Finding Arena Partners

by fknwings // September 10, 2015

How many times have you logged into World of Warcraft to queue arena only to log out fifteen minutes later because you can’t find someone to play with? Finding partners is one of the most complicated parts of the World of Warcraft gameplay. I have come across players who have terrible attitudes, lack important skills and game knowledge, live in different time zones, have insane work schedules, as well as a variety of other reasons as to why they are not viable partners to play arena with. In this article, I’m going to relay basic information and tools you can use to expand your friends list, so you can be prepared to avoid disappointment every time you log into the game we all love.

Premade Group Finder

Premade Group Finder is a fantastic tool to find people to play with. Often times I put myself into it, set the configurations, type specific criteria, and alt tab to watch Netflix.  I had a particular experience with Premade Group Finder that I would like to share. I have a mage friend who I frequently queue 3s with. We have lost several partners due to incompatibility and real life schedules. For a while we were completely hindered by constantly losing partners. We went about a month without queuing on a regular basis, and our interest in the game quickly started to diminish. After a while we decided to look for another partner in a last ditch effort to get games in. One afternoon I got off work earlier than usual, went home, sat at my computer and started searching for a rogue to queue RMD with. I filled out premade group finder with this message:

“2600xp low cr Rdruid/Mage LF Rogue with similar exp. Playing tonight”. I proceeded to leave my keyboard and go take my dog on a walk. I came back 25 minutes later with 6 rogues that had whispered me. I armoried them, found those that matched the criteria I was interested in, and added them to my friends list. This took minimal effort, less time, and I got 3 decent rogues to queue with. I know many people believe that they cannot find partners because they may have low experience in arena; however, at the same time you cannot gain arena experience unless you queue bulk amount of games. If you have little experience, make your criteria something similar to this :“Low Exp “Insert your class” looking for friendly players to queue and learn with”. You may not find your dream partners the first time you attempt this method. But with persistent effort you will gain valuable experience by playing games with different people, and hopefully hit some milestones along the way.

Trade Chat

This method is a little obsolete now that Premade Group Finder is available, but you can still find some people to play with if you’re on a popular PvP realm. If you’re already in the Group Finder, make a macro, and just hit it everytime you go through a major city. “/2 1500exp Resto Druid LF 3s” Someone will see your message and send you a whisper showing interest in playing. This isn’t very effective on low population realms, but it is still worth a shot.

Dueling

Dueling is a very valuable way to meet people in World of Warcraft. It’s a way to show your class mastery in a somewhat competitive setting, as well as interacting with other players. If you duel a player with much more experience and he manhandles you, then you can shoot him a whisper and ask what you could have done better. Strike up a conversation. Ask him if he has any alts he wants to queue games on. Same goes for players that have similar experience to you. If you duel someone and beat them (but you saw something admirable about how they played) shoot them a whisper and ask if they are interested in queuing 2s. This game is created for social interaction. If you don’t make an effort to reach out to other players, you will never have the opportunity to meet anyone.  Again if they don’t want to queue any games right now, add them to your BattleTag. Next time they’re on they might want too. Note: I advise you to be friendly when dueling. Never brag if you win, and don’t whine if you lose. Humility and leaving your ego at the door is a huge part of growing as a WoW player and a person. If you think you’re the best, 99% of the time you’re not.

Whispering an Opponent After a Game

This method is high risk and high reward. Let’s say you just beat someone in a 3v3 game. You countered every single kill opportunity they had with proper cooldown management. Your cross CC was flawless, and you were able to pick apart your opponent without much effort. The enemy team has seen that you’re a decent player. Now you know that the enemy “insert class” is a pretty good player because you’ve seen him around your bracket a few times. Shoot him a friendly whisper. “/w ABC-Tichondrius: Hey man, great game, I’ve seen you around, and was wondering if you would like to que XYZ with me sometime. Here’s my BattleTag.” A majority of the time that person will be flattered and add you. I have started using this method quite frequently and I have begun to fill my friends list up with good quality players! At the same, remember that you did just beat them. If they’ve had a terrible queue session they might be in a foul mood. Be respectful and courteous with how you phrase your whisper, and make sure you do not badmouth their teammates, because you don’t want to end up with an enemy instead of a possible friend.

Skill-Capped Forums

The most VALUABLE way to find partners can be the actual website you’re reading this article on. Let me ask you this: If you’re interested in something, where do you go to find people interested in the same thing? In my personal life I love Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It’s a fun way to work out and a great way to defend yourself. Where do I go to meet people that LOVE Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu the way I do? I drive to the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school. Think about it. You LOVE World of Warcraft. You’re interested in arena and you want to find individuals that are like you; players that want to learn and increase their rating so they can proudly wear the Gladiator title or earn that coveted 2k achievement. You obviously already have a Skill-Capped account so why not use it for the specific purpose of finding players to queue with? One of the most underused tools available to people is the Recruitment section of the Skillcapped forum. If you are in need of partners, I encourage you to go to the recruitment section and post a thread in a format similar to this:

Class: Holy Pally/Rdruid
Exp: 2600 on both
Cr: 2200;2400 respectively
Goals: Rank 1
What are you looking for?: Players with a good attitude. LF similar exp, I would prefer RMD or God Comp.
Battletag: Fknwings#****

It might take a while for you to find someone, but even if you find just ONE person to play with it is worth the 2 to 3 minutes it takes to create a forum post.

