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1-25-2011 @ 7:14PM
Been playing WOW for 4 years now, still not sure what the draw is for PVP....
1-25-2011 @ 7:20PM
Playing against an intelligent, thinking opponent rather than an unthinking machine?
1-25-2011 @ 8:48PM
here is what I like:1) no rotations perse. you have to think on your feet.2) for healers, the ability / need to be good.3) random element.4) the classes are DIFFERENT in pvp more than they are different in pve. I hope you try some good pvp. At first you'll get creamed. don't take it personally - my first wsg as a druid scared the hell out of me. I had no idea what was going on.You'll slowly improve, esp if you don't mind dying alot.Good luck!
1-25-2011 @ 8:54PM
As someone who started wow only to PvE (and still primarily enjoys that part of it), the draw of pvp is kind of like showcasing all your skills, and countering other player's skills. For example, maybe I'm going against a ret paladin, who casts his Hammer of Justice and stuns me, blows all his cooldowns and pops Avenging wrath. I'm a mage, and I'm playing fire, so I don't have the CC options of a frost mage, but what I can do is dish out a metric ton of damage. I already have my living bomb dot on him, and I know I'm not going to die in his stun. I wait for the stun to wear off, blink away, and I'm running circles spamming Spellsteal.Now Spellsteal is something that is very rarely used in pve. There are random mobs with decent buffs to steal, and there is the rare boss like old Jaraxxus in ToC where you can steal a buff that is actually necessary to beat the encounter. But for the most part, it's not used very often.But Spellsteal can be integral in PvP. You can heal yourself to full by stealing Renew and Rejuvination, you can steal a PW:S, and of course other buffs.Bringing this back to the ret pally that is about to eat our faces, the spellsteal has stolen Avenging Wrath. Yes, I am now a mage with wings! And now I'm running circles around this poor bastard spamming scorch hoping for a Hot Streak! After a few scorches, Living Bomb has popped and I got a Hot Streak! My instant cast Pyroblast crits the poor sucker, and I plant a guild banner on top of his smoldering corpse.This type of interaction is just not possible in a PvE environment. It's challenging, it requires mouse turning and lots of keybinds, but that's the fun of it. There are so many situations too... like a priest MC'ing someone and walking him off a bridge, or a balance druid popping out of cat stealth to blast someone into smithereens, or all the crazy tools rogues have to disarm, stun, disorient, snare, or otherwise incapacitate a foe. Using all these things, especially when you get good at it, really makes you feel like you have a deeper understanding of your class, and can really make you feel even more connected to a character.
1-25-2011 @ 11:57PM
Why not blink out of his stun?Also, the best thing about the expansion for me has been how cheap and easy it is to set up arena teams. I also found the exact opposite in 2v2: every single team I've faced has been double dps with the longest matches lasting two minutes so far. But I'm at a very low rating at the moment, just playing 5 wins a week. As for why PvP in general: it's an aspect of the game. While I hated the idea of making another player upset of disappointed, I figured I really wanted to explore all the game had to offer and finally took up arena (in greens, clicking and mouse turning) in WotLk and really enjoyed the challenge. That said I know quite a few people, myself included, who after a streak of crushing defeats in PvP will become very vitriolic for a few hours. More so than after any wiping in PvE. If you think that you might have the same problem, I'd give it a miss.
1-26-2011 @ 5:55AM
It's the challenge. It's using every single tool in your spellbook to give you an advantage, rather than the smaller number that are necessary for PvE (that's not me attacking PvE, if the devs made encounters require every single spell mechanic available they'd be almost impossible without a specific raid comp.) Mind Vision, which in PvE is fun at best, becomes essential to see what's going on at various nodes, where that pack of Alliance you can see is heading, where their flag carrier is, what that rogue's last known position was. Granted I only arena very casually and mostly do BGs, but I can tell you that for me it's the feeling that I'm playing my class to its' absolute max.
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