So last time, we talked about how to get started in Arenas. I'm going to flatter myself and assume that a few readers had a little try at Arena. How did it go? I really hope it wasn't that bad and didn't put you off; it's a steep learning curve.
Resilience -- the 4,000 mark is a good place to be, but remember that people who've been gearing up aggressively will likely be in the 4,800 area at the moment, depending on their stat strategy. Resilience scales a bit strangely, but take it from me that 800 resilience is a substantial chunk. If you're into math (and re-reading posts to properly understand them), check out this official forum post to get a better understanding of resilience scaling.
But it's OK! The MMR system will save us! I mentioned it very briefly in my last column, but Mackeli's comment makes me think I didn't make it clear enough. Due to the MMR reset at the beginning of this season, you will start with an MMR (Matchmaking Rating) of 1,500. Trust me, that's quite a lot, especially for complete Arena beginners. An MMR of 1,500 means that the game expects you to win against teams with a rating of 1,500 roughly 50% of the time. That might not sound so bad, sure, but unless you're a PvP genius, 1,500 MMR is going to result in quite a lot of losses at first. Don't be disheartened. It's normal! You're going to learn to win by losing. I promise.