Things to Consider/Closing Thoughts

Some players that are reading this article have had little experience in arena. The battle you are facing is a long and complicated process. Use these tools I have explained and apply them to your situation. You will NOT get better at this game unless you play it and network with other players. Be aware that the World of Warcraft community can be full of negative attitudes. I’ve explained valuable ways to find partners, but the only way you can find the “right partner(s)” is through trial and error. There are players out there at EVERY single skill level. If you go in with a negative attitude you are sure to fail. Stay positive, keep playing, and you will achieve your goals.

Thank you for reading my article. Please feel free to contact me through Skill-Capped private messaging with any questions or leave a comment below. I’m happy to help at any time!

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    Robomagi
    45 months ago
    Read the last post first, i had to split them in two :)

    //Jonas
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    Robomagi
    45 months ago
    A few days ago i got pretty annoyed that we didn't get any improvements. I just felt like wizzardcomps had such an easy time against us.

    so I logged my disc priest like 3 days ago, got gear in 1 day or so and joined a random mage and boomie for 3s. We started at 1.6k mmr and instantly hit 1900 mmr. It felt so easy. I dont wanna play priest, i want to improve with my hunter!

    I've looked at so many guides and forums about SV hunter with ret and this annoys me even more. WoD feels alot more comp dependant than i rememberd WoW to be??? Am i wrong? I've also tried with a feral in 3s but meh.

    When i watch all the hunter videos etc on Skill-Caped it feels like nothing is new to me. I have all the macros since before, rotation is simle, i have finess and can adapt in many scenarios. hunter feels like playing my mage.

    Can anyone comment on this?
    I was a 2.3k+ as disc and mage but now im struggling at 1.6k as hunter. I face arena masters at this mmr aswell?!

    Any comment would be awesome. I'm new here and would like to discuss this
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    Robomagi
    45 months ago
    Hi fellow PvP'ers. I'm back to WoW and arena after 2.5 years break (i think). I loved arena and was playing mage through wotlk and hit my highest personal rating in the last season of wotlk (2400 in 2s and 2350 in 3s). In s9 when cata came i rerolled priest and instantly hit 2300 in both 2s and 3s. Where i couldnt seem to get higher.
    So I stoped playing wow due to this. That i couldnt get higher annoyed me and I just stoped.

    I just came back to wow like 1 month ago after this long break. I rerolled hunter and has played 2s and 3s as SV.

    Now to the problem: I'm stuck at 1.6k-1.7k rating/mmr, I'm playing with a Ret and Rdruid in 3s, and with a disc in 2s. All these players that i play with has a former experience of 2300 ish. So they know a thing or two. We all use comms and everyone is mature and willing to adapt and improve to this PvP change that i feel has happend.



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    Hulkmane
    45 months ago
    I know this may seem bass ackwards but im gonna throw it out there. I am by no means a high level player, and i just joined skillcapped 2 days ago. I have been within single digits of my 1550 achieve on 3 different toons across the last 3 years, ret in cata and wod, ele in mop, and feral in wod although maybe not within single digita on the feral, and everytime we somehow end up losing like 8 games when we get there. Bummer :( Anyway i have done the dueling thing many times and the whisper in arena thing many times and im sure we have all tried trade. I am gonna have to try out the group finder i always forget about that feature. So the last option and believe it or not i have made a ton of bnet friends this way and its a good way to get great constructive critisizm on yourself. I GANK ALOT in tanaan jungle. I bnet friend request a ton of these players i have killed or even lost to in less frequent instances. I know it may not work all the time cause they play the other faction but some of them have alts on your faction considerably geared as well. Or in my case i have 2 feral druids both tauren and different servers but i have been debating faction changing one of them for the ally pvp perks anyway. And the big bonus to that is i have had a ton of players keep me bnet friended incase they or i ever try the opposing faction. Just a thought maybe you could add if you feel the urge fknwings. Otherwise great thread and thanks for the info.
    I play feral only now for the sake of muscle memory.
    Any questions feel free to hit me up anybody.
    Hulkmane#1287
     
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      fknwings
      45 months ago
      Very good constructive comment, and a great idea!
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    Hulkmane
    45 months ago
    Well to follow up i qued in the lf arena partner tonight landed with a frost mage and we went i think 6/7 wins and 4 of them had healz. A solid win for tonight :)
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    xantam
    47 months ago
    Amazing article!
    I have been dormant ingame for a few months and decided to pickup again with the spouse to do arenas; both of us are very apprehensive towards looking for people when neither of us has very much experience. But this article has given me the confidence to start searching for a group again.
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    Hmanz
    48 months ago
    Nice article it boosted my moral and attitude towards finding mates to play with
     
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      fknwings
      48 months ago
      Great to hear dude! Hope you've found some people!
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    Enzyy
    49 months ago
    Great article m8!
     
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      fknwings
      49 months ago
      Glad you liked it!
 
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