This update effectively removed the Ranked Games from the game, at least for me (and those players I talked to before logging off).
Seconded. Arena is now ruined
First update I have had a strong opinion after several months and it is very bad. If it didn't lag so terribly it wouldn't be quite as bad but now I effectively have to invest 3-4 minutes per battle. I would ordinarily blame my computer first but it doesn't display this behavior on any other site or any other area of this game.
The limitation of 3 hits does protect some players but I am of the opinion that they should grow a thicker skin versus limiting the more active players. I'm now required to hit 7 different players in arena, forcing me to hit my own alliance members which was already difficult enough to avoid. Either that or stop playing but I assume that was not the mission of this update.
***Edit*** After more thought and some discussion the response seems to overwhelmingly agree with what I stated above. Perhaps a poll would benefit all stakeholders?