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#1 Jan 06 2011 at 8:28 AM Rating: Good
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I received my first taste of 2v2 arena. I'm a shadow priest and my first partner was a prot warrior. We aren't ever good and ended with a 3-4 ratio.

I could always tell the good teams from the bad because the bad teams (aka, the ones we beat) would attack the prot warrior first. And leave me alone.

My next partner was a frost mage (who only did arena to get a wand, much like I'm just going for few good pieces). Every single match, I was the primary kill target, without fail. In more general terms, was I, the shadowpriest, the smart kill target of pair? (This is just a matter of curiosity)
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#2 Jan 06 2011 at 4:21 PM Rating: Decent
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Generally, yes. You're by far the easier target to kill (spriests are notoriously squishy), as prot warriors and mages are pretty tough to kill.

Leaving a DPS like an spriest alone to channel spells is a pretty huge mistake.
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#3 Jan 06 2011 at 6:37 PM Rating: Good
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Prot warriors don't hit for **** anymore.

Whenever I see a spriest in arena its generally the first target, unless its with a mage. Then mage takes my priority since I can soak most of what the priest initially throws out.
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ArexLovesPie wrote:
Prot warriors don't hit for sh*t anymore.

Whenever I see a spriest in arena its generally the first target, unless its with a mage. Then mage takes my priority since I can soak most of what the priest initially throws out.

Yeah, I forgot to include that; you generally pound a mage until they ice block, then switch, then switch back to the mage when they're out of ice block.

Unless you have a priest, in which case your priest just mass dispels an ice block and you just pwn the mage.

For casting classes, you want to keep them moving so you prevent them from casting anything but instants, since instants tend to be exceptionally weak.
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#5 Jan 06 2011 at 7:46 PM Rating: Good
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Thanks, nice to know I've got a nice, big target on me.


Guess I should either get some resilience gear or very good at running away...
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#6 Jan 07 2011 at 12:37 AM Rating: Decent
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BakaShinobi wrote:
Thanks, nice to know I've got a nice, big target on me.


Guess I should either get some resilience gear or very good at running away...

Or learn to LOS.
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#7 Jan 07 2011 at 8:15 AM Rating: Excellent
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BakaShinobi wrote:
Thanks, nice to know I've got a nice, big target on me.


Could be worse, you could be specced to heal. :) I'm always the most popular girl at the dance. Also I stink at LOS. Not that it matters because everyone seems to be able to shoot me through walls, mountains, and what have you since Cata. Not sure what that's about.
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BakaShinobi wrote:
Thanks, nice to know I've got a nice, big target on me.


Could be worse, you could be specced to heal. :) I'm always the most popular girl at the dance. Also I stink at LOS. Not that it matters because everyone seems to be able to shoot me through walls, mountains, and what have you since Cata. Not sure what that's about.


I find it more fun to go fishing with a gnome as bait. Stand on the high ground, send the gnome in and Lifegrip him up to me once they take the bait.

Then resume my role of target.
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#9 Jan 15 2011 at 8:31 AM Rating: Decent
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I think Rend summed it up best - Kill the one in the dress!
#10 Jan 16 2011 at 7:17 PM Rating: Good
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I've heard of this LOS before.

It's the tactic where you run behind an object while the rest of your team runs ahead and gets killed, right?
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Mazra wrote:
I've heard of this LOS before.

It's the tactic where you run behind an object while the rest of your team runs ahead and gets killed, right?


Not really.

Say a mage is casting frostbolt at you. Are you in the open? If so thats generally bad to begin with.

Close to an object though with decent reactions you can ruin their frostbolt.

You dont want to fight ranged DPS out in the open, you want to fight on your terms. As melee thats using objects to your advantage. Or as a healer. Do you stand in the open? Or do you stand by a box with your teammates just -barely- in LOS?

Constantly watch teammate and enemy positioning and adjust accordingly. PVP 101.


In regards to first kill target. Positioning is a hugely important factor. Strats can change on the fly if some enemy gets caught in the open. It might be all well and good to kill the spriest first in general, but what if he is kiting the crap out of you while the mage is unloading and polymorphing?

When being bursted, turtle up, go defensive and kite enemies around so your teammates can do the work. When your teammate is getting bursted switch roles. And understand when your enemy is doing this same thing to you. It all comes with practice though eventually you just know when to swap instinctively, but most of the swap calls will be because major cooldowns are blown or poor enemy positioning. Not even always their fault. Someone can play tight piilar game the whole match and position well, then a bad fear with trinket down sends them out in the open, quick pet nova roots them in place and you burst in 4 seconds flat.
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