This might seem like a bit of a weird question, but I've been ruminating on it all evening after spending a day (unsuccessfully) trying to encourage a friend to persist in practicing arenas.
The question is...
When did you first realize that you could PVP?
Most people on my server, at least (RP-PVP) act as if they were born knowing how to do it, and never went through a learning period. I wasn't. I leveled up for the first time as a fury warrior, without a guild and without high-level friends to help me out, so undergeared as well as poorly specced. This on a PVP server, with what is (at last estimate) a 2:1 ratio of horde to alliance. I did do regular battlegrounds, but 49 levels of pugging Arathi Basin taught me a lot about what Alliance (doesn't) know about battlegrounds, and I'd be lucky if I got half as many HKs as deaths in a single BG, without even thinking about killing blows.
The end result of this was that until level 70 I was fundamentally convinced that I sucked at PVP, I would always suck at PVP, that there was something inherently wrong with me that I would never be able to fight on an equal level with other people on my server.
This lasted until I got to 70, and actually for quite a while after that -- I've heard it said that the difference between a new 70 and a geared 70 is like the difference between a new 70 and a level 60, and while I don't know that it's that bad, it's pretty significant. I respecced to Arms (well, Fury/Arms hybrid with MS) because I'd heard that was the power spec for warriors, but it didn't seem to make much of a difference. I continued to avoid world PVP encounters whenever possible, and die a lot in battlegrounds.
The change for me came when I started doing 2v2 arenas with a good buddy of mine, a holy paladin. At first, as a team, we sucked a lot, but he was patient and experienced and a great healer. And gradually, we came to win arenas. I started getting enough points to buy gladiator gear. And gradually we started winning more arenas than we lost. (Editors' note: This was back in season 1. Sadly, warrior/paladin doesn't make a very good arena team any more, so our glory days are over. :( )
The moment of revelation really came one day when I was doing a premade Arathi Basin with my guild. Another friend of mine, a resto shaman, was healbotting for me. Our group led the charge to the Blacksmith. I got off my mount, waded in, and started hitting people. And I realized, for the first time, that my hits were actually making a difference. I saw people's health bars going down in chunks. I saw people actually dying when I hit them.
We cleared the blacksmith, and drove on to the farm, with the horde falling back as we went. I was out in front, the resto shaman valiantly healing away behind. They couldn't stop us. I kept on cutting people into mincemeat all the way to the farm. And when I finally died, it was with 12 members of the horde team focus firing me.
And that was when it finally dawned on me: I could do PVP. I was not inherently lacking in the PVP-ness.
Have any of you ever had a similar moment of revelation?
- Learning to PVP, when did you do it?