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Arena Disc Priest: Getting Started

I want you to hit me, as hard as you can.

I want you to hit me as hard as you can.

I have about 4 weeks of arena play under my belt now, and thought that I would begin a series of posts on the arena system, the role of a Disc Priest on an arena team, and the flow of a typical arena match.  This series will be aimed primarily at Priests who have not participated in the arena in the past, but who are looking to get started.

The first step to becoming an arena Disc Priest is deciding that it is something you want to do.  And let’s be honest, there are ton of things that can, and do, discourage Priests from ever entering the arena.  I am not going to try to convince you to give arena play a try if you aren’t so inclined, but I will be happy to counterpoint some of the more common deterrents:

I don’t have any PVP gear, and the really good gear requires impossibly high team and personal ratings.  PVP epics are a reward, not an entitlement.  And just like PVE, you should expect to start out in blues, and work your way up to better gear.  Tailors can make an 8 piece Frostsavage set, as well as a PVP cloak, for very reasonable material costs.  Jewelcrafters can also do PVP rings and a necklace.  Play 10 arena matches in a week (which will normally take less than an hour), and run Wintergrasp a time or two, and you will be able to buy one piece of hateful gladiator gear every week.  After 4 weeks, you can easily be sporting a full set of hateful gladiator gear, and a few purple off set pieces as well.  Continue reading

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Patch 3.2 = Death to Twinks

This is not so much Disc (or Shadow) Priest related, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to comment on some of the new battleground changes that have been announced.  Specifically, that you will be able to earn experience through battlegrounds after Patch 3.2, that the experience gain can be deactivated for a 10g fee, and that those who have disabled battleground experience will play in their own separate battlegrounds. 

What this means for twinks is:

1) you will have a ridiculously short career in each battleground bracket as a twink, as BG experience will level you into the next bracket and lose your twink status; or

2) you will turn off battleground experience, and be forced to play in battlegrounds full of twinks like yourself, which will normalize your gear, and de-twink you. 

Either way, your days of pwning other participants in battlegrounds will be officially over. Continue reading

What Are You Doing?

Since it has been a while since I posted last, I figured I would ease back into it by writing about what I have been up to in-game recently. RL has been doing its best to keep me away from WoW, but I have managed to sneak in a little time here and there.

Vess has been working on improving his pvp set, and L2PVP for our 3v3 arena team: Unfinished Business.  We are running DK, DK, Disc Priest, and are starting to get the hang of the comp.  Our matches usually follow the pattern of kill their healer before they kill ours, so I tend to spend most of the fights going totally defensive.  In the rare cases where I am not the focus fire target, we almost always win. 

I also need to get some more experience with the Death Knight class, cause I don’t speak DK at the moment, and have no clue what my partners are talking about in vent with respect to abilities.  Week one sucked pretty hard, for multiple reasons, but in week 2 we managed to get close to winning 50% of our matches.  I am getting tired of facing teams ranked 400 or more points higher than our team in the arena though, even if we don’t drop more than a point or two with each loss. Continue reading