It took me, what, three years? Four? How long have I been playing this game anyway? Somewhere between those two I think. I was a TBC kid. In all that time, I'd never given arenas a try. Not even once. Neither had Fuu.
A week ago, that all changed. We both got our "step into the arena" achievements... and then promptly became addicted. Our team, named simply Hodor, hovers around .500. We've not played two dozen matches yet, but are closing fast. We've capped out our conquest points in two days each week.
We'd been doing BG's a whole lot, and our guild is forming up a rated team. Thus, we wanted to work on our gear. Honor is all well and good, but conquest is where it's at, and normal BG's really aren't a good source of CP.
Arenas, however. Holy fel. I feel like it's stealing getting that CP. It falls like a deluge of Mage tears. It's awesome.
We're doing a 2v2 (of course). DK (me) with a Healy Priest (Fuu). I have no idea if the combination is any good. In the 2's bracket, I understand it's a whole lot of "rock, paper, scissors" going on. Some rocks fare better than others.
We've fared pretty well so far, going on some streaks both ways. We win as much as we lose. Also, we're not usually getting blown out. They're close, hard fought matches, so the match-making process appears sound, at least in our limited sampling.
And have I mentioned the CP? After running simply normal BGs forever, it seems to drop super fast. We'll definitely be in good shape for tonight's guild debut into rated BGs.
The upside of 2v2 for us is that we're in the same room. Communication is easy. Scheduling is easy. You can hop in, spend an hour, and be nearly capped even if you simply split your matches.
The downside is that the rating doesn't work toward the gear upgrades. 2v2 is sort of the "unsupported" slice of arenas. Also, there's a certain amount of, ahem, marital stress you may have to be willing to endure. Having raided together forever, it's really not different, but say the wrong thing at the wrong time and you may be sleeping on the couch. Consider yourself fairly warned.
On the other side, I think teamwork is a great skill to build for couples. Too often that benefit of gaming together is overlooked. The couple that plays together, stays together, says I.
Even if you're not a PvP maven, consider the 2v2 bracket. We did some dabbling in 3v3... a lot more brutal. A lot more losing. 2v2 seems to be more forgiving. It's a great place to whet your appetite and get a bit of CP. If you go into it expecting to lose as much as you win... it's a great time.
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