PvP is one of the most midunderstood aspects of World of Warcraft. There are thousands of players but most of them are the same as started six years ago because everyone thinks it is too hard to get involved after so many years of build-up. Yes, the entry curve is steep, but with the right strategies, there are quite a few things you can pull off. Here are five example tips to help you get underway.
1. Find a Team to Work With
Step one is to find a team that you can get to know and develop strategies with. It takes time and energy to be successful with any one time, so make sure you like them, you all have a similar schedule, can use voice chat, and are capable of discussing your matches before and after going into PvP. The more you can build up rapport with your team and develop long term strategies, the better off you will be.
2. Watch Top Matches on YouTube
YouTube is littered with top matches in PvP. You'll find people who have played in top level matches at arena nationals or world championships, Blizzcon showdowns and just plain good matches. Learn the nick names of those people who excel in PvP and look for matches that have been dubbed with play by play to help you understand what is happening on screen. HD recordings are good too.
3. Create a Shot Rotation Spreadsheet
Don't just learn your shot rotations against each potential opponent (you should have at least 10 – one for each class). Write them down and use them each day to develop a strong long term strategy that can be used over and over again when it is needed. That doesn't mean to fall into a static strategy that can be guessed or countered easily, but like any sport, if you master fundamentals, the rest will come without thinking.
4. Be Willing to Ask Questions
If you play a team that destroys you, don't be afraid to ask them how they did it. Some people won't tell you, but others will gladly share their strategies (to a certain degree),especially if you are a gracious loser.
5. Practice with Multiple Classes
Don't just one your own level 85 to practice in PvP. Get used to using between 2-5 different classes and learning how they work. The only real way to know what your opponent is likely to do next is to have played as them yourself.
If you do these five things, you will have a fundamentally better understanding of how the PvP system in World of Warcraft works and what it takes to be among the best in the game. So, get out there, practice and more than anything, start learning.