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#4305294 Tactic's Enhance PvP Guide

Posted TacticMq on 18 December 2014 - 09:58 AM

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If you have any questions or concerns, you can message me on my youtube (youtube.com/tactic1048), on my twitch (twitch.tv/tacticq), add my btag: tactic#1895 or reply here with your question. I'll try to reply ASAP. I've been trying to stream my games more lately since I just upgraded my internet.

If you liked this guide, please rate it and provide feedback. There is a lot of info you need to understand a class in PvP and I want this guide to have all the information needed.

Table of Contents:
1. Introduction
2. Playstyle
3. Spell Priorities
4. Talents and Glyphs
.....4a. Talent overview and why
.....4b. Glyphs and why
5. Stats and Enchants
.....5a. Stats
.....5b. Enchants
6. Macros and Keybinds
.....7a. Macros
.....7b. Keybinds
7. Tips/Tricks
8. Addons / UI
9. FAQ
10. Other Resources

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Hello! My name is Tactic. I've been playing enhance since BC, through the thick and thin, hardships, and good moments. You may have seen me from my youtube channel or my previous MoP guide. At the start of my WoW career, I was mainly a PVE'er, taking part of top 200 guilds through WOTLK and CATA, and it wasn't until CATA that I started to pvp seriously. Since then I have gotten at least 2200 in every season since then, with my last 3 seasons being the most successful, with my achievment of rank 1 duelist in Tyrannical, and Glad in S14 and S15. In S15 I got 2800+ in 3s, and was the highest enhance in 5s. Unlike alot of enhance, I am here to stay (no fotm reroller here).

In this guide, I am going to try to go over everything, and I will edit it as soon as I think I have missed something. Some of this info may be redundant and or new to you depending on how much you know of the class

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“Enhancement is known as the caster- melee spec, because we have an even distribution of physical damage and magic damage.” What I like the most about of enhance is how we basically have to go balls deep into combat to survive, we have to keep the pressure up or we lose control of the game. That is, you gain maelstrom weapon charges, and you heal or damage depending on the scenario. The main advantages of enhance at the moment is the huge support we offer to the team (grounding, purge), and our heals. Enhance is not a mongoloid spec, I am always looking at my party member's frames to see if they need a heal.

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As you would assume, there isn’t really a general PVE rotation you can use in pvp, but rather you push whatever is best in that moment. I like to follow a rough list for doing damage, and strictly damage only (think of that LSD last season that DC'd and never waited for you and you kill them).

-Purge!!!! Get in the habit of purging, it's our strongest utility. Now obviously this isn't a damage ability, but it mitigates alot of damage because clean targets get farmed. This is always the top of the list if the target has important buffs such as: any hand spell from a pally, any absorb shields, fear ward, NS/AS, Spiritwalker's grace.

- Keep searing totem up: The damage it provides is little, but its brainless damage you don’t have to think about. It's almost like a second auto-attack, like your off-off-hand.

-Cast Lightning bolt with 5 stack maelstrom. Unlike before, Lightning bolt actually hits as hard as elemental blast and even harder if you decide to use unleashed fury. You may be forced to use this at 3-4 stacks when your target is so low and you can't hit it.

-Cast Stormstrike. This is my spam dps ability, and most likely my favourite. It provides me the crit buff for LB and EB and is a good generator for maelstrom weapon due to the main-hand and off-hand attack

-Cast Lava Lash. Recently they made Lava Lash scale with our mastery, so it does offer some burst now. Depending on the situation and if you have an echo proc, this moves up in the list due to hit being the bustiest.

-Keep Flame shock up with unleashed flame buff, idealy with 2 stack Elemental fusion talent if spec'd that way. When you spread it, it will mimic your target's FS. Keep in mind the more flame shocks we have active, the better chance it resets (15%) our lava lash.

-Cast Fire Nova. They buffed fire nova's damage quite a bit in this expac making it pretty real. Assuming you are not going to break CC, and there is more than 3 active targets grouped up, you can harvest pretty hard.

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4a. Talents

In PvP you will never find a cookie cutter spec, you will need to change your talents and glyphs depending on the team you face.

