If Season 10 ends November 15th, does that mean that patch 4.3 is necessarily a week behind?
Possibly. The length of time between seasons has varied. Using the Arena season dates from WoWWiki, we get:
- S1-S2: 1 day.
- S2-S3: 2 days.
- S3-S4: 1 day.
- S4-S5: 63 days. This period was between BC and Wrath.
- S5-S6: 7 days.
- S6-S7: 7 days.
- S7-S8: 14 days. Opening of Crimson Hall wing in ICC.
- S8-S9: 63 days. This period was between Wrath and Cataclsym.
- S9-S10: 7 days.
The BC data doesn’t really count; it’s obviously a different kind of season transition now. The inter-expansion periods don’t count, either, because there’s such a huge gap (9 weeks!) and we’re not between expansions. So that leaves us with 4 Arena Season transitions of the modern era.
It’s correct to say that there is normally a week between Arena Seasons. Three out of four have done so, and I think it’s Blizzard’s intention to continue to only have a week between seasons.
But it’s not correct to say that there is always a week between Arena Seasons.