Archive for the ‘WoW PvP Guide’ Category

by Olivia Grace
You must have seen it coming, people. I’m the PvP columnist, and now the addon columnist, too. So, naturally, I had to eventually write a column about the addons I use for PvP. For clarity, I should state that the majority of PvP I do is in the arena. I am also on a couple of rated battleground teams, and do random battlegrounds to gear up my characters, but not once they’re geared beyond honor gear, thanks to the changes to the conquest point cap. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get started. I’ve got a lot of addons to talk to you about today.
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by Megan O’Neill

 

I have only 7268 Honorable Kills on my warlock. I scored a few during a cross-realm Sha of Anger raid hosted by a PvP realm, but I’ve only played casually in random battlegrounds in past tiers. My experience includes memories of an SL/SL demonoloy lock in Isle of Conquest during Wrath of the Lich King and dealing with the, shall we say, “vicious” turnover of theSeason 9/10 gear transition.

Everything’s a bit fuzzy for PvP in between those memories. Recently, I’m sure my DoT dominance of battlegrounds was due more to my company of guildmates, my Dragonwrath, and my heroic Cunning of the Cruel than any skill I had, but I’m not entirely new to flinging my enemies around in fear.

But this is the warlock column, not the Warlocks-Who-Only-Raid column. While I reach out to warlocks around the world for warlock-centric PvP advice, how about we peruse the gearing options for dipping our toes into level 90 PvP?
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by Olivia Grace
PvP Season 12 has begun. First and foremost, where are the vendors with the PvP gear? They’re a little hidden away in Mists, that’s for sure, with the Alliance vendor on the Serpent’s Spine, the huge wall, level with the border between Vale of Eternal Blossoms and Valley of the Four Winds. There is a flight point there, but you won’t have it unless you happened to pick it up while looking for Bowmistress Li. The Horde vendor is also on the wall, but between Townlong Steppes and Kun Lai Summit, a short way west of the corner. Again, there’s a flight point there, but you likely won’t have it. For both vendors, you can reach them by getting up onto the wall at pretty much any point you can, and running along it. Of course, you’ll likely be 90 before you’re interested in hunting them down, so you can just fly on over!
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by Chase Christian

 

With the launch of Mists of Pandaria, the season of world PvP is upon us once again. Over the next few weeks, there will be thousands of players trying out the new monk class. These rerollers are likely to be undergeared and inexperienced, making them perfect targets for your daggers. Rogues were able to take advantage of fledgling death knights as they were still learning to use their awkward new bodies in Wrath. Blizzard promised to bring world PvP back in Mists, and with the massive influx of grounded players trying to level, they’ve made good on their promise.

Don’t plan on facing many mistweaver monks out in the open world, as they’ll be safe inside of their dungeon queues. The staff-wielding brewmaster tanking monks will be very difficult to defeat unless they’re at a significantly lower level than you, so be careful. Our primary targets will be our melee DPS rivals, the windwalker monks. You can identify them by their dual weapons and smug (likely pandaren) faces.
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by Olivia Grace
For any readers who don’t know, Mists of Pandaria brought about a fairly substantial change in PvP gear. Resilience and Spell Penetration were removed, and replaced with two shiny new stats: PvP Power and PvP Resilience. PvP Resilience is essentially the same as the old Resilience stat, reducing your damage taken from other players. It’s active all the time, whenever you’re wearing your PvP gear.

PvP Power is not, as many believe, a direct 1 for 1 counter to PvP Resilience. PvP Power increases your damage against other players. So, if you’re a player who has 0 PvP power, hitting a player who has 50% damage mitigation from PvP Resilience, and your hit does 100 damage, it will only hit them for 50 damage.

Say you are that same player, only now you have a 100% damage increase against other players from PvP Power. Your 100 damage hit now hits another player for 200 damage. But, the player with 50% damage mitigation is still resisting 50% of that damage, so it hits them for 100 damage.

Of course, these values are not correct in-game, but we’re getting to that. They’re just for illustration!
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by Olivia Grace
First, a word of warning. The information in this post is accurate in beta build 15961 and may change significantly before launch.