Tier 1: Level 15
In this tier, I strongly recommend choosing Nature’s Guardian. It’s a free 115k heal that procs when you are low. The duration of astral shift is way too low, and you can’t use it while stunned. Stone bulwark totem use to be good, but now it scales with battle fatigue so the shield it provides is horrible now.

Tier 2: Level 30
All the talents are viable! But in most cases I recommend using windwalk totem, as most teams have a root or a snare to prevent you from reaching your target, also popping freedom totem can allow your healer your healer to run around a pillar and kite more effectively. Especially with the amount of melee running around, when your healer is CC'd and you have nothing else, you might just have to run with freedom. Earth grab totem is good for for double melee teams with no root breaks and you need to snare, like TSG. Same thing for frozen power, use this for comps that you might need to peel for. But for most cases, that freedom totem will help your healer more than ever, as it can allow him to pop his speed and get the fuck out of dodge.

Tier 3: Level 45
Ooooooooooh baby a triple! I would chose Totemic Projection for this tier for those meaty triple cap stuns. I absolutely love this talent, it's so fun. Need to ground something for your healer but not in line? Totemic Project. Your healer get's feared to africa, but you don't want to fall back to tremor him, TP it! Shaman pops spirit link, Priest life grips, behind a box? Get dat double/trip cap stun. Now the reason we swapped to this from call of the elements, is due to how fear is not nearly as strong as it once was, and you don't see it as often. I still reccommend using CotE for teams with an abundance of fears, or if you need double freedom to reach your target. But overall I would recommend TP as it is an extra CC for the healer, or a peel for your healer. I use glyph of cap totem often, if I am the only person on the team with a stun.

Tier 4: Level 60
Definitely think Echo of the elements is the choice to go here (when you already have a good amount of haste). What vanguards says in his guide is a perfect description of this talent, as it allows you to go almost "rotationless", assuming you are using purge and other abilities other than lava lash, and stormstrike. Echo procs often and allows some mini burst opportunities with lava lash, however if you need maelstrom, use your echo proc on stormstrike as it is a better maelstrom generator. However, in early gear state, where you lack haste Ancestral Swiftness is really good to get a good amount of passive haste. You want to get at least 25-30% haste and obviously it is really hard to that when you have no gear, that's when you want to use this talent, that, and well faster globals in general for all dem purges are nice.

Tier 5: Level 75
I would recommend Rushing Streams. With the nerf to Ancestral guidance from 40% to 20%, along with the nerf to our burst, the maximum healing output from AG went down alot. Don't get me wrong, it's still an okay talent to use, as it is on-demand healing for burst scenarios. However healing stream will help your healer a little bit more in the long run with his mana, that and like always rushing streams shines in rot cleaves.

Tier 6: Level 90
Oh man this talent tier, it blows. They all suck, and to be honest this tier, and the 100 tier blow. You could not even take a talent and not really notice the dps. Overall I would suggest using Unleashed Fury for the talent here. It's a minor dps increase for your lightning bolt and gives a 5% multistrike, only thing is that it doesn't really last long. This put aside, Primal Elementalist actually provides noticable damage difference, that and earth ele gives you so much defence. Only thing is the totem has like 25k hp and can be one shotted by a priests holy fire. You can risk it and take this talent, as it will pay off if the enemy team does not kill it. I've been using it alot lately against glads and R1s and it has lived the full duration. It's really a gamble. Overall, you can pick any talent here, as unleashed fury and elemental blast are basically the same dps, where your ele can make a difference but can be stomped easily.

Tier 7: Level 100
Another garbage tier. Blizzard really shit the bed with our level 100 talents. This tier is entirely comp based. In terms of damage, I really like liquid magma for the choice here, it does the most damage and does some burst if it is only hitting one target, HOWEVER, it breaks so much CC! This leads me to the other talent, elemental fusion. It's a pretty boring talent, but it's safe. Just more damage for your flame shocks and frost shocks. You can do some decent cleave with 2 stack EF, unleashed flame buff and lava lash spread. I often use EF when playing any comps (like beastcleave) that you can break CC.

