My guildies begged and wheedled and got me to agree to be on their 5v5 Arena team.
I am a carebear through and through. I last did regular PvP at level 29 in WSG. Since then, my PvP has been limited to an occasional duel, running a few BG to get a couple of achievements, and twice in WG to try and get control of it for a VoA run. That’s all.
So now I need to try not to embarrass myself in PvP.
First – I felt like I needed a PvP trinket. I still had the Insignia of the Alliance that I got when I reached Corporal back in the old days of PvP. So I used what little honor I had to buy the Medallion of the Alliance, adding a little resilience and a shorter CD.
Next, rummaging through my bank I found a couple of PvP armor pieces that have dropped off of Archavon and Emalon. I gemmed them up and equipped them. More stamina than my regular raiding gear, mostly.
Next – I put Blind on my action bar. It hasn’t been there in a long, long time. I’ll also need to remember to use it.
I started running a few BG to get the hang of it. Surprisingly, raiding is pretty good preparation for BG PvP. Through raiding, I have learned what my abilities do and I use them instinctively. I am quick on Vanish and CoS as panic buttons, which works for me in mass PvP situations. If anyone focuses on me I can usually take some kind of useful action. Once I started remembering to use my trinket to get out of CC, I was pretty effective in Strand of the Ancients. I still stink at WSG, though.
Then we did some arena…
[What follows is really embarrassing coming from someone who has played WoW as long as I have. Remember the title of this blog. No matter how much you think you know - you are always a noob in some areas. I am a PvP Noob.]
I was lost. It wasn’t even the combat, which was frantic and over in a flash. First I had to overcome my UI, which is set up for raiding.
For example, I have it set to show health bars above enemies. That’s fine in raiding, when there are rarely more than 4-6 enemies on the screen. When we went into our first arena, and I had a mass of health bars for the 5 players, their pets, and all their totems, I couldn’t see anything. All I saw were red health bars. As I tried to find a target, I basically did nothing useful and died.
Then in the next Arena fight, I turned off the health bars. That was no better. Now amid the mass of enemies I couldn’t find the person I had targeted. So I ran around trying to get in range of a target I couldn’t even see, and died.
I decided that the health bars were better. Next battle… I actually did something useful and we won. I stayed alive, and got some stuns on the opponent’s healer, and did useful damage. Not as much as the ranged dps, but still useful.
Another battle. Our team leader told us to stay back on defense. So we all hung back – then the other team’s ranged dps was able to burn me down in no time before I was even close enough to get an attack off.
Overall, we did 11 matches and won 3. I wasn’t frustrated, just overwhelmed. The matches were over so fast that I barely had time to make any decisions. All the talk of strategy and maneuvers that I have read about weren’t really useful, because it happened so quickly.
Here are things that I’m going to think about if I am going to continue this…
- Back in the day, I used to use Crippling Poison to keep from being kited. In Arena, though, it seems like the areas are too small to effectively kite. If that is the case, I’ll be better off using Wound Poison, and perhaps hitting FoK to get it on a whole bunch of the enemies.
- Right now both of my weapons are enchanted with Berserking. That’s great for raiding, when I’m not usually getting hit. In PvP, though, if both of my weapons proc then my armor is reduced by 10%. Is that worth the gain in AP from the proc? Or should I have a separate set of PvP weapons with Mongoose?
- I think that a run speed enchant on my feet (like Tuskarr’s Vitality or Cat’s Swiftness) is probably more useful than the AP enchant I have. Since I don’t want to switch enchants all the time, I need another set of boots, at least.
Also, I need a change in mindset. Right now I am trying to do as much fast damage as I can. Having tried this a few times, it seems like it is easier for ranged dps to put out the big damage, because they don’t have to do any work to stay on their target. When the enemy moving, I have to work hard to stay in range, and my damage is reduced. I think that I will be more useful if I focus on stuns, kicks, and blinds.
Or I may just give up on the whole endeavor and got back to being a carebear. Time well tell.