will apply in Battlegrounds. Ability upgrades are still as valuable as they always were. A master ability is going to hit a lot harder than an apprentice. Battleground missions only reward on a match win, and are now on a 15 minute rotation between Gears of Klakanon, Battlefield of Ganak, and Smuggler's Den, with no daily limit. Gear merchants have been removed from Champion’s Respite, a beta reward merchant is located on your home server next to the Battleground portals in every city. If you have any feedback or questions about ability, stat, or general balance, this is the place for them as I will not be answering any questions about the Battleground Beta anywhere else.