Following the totem stomping train, is storm elemental. In terms of damage, the ele does none. I really dislike this talent as it is usually short lived because I find myself having to use grounding totem, cap totem, or freedom totem (it being an air totem) over it. If you feel inclined to take this talent, you have to use it with primal ele talent. Put the pet on passive to get the speed aura, and use his knock-up ability for a cast interrupt.

Play with the talents see what you like, this is only a suggestion based of the success I have had with the talents.

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Glyphs:
Recommended Prime Glyphs:
Glyph of Lightning shield: A constant 10% damage reduction, this is amazing. Always have this on.

Glyph of frostbrand: A use to be 4-set, now in glyph form! This talent is awesome for staying on your target (in particular druids that shift everything) as it auto applies a slow for 3 sec. Use this if you are going to have trouble staying on your target, or your team lacks an auto slow.

Glyph of purge: Really good for getting buffs off quick, especially when you want to purge a PoM or NS when the person is relatively clean. In the long run, if you press purge every 6 sec you are going to purge alot more and save globals for damage. However, this talent can bite you in the butt if you are the only dispeller, as if you are unlucky you will be a sitting duck for 6sec while that BoP you are trying to purge off is mocking you. I recommend using this when you have other dispels on your team (like priest beastcleave).

Glyph of Hex: Reduces your hex cooldown by 10 seconds, making it a 35sec CD. This a great talent against teams with no dispel or just one dispeller. CC wins games, this glyph works really well when teaming up with a hunter as their scatter and traps are on a 30sec, so you can cross CC really well. However, since Hex is casted now, you must take in factors like how easy it going to get off at the right time? How many things do you have to juke? I like to use this talent against vanguard's and ret/hunter sometimes for more CC, assuming they don't have a dispel.

Glyph of Capacitor: For those teams that keep sniping your cap totem, and you need to get it off. Especially since Totemic projection is a thing, this can allow you to stop aura mastery heals quickly without having to worry too much about someone sniping your totem. It does still get stomped often though.

Glyph of Purging: I love this glyph alot. I love purging, I love getting maelstrom. Win, win? I think so. We already purge alot, this just allows us to get more maelstrom for heals and lightning bolts. Use this glyph if your team lacks dispels.

Situational Prime Glyphs:

Glyph of Ghost Wolf: For when you want to run around a pillar.

Glyph of Feral Spirit: For games that you know that will be short, and you need dem extra heals. The heals are pretty real actually.

Glyph of shamanistic rage. For games where a paladin keeps stunning you, and/or games that a mage will deep freeze you without silencing you. Be careful when using this against UA locks and spriests as the gylph no longer ignores their dispel protection and you will be hit hard, silenced, and feared respectively. Personally I don't really like this talent as it puts in the mind set of using it as a CC break rather than a Def CD, plus alot of classes cover their dispellable stuns like lot of mages cover their deep on you with a CS, or use it on your healer to get a poly off. It's good for BGs but not so useful for arena IMO.

Glyph of spirit walk: 45sec spirit walk. Nice for kiting or getting kited.

For Aoe: Use Fire nova and lava spread glyph and go to town in them bgs.

Major Glyph:
Lava lash for when you don't want your LL spread to break CC in the future. Keep in mind you will lose most likely get less LL procs unless you spread your FS manually.

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For stat priority I like to follow this:
Agility > {(Haste → mastery) > Versatility} > Multistrike > Crit

Like past expansions, haste and mastery has proven to be our best dps stats. In addition we get 5% more haste from all sources, and haste also reduced the CDs of our stormstrike and lava lash. Haste = good. However I predict mastery being better than haste once the xpac gets further down the road due to gear, because of that burst potential, and haste getting close to a soft cap. Along with these stats we have versatility, an overall superman stat. It increases damage, reduced damage taken, and increases healing. You want to try to get pieces with versatility couped with mastery or haste. Because of this, you must farm ashran rep, as the ashran pieces all have versatility.

I came up with this gearset I made on wowhead: http://www.wowhead.c...6/enhance-pvp-2
I believe this is our best gearset, but the only confliction is our damn 4pc. We have 2 crap pieces in my opinion from our set pieces, shoulders and gloves. Though I haven't tested it, I believe the 2 extra windfury attacks does not merit the extra haste/mastery and versatility you gain from the ashran pieces. I will figure this out once the full gear set becomes available.

