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#1 Guest_Talbadar_*

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 08:27 PM

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Why should you become a Gladiator?

First of all, let me introduce myself. My name is Rodney "Talbadar" Pare, and I've been a member of the Arenajunkies community for a long time. I've gotten Gladiator on a priest from Season 3 through Season 10, and I've  participated in multiple MLGs and Blizzcon 2010/2011 3v3 Arena Tournaments. Arenajunkies has asked me to help write a guide on how any player can improve and become a prestigious Gladiator. This guide will be written over the coming weeks and will include a lot of content on a variety of topics going over what it takes to become a Gladiator. Before we go over any specifics - let's ask ourselves a very important question: Why should I want to become a Gladiator?

Let's face it, most players don't try to become Gladiators just to have those sweet blue (or red!) helmets
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Players try to get Gladiator because they know that being a Gladiator means that they are one of the most prestigious WoW players.


Benefits of being a Gladiator

-You're known and recognized as a great player in the long term, regardless of your class, spec, gear or current season.
Most active players know what the Gladiator title means. It means you spent hours and hours playing on a top notch team and succeeded against other top players in arena. It doesn't matter what composition you played or what bracket of arena you played in - everyone will know that you are a better player than the rest. Players will send you messages on your Gladiator characters asking for tips and even recognize your alts.

-You're better at PvE. You have good situational awareness, you do more DPS, more healing, tank better and get invited to more advanced guilds.
If you went through the narrow victories, crushing defeats and learning experiences of becoming a Gladiator, then other players will know that you have great potential. Playing the game at a high level of arena or PvE requires many of the same basic concepts: good positioning, good situational awareness, high DPS, good healing, good communication and good listening skills. Having a Gladiator title will allow you to raid with better players and get invited to top-tier guilds on your server.

-You obtain the best of the best PvP Gear and receive rare and respected titles/mounts.
Gladiators wear the best PvP gear available. Gladiators who play throughout the season will not only have the best PvP gear, but they will have it faster than everyone else. Gladiators also have access to the tier 2 PvP gear with different skins and higher item level weapons. And last but certainly not least Gladiators get the 'Gladiator' title to show off to other players as well as the exclusive mount that can only be obtained once for each season of arena.




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A prestigious Gladiator Epic Flying Mount

-Gladiators get to play with other Gladiators.
If you've obtained the Gladiator title then other Gladiators and maybe even Rank 1 players will want to play with you. You don't have to go searching for partners not knowing if they are as good as they say - good players will come to you!

-You have fun with your team and win more arenas and battlegrounds.
Gladiators have more fun because they know what to do in PvP and make less mistakes. When you make less mistakes you win more often and when you win more often you have more fun. Gladiators also win more fights in battlegrounds which can lead to faster honor and quicker victories.

Now that you understand what the benefits are to being a Gladiator let's go over what this post is all about!

What is the 'How to Become a Gladiator' Series?

Each week a new article (maybe even video!) will be released giving you, the players, insight on how to become a better player. We, the Arenajunkies Content Management Team, will go over topics including (but not limited to):
  • Keybindings and UI suggestions
  • Findings teammates to stick with
  • Communication and constructive criticism
  • Target swapping
  • What to do when 'X' happens in arena
  • Positioning as a healer, melee, or caster on all maps
  • Much more!
Even experienced Gladiators will want to read this series as we build a strong foundation for all players to work towards. With the upcoming season and MMR reset, you will want to follow along as everyone starts fresh and increase your chances of achieving Gladiator this season and seasons coming.

I'd like to conclude the first article of the Gladiator series with this final statement. You don't have to be a Gladiator to want to improve and become a better player in World of Warcraft. However, players who want to improve and become a better player should strive to become a Gladiator. Why? Because there are so many difficult aspects of the game you will learn by becoming a Gladiator that will make you a stronger player. You will learn about: better positioning, better keybindings, better macros, better DPS rotations, what to do when you get counter-spelled, what to do when your healer gets controlled, how to coordinate with your partners, how to find partners, what setups to run, how to communicate, how to take constructive criticism, when to swap targets and many more essential topics. How do you become a Gladiator, you ask? You'll find out more next week!

