Hey guys, I’m gonna throw up a list of great tips that anyone can use in arenas to increase their rating, even experienced players. I’ve been doing arenas actively since s1 and I still screw these up, so don’t feel bad if you don’t do these!
- The first thing you should do every time the gate opens is make a focus target. Even if you have to change your focus mid-game, at least make one at the start to get in the habit and remind you during the game to pay attention to more than just your main target.
- Learn to be patient. Sometimes you will come up against a team that you can’t see how to beat right away. Just play as you would normally and wait for them to slip up. Once someone on their team does something dumb, like trinketing a snare or popping Avenging Wrath, you can capitalize on it. Likewise, avoid making stupid decisions just because you think you can’t win. The other team is waiting for you to do something stupid too :)
- Call out all your cc. By this I mean you should tell your teammates before you use one of your cc abilities, so that you don’t overlap CC and waste diminishing returns. You should also call out for a dispel when you are cced. People seem to think it’s shameful to get cced and they keep quiet on vent. True skill is knowing you’re about to get cced and giving your teammates a head’s up so they can dispel you. Note that I didn’t say “call out when you are cced,” I said “call out for a dispel when you’re cced.” Your healer will probably be busy healing while you’re being cced, and if all you say over vent is “sheeped…” he might not be able to make the logical connection that he needs to dispel you right away. Top-notch players will be able to understand what you really mean, but if you have someone that good on your team then you probably don’t need my advice :). So make sure to call out for a dispel specifically.
- Skype > Ventrilo
- Get in the habit of asking your teammates when their major abilities are up like repentance and death grip. If your teammates are just using abilities like this whenever they see fit, it will be hard to take advantage of them, and you will lose to teams that can coordinate better than you. Make it clear to your teammates you aren’t just subtly reminding them to use that ability, that you really want to know if it’s up so that you can organize some cc and get a kill somewhere.
And that’s it! Anyone who can regularly implement these 5 steps in arenas will see a big jump in ratings, guaranteed. But it takes time, so learn to be patient, and don’t try to make excuses.