Like Silvershard Mines, this battleground is only currently available at level 90. It is significantly more straightforward in construction than its mine-based sister battleground but equally as tactically interesting. I’m really excited about both these battlegrounds, and I think it’s fantastic how Blizzard is introducing new styles of battleground rather than capture the flag, capture the node, and invade the keep.

The in-game battleground finder screen describes the battleground as follows:

The Horde and Alliance wage battle for the ancient Mogu artifact that is foretold to hold great powers.

Temple of Kotmogu is a 10 vs 10 Powerball battleground where each side attempts to control the Mogu artifact for as long as possible in different scoring zones

Let’s take a closer look.
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by Olivia Grace
As you may be aware, there’ll be two new battlegrounds arriving on our doorstep in Mists. They are the Silvershard Mine and the Temple of Kotmogu. If you listened to this week’sConvert to Raid podcast, you’ll have heard me talking briefly about these two battlegrounds — but I save the best for you, dear readers, so this is a more in-depth look at the battlegrounds.

Firstly, a word of warning. The information in this post is accurate in the current beta build 15913 and may change significantly before launch.
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by Michael Gray

 

Multiboxing is kind of an odd phenomena that doesn’t repeat anywhere in WoW. It’s definitely weird. My point isn’t that people who multibox are some kind of weird mutant freaks or anything. Rather, the point is that as often as you hear about it and for all the vitriol often directed at people who multibox, you’d think a small army of multiboxers camp each realm, stamping out flowers and spewing vile curses at the authorities. That clearly isn’t the case.

While multiboxers are very rare, especially the folks running an entire party in a single Battleground, they’re still fairly notable. That’s because one person controlling multiple accounts coordinates sending an awful lot of damage down your pie-hole all at one time. A good multiboxer will just plain ruin your day. You won’t see multiboxers often, but you’ll definitely remember the encounter.
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21
Mar

WoW PvP Guide: 5 ways to fail at Battlegrounds

   Posted by: free-wow-guide   in WoW Battleground, WoW PvP Guide

by Olivia Grace

 

Battlegrounds are usually the new PvPer’s first foray into PvP, unless of course you’re on a PvP server, in which case you’re thrown unwittingly into the world of the ongoing Horde vs. Alliance conflight almost from day one. A Battleground is very likely to be your first go at cooperative PvP and certainly your first go at cooperative PvP with strangers. There are 10 Battlegrounds available to you — fewer when you start out, then gradually added as you increase in level. All these Battlegrounds have objectives, the majority of which are assessed by points on a counter at the top of your screen. Once one side either gains the required total points or completely runs out of points, the Battleground is won.

There are, of course, strategies associated with each map. As the maps and objectives grow more complicated, so do the tactics. But a Risk-style grand stratagem is not what we’re looking for here and certainly wouldn’t comply with our word limit!

What we’re interested in is how not to play in Battlegrounds. Your team may not lose the Battleground because you made these simple mistakes, but it will certainly make it harder for them to win. So don’t be the guy who’s failing at Battlegrounds! How? Well, read on! (There are of course times and situations when these rules don’t apply, particularly on those rare occasions when your team actually has a strategy that it’s following.)
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19
Mar

WoW PvP Guide: How to heal in Battlegrounds

   Posted by: free-wow-guide   in WoW Battleground, WoW PvP Guide

by Michael Gray

 

We’ve been talking about Battlegrounds a lot lately. That makes a lot of sense, since those Battlegrounds can be a refuge for the casual or limited-time crowd — not to mention, since we’re stuck in the purgatory between expansions, now’s the time to get your PvP on.

An indispensably important part of the Battlegrounds is having capable, willing healers. Just a small handful of powerful, practiced healers can make your Battleground team invincible. When you are the healer, you get to decide who lives and who dies on your team. You extend your warm, golden glow around the mere DPS who clamor to bathe in your power, and by means of that glow, provide victory to your team.

I might be engaging in a little hyperbole, but you get the point. A good healer can be incredibly powerful in Battlegrounds. You’ll find the role engaging and complex; your greatest enemy will be tunnel vision, self-reliance, and the ability to communicate on the fly. Let’s talk about how you can maximize the power of your time as a healer.
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