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2v2: 6 fast games (2 wins)

June 9, 2009

I planned only to do some fast AH canceling and reposting and ended up doing 6 games with my all mighty warlock mate.

We lost 4 games due to bad preparation, mainly on my side. We had a break of playing together for maybe two weeks and I was out of practice. It was pity but reloging into my paladin after doing Ulduar 25 raid last week I had the interface set up to raids. Therefore, the group pictures where not shown into arena. Somehow the checkbox “do not show group in raids” considers arena matches also as raids.

In one match the opposing team made lot of pressure onto my warlock. I thought he was dead. Irritated by the missing frame of him. But he was not. The moment I realized (couple of seconds) he was dead.
Maybe the problem is also that we are both have to press button to speak via Team speak. Therefore, communication is limited.

Another mistake witch is very bad within an arena math is the targeting of my team members with the F1 F2 F3 … keys. If you have a teammate with a pet, you get the pet into target if you press the F2 button again. Damn.
Its an extremly sad moment when you realize that you are not healing your mate but the pet instead.

After 2-3 games we where getting better. At least I felt much more comfortable with my key bindings and situational awareness. We one 2 games out of those. Mainly because my warlock mate is very good with fearing other players and self heals. In many matches he is doing more heals than the opposing healer. Funny.

Moral:

It was great to be back into arena. Even if I have not thought about it, I missed it.
We need more practice and we will further improve.

Remarks:

Check your heal target more carefully
Set up the fear undead pet combo: focus macro, fear focus macro (instant due to glyph)
Double check gear after using outfitter, should have 450 resilience, 2000 spell power, 18K mana, 19K live.

Next games will be played on Thursday 2pm. (German public holiday in some regions)

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All PvP’lers hear this, tonight is battletime

May 20, 2009

After 3 days without playing. It is Wednesday again, this means today start the next run for points in arena. On Sunday evening I joined my first 3v3 team. And holy good we sucked. We started with the setup Dot-Warlock, Destruction-Warlock an myself as holy paladin. Is still have no clues to separate one WL from the other but probably some have advantages above the other. The plan was, that the Destruction-WL would be able to kill one opponent player faster than they would be able to kill us.

The main changes for my side, 2v2 as my experience so far, I am know more often either main target or crowd controlled. This way, I saw our side more often loosing than that we ware able to pull out a victory. So we switched the Dest.-WL to a Warrior with mortal strike. This way the match last a little bit longer, but I was still not able to give a victory through good moves.

I have to improve, but also we have to find a valid strategy as a team to work with.
It was hard for me to figure out if I was now main target or should be close to my mates to heal them. In 2v2 you usually have at least some time to get close and make the heal. In 3v3 everything is much more urgent. And it is also very hard to run between my two mates to heal them if they are separated.

One match we played against two healers, and where not able to down any player. And after a couple of minutes the opposing ret paladin was able to down me. Sure somehow my mistake, but after 7 minutes you should also expect that the first opposing player is down.

One game was great because it was that close we have been in 3v2 lead. But shortly after the kill lost our first WL; me and the opposing healer dying at the same time. In the end it was our destro. WL against the opposing DK and he managed to pull out our win.

This is still my aim to archive, if left in 2v2 match alone against opposing damage dealer, I want to will pull out the win, man was it close last time. I have to keep myself under control and do the right things.

Oh I totally forget: We managed to win 10 straight games in 2v2 in the region of 870 team rating. We now have a rating from 1030 and looking forward to improve in this area.

Funny side note is that my teammate didn’t notice that he still was not using the best version of his spell. He only lately hit 80 and they did not update automatically. Strange.

So thumbs up, hope for much fun today.

My first experience on Arena 2v2 (80er)

May 14, 2009

So finally I decide to write something to the world outside. So this is my first post. Free welcome to make comments.

It took me around 4-6 hours of preparation. I changed some of my emblems into epic PVP equip. I was finally lucky to at least get gloves and trousers from Archavon. I had some 1K winter emblems and some 60K honor to spent.
With all sockets used for resilience and proper enchanting I could come up to 710 resilience. I have no idea if this is good or not, but at least it gives me the feeling of preparation.
The rest of the equip is some 213/200 ilvl stuff.

So now it is up to me to find another team member for arena. I don’t like the thought of running with a high equipped and experienced char, since I was quit sure that I don’t even had a clue how to perform well. And man was I right, I had absolutely no clue. Therefore, I want to share my thoughts from yesterday.

I teamed up with a warlock who is an alt of an holy paladin. I meet him some weeks before, where I could join his 5v5. At that time I learned being focus without any resilience is a bad situation.
This warlock has some 1300 spell power which leads to the idea that there will be allot of room for improvement. But he has experience and he is a dot warlock. After our first 2 games which we lost of course I was introduced into the concept of run and hide. Since most games would with our team look like this if opposing team has one healer and one dd. They will try to eliminate the WL. But the damage they do is in the team rating around 800 not that much. It can be handled very easily. Thinks get only tricky if they get me into crowd control chains and do there burst.
So being out of range for there fears, dots, sheep’s was really very helpful.
After I got myself out of the line more and more, we start winning games. Now it comes to the point of communication and executions.

Hitting the right buttons on the right target is tough?

You may ask why? Let me explain the problem. I was always a fan of getting my heal target by pressing the F1 or F2. The bad thing here is if you press F2 you may end up with the pet in target. This at least cost us 3 games.
How do I plan to improve: There are several blogs speaking about gaming devices. I will buy a gamers mouse. I will try to figure out how to use the best key binding. I will build suitable macros for modifiers. I expect all those changes will take me a lot of time. But for now I decided that I will go into that direction.

Did I have fun. Yes due to the skill of my warlock it was great. He had lots of suggestions on special situation and was very positive at the moment I made something right. It is always a very good attitude if you don’t blame a beginner, but instead help to improve and to compliment on the progression.

Lesson learned:

– Blood elf ability to silence enemy caster grants you also 6% mana for free. (Stupid me that I missed that)
– 25% mana regen / min reduces the healing with 50% (autsch, that was a biggest mistake so far)
– 30seconds after poping of wings no pala bubble possible.
– Instant heal holy shock comes skilled with an additional instant small heal. (great while running away)
– If your close weaver is under main attack at the beginning of the match, give him hand of protection (no melee damage anymore), if this runs out give him another hand which transfers damage from him to you.