In terms of enchants, it is personal preference between haste and versatility (on neck, back, and rings). Personally I like haste at the moment, because it is still super early in the xpac and we need it. However I think when we get a nice base amount of haste, we should enchant everything with versatility.

Make sure you get the 10% movement speed and don't cheap out as the extra movement speed is huge. Also, since it's still early in the xpac, use the aspirant (ilvl 600) boots and enchant them with panderen's step to get an extra 10% movement speed (overall 120%) until you can get the epic boots.

For weapons, use double Mark of Warsong. With both of these proc'd you get near the soft haste cap and have a lot of burst potential (also fast globals). Once we get further in the xpac, one warsong enchant may reach you to the 50% haste soft cap, then we can use an offset of the mastery and haste enchant.

On a side note for races, I really like draenei over dwarf. I often find my healer getting silence way more than I do, to even make use of the stoneform. With draenei you get more passive agility, and heal that I can describe how many times it has saved my partners when below 5% hp.

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Do not feel like you need to change your playstyle at all when looking at my macros or keybinds, play what is comfortable to you.

7a. Macros:
Here are the macros I use and what I am use to:

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I strongly recommend having arena 1, 2, 3 target and focus macros. It’s hard to get use to at the start, but you will get use to it, and you will love it.

7b. Keybinds:
I use a razer naga for my mouse, so a large amount of keybinds is on my mouse. Let’s start with the keyboard and work our way to the mouse.

1 - Lightning bolt
Al1 - Chain Lightning
2- Ele blast
3- Earth Shock
Sh3 - Magma Totem
4 - Frost Shock
Sh4 - Focus Frost Shock
Al4 - Arena Frost Shock
5 - Flame Shock
A - Ancestral Swiftness
D - Spiritwalker’s Grace
ShD - StormEle Knockup
AltD - Focus StormEle Knockup
ShE - Healing Stream Totem
R - Ancestral Guidance
ShR - StormEle - If I spec it
` - Spirit Walk
C - Cap Totem
ShC - Earth Ele stun
AlC - Eerth Ele focus stun
Sh2 - Healthstone
F - Fire Nova
ShF - Recall Totems
G - Trinket
X - Lightning Shield
ShX - Mouseover Focus
Z - Cleanse ShZ - Cleanse1 AltZ - Mouseover Cleanse
Now the mouse, here is a SS of the side of the mouse for reference: http://i.imgur.com/Onhecmu.jpg

No modifiers:
1 - Lava Lash
2 - Storm Strike
3 - Unleash Elements
4 - Searing Totem
5 - Healing Surge (Self)
6 - Grounding Totem
7 - Purge
8 - Shamanistic Rage
9 - Earthbind Totem / Freedom Totem
10 - Ascendance
11 - Bloodlust
12 - Hex

Shift Modifiers:
2 - CotE or TP
5 - Spirit Wolves
7 - Focus Purge
8 - Stoneform
9 - Tremor Totem
10 - Target arena 1
11 - Target arena 2
12 - Target arena 3

Alt Modifiers
1 - party 1 naruu heal
3 - party 2 naruu heal
5 - Gift of Naru heal
10 - Focus Arena 1
11 - Focus Arena 2
12 - Focus Arena 3

Other buttons on mouse:
Mouse Wheel Button: Wind Shear
B5 - Ghost Wolves
SB5 - Earth Ele
B4 - Focus Wind Shear
SB4 - Fire Ele

Yeah... my keybinds are weird.

