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12-14-2009 @ 7:02PM
My sincerest compliments on these beginner arena articles. I've really enjoyed them, and I'm impressed not only by your ability to present the (all too often) intimidating world of arena in a very approachable manner. However, my favorite part has been your continued emphasis on what I also feel is the most important and most frequently overlooked part of Arena: having fun!The very first arena team I was in I chose a "popular" team setup with someone I didn't know particularly well. It was alright, but my personality didn't mesh particularly well with my arena partner. We did pretty well, but I just didn't enjoy it, and after the season was over I vowed I would never run an arena team with someone I didn't like personally or think I'd have fun with.It has been absolutely, 100% percent worth it. My next 2v2 team was with a good friend of mine. When we first started out and were getting our bearings, we jokingly played a strategy we called "mammoth tanking," where he (a ret pally) would start out mounted on his mammoth and I (a priest) would hide under it. We also came up with a battle cry that we macroed and would shout at random times during the match. In my next team, we said prayers to made-up deities in the prep area before each arena game just for fun.I've never made gladiator. Heck, I've never even made it past 1750. But by keeping the emphasis on fun, I feel I've gotten as much out of Arena as anyone.
12-15-2009 @ 2:21PM
Great story, I lol'd at the mammoth tanking (in a genuine anecdotal kind of way).I'm glad you're able to have fun in arenas. I see that element missing from tons of players who just want to win-win-win. Hopefully these articles will help you to win more games, but keep arena in perspective. It's just another aspect of the game.Most arena players get frustrated that arenas aren't the primary focus of the game, I'm not one of them. Killing new bosses and exploring new content is fun. For me, the best part of the game is getting new spells and gear. I just love seeing my characters progress in power.Arena, for me, is just another part of the game, but one that gives me a lot of enjoyment. I'm glad you're able to find that same perspective.Good luck in pwning your enemies in the future, with mammoth tanking or any other interesting strategy. :)
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