Where PvP Gear Often Helps

Yes­ter­day, I talked about How to Read PvP Gear for PvE, and short­cuts on how to eval­u­ate PvP gear when it comes to enhanc­ing your PvE set. The big take­away from the arti­cle was: use PvP gear to patch your PvE set, not for over­all gear­ing.

Today, I’ll list as many of the com­mon­ly-patched cas­es I can think of. If Bliz­zard’s going to keep pol­lut­ing sprin­kling in pvp items in your pve instances/raids, you might as well cher­ry-pick pieces from the pvp side that will actu­al­ly help you in PvE.

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How to Read PvP Gear for PvE

Con­tin­ued from yes­ter­day’s Intro to Using PvP Gear for PvE.

(I apol­o­gize in advance for the for­mat­ting, I don’t have the patience for prop­er html cod­ing.)

PvP gear is typ­i­cal­ly heavy on the fol­low­ing stats. I’ll explain how each mat­ters in PvE.

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Intro to Using PvP gear in PvE

Raids and instances are PvE. Bat­tle­grounds and Are­na are PvP. You get to play mul­ti­ple ways with the same toon, it’s real­ly fun! The cool thing about WoW is that even in PvP, with no group, you can get gear to help you in PvE.

This arti­cle is writ­ten for the PvE play­er look­ing to sup­ple­ment their gear with some PvP gear. I’m assum­ing you are a new­bie raider who has been to a cou­ple of instances and wants to take the jump to Kara, ZA, Gru­ul and so on and not suck at your role. To do this, you can def­i­nite­ly help your­self out with some well-cho­sen PvP gear.

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Secret Design of WoW PvE: PvP vs PvE

The series: [Intro­duc­tion, and a call for com­ments, Solo Dif­fi­cul­ty vs Group Dif­fi­cul­ty, PvE vs PvP, Vari­ety vs Spe­cial­iza­tion, Solo Per­former vs Group Util­i­ty, Your role in a PvE raid]

No class is glob­al­ly bet­ter at PvP than every oth­er class. WoW PvP is a huge rock-paper-scis­sor game, where there’s an answer for every move, or in WoW’s case, Class A always feels over­pow­ered to an oppo­nent of Class B, Class B over Class C, and Class C over Class A. (except expand­ed out to an 11-way graph) While no class is uni­ver­sal­ly dom­i­nant in PvP, some builds are uni­ver­sal­ly bet­ter than oth­er builds in that envi­ron­ment.

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SPHOs

So let’s say you have a guild. Some of the peo­ple are good friends, you’ve known them for a long time. You know what they do in their lives, you know a lit­tle of their fam­i­ly life. You know about their pets! They raid with you, quest with you, are­na with you.

Then there are oth­er peo­ple who have been in the guild for a long time, but nev­er make the list of peo­ple you think of when you want to explore new stuff. They don’t par­tic­u­lar­ly care about knock­ing over chal­lenges, but are glad to come along to raid or pvp as long as their real-life con­nec­tion is going to be there. These peo­ple are the oth­er half of a “pack­age deal”. They have played enough to get to the max lev­el, and they do like the sight of zomg epics. Who does­n’t? So they vol­un­teer to come with you, whether it’s for your new are­na team, or your raid. Some of these peo­ple evolve into actu­al gamers, peo­ple who get good at their role in a group, who under­stand the game and what they can do in it, and who social­ize with the oth­ers. The oth­ers become SPHOs: sub-per­form­ing hang­ers-on. (Pro­nounced how it looks, rhymes with show.)
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