Hackattack3, on 01 August 2012 - 06:12 AM, said:
To the OP,
Although I enjoy your videos and effort with the website, i feel you are giving yourself a bit too much credit for pushing buttons by overly generalizing "skill". Let's try to make some comparisons between a football quarterback and a wow player.
A quarterback can improve strength and speed through dedicated weight training.
A wow player can improve a character's base capabilities by farming the best enchants, gems, and gear.
A quarterback can greatly improve strength and speed through the use of steriods.
A wow player can go above and beyond and collect heroic gear.
A quarterback can improve on preparation by studying and planning the plays and audibles vs certain defenses.
A wow player can improve preparation by developing strategies and forumulas for beating certain compositions/opponents. He/she can also familiarize themselves with crucial abilities and cooldowns of all classes.
A quarterback develops "skills", passing accuracy, a quick release, and footwork.
A wow player can optimize keybinds, macros, and reflexes.
Your comparison makes no sense in this context, because none of those comparisons are related to the actual "skill" which is being explained in topic, you don't make a valid point in the end neither. Term "skill" is a way to measure how well something is done. Just like a quarterback requires certain skills to execute a play, a wow player needs certain skills as well to be successful in pvp which are explained in the topic. Using steroids to build up a stronger body, farming heroic gear or playing a FOTM comp are just means to stack the odds in your favor, which makes "skill" become a less effective factor in determining the outcome. I can't think of any other game except chess where opponents are playing against each other in completely equal environment and outcome is only determined by being more skilled than your opponent.
What some here on these forums say about some comps taking zero skill (triple dps for example) are of course not right, but the truth is, certain comps have better odds to beat others (taking less skill to be successful), and they would always unless there was certain amount of skill involved. A fully epic geared RMP has better odds beating RMP without full epic gear, but there is still no guarantee that they will. This is because both teams have individuals with different level of skill. Like vanguards said in topic, another healer can be better at juking interrupts so he doesn't get school locked. This is an example of how a players can complete equally in wow arena environment, because their gear doesn't effect at how well they can juke interrupts and neither does their class or comp or pc. And even if two players are both equally skilled at one certain thing, they might not be on another, like predicting opponents moves for example.
A good comparison between American Football and wow arena would be that in American Football, players are competing in more equal environment than in wow arena, meaning skill becomes a bigger factor in determining the outcome of a football game than a single arena match.
Btw nice read.