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8-09-2010 @ 2:39PM
Hey man-Last night, my arena team tanked about 55 points. It was absolutely depressing, considering I was only 14 points away from 1800 personal rating and getting that shield/weapon I've been searching for for a long time. Our comp. is this: Holy Paladin, Disc Priest, Affliction Warlock, Marksmanship Hunter, Elemental Shaman (me!). Last night, we ran into higher rated teams plus two re-roll teams. Every group had a shaman for tremor totem, which really messes with our warlock's fear (yet, it takes a while for tremor totem to break fears sometimes, it's not instant- so a fear during a healer's cast will still interrupt it). The dps would focus one of us- usually myself or our warlock- extremely hard and then CC one of our healers- fear, stun, cyclone, polymorph. I'm sort of at a loss. We don't know how to counter these ridiculous high-burst teams. Yet our comp was solid enough to break us over 1800 the first time and we have a team full of pvp veterans. What are some strategies that we can implement? My shaman's name is Morinde on Scryers. Last night was... awful. Any REAL tips and not just trollin' would be appreciated. Great article, Blood Sport, I'll be looking for more!
8-09-2010 @ 2:52PM
Hey ALF,Your team composition is known as 2346 (hunter version, some 2346 teams have a warrior instead). It's a top-notch composition and is currently destroying the 5v5 bracket by a large margin -- it's by far the most successful team composition of WotLK. We hit 2900+ with a 95%+ win percentage just by incorporating a few strategies and tactics into our play.There are a few ways to solve the shaman problem which you mentioned (enemy tremors are rough for 2346, I can attest to that).First of all, you probably want your warlock to spec destruction if he's experienced at playing it. It'll make your switches much more powerful and give you far more burst potential.Second of all, if the enemy shaman is elemental, make him your primary target. When shamans are being focused, they aren't dropping tremor totem. If they do, it's very close to what you're focusing on anyway, so it's easy to identify and kill.Third of all, tell your warlock to worry less about fearing and more about damage. In The Burning Crusade, I would be saying the opposite but Wrath of the Lich King has made damage the default strategy (and rightfully so, it's more successful when you can put out a ton of burst in a small amount of time).Also, be sure to have your elemental shaman purge the shaman when there is an opposing discipline priest or restoration druid if he is being focused -- Purge is instant cast and it helps your DPS out greatly. Have him focus on keeping Thunderstorm up for game-breaking times, and not using it to relieve damage too much.Your discipline priest can also help out when you go for kills by slinging damage combos like Mind Blast - Shadow Word: Death, I can't tell you how many games we won on the back of a priest killing blow. :)Take care and good luck,C. Christian MooreContributing EditorWoW.com
8-09-2010 @ 6:03PM
That was seriously the best comment response I've ever read on any blog ever.Ever.
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