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#1 Antihealth

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Posted 08 April 2015 - 07:53 PM

So I used to do 2v2 arenas with a friend through TBC and WotLK, but he stopped playing around Cata's release and I've never really gotten back into PvP since then. I'd like to get back into it, especially on my priest (I enjoy supporting) but I could use some pointers. I'll most likely stick with casual battlegrounds, some Ashran and possibly some RBGs, I never got too enthralled with the environment of Arenas. I'm most comfortable playing Discipline but I'm not sure whether that's the choice I should stick with for these PvP situations. Has holy come forwards as something that's viable? I remember in some of WotLK that Holy was the choice for our comp (priest/mage) but it never struck me as a good PvP spec.

What suggestions would you have for someone just getting back into PvP? What might you suggest for making the grind of getting PvP gear a bit more bearable? I just got my original UD priest to 100, so I have the choice of both factions. Battlegrounds as alliance always felt like grinding your face against a circular saw back in the day, and the few that I've done since then has had a similar feeling, with the exception of AV which we somehow execute with absurd success rates.

Consider me a blank slate and looking for literally anything you can think of. Thanks!
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#2 Sexyo

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Posted 09 April 2015 - 11:05 PM

nowadays you wont find anything that was considered to be fun back in wotlk. disc gameplay sucks.
a/w practice more thats the only "guide" to be successful today.
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#3 sugartoots

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Posted 09 April 2015 - 11:08 PM

nowadays you wont find anything that was considered to be fun back in wotlk. disc gameplay sucks.
a/w practice more thats the only "guide" to be successful today.


definitely listen to this guy! :mellow:
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#4 Sexyo

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Posted 09 April 2015 - 11:26 PM

definitely listen to this guy! :mellow:

you're a hunter :|
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#5 sugartoots

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Posted 10 April 2015 - 09:33 PM

ya I play a class in world of warcraft. you sound like a dude that just needs to quit. I don't love where the game/ my class is at either but I just pop on to have some fun. waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah
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#6 Sexyo

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Posted 10 April 2015 - 11:20 PM

I just pop on to have some fun.

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idk dude )))

plus i already quit like 2 months ago.
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#7 sugartoots

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 08:56 PM

like i don't know how BM is looked at by others. who gives a fuck. whiny cunt stop posting on a forum pertaining to a game you quit.
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#8 Sexyo

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 10:39 PM

like i don't know how BM is looked at by others. who gives a fuck. whiny cunt stop posting on a forum pertaining to a game you quit.

son did i ever tell you, that you were a penis? NO
then why are you offending me?
:laughs:
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Posted 14 April 2015 - 03:50 PM

Okay so I'm going to try and post something that is somewhat helpful as opposed to the previous comments.

Disc is still the go to spec for PVP healing for a priest. I quite like healing in RBG's on my priest but hate it in arena so hopefully you'll enjoy it to!

If you haven't played in a long time I'd suggest just sticking to some normal BG's whilst you learn what has changed for yourself and other classes, this season has some ridiculous burst classes (BM hunters/Ferals are pretty crazy) so if you have one of those guys mount you in BG's then be aware you may insta explode if you aren't paying attention.

Getting gear is now a piece of cake, you can get fully geared in 3 days easily, just do BG's, win and get the strongbox from winning and hope for the pvp gear. I'd suggest Alliance (because lol Human master race) and for the love of god don't ever go into Ashran, that shit is like a new form of super cancer.

Anyway, I know I'm not a pro or anything but these are just some things I'd advise to a player getting back into WoW PVP :)

GL and HF!
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#10 Belligerence

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Posted 14 April 2015 - 04:20 PM

I suggest you do battlegrounds and once that gets a little boring start queueing into skirmishes. The perk of skirmish is that you might just find someone who is starting the same gear-grind as you are and you can team up. Or a helpful person who sees potential in you. Regardless, finding someone who isn't a complete asshat as a partner is a step into the right direction if you want to make the grind bearable. If all else fails, buy some boosts in 2s for gold - there are always people willing to help you like that.

