Looking for people to play with can be a struggle, and finding the right people can be even harder. Questions arise when trying to setup a team, such as: where do I look, what am I looking for and what do I expect to get out off playing? For some these questions are not even asked and the most important thing in their search for a team seems to be team composition. But not thinking things through often leads to a quick team disband and you being on the search again.
In this article I will cover some of the ways you can find partners and what to look for in partners. Luckily there are tools, tools that will ease the search for you and help you find partners for long term, competitive or just for the weekly cap.
Where to look for people?
Trade chat is a great place to make a few hundred people see that you are looking for a quick cap or arena partners. The quality however can be debated as most often the outcome will be people with either different ambitions or different expectations then yourself. If you're in a rush on Monday, trade chat might be a the only way to get your conquest point cap, but there are better way of finding teammates out there.
We here at ArenaJunkies have our very own recruitment section and it is a great tool for those very specific in what they are looking for.
If you are looking for a specific combo or looking for a specific class then the recruitment section is a great tool. Sadly the whole recruitment section was never given as much love as it would require to get such a thing running perfectly.
Luckily our very own long-term moderator, Pyrilus, has decided to contribute to the community by making www.teamfind.com, a dedicated website for finding partners. He is working hard on giving this site the needed love for it to run painlessly and to ease your search for partners.
Teamfind enables players to find partners with the same expectations and goals without having to search for hours on end. It allows you to create a profile for your character and specify your interest so that you can look for partners and keep your character visible for others. Even if you already have a team, you should make a profile here as it provides you with the opportunity to get the contacts before you need them and instead of hours of searching in trade chat on any given Monday. You can specify exactly what you are looking for, and get in touch with players across servers!
After having setup your character it takes nothing more than a click for the results and potential partners to start showing up. The site is a work in progress so improvement and further features will be added throughout the next weeks. But already at this early stage it is something we should support by using it and telling our friends about it, anything that can live up the community is a good thing.
It is important that you do not just go out and take the first and the best. Having fun while playing is essential for everyone, from the most competitive to the most casual player, and though our definition of fun can vary individually, we all have more fun winning than losing.
To improve your own chances of winning it is recommended that you do some research, find out which team compositions containing your class are the strongest. The easiest way to find this out is by going to the Armory and looking through the first couple of pages for compositions containing your class (and spec). After that you should try and look around on our very own forums, look in the class forums for threads for specific compositions or videos/streams so that you can get a feel of the different playstyles and find one that you like.
Figuring out your best team compositions still leaves questions which you will have to think about before searching for teammates. Are you willing to play the second or third best composition for your class or spec? Are you willing to re-spec or re-gear for a different role? Are you willing to play a different class altogether? Are you willing to transfer your character to a different server?
Before you even form a team...
A mistake the vast majority of players make when creating a new team is not discussing their expectations and ambitions for the team thoroughly enough. This often leads to teams disbanding and drama when one player feels that they are putting more effort and commitment into the team than the others or that their teammates are putting too much pressure on them. Sitting down before playing and talking about your motivation will result in a clear and common goal and be rewarded by a good atmosphere and thereby (hopefully) better end results.
Some topics you should cover when setting team expectations:
- How much time are people willing to put into the team? When will we play? How long will we play? How often will we play?
- Be sure to discuss arena preparation expectations. Do we read up on tactics, or go by trial and error? How much effort should people put into farming (honor gear, pve gear etc.)? How well enchanted/gemmed do we expect people to be? Do you expect your partners to have the best professions?
- Goals! I can't emphasize this one enough. Not discussing your goals upfront is opening the door for intra-team drama. How high do we plan to get? How fast do we plan on getting there? What is the minimum rating we plan on getting the first time we play together? These are all important questions to ask to make sure your team is on pursuing the same goals together.
Playing arenas and getting the rank you want is going to take time and patience. It's also going to require that your entire team is together ready to play at certain times. If people are not prepared for that commitment, it can lead to frustration. It is likely that you will all have different times of day you prefer to play during and on top of that some of you might want to put all your playtime into the team, where others might be splitting time between raiding, alts or other teams.
All of these factors make it incredibly difficult for everyone to just happen to be online and ready to play at the same time. Take some of your arena time and use it to schedule a suitable date and time for your next arena session. You will also want to discuss how long you plan to play. This will prevent the frustration that comes from waiting for one another, and, in the end, save the time that you would otherwise use trying to get in touch with a tardy or aloof team mate. Just make sure you show up at the scheduled time!
A second job?
All of this might seem like a whole lot of work for just doing arena and to some extent it is. But with the proper preparation and scheduling you will save the time you would otherwise use looking for new partners or waiting for partners to come online. This way you can come online 5 minutes before playing and head right into the arena instead of wasting hours. You will also have clear expectations for how long you will be playing.
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