For the past couple of weeks I have thrown myself into PvP.
(Background: If you haven’t read this blog before, I never did any PvP while leveling or while raiding, and just picked it up about a month ago.)
The first week was pathetic. I was using a raid spec with almost no resilience. I thought that the gear and spec weren’t as important as the player and if I sucked in my Ulduar gear I would suck in PvP gear too. It was an experiment in futility.
I did 2v2 arena with a very patient partner (ret pally) and watched our rating plummet as I made every noob mistake in the book. When I tried BG, I was running around aimlessly, getting yelled at by other players for being at the wrong node or fighting in the wrong place. When I did WG I felt completely overwhelmed by the aimlessness of the battle.
And yet I was undaunted. All the other classes complain about rogues in pvp – there must be something to it!
So, I got a pvp dual spec (Mut/Prep), picked up some gear with some resilience and started doing BG and Arena and WG more seriously. I brought in some guildies to advise me on objectives and strategies.
Almost immediately, my PvP fortunes turned around. For the past few weeks our 2v2 arena team has had a winning record, bringing my rating back over 1000 (from the low 800s when I was learning and messing up). Also, in most of the BG I have run in the past two weeks been top three in Killing Blows, HKs, and Overall Damage. I know that’s not indicative of pvp skill, and that winning is more important than individual numbers. But I’m not HK farming – I’m really trying to help us win.
Are rogues simply built for PvP? Did the spec change make that much of a difference? Is it me and my leet skillz? (lol!)
Here’s my anecdotal (unscientific) evidence why its the class rather than my own play. In BG you often find yourself in one-on-one combat at a bottleneck or resource. If my cooldowns are available, I can take down most classes (well, not pallys… grrr…). Except one. I always lose to other rogues. Always. I don’t know if I have ever beaten a rogue unless I jumped him when he was at low health.
That tells me (again, unscientifically) that I am not that good at rogue PvP. Or not as good as the other rogues, at least. This makes me think that my success in PvP due to class mechanics rather than my limited skill as a pvp rogue.
The argument could be made that my years of raiding on the rogue have prepared me well, and that I know my class skills intimately. I’d agree with that premise. I am very quick with my Evasion, Vanish, and Cloak due to their raid utility. However, I’ll also admit that I rarely remember to use Blind or Sap and I often forget that I have Prep until after I no longer need it. Those aren’t used in raiding, and I haven’t become accustomed to them yet.
So when people gripe about rogues in PvP, I can see their point. This abilities of the class seem perfect for PvP. Our stuns, burst damage, and even AoE do wonders in BG and arena.
Or maybe I’m just a fast learner. My PvP partner is very happy with my progress and wants to get me on a 3v3 team to see how we do.