Improving your GW2 sPvP mentality and gameplay

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#1 Stev



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Posted 27 September 2012 - 01:59 AM

Hey guys, I'm just gonna go over a quick few things that you can do, by yourself, to improve your gameplay. I know alot of times you just wanna jump into 5's or feel that you can't practice without actually being in a 5's game, but that's wrong. So here's a couple things that anyone and everyone interested in playing 5v5 Structured PvP should do/know.

1) Communication is key. --- There is never a time when what you are doing is not worth telling someone. Anything you do effects the flow of the game. It's easy to think " oh, it doesn't matter that I got knocked back, I don't have to say that". WRONG. The flow of the game can change in the blink of an eye. Anything that you do is relevant. I say this becuase it is hard to teach people that communication is important. NOTE: There is a difference between talking about relevant gameplay, and rambling on. Please do not tell me in the middle of the 4v4 team fight at keep that your cat is playing with yarn and it's so darn cute. The major things to be telling me are how many people are where, what your intentions are, etc. etc.

2) Do your research -- The number one thing you must do to become a better player is swallow your ego. You are not the best, and neither am I. Accept the fact that someone else knows just a teeny bit more than you, and in turn, just might possibly have made a build that could benefit you. There are tons of fantastic builds out there worth trying, and there are hundreds of thousands of youtube videos featuring their gameplay. Do your research on what builds are used in what scenarios, and then maybe even see how they 're played.

3)Be constructive -- In the middle of a game when you start losing, do not get upset or frustrated, there will always be another game. Believe it or not, one of the many things that seperates good players from great players, and in turn great players from rank 1 players is being able to control yourself. When you get angry, upset, frustrated, or whatever, you do not play as well. You lose your focus. So just try to keep cool, especially when it comes to team mates. We are trying to build a nuturing environment where people can come to learn, and play at all levels of competition.

4) Hot join isn't the end of the world -- Playing by yourself can be dreadful, but hot join is a great place to try out new builds. If hot join isn't for you, there are dummys you can practice your builds on as well. Hot join is 8v8 instead of 5v5, which is a large difference, but nevertheless, the matches roll back to back and you can leave anytime with no penalty. It's a great place to just practice your gameplay, espicially since most of the time it's going to be 2v1, 3v2, etc. etc. Learning to play under pressure is a fast way to learn.

5) Don't be afraid to ask for help -- Please, really. It is not embarassing, it is not degrading. It shows you want to learn, and wanting to learn is the first place to start. Please do not tell me when I ask for people for 5's that you don't want to drag the group down. I'm not here to win world finals, im here to help you. I want to see you guys grow, and so do all the other advisers

6) Do not fight on roads!!!! -- One of the most detrimental things to a 5s team is someone who fights in the middle of the road and not on a cap point. Every class has some sort of ability to let them get away, or even if you just dodge roll and start running you'll get away. It is of no benefit to us if you sit there doing a 1v1 on the road. It's better to have you at a node. If you run away, and he chases you, good. He isn't doing any harm to our node, and you can go to a safe place ( our node ). If he turns around and goes to our other point, then we have someone waiting for him. It's simple, but old habits die hard

Ending notes: I know this was a rather long write-up, but I felt it was very neccessary. These are just some of the many things I've seen that possibly are inhibiting our growth. Please try to work on these things in any way you can, and don't be afraid to ask questions. Like I said, old habits die hard. Always remember....

Practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.

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#2 Jano


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Posted 13 October 2012 - 02:16 AM

Get some images to go along with this post and we'll add it into the site as an sPvP article
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