Nixhex is my warlock. I started him pre-BC to see what was up with the class our guild could never seem to recruit. In 40-man raids we would be lucky to have 1 or 2 warlocks. I found the class to be easy to level and fun to play. Lots of spells to choose from and three different pure damage dealing trees were new to me.
Nix sat in the mid 40s until the beginning of the year when I decided I needed an herber to make me pots and elixirs. I power leveled him, which I found to be even easier than leveling Stoney had been a year earlier. And then just used him for herbing and running dailies. I had no interest in gearing him in Kara, let alone getting the key for it. Occasionally I would run him on the weekly throw-away 5v5 just to get points. The points accumulated and soon I found myself with enough to buy S3 chest and legs.
All of a sudden I realized I have in my hands one of Blizzard’s favored children: the warlock. This could be a PvP powerhouse just by the unique structure of arena and how spec plays into that.
I grinded out enough honor to get the S2 shoulders & helm—two of the best looking pieces in the game in my opinion—plus the Guardian belt and neckpiece. I found a resto druid and an MS Warr for some 3v3. On our first night we went 5-0 and got a 1577 rating. Played right, it’s a great combo.
Now here is the great irony: after months and months of gearing, specing, reading, testing, tweaking, and all around optimizing Stoney for arena I step in with a half-geared lock and roflstomp the competition, as opposed to Stoney's struggles to break even in the first week. In fact, by comparison the resto druid of Nix's team is only half as well geared as Schlimmy, the former resto drood of Stoney’s team.
It proves a point that I have known, that is well known and nothing new to be revealed here: arena is heavily class & spec dependent. A single player (me) can accomplish more, easier and faster in arena with an undergeared SL/SL lock than a well geared and tweaked Enhance Shaman.
I’ll keep you posted on both teams as the season progresses. Let’s see if I can get Stoney up there as well as I can Nix.
Labels: 3v3, analysis, arena, PvP, Warlock