PvP-ness

I have recently had a couple of guildies get me involved in PvP warzones (something that I never even considered touching for the first 18 months I ever played the game), and have come to realize that I really really suck!!  I mean I am downright awful. I know that there are currently three reasons for this, and at least a couple of the reasons will resolve themselves with time.

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First, when I attempt to play on Zernebog I am immediately focused and demolished. Being at max level and just beginning to PvP does not bode well for a new PvP experience. I am in all PvE gear and have no expertise, so I am immediately looked at as a, “Hey, get that noob over there!” target. I know how to play my class at least moderately well, I think (if any of my readers have been grouped with me in the past and disagree, please let me know). Here I know what I am doing wrong and if PvP’ing as a Jugg tank is something I want to pursue I will just end up someday rolling a new Jugg tank for PvP’ing.

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Secondly, I am a noob. I fully expect to get my ass handed to me over and over and over again (and to any team that has the displeasure of having me as a part of it-I’m sorry. I will get better with time), so the constant loss does not really bother me (at least I am not usually at the bottom of the match rankings). I mean, of course it would be nice to win one someday, but seeing as how I am a noob, the whole PvP experience is something to adjust to. I have been listening to the Ootinicast episode with Snave and been trying to get some pointers from Chuck and Brian (I have a Bad Feeling about those guys) concerning strategies, and I think with enough practice and preparation I will get beyond “noob” status.

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Third, the main PvP character I have is Ja’rilo. He is a level 16 Shield Tech Powertech (tank). I don’t really know the class very well yet, and one of the few abilities I had has just been removed with 3.1.1, so I need to find a new rotation-especially for the low levels. (For anyone that does not know already, Vanguards lost the Full Auto ability in 3.1.1 while Powertechs lost Unload). I know Unload doesn’t belong in a rotation at higher levels, but as a level 16 I don’t have a lot in my bag of tricks.  This, of course, will be remedied with experience and research, but right now it is a little frustrating (and the fact that Flamethrower does not really target an enemy-player or mob-but rather just erupts in front of your character). I have been enjoying PvP on Ja’rilo and I think I will get better as time goes on.

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I have never attempted to heal in PvP though. I have had several people that I have grouped with tell me that I would make a great PvP healer due to the fact that I attempt to keep all my party healed up (even those damned Marauders that want to pull before the tank). I will probably try at some point, but I am not sure that a Sorc would be the best class to try PvP healing with-especially since Dodola is decked out in level 49 gear (she just dinged 50).  Does anyone have any advice regarding PvP healing?

Do you have any advice about PvP strategies?  What is your opinion about the state of PvP in the 3.1.1 era?  Lastly, do you have any advice for people like me that are just starting to get into PvP or know where to find a PvP tanking guide for both the Juggernaut and the Powertech?

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Shout It, Shout It, Shout It Out Loud

Hello, everyone!  I apologize for the extended time between my last post and the next one to come about, but I am currently working on a tanking guide for the Juggernaut class and need some more screenshots in order to finish it. I am probably about 2/3 of the way finished, but I don’t think I will be able to get it posted this week. You can expect it sometime early next week though. As always, I am very interested in community feedback, so please feel free to comment on the guide once it is posted.

On a side note, I want to give a shout out to all those podcasts and bloggers that keep me centered around the SWTOR universe.

Ootinicast, you guys rock and it is always such a pleasure to listen to you (though I am about nine episodes behind!).

Corellian Run Radio:  Heather and Jason, thanks for the opportunity to highlight my guild, The Order of Shadow Knights, on your show. Also, you two are amazing hosts and Heather’s laugh is always great to hear!  It wasn’t until recently that I discovered how much more content you have on the site that is helpful for in-game content.

Healing SWTOR:  Louie, you are one badass healer, and the information you have on your cast is amazing!  It has really helped me become a better healer on my Sorc.

Torocast:  I just started listening to you all, but I have heard of most of you before. This latest episode with XamXam’s appearance was great and the entire episode was very enjoyable. I am looking forward to future episodes and to listening to some of your past ones.

Pretty Little Sith:  I’ve been following Heather’s blog for quite some time-it was the first SWTOR blog I ever read. A large part of the reasoning there was because I was attempting to level a tankasin before I finally scrapped it and rolled the warrior that would become Zernebog.  You keep me interested in SWTOR news and are one of the few blogs that I will read when the posts aren’t related to the game. Congrats on your new house too!

XamXamSays:  I first discovered you when you appeared on Corellian Run Radio during Exploit-gate and really like your insights. From there I searched you out to read what you have to say on a more regular basis. I love your posts and find myself looking toward your blog for PvP information. If anyone ever wants a no-holds-barred review of SWTOR news, look no further than XamXam. Always entertaining and quite insightful.

Ravalation:  Your blog is wonderful. I also really love the fact that you put yourself out there on other blogger’s sites. I have really appreciated the comments you leave here and you always have me looking at my gameplay in a different way. I am a die-hard Imperial, but it doesn’t mean that I can’t respect you Republic players! *wink*

Going Commando in SWTOR:  Shintar, your stuff is new to me and I have been enjoying getting caught up with your posts. It is nice to see so many healer-driven blogs out there, and I am quite happy to see the discussion that is revolving around this role all the time. You bring some great insights into the game!

Pixelkaffe: You had me hooked with your keybinding post and made me look at the way I play differently. I can’t say that I have adopted any of your strategies, but I am glad for the insight. I also like that your posts aren’t all news or gameplay and you take a different view of exploration. I look forward to the posts still to come.

PowerDress Gaming: I think we started at about the same time, and I like your slant as a SWTOR travel agent. It always brings a smile and makes me think about my time in-game not always having to revolve around grinding. It is nice to be reminded that there is a lighter side to game play than gear and leveling.

There are tons more out there, and others that I follow. If I didn’t mention you here it is because I am still getting into your posts. There are several posts that show up in my blog reader that I haven’t had the opportunity to really start looking at. I appreciate everyone that blogs or casts about the SWTOR community, and I thank you all for what you are doing to unite the fans with all the information out there. I know I would never be able to see all of this without your help. Your insights always push me forward with my own gameplay. Thank-you for all that you do!

Finally, I would like to give a shout out to all my friends in the Order of Shadow Knights. You all hold a very special place in my heart and I am so happy that I get to spend my time in-game with you. I have developed some great friendships with many of my guildmates, including (but not limited to): Raveonette, Xargaa, Veenla, Verduga, Steel, Masja, Rohahem, and Allisee. You are all so amazing and make playing SWTOR one of my favorite activities. Never change-you are all perfect the way you are!

May the force serve you well.

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