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  • Stormstrike before ascendance, when you pop ascendance it resets the CD.
  • Make sure you unleash elements before you elemental blast for 40% more damage. Also make sure you have the stormstrike debuff on the target for the additional 25% crit chance
  • Alot of resto shaman will try to cover their casts in various ways to make sure you don’t interrupt them, but I say who cares! If they drop grounding totem, focus purge them and then wind shear, if you are quick you should eat the grounding totem and interrupt the cast. The same goes for Spiritwalker’s Grace, their aura mastery, focus purge them until you get it off, if you are lucky and they are moving it will interrupt them, however if they are standing still get ready to interrupt them. I Suggest an addon that will tell you what you purge, and a cast addon to show when you can or can not interrupt.
  • If you pop your earth elemental totem on a hunter’s stampede, it will briefly taunt them.
  • Try to pop your ascendance only when the healer is CC’d, preferably cross CC’d so it is a 3v1.
  • Try to purge alot, get in the habit of it. You want to get important buffs off instantly such as Spiritwalker's Grace, Presence of Mind, Nature’s Swiftness, Ancestral Swiftness, Temperal Shield (LOL Mage nerf <3), Ice Barrier, Icy Veins, Alter Time, basically any mage buffs, Hand of Sacrifice, Blessing of Protection, Divine Favor, Power word shield (if it’s not too much trouble), Freedoms. Try hitting a mage when he is clean compared to when he is not, if you connect to him with no buffs he is basically dead. The cleaner the target, the more damage you do. If you see a potential switch target in arena, start to clean him off before you go on him.
  • If you know a rogue is going to open on you, pre-pop capacitor totem, and shamanistic rage (garrote silence).
  • Always keep healing stream totem on cooldown.
  • When you hex, always see if you can cross CC
  • Look for easy ways to drop capacitor totem (when not running totemic projection), any CC that keeps the enemy still like scatter, warrior target fear, poly, etc... you can time capacitor to stun out of it.
  • When playing against a lock team, team (especially if they have a shaman and they always hex you) dispel their agony on CD. It stops alot of damage and is extremely annoying for them. Just dispel whoever gets a 10 stack agony. Very effective vs L.S.D and WLS
  • When a rsham links, drop a cap stun. This is a great way to land a stun on 2+ people, the success rate goes up depending how much pressure you have.
  • Keep an eye on priest healers, when they move away from their pillar, and pop a feather, they want to fear. Either slow them, or get ready to pre-tremor.
  • When you want to survive, freedom and spiritwalk yourself. Keep your distance and spam purging (with purging glyph) and keep healing. Know what classes you can go toe-toe with in terms of melee (not dks). Use a run-in-out method.
  • Playing against a warrior, most of them will use mass spell reflect. In addition to juking, you must juke the mass reflect too. Considering how scumy people, alot of warriors use reflect bots, so using a stop casting on hex will juke reflect, and allow you to hex or if you are playing beast, it lets your hunter get a easy trap.

Grounding Totem - Predicting the spells
  • If a resto druid dispacer beast's TOWARDS YOUR TEAM he is most likely going to bash/disorient  cyclone some one. Prepare to pre-ground incase you are the target if not, then shear.
  • With the change to hunter traps, its been incredbily hard to ground traps, but not impossible. Look for signs of CC on your healer like HoJ, binding shot, really anything to keep them still and traps off CD. Though I have found most hunter's will juke our grounding totem due to how easy it is to trap now, so even look for concussive shot.
  • You can ground a warlock's blood fear.
  • With ice block glyph, mages have aura mastery out of it for a few seconds. Use grounding to get the poly.
  • When I pally rushes in with speed of light, he is most likely going to HoJ your healer, ground it.
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So here is my UI, take it or leave it, but I like it: http://i.imgur.com/SER1AOE.jpg
Try not to clutter your UI with useless stuff. Make sure everthing is clear, and you notice everything as soon as it pops.

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Ask me questions!

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The internet is full of resources for you to get better at enhance:

My youtube channel: https://www.youtube....user/Tactic1048
My twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/tacticq
If you are ever in a bad mood, or on the verge of quiting enhance, look at my twitch highlights, they are all one shots for the most part, they make me happy :). Be sure to sub and follow! <33

There is also this:
http://www.twitch.tv/vanguardstv
http://www.twitch.tv/diablous

You can also take a look at vanguards guide on AJ: http://www.arenajunk...aman-guide-603/

Shaman 1: #draeneidream
Shaman 2: Horde sham
Shaman 3: 2nd Ally Sham
Shaman 4: 2nd Horde Sham


#4367693 Nessper

Posted Adversa on 22 January 2015 - 04:18 PM

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#4326645 Athlete and Bailamos exploiting

Posted Unseenz on 31 December 2014 - 09:02 PM

http://www.twitch.tv...420/b/605356743
Perspective of our team if anyone is interested.
Notable highlights:
1. The other team agrees not to use the exploit before the game started.
2. The other team's mage disconnects at a node, we didn't attack that node.
3. They say that they exploited because we were grip knocking their healers, however if you watch their pov in their starting room, they spend the entire preparation period discussing how to grip knock us.

