So… I’ve done PvP. Or at least I thought I had. Sheesh.
I’ve sweated it out on the BGs, building my first PvP set… then I started raiding with RG, and was in a totally different mode. I got moderately competent, enough to not embarrass myself too much, anyway. Then came the Arena tournament (it was all about the pet) and the competitive gene kicked in, and now I’m back in PvP mode. With a vengeance. As in getting up at 5AM to do bgs before work.
I’ve gone on ad nauseum about the things that frustrate me about trying to learn to PvP. I’m a researcher. An obsessive one. The problem is, all the research in the world doesn’t help when you’ve facing a shaman and a DK, the shaman drops four totems and sics his wolves on you, and the ghoul is crawling all over your ass. All the research in the world won’t help in that period of about 2 seconds that you’ve got to react, because by the time you search the memory banks for “2v2 – Shaman/DK”, you’re already in the deep kimchee.
I’m a big fan of analogies. Visualizations and pictures are more effective for most people in grasping a concept than just words. Visualizations and mental pictures are created in the imagination. The imagination typically works better when it has a familiar frame of reference. That’s what analogies are all about.
So, here’s the analogy. Take the career couch potato, who decides he wants to become a UFC fighter. What are the steps?
The first step is going to be to get to the gym, and start working out. Sure, they could buy a bunch of exercise equipment, put it in the garage, read the manuals, read tips online, etc., but face it… it’s going to be much more effective if he buys a membership to a decent gym, and gets a good personal trainer who can teach him how to do things right.
And I’ll end the analogy there for now. I finally found “my personal trainer”, so to speak. Kaif did a 3s team with RG and I during the Arena Tournament, and as badly as I sucked on the ‘lock, I was somewhat surprised when he was willing to do a 2s team with my mage. Obviously, the man has a masochistic streak in there somewhere. But I digress…
Lajos has teamed up with his priest Fiaked. So how are we doing?
Well… that depends. Ask me after the aforementioned Shaman/DK has just reduced me to Ghoul-chow, and I’d say I sucked. ( And I emphasize “I”, because I’ve seen Fiaked virtually solo a 2-man after I got nuked early. Yeah, I’m no expert, but the worst that can be said is “Kaif’s competent”.)
Later, in the light of day, I’m a bit more objective. Yeah, I’ve got a long way to go. Emphasis on LONG. I suffer from tunnel vision. Kaif feeds me a lot of info, and it’s obvious that he’s seeing a lot of things that I don’t. My knowledge of the various classes doesn’t even approach his. If I had the time, I’d level one of each to learn all that.
But all in all, as a team, we’re not doing too bad. We nudged over 1000 last night, before falling back under, and 3 of the losses we had were arguably due to one of us getting DCed. One in particular, we had the opposing team split across the arena, one out of line of sight, and the other down under 20% health, on Fiaked. It was as close to a sure kill as any I’ve ever seen. I actually watched an Arcane Barrage animation go off, and then my screen froze. ARRRRGGGGG!!!!!!
And yeah, there are lots of things I need to do. My UI needs a serious overhaul. Action bars need configured, etc. I need to change how I approach battlegrounds. Mostly, I’ve just been working on surviving and doing as much damage as possible. That’s fine, as far as it goes, but I need to start forcing myself to be more aware of what multiple targets are doing. Unfortunately, Gladius doesn’t work in battlegrounds, so I have to work on multiple solutions. Kaif is moving this weekend, so it should be a good chance for me to do some housecleaning and tweaking. I may even brave the barrage of “You suck!”s and do some random arena skirmishes. Frankly, that’s my first milestone… to get to a point that I can work with a random partner, and not be guaranteed a “you suck!”.
In any case, it’s going to be a race: my improvement curve vs. the degradation of Kaif’s patience. Speaking as someone who has a problem teaching someone else, my sympathies are with him.
And hey, if nothing else, I have blog fodder.