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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.
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