A wise man once said nothing good happens after 2 am, so I don't think its reasonable to berate their team for twisting the rules when the game was played so late at night. I'm just holding out for the day that people finally respect each other in this community and get back to playing fair. As that regent lord guy mentioned people don't take rbgers seriously, and it's no ones fault but our own.


#4319925 So Reckful hey?

Posted Raak on 27 December 2014 - 07:34 AM

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#4317303 Ehm, No PVP bonus on blue set pieces for locks?

Posted Okayenhance on 25 December 2014 - 07:10 AM

clear cache and delete your WTF folder

lol im blizzard gm


#4307355 Hunter POM Sheep

Posted BluBlu on 19 December 2014 - 02:36 PM

View PostForumz, on 19 December 2014 - 02:23 PM, said:

Well, you see, it all started a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far away...
Aren;t they both like 16? so not that long ago..


#4306710 Hunter POM Sheep

Posted Glink on 19 December 2014 - 06:45 AM

View PostDills, on 19 December 2014 - 12:38 AM, said:

Ya whoever thought of that + new trap design.................
yeah whoever thought of that was a real fuckhead, Im glad respectful hunters like yourself would never play it though. But glinks rhat motherfucker who plays beastcleave will take any cheap tactics he can get.

Now tell these people how much better than me you are and why Im so shit. Yes its true my highest rated team was with monk beastcleave, yes its true we one shot your ferals versus you far mpre skillful jungle cleave. But I took great pleasure in hearing you nasaly voice nerdrage anytime you qued into in arena and squel at every loss against anyone you percieve to be worse than you. You should probably tackle the problem and realize where your insecurities stem from that you have to call me out on every post I make or talk shit about me on your stream.




#4308309 Why is honorbuddy not being banned

Posted Huxleylol on 20 December 2014 - 03:06 AM

can we just be mad at combat rogues


#4275988 -Class Balance Hotfixes-

Posted akatyrone on 26 November 2014 - 01:29 AM

yo who else loggin on to check that new belf booty out


#4261177 My Thoughts on MoP PvP and the direction of WoD

Posted Talbadar on 11 November 2014 - 06:21 AM

Hey everyone. With MoP coming to a close soon I'd like to talk about how I feel the expansion has been for PvP as a whole. This means I'll be going over the negatives and positives of as many areas of the game as possible.

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Positives
Class Variety:
Class variety was at an all time high this expansion in all areas of PvP. At any given part of the 3 seasons we can say within reason that about 20 out of the 29 viable PvP specs could do well in arena when played by the right players. This is not to say they could get carried, but that the class had the potential to compete. This was certainly not the case in BC and Wrath. During Cata it became more apparent that Blizzard wanted more classes to be viable and they definitely followed through into MoP with this in mind.

Catch-up system: Not much has to be said here. The fact that you can show up a few weeks late with a character and still compete or better yet go from 0 gear to full gear on an alt at the end of a season is a world of difference from previous expansions. This improved the game so much for me and for many players who have alts that don't usually get geared before the end of a season.

Full PvP gear best in slot: After years and years of dealing with players using trinkets from raids that could increase their damage by 30% or proc extra attacks that hit for 20% of your health bar we finally got what we wanted. Blizzard introduced a system that made full PvP gear best in slot for almost any situation. As an arena enthusiast this made me quite happy.
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Class balance:
It's hard to say this without a lot of negative feedback about certain ones, but class balance as a whole was really good by the end of the first season and onwards. As I mentioned earlier many classes were viable, but most of the time they were still very competitive anyway.

