When I first made the transition over to PvP, there was one major roadblock I had to overcome before they could really enjoy myself: death, in PvP, is not bad. I’ve been hearing/reading some comments around the Lillisphere that some of you are going through the same pains right now, so let’s discuss. People with a PvE background are trained to associate toon death with failure. Death means someone didn’t properly execute the plan, or that the plan itself is borked. It often coincides with group/personal drama, it’s just painful all around. But NOT in Lilliworld! How so? Excuse me while I break this down.
Why did they all go after me?? (Or: How I learned to die productively in PvP)
When I was a kid I often heard “He’s just as afraid of you as you are of him”. Yeah, sure dad. That scary snake/rat/dog is afraid of me. I’m six, and a scrawny six at that…but of course he was right then, and he’d be right now. PvPers will naturally seek out and remove the largest perceived threat to their group’s success; good PvPers will work together to do this because coordinated burst on force multipliers wins games. Why? What’s a force multiplier? Stop making up words!!
Force multiplier is modern military jargon (for Gnomes, the best jargon) for a factor that dramatically increases the combat-effectiveness of the force as a whole; healers and controllers are the force multipliers in WoW PvP, no matter what bracket. In other words, every clone the pops out of the Clone-o-Tron 5000 is a potential force multiplier. An adorable, dancing force multiplier.
Think about it (no, not dancing Lillis). Priests have one of the better healer toolkits at 24, and every single spec has Psychic Scream, the only mass fear at level 24. Warlocks all have a spammable Fear, and access to the Succy’s Seduction (watch out, shares diminishing returns with Fear),
Afflicition has an aoe magic damage taken debuff (for all Lillis to enjoy) and Destruction has an on-chance aoe stun and a short cooldown disorient. All Mages have spammable Sheep, a ranged interrupt, an aoe freeze and slow. Fire mages have an on-chance instant-cast stun, Arcane has a blanket silence while Frost has two more aoe freezes (one of them ranged). Oh yeah, and Arcane and Frost do more damage to frozen targets, no matter who freezes them. We are a threat and we wear magic toilet paper. We will be targeted, and we will revel in all the attention.
Now that we’ve accepted we are going to die (a lot) how can we make the best out of each death? Most PvP battles are decided by the team that can put the right force is in the right place at the right time; our job is to disrupt the enemy’s ability to coordinate. Pulling key players out of position at crucial times is often the best use of your death, make them choose between finishing you off and executing their strategy. As casters line-of-sight object are our best friends. Keep a look out for objects to dance around when casting, knowing that you can run around it if you get targeted. Melee will have to chase after you and casters will have to run back into LOS to start another cast.
When you’ve made the enemy so mad they leave our flag carrier to go after you as you ride up, you’ve doing it right. When you can hold four horde at a flag with persistent solo suicide runs, congrats you’ve provided our team a 3 player advantage for the rest of the map. Make every death a success and you will come to love PvP!
Ok, I died. Now what?
So the world has gone grey and there’s an annoying little clock counting down the time until you can DO SOMETHING again. Whatever you do here, just don’t get mad/frustrated/annoyed. There are much more than productive uses of your time. You have up to 30 seconds to breath and plan. Review what happened, and then decide on what you’re going to do next. Objectively run over the last battle in your mind, while taking a good look at your abilities to see what you could have done differently. Pop open your map to see where the Lillis are massing and decide where you will be the most useful. Call out how many horde were in the area you just died. Or say something encouraging to your team in /BG.
After all, it’s nothing personal, it’s just a job. It is the enemy’s job to eliminate priority threats. It is your job to be a threat worth eliminating.
Happy hunting Lillis!