Competing in Arena can be a lot of fun but for many players it’s difficult to get started. Recently we had the chance to sit down with a few of the 2017 EU Arena Regional Finalists who let us in on their secrets to success which we will be presenting over the next few weeks in this three-part series: PvP Like a Pro.
Part 1 - Finding the Right Partners
Often one of the greatest challenges players face when trying to get started in Arena is finding the right partners. Alec from team ABC joined us and broke it down into these three major points.
The Basics — Know Your Class
The most important step is to look up a guide...for your class.
Finding the right partners starts with being a good partner for others. You need to be willing to take the time to become intimately familiar with the abilities of your class as well as with what other classes can do to counter you—this is first and foremost to success in Arena.
“In Legion, it’s quite simple. The most important step is to look up a guide to dealing damage or healing for your class.” Alec recommends using Icy Veins to find this information.
Keep It Simple - Start With 2v2
If you are in the right place, you’ll increase your rating as you both improve.
Once you are confident that you know your class sufficiently, you should start out practicing in the 2v2 bracket. Alec says that he often uses the LFG system to practice a new class as his team healer doesn’t like playing 2v2 with his alts. “There are so many friendly people in 2v2 – and if you guys are doing well you can stick together in 3v3…. If you are in the right place, you’ll increase your rating as you both improve.”
2v2, especially when running a Healer/DPS composition, can be a more manageable source of Arena, since fewer players means less information to track. This is a far more ideal location to practice your gameplay, and find partners that you’d want to branch into 3v3 with.
Attitude Matters — The Right Mindset
The right mindset is critical to both the side of you and the partners you find. “The right players don’t deflect and try not to blame,” says Alec, who has one of the longest-standing team rosters in professional Arena competition.
Never blame a loss on the ability of your partners.
Alec says that Cdew and his team Method: Reborn are a good example of having a positive team mindset. “His teams are very good since they look at what they can do better together rather than blaming each other… if you have partners that are willing to get better, and willing to practice with an analytical mindset you are more likely to succeed,” says Alec.
Having teammates who can be self-critical and have a positive mindset can be a key to enjoying the game, and improving together in a friendly environment. In the words of Alec “Never blame a loss on the ability of your partners.”
Alec himself, formerly known as Daisyduke, competed in his first event—the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational in Paris—in 2008. He definitely knows his way around World of Warcraft Arenas and is often praised as the mastermind behind his team’s strategies. You can catch him and his team ABC live at gamescom on August 23-26 on our official Warcraft Twitch channel.
Stay tuned next week when we'll be hearing from FabsS of team Method: Triforce for part two, PvP Like a Pro: Team Composition.