Let's take a look at some of the classes we saw at regionals and blizzcon this year. I am familiar with only the US teams for regionals, but we had a Ret, a Holy Priest, multiple Marksmanship Hunters, a Shadow Priest, a couple Elemental Shamans, a Boomkin, multiple Frost Mages, multiple Resto Shamans, multiple Affliction Warlocks, a Mistweaver Monk, a Subtlety Rogue, and a couple Resto Druids. At Blizzcon we saw a couple Windwalker Monks, a Fire Mage, and an Arms Warrior. That alone covers a lot of classes and specs.

On the live ladders we saw a lot of different specs doing well and I can only count 8 specs that did not reach a rating of 3000 by the end of the final season which are: Disc Priest, Fury Warrior, Frost DK, Arcane Mage, BM Hunter, Demo Warlock, Combat Rogue, and Assassination Rogue. For all I know some of those could have made it.

Successful arena maps: Blizzard finally added new arena maps that didn't need major revamping to become a solid part of the arena map pool. They also revamped Blade's Edge and Dalaran for the better though I sometimes do miss the old Dalaran against melee. They still need to work on some of the map balance, but really you can't hate on what they did during MoP with arena maps. I would like to see them add Ring of Valor back to the map pool. The current one is actually a great map it's just disabled due to bugs.
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Merger of battlegroups:
The removal of set arena teams in combination with having a single player ladder and being able to queue with anyone you want has been HUGE for the game. You no longer have to sit on arena teams until the end of a season worrying about your rating. This has also decreased queue times and allows players to compare everyone at once which people definitely care about seeing.

Resilience, PvP Power, and Dampening scaling : While not everyone can say that they enjoyed having these stats around you have to commend Blizzard for getting the numbers right with every season. They had to manually adjust them with each season to make sure people weren't dying too fast, weren't healing too much, and ensure that games were actually coming to an end in a reasonable amount of time. They definitely could have done better with 2v2, though.

Streaming Influence: You may not like some of the streamers and you may have some that you love, but streaming has definitely made a positive impact on the game. A lot more players are better informed and many feel like they are part of something by being able to communicate with top players and other members of their arena community.
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Holinka BOYS:
This man has done wonders for our community and you should be more than happy if you know what he's been doing while working for Blizzard. He's been in contact with a lot of the top players and constantly looks for feedback to relay to help out. He's also attended the LAN events to talk to players and meet them which I'm certain was not required of him. I've spoken with him quite a few times and the guy's got a good head on his shoulders so we should be happy we have him instead of the whatever the hell came before him.
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Negatives
Reliance on gear:
A common theme for this expansion and Cataclysm was a heavy reliance on gear to be competitive. While everyone thinks PvP gear should be the best in PvP, the reliance on having the best gear available to even come close to competing is frustrating. There have been times where I am missing 3 or 4 items and it feels completely hopeless to try knowing other people just do so much more with those few pieces.

Too much CC / Too many defensives: This topic has been heavily covered by so many people so I'll be brief to not bore you. The arms race went way too far this expansion. Instead of Warrior Charges Mage-->Mage Frost Novas it's now: Charge-->Blink-->Heroic Leap-->Nova-->Intervene-->Pet Nova-->Reflect-->etc,etc. Everyone just had way too many things to deal with each other and way too many simple reactions when taking damage or wanting to deal damage.
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Dampening in arena:
As both a tournament spectator and competitor I strongly believe that Dampening is a horrible concept for arena. This allowed for many things to happen. First of all teams could design their composition fully around winning because of Dampening and play around it. I don't think this was as relevant to ladders as it was at the actual tournaments. Both my team (ele, lock, druid) and the team that won this year (boomkin, lock, shaman) could easily attribute their success to its existence. It made for really boring starts to happen in a game where most of the action should be happening seconds into the match.