As for spec choice, holy is the inferior healing specialisation right now. Discipline is the way to go, which is good as the glyphed penance and shield allows you to pillar/hide quite a bit and might make your arena's easier even with shitty gear. It's definitely better than holy with low ilvl as that one relies on raw healing that much more instead. Point being, you might slip under the radar and be able to heal properly when they aren't tunneling you. Many players still overlook low health on opponents ;-)

Good luck, if you have questions about WoD priest as a class you're free to message me aswell. I'm definitely not rank one stuff but i've been around this season long enough to give you some pointers/answers.

Edited by Belligerence, 14 April 2015 - 04:23 PM.

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Posted 15 April 2015 - 11:28 AM

I suggest you do battlegrounds and once that gets a little boring start queueing into skirmishes. The perk of skirmish is that you might just find someone who is starting the same gear-grind as you are and you can team up. Or a helpful person who sees potential in you. Regardless, finding someone who isn't a complete asshat as a partner is a step into the right direction if you want to make the grind bearable. If all else fails, buy some boosts in 2s for gold - there are always people willing to help you like that.

As for spec choice, holy is the inferior healing specialisation right now. Discipline is the way to go, which is good as the glyphed penance and shield allows you to pillar/hide quite a bit and might make your arena's easier even with shitty gear. It's definitely better than holy with low ilvl as that one relies on raw healing that much more instead. Point being, you might slip under the radar and be able to heal properly when they aren't tunneling you. Many players still overlook low health on opponents ;-)

Good luck, if you have questions about WoD priest as a class you're free to message me aswell. I'm definitely not rank one stuff but i've been around this season long enough to give you some pointers/answers.


This, also going to add that the LFG system for arenas (pvp tab - looking for group) actually has some decent players in there now (alliance side ofc), still the usual liars / exaggeration but I have genuinely seen 2.6 cr + / gladiators / rank 1s in there looking for team mates.
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#12 drzy

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Posted 15 April 2015 - 12:21 PM

I suggest just simply not returning to the game if you're only looking to PvP, literally do not know why anybody would play this game exclusively for PvP when there are just simply better games on the market.
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#13 jumpypuppet

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Posted 15 April 2015 - 02:50 PM

the fastest way i've found to gear up is

1. hit 100
2. queue into ashran (large scale pvp zone) via group finder, as opposed to simply walking in. you'll want to seek out premade groups that specifically indicate that they're winning the events, or that there aren't many of the opposite faction. you may end up in a long queue, depending on the time of day, but it's worth it because you should bowl over most events. again, joining a random ashran instance will more often than not result in zero gear gains.

2a. once you're in ashran, the idea is to follow the zerg from event to event as they pop up. winning a given event will net you a fair amount of honor+conquest as well as a chest containing a blue piece of varying quality. the goal is to end up with a full honor set. you can achieve this within a few hours if your side is winning events, and if you make sure to do the honor giving events -- they look like crossed swords on the map -- while you're waiting for the conquest events to pop.

2b. because the event chests contain random gear, it's possible for this stage of the grind to go super fast or really slow depending on how often you get duplicate pieces. you can speed up the process significantly by building a gladiator's sanctum in your garrison. after a brief time spent in ashran you'll end up with hundreds, if not thousands of bones, which can be directly converted via work orders into honor points, conquest points, and honor/aspirant gear. just keep in mind that there's little use to the sanctum after you've gotten all your blue pieces.

3. by the time you get a full blue set, you should have earned enough conq to get 1-3 purple pieces; at this point you want to start queueing for 2s, preferably with someone who won't care if you lose often. keep doing this until you're fully geared, mixing in 3s or RBGs if you start to get bored.

so just to recap: ashran until full blue --> arena until full purple. with the new conq cap it's possible to fully gear out a character within days. very easy.
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Posted 15 April 2015 - 03:44 PM

I suggest just simply not returning to the game if you're only looking to PvP, literally do not know why anybody would play this game exclusively for PvP when there are just simply better games on the market.


I play this game purely for PVP, at a non-elite level the arena really isn't that bad because most people do such stupid things sub 2.4k that it doesn't seem that bad. I Imagine the real issue with Arena is at the highest level of play.

I still love arena and do it nearly every day :)
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