One of the first things I did when I reached Level 85 in World of Warcraft for the first time was login to the arena and take on a 3v3 team that quite literally obliterated my team. That simple fact wasn't too surprising. The characters changed a lot between 3.0 and 4.0 and I needed to adjust to new abilities and a new CC –focused style of combat.
But, the speed with which they beat us and the ability they showed to separate us and deliver direct, targeted hits to each class as though they knew exactly what we were each about to do was surprising. I couldn't keep up because they knew where we were going and when.
So, after we lost, I asked how they got so good. Duelling, they told me. They spent between 5 and 10 hours a week duelling each other and various other classes in Undercity, learning how to take on their opponents in surprising and incredibly effective new ways.
How to Use Duels to Your Advantage
Since then, I've spent a lot of time studying duelling and how it can help you in PvP. You've probably been told more than a few times that duelling is a good way to practice for any form of PvP, but have you actually done it? Probably not.
But, think about what duelling does for you. It allows you to quickly and easily generate powerful combos that work against specific shot rotations, memorize and respond to emotes that your opponents will use when casting, manage your CC better against trap heavy classes and learn how to interrupt some abilities and just absorb others.
It will take time to engrain those situations and strategies deeply within your mind, but you'll need them to be in there if you ever want to stand a chance of staying alive until the match is over. So, here's what I recommend.
Get a group of friends together (your arena or BG team) and go to a popular duelling spot for your faction. Now, commit to completing at least 5 duels every night before you do anything else. I don't care if there's new content on the servers – get out there and duel because without this highly valuable tool, you'll never stand a chance of getting the experience and quick reflexes you need to succeed in any form of PvP.