This also allowed Blizzard to balance the classes around dampening and not having to worry about if players could actually get a kill early on. Instead of fixing the issue they just took a shortcut around it by forcing games to end. I think having some type of ultimatum for games ending is fine, but the game should be balanced around players scoring kills before something like that is even necessary. On top of that it should be fair for both sides which sadly dampening is not. "The Crowd Chose You" is obviously not a good option either.
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Caster dominance at higher levels:
This has happened at the end of a lot of expansions for WoW now and I think it would take a long discussion to figure out why this is the case, but as you all have seen the past 4 years have been more of a Wizzcon than anything else. Melee make things exciting and even against two casters it creates a much more dynamic matchup to both play and watch.
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Reluctance to make small changes:
I've heard Blizzard's thoughts on this time and time again, but I still feel as if we're getting robbed out of a better experience. They don't want to make a lot of small changes because they don't think it will make a big enough impact and will only deter players from participating if the classes keep getting changed. When I look at a game like LoL that makes constant slight balance changes weekly I can only frown knowing it would be great for WoW PvP to follow suit. Changes like this one below make the game drastically different and makes some classes stay dead for very long while others get to overpowered states for entire seasons without change.
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Lack of tournaments:
No regionals in 2013, a few tournaments hosted online (that were, as usual, attacked by DDoS), and just a few LANs? We didn't do much these past couple years. Tournaments create life in PvP. It gives events for people to look forward to and it gives drama for players to talk about. I heard something about MLG thinking about picking up WoW again for WoD, but rumors are rumors.

Healer Variety: Specifically in arena only 3 out of 6 specs (Mistweaver Monk, Resto Shaman, Resto Druid) were viable at the end of the expansion. I'd say we didn't do a good job of ensuring viability among them especially with Discipline being horrible for almost the entire expansion. One could argue that each spec was good at some point during the expansion, but that's simply not good enough especially after coming out of Shamanclysm.
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Moving forward into WoD
Ability Bloat:
There are so many things I am looking forward to in WoD and one of them is the removal of a ton of abilities and cooldowns that were just making the game worse. A lot of people won't agree initially, but let me explain why it's a good thing. There are tons of abilities for you to use to outplay your opponents and you want to be able to use them all and it makes the skill cap really high... sure that's great, but there are plenty of great games out there that use very few abilities to do things well. As long as there are mini games to play then there is plenty of room for player interactions to make a difference and for players to have fun. Mini games are things like: positioning battles, the interrupt game, forcing/saving trinkets and cooldowns, and battling for objectives. There's so much more to PvP than just having a bunch of crap to press.

Interrupt and CC changes: The number one change coming into WoD is one that's been needed for so god damn long. The removal of Improved Counterspell (the strongest CC in the game besides Fear) and Improved Spell Lock. There are other Silences and small CCs being removed, but this really does add to the fun for both the Mage/Locks and other players. You feel like you get more out of a spell when you use it well and previously all we see is blanket Counterspells and there's not much interaction required. The more interactions between players the more room there is to outplay. Don't forget the nerfs to Fear duration, CC cooldown, and the removal of PoM Sheep, NS Cyclone, and other forms of instant full CC.

Focus on PvP: From what I gather there's been a focus on making PvP fun for this expansion and with Holinka on board I'm having positive thoughts on PvP as a whole. I would love to see 2v2 make a comeback as a fun bracket that you can queue with your friends where games actually end quickly instead of the current stalemates that happen. With less abilities cluttering the game the mini games should become more and more relevant instead of the previous cooldown war. You have to expect that the expansion will start out with some bumps. Maybe damage overall will be too low, healing will be too high, or Mages will one shot people with Ice Nova, but we will get there guys!

Hope you enjoyed. Feel free to post your thoughts on both the positives and negatives of MoP as well as what you're expecting moving forward.


#4258270 True Blizzcon Winner = Dampening

Posted Smooviex on 08 November 2014 - 10:25 PM

really wanted to see the koreans take home first :(


#4258207 How did Looney get to blizzcon?

Posted Creamo on 08 November 2014 - 10:18 PM

Lot of people acting like godcomp is less scumbag than lsd2


#4257757 BlizzCon® 2014 Opening Ceremony and eSports – Free Live Streams

Posted Holypalaswe on 08 November 2014 - 08:36 PM

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#4234945 Protip if you happen to look retarded with new models.

Posted Bawn on 17 October 2014 - 08:29 AM

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wtf


#4235152 Thoughts on the Prepatch so far?

Posted Sweatyfingrs on 17 October 2014 - 02:16 PM

View PostNmplol, on 17 October 2014 - 12:36 PM, said:



Not to be rude but there's a reason you have no glad titles.

Not to be rude but didn't you wintrade 5s for R1?




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