Hi everyone! The elders, helpers, and moderators have all been working very hard over the past months, and I am incredibly excited to announce that a new Arenas 1.8 server is nearly ready to be launched! There will be more details coming later, but for now, here are the questions I can answer for you! So what's the big deal with 1.8? You won't see much of a change, but upgrading Arenas to 1.8 will allow us more flexibility in our future arena builds, and will provide better plugin support. What will happen with my inventory and balance? I am planning on migrating all your inventory and enderchest contents and your balances to the new server. I will also be migrating your PvP/PvE stats, like kills, rank, wins, etc. To properly copy over your data to the new Arena server, the current Arena server will have to be shut down while I copy the data over. If it's not shut down, then any money or inventory items from the time I copy the data to the time the new server is ready will be lost. I don't want that to happen. I will try and minimize the downtime of the Arena server, but we do have many other servers you can play while it's down. Go explore Hogwarts or try something new! When is it going to be relaunched? It will happen some time on December 30 (yes, that soon!). I will do my best to keep the downtime to a minimum, but I want to make absolutely sure everything goes as planned. I expect the current Arena server to be taken offline anywhere from 2-4 hours. I will be making backups before I make any changes so that if something catastrophic happens, we can always do a rollback. So it's just updating to 1.8? What took so long? You'll see.