Stepping into the Arena: The Do’s and Don’ts – Part 1

by Archive // March 14, 2010

Hello, fellow Skill-Capped followers! This is Carryz with my first article to start off our grand opening! Today, I will be sharing and talking about the intricacies of arena; the ins and outs, the whole shebang.

Looking back on the past two years that I have spent playing this game, I’ve noticed a few crucial things that will determine the success of an arena team. World of Warcraft, as we all know, is a team-based game. It’s important to always remember that arena is never a one man show. It doesn’t matter how much better you are individually compared to the opposing team, it’s how much better you are as a team that counts. Of course there will be moments in arena where one player will make a spectacular play, but that is much less common than a team that executes a spectacular play. There is a huge difference between the two and at the end of the day, that one play involving the entire team is what truly matters. Keep this in mind as I continue on, everything will make more sense.

Admitting your mistakes and self-acceptance

ALWAYS be open to admit your mistakes. It doesn’t matter if it occurs during a win or a loss, a mistake is a mistake, period. Mistakes are a huge aspect of arena that needs be minimized in order to find success. Don’t let the ego get in the way of growing as a team. It’s only when someone is able to man up to their own mistakes that will allow a team to grow and flourish. When someone tells you to do something and you were unable to accomplish that task, just say that you could not do it for whatever reason. Do not lie about it! Being able to acknowledge and admit your mistakes is the ultimate key to success.

I will give an example:

One of the more important things of arena that is often overlooked is CC; otherwise known as crowd control. It is also one of the aspects of arena that yields the most common mistakes.

If someone is asking for a fear, polymorph, or whatever your class provides, be honest. If you throw your CC out and it breaks due to a number of possible reasons, just say so. If you lie and say that you did throw out your CC even though you didn’t and proclaim that it broke, it solves nothing and gets you nowhere! Like I mentioned before, don’t let the ego get in the way of growing and learning.

When a team looks back at a loss and everyone is saying they did everything they could (which tends to be untrue), the most common conclusion that the team comes up with is, “Wow, that comp is broken”, “Wow, our comp sucks.”, or the worst of all, “Wow, we suck.” While this may hold to be true in some scenarios, it should not be an excuse to fall back on.

Now if we look at it from the other perspective where everyone is honest, we get a clear view as to what a team can do better to excel. For example, when someone admits that they could’ve done better by CCing so and so, it allows the team to acknowledge the hole in their play and they are given the chance to take action and improve upon it.

Even the exceptional and great arena players go through this same exact problem. It is something I cannot emphasize enough; do NOT let your ego get in the way of something that could be amazing. It’s acknowledging what you do wrong that allows you to grow as a player, and a human being as well. If you’re one of those people that like to call out people on what they’re doing wrong and never pointing yourself out, you’re not going to go very far. No one is perfect and it is impossible to be perfect. Striving to minimize the mistakes and to better ourselves is the closest thing to being “perfect.” Leave the ego at the door and only then will you find the results that you want.

A man once said, “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” Believe it and play by it.

Stay tuned for Part 2 soon!

  • 0
    4 months ago
    This is so true. I have been playing with 2 of my close friends in 3s. One of them is very open to change and improving - solution orientated. He even was willing to START using a mouse after having played ONLY on the keyboard for a full year. The other simply tries to get away with doing the LEAST amount of work possible and takes credit for anything that goes right. He is immovable in his convictions, even though glaring hole are apparent. The easiest thing to pick up in arena is the motor coordination and actions. The hardest thing to pick up is the mindset.
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    24 months ago
    While this is an old article, and a lot of content I am seeing is out of date on this site, this is a very true point, that rings true regardless of the Xpac. The ego is the worst enemy of you in pvp, even when you are successful.
  • 0
    53 months ago
    Nice article hoping article 2 is coming out soon!
  • 0
    55 months ago
    Very well put. Can't wait to read more.
  • 1
    55 months ago
    Great Article the “Wow, we suck.” While this may hold to be true in some scenarios, part had me laughing
  • 1
    57 months ago
    Amazing article, one article that every player out there should read, I know a few people who would benefit from this.
  • 0
    57 months ago
    Great article!
    Looking forward for Part 2!
  • 5
    57 months ago
    Appreciate you guys taking the time to write these articles. Good read.
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