Yesterday I had a small realization that maybe I don’t completely suck at PvP anymore.
“What!?” you exclaim! “Michael, don’t you know that one of the cornerstones of the universe is that you totally suck at PvP, so bad you actually go heals in Battlegrounds (that’s BGs to the elect) so you can excuse getting ganked all the time.
Yep. I know. But I’ve been playing shadow spec on my priest in BGs and I think I’m getting better.
“Wait, why the heck are you playing shadow spec, Michael!? You know you love healing in BGs more than anything.”
I’m glad you asked, anonymous reader.
First, I wanted to melt some faces. I was getting tired of being the healer in PvP and Dungeons. I don’t mind Dungeons, because it makes my queue times much shorter, but that’s not a problem in BGs, so why not go in as DPS and see what that’s like?
Second, I was tired of having that huge target on me from my Chakra state, which meant everyone knew Krupp was a healer and didn’t even need an addon to tell them to target him. If a big glowing ground effect blinking on and off didn’t get their attention, I don’t know what would. As soon as Krupp put a toe into the PvP pool, two Death Knights, a Paladin, Warrior and a couple of Rogues would surround him and whoosh, everything turned grey and there’s a guy who’s going to resurrect him in 25, 24, 23 seconds, etc.
Third, as a corollary to first and second, I got tired of no one having my back as a healer. One of the things I thought would happen is that when I was healing people, they would come to help me when I got targeted by the “Gank a priest” gang. Nope. What happened was they were really grateful to me for getting four or five guys distracted for a few seconds killing me so they could cap the objective in peace and get those extra honor points, or make a quick getaway because things were going south and frikking Horde were everywhere.
So, those were the three main reasons I stopped healing in BGs and decided to start killing Hordies (or trying to at least).
How did you get better, you ask?
Well, first off I got better gear. I ran BGs over and over and over, pulling up the honor points to get a full set of gear, starting from the top left and moving my way down. I’m not quite done. Krupp still has some jewelry items to get, but mostly he’s decked out in full Season 10 honor point gear, which isn’t bad for someone who only runs in BGs at the moment. Better gear means you live longer, and are not a “speed bump” in the road being run by the Horde juggernaut. Living longer means you don’t get killed as much, and you can attack people for longer. Attacking people for longer means you have a real chance to knock them out of the fight.
Next, I’m getting a clue. I’m seeing what is going on around me and I’m not completely confused. I’m making sense of the ebb and flow of a huge battle around an objective, and I kind of know what I’m supposed to be doing. (Kill the healers, if you don’t know that yet. After you kill the healers, burn their bodies and try to kill them again.) When Krupp gets singled out by an opponent, he actually has a chance to take them down. There are some PvP gods in BGs who Krupp will probably never be a match for, but often he can either take out the average PvPer or run away effectively until an ally picks them up and takes the pressure off.
Finally, Krupp is getting healed. People are actually taking the time to heal Krupp when he’s concentrating on taking out enemy healers. I’ve noticed this, when his health gets low and suddenly there’s a green glow on the ground around him and his health is steadily going back up. Wow! Someone thinks Krupp is worth keeping alive! That’s very gratifying.
So, what specifically made you think you don’t completely suck at PvP?
Well, Krupp is getting specifically targeted as a shadow priest. This happens usually after he kills his first healer and starts in on the second. Suddenly he becomes the focus of several Horde PCs, specifically DKs and Rogues. Maybe they hear the pitiful wails of their healers dying and decide to take out the culprit? Also, a couple of weeks ago Krupp managed to use his Mind Control ability to make an enemy run off a cliff and die. That was so cool. I didn’t think I could top that feeling. I did, when a few days later Krupp was at the top of the scoring list at the end of a BG. I’ve never been there. Usually Krupp is in the middle to near bottom, though I can’t remember him ever being at the very bottom. Being the top scorer topped the running a guy off a cliff feeling. But, topping even that was taking out a Paladin in world pvp.
Now, normally I don’t get involved in world PvP, mainly because I usually get my butt handed to me. This time, I was annoyed enough not to care, and I was getting the idea that maybe I didn’t completely suck and could at least make an impression. I was questing in Outland with my leveling Shaman when I start reading the message, “Honor Hold is under attack! Honor Hold is under attack!” over and over and over. This means one or more Hordies are attacking the main quest hub and generally making things unpleasant for everyone else trying to get their quests done. Quest givers are dead and now you can’t turn in your quest, so you sit around and wait for them to respawn and here comes the Hordie again, killing them before you can turn in the freaking quest. Argh! Really annoying. My Shaman headed over to the quest hub to turn in quests, because maybe they got bored and left. Ha! Nope, there is a lvl 85 paladin and his lvl 60ish hunter lackey taking out Honor Hold NPCs and quest givers. I notice a Dwarven priest fighting with them, but they’re taking him out fairly easily, as paladins do to cloth wearing spellcasters. So, I was sitting there annoyed. I decided “Screw this, I’m going to try and take this guy out.”
I log off my Shaman and log on Krupp. He quickly heads over to Hellfire Peninsula and flies to Honor Hold. The paladin and his hunter pet are still there, being watched pretty helplessly by a small group of Alliance players who have no chance to take this guy on because they’re the same level as my shaman and the Paladin can take any one of them out with one hit. The Dwarf priest is gone, probably got tired of being a punching bag. So here’s Krupp, another priest, getting ready to throw down. I notice a lvl 85 Alliance hunter so I’m thinking this might not be so bad. I watch him for a while and wonder if the two of us can just intimidate him into leaving. Nope. I think he figures he can take out a hunter and priest without too much problem, and I would tend to agree with him, but I’m pissed off, so when the hunter just sits there on his mount and does nothing, Krupp start to drop DoTs on the paladin, followed by a mind blast and then mind flay. Well, his health starts to go down nicely and I guess that got his attention, because now he’s coming for Krupp. But, unlike before, when an icy grip of fear would clutch at my belly and I’d think, well, he’s dead in a few seconds now, I just thought, “I know exactly what he’s going to do.”
He gets in melee range and Krupp cast Fear. He starts running away in fear, but pops his trinket and starts running back at me. “Yep,” I think, “That’s what you were going to do.” Next, Krupp cast Psychic Horror. Oops! You weren’t expecting that, were you? Oh… no trinket now, so you just sit there and tremble while Krupp casts a few Mind Spikes on you, followed by an instant cast Mind Blast… Finally, a pair of Shadow Word: Death spells and you’re falling down with that awesome death animation Blood Elves have, and Krupp has actually won. I can’t believe I actually downed a paladin with a clothy spell casting weenie. The paladin returns after a few minutes, so Krupp rinses and repeats on him, after which he decided to stay away from Honor Hold.
Does this mean that I still really do suck and PvP, but he just sucked worse? Maybe, but until now, I was always the one who sucked worse. Now there are others who do PvP, but suck worse at it than me, so I feel good.