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12-13-2007 @ 3:18PM
It's not too late to be competitive, at least to work up towards the Challenger/Rival ranks, at the start.I didn't start Arena until about 6 weeks before the end of S2, and by the end of it, I had the S2 OH Mace, the S2 boots, ring, bracers, belt and neck (that's strictly from BG honor farming).I made it as high as 1850 before finishing the season at 1775 or so, enough to earn Rival.At the start of S3, I had enough arena points to immediately buy 2x S3 pieces (helm - gloves) and farmed enough honor to fill my set with S1 pieces.So it takes a lot of BG effort at start to get 4 or 5 pieces of S1, but it's achievable if you put the effort in. And that's enough to make you competitive in the ratings where you're earning 400-500 points a week. That's a new piece of gear every month or so. And arena lasts longer than 4 months, so you can easily hit 4/5 S3 before then, and grab the S2 shoulders to upgrade your S1 shoulders.The key is to spend as much time in BGs as possible, fighting other players. You learn a lot, and fast. It's not perfect practice for arenas, but it's a good start.
12-14-2007 @ 12:42PM
I'm sorry... But how is it possible to do what you did?You said you joined 6 weeks before the end of S2. Got an S2offhand (1125pts), then at the beginning of S3 you got the s3 healm/gloves (1875/1125).That's 4125 honor in 6 weeks. Or and 1895 rating held for 6 weeks. I'm sorry but that's just not possible for a starting team (which is what this article is about). Maybe if you were decked in T4/T5 level raid gear and had an incredibly geared friend helping you... that might have been feasible... But still very unlikely as no-resilance in arena = instant death.However if you did somehow manage this... Please post and explain how. Because if that is the case I would really like to know, and I'm sure all of us would also.
12-14-2007 @ 1:06PM
You're exactly right. My and my teammate's gear level was T4/T5, 100% epics.
And when I said "beginning", I meant at the beginning of the season... not the first day. I should have been more clear. I didn't earn my gloves until the second week of S3.
12-14-2007 @ 1:08PM
Oh, and by the way, the key is 2v2 - pure rushdown, dual DPS focus fire, stunlock/sheep Frost Mage/Mace Rogue.When you lose, you lose spectacularly. When you win, you do so very easily, even without PvP gear.
12-14-2007 @ 5:26PM
Raid gear plus the strongest DPS combo will do it. Haha, for once being a raider pays off in PvP...Moral of the story... If your just starting off in arena... Get raid gear and you'll still own in a burst dps 2x team
12-14-2007 @ 8:18PM
Yeah, amasen, it seemed the 1800 brackets were about the best we could do until resil really started to break us down.It's all about getting a partner that works with your class, and playing on those strengths.
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