Also be sure to follow ArenaJunkies on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date!

#2 Minpojke

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 09:09 PM

first
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#3 Huppins

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 09:09 PM

Nicely-formatted guide, thanks. Can't wait for the rest of the series.
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#4 kinexa

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 09:10 PM

heh, cute.

#5 NickyEU

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 09:15 PM

Good to see this going and great with some motivation to write new articles again.
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#6 Oldog

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 09:20 PM

Looks good but,

[quote name='Talbadar' timestamp='1324499261' post='3594781']
It doesn't matter what composition you played or what bracket of arena you played in - everyone will know that you are a better player than the rest.
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Is that sarcasm? xD

#7 Faetalx

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 09:21 PM

Pwnage
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#8 Inzz

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 09:53 PM

best pic  B)

#9 Jacob_a

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 10:03 PM

[quote name='Pigtails/Oldog' timestamp='1324502458' post='3594855']
Looks good but,



Is that sarcasm? xD
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"The rest" is the 99,5% other arena teams. Don't think too much about that comment tbh.

#10 Bobrosslol

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 10:42 PM

We are the 99%


-Duelist Bobrosslol/Bigmoran

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#11 Sweshamanpvp

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 10:53 PM

[quote name='Bobrosslol' timestamp='1324507361' post='3594949']
We are the 99%


-Duelist Bobrosslol/Bigmoran
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lol
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#12 Fluffert

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 11:10 PM

[quote name='Sweshamanpvp' timestamp='1324507992' post='3594963']
lol
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lmao, dat sig
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 11:24 PM

I can't wait to become a Gladiator.

#14 Donald

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 12:26 AM

[quote name='Squirtlelol' timestamp='1324509888' post='3595008']
I can't wait to become a Gladiator.
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who's dumber heinrike or squirtle

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#15 Rod

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 12:36 AM

feel like i've just read a pve guide, but its all true

#16 ßlackjack1296682189

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 01:46 AM

some pro tips:

>reroll fotm class in fotm lineup

>watch out for glitches,(gcd) hacks or ddos opponent players

>learn to use lag macro(/xy/xy/xy...), so you can make it look like you are jumping off a bridge and teleport ontop when enemies jumped down.

>try to benefit from mmr issues and wintrade when noone is expecting it

>be online as long as possible so you can snipe high teams that play a comp you can easily beat

>join a raidguild to benefit from pve gear

>try 5´s if you are not succesfull in 3´s

>still too bad? -> pay money so better players do the job for you


now "You're known and recognized as a great player in the long term, regardless of your class, spec, gear or current season."

updated for you duelists
+rep if helped you to become a better human

Edited by ßlackjack1296682189, 22 December 2011 - 03:08 PM.


#17 snackbacon

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 03:11 AM

[quote name='ßlackjack1296682189' timestamp='1324518419' post='3595127']
some pro tips:

>reroll fotm class in fotm lineup

>watch out for glitches,(gcd) hacks or ddos opponent players

>try to benefit from mmr issues and wintrade when noone is expecting it

>be online as long as possible so you can snipe high teams that play a comp you can easily beat

>join a raidguild to benefit from pve gear

>try 5´s if you are not succesfull in 3´s

>still too bad? -> pay money so better players do the job for you


now "You're known and recognized as a great player in the long term, regardless of your class, spec, gear or current season."
[/quote]

This x100 lmao

#18 faction

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 10:10 AM

you should have skipped the introduction
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#19 Filovirus

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 10:59 AM

[quote name='Bobrosslol' timestamp='1324507361' post='3594949']
We are the 99%
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These are their stories.

*DUNDUN*

#20 Sorá

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 06:57 PM

Face it, this guide is aimed at noobs. Stop bashing it.
Whoever asked him to write it wanted it to look somewhat professional and not all just "if u cnt do dis go play swotor LOL"




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