An Intermediate guide to PvP
I have been spending a lot of my free time in Guild Wars recently, hitting the arenas. From the Tomb of Primeval Kings to chatting with Marvin the shark in the competition arenas, I have seen a lot of what PvP has to offer. I can honestly say that Guild Wars has the best PvP setup I have ever encountered within an MMO. This guide is meant to take the player who has spent some time fighting in the arenas to a new level of competition. If you are completely new to PvP please read some of the great beginner guides hosted on the site first.
To get the most out of your PvP time there are a few things that one should know to enhance the experience and winning potential of your team. Before you enter the arena on your next visit it is highly recommended that you download, install, and configure the FREE client for both of the following applications:
www.ventrilo.com - Commonly referred to as vent in PvP chat
www.goteamspeak.com - Commonly referred to as TS in PvP chat
These applications are voice over IP clients that will enhance your team's ability to communicate before, during, and after combat. Even if you do not have a microphone set up, using these clients will let you listen in on the ever-colorful chatter of your fellow Guild Warians. If there is only one key to success in Guild Wars it would be good communication between you and your team.
Test Your Might!
Now that you have the tools of the PvP trade you only need the character to start having the time of your virtual life. Starting, it is far easier to use a PvP build available in the PvP portion of the character creation tool than to develop your own from scratch. This is not to say that your ideas are not good, just that PvP skill importance is different than PvE skill importance. The two easiest builds to learn are those with the Warrior and Monk primaries. Both primary professions are in high demand in the arenas, so getting a team invite should be easy. The remaining professions are not by any means underpowered. They just require more knowledge of the maps, and your teammates to be truly effective.
The most important part of making a good PvP character is the character's name. It is the one defining aspect of your character that could easily cause you the most trouble. A good name is simple and easy to pronounce and type. A good name also should not offend. I know you might think that people will like you if your name makes fun of some other player or country, but the fact of the matter is people play to win. Anyone with an obviously childish name will probably behave childishly during the battle. A childish name also usually infers little knowledge of how PvP works. Best to avoid being labeled in this group by choosing a good name to begin with, and finding a good team will be so much easier.
Now, you should probably spend a few matches in the competition arenas first. This is especially true if you are trying a new or modified build. The competition arenas are made to test things out in. Testing a new build while trying to win the Hall of Heroes is an almost assured way to guarantee your team will lose. Think of it as the warm up before the workout. It gets you in the right mindset and makes you remember how to most effectively use your own skills.
One Target to Rule them All!
Calling targets and attacking called targets is the basis of any good strategy. You can attack and target another player's target by hitting the 't' key after the target has been called. If you are the person calling targets, you need to hit the 'ctrl' key and 'space bar' at the same time after you have selected the team's target. If you are the caller for your team, it never hurts to continue to hit the 'ctrl' key and 'space bar' every 30-45 seconds. This bypasses some bugs in the targeting software and keeps everyone focused on the same character. A team of 8 going for the Hall seems to be most effective if there are two callers. Each caller will lead three other team members. Thus on the first map one team can stay and defend while the other team kills the Rift Wardens for the moral boost for the next fight.
On to the Big Show!
The Tomb of Primeval Kings is the best place currently to make a name for yourself. Fighting in a team of 8, you will attempt to win 2-7 matches in a row against other teams of 8 from around the globe to claim the Hall of Heroes. This is a good place to get some nice things for your guild. During your battles you will accumulate fame and ranks. Once you have rank three or higher you will be able to use the '/rank' command. On your way to gaining rank you can always type '/deaths' to see how many times you have died.
This is the location where TeamSpeak and Ventrilo will come in handy. Many teams utilize these programs even for pickup games. Just be sure to get the server IP, port, and password from the player who is hosting the service.
Call order is important. Unless you are playing in a specifically designed team you should attack targets in the following priority:
1st - Kill the opposing team's priest. Rush the priest 30-40 seconds before each resurrection. Resurrections happen every 2 minutes.
2nd - Kill all Monk primaries
3rd - Kill all Monk secondary classes
4th - Kill Rangers, Necromancers, and Elementalists. Choose the one that is standing over a fallen Monk. He/she is asking for it.
5th - Kill Warriors
6th - Kill opposing team's hero
Always have at least one resurrection skill and one healing skill equipped. You will use both more than you think.
Never quit a team after loosing the first fight. It will take some time to get used to playing with other people, so give it a good three fights before seeking out a better team.
Never quit a team because you just died or the odds look bad. If one person or your priest is still alive, you might be coming back quicker then you think.
Do not get mad at the Monks for not healing. Monks are often primary targets who are fighting off 4 or more opponents just to keep themselves alive.
It takes an average of 4 players focusing on one opponent to drop that opponent. If your team is good, have two teams with two different callers focusing on different targets.
Don't stand in rain of fire. If it starts raining fire, do what you would do in real life and get out of it.
Have fun. You will be fighting some of the best players in the world. There is no shame in dieing as long as you enjoy the battle. Revenge is always an option.
*** This article was written by firesion and because it's wonderful guide PvP maps, I decided to post it here. ;)