PvP for Noobs: Arathi Basin

Originally posted 3/11/2013 on powerwordheal.blogspot.com


The posts in this series are to serve as a overall starting point for new players beginning their PvP journey in Battlegrounds in World of Warcraft. Most players will be in PuGs (Pick Up Groups), or with one or 2 friends. These are by no means intended as “expert” commentary for Rated Battleground strategies.




Arathi Basin

The Map:

Objective and basic strategy:

This is a 5 point “domination” map designed for 15 player teams.

You will zone into your own faction’s starting area, behind a gate during the prepartion period.  Please buff your team and provide food if you have it!  You are able to ride your mount at all times in Arathi Basin! When the gates open, your teammates will spread out and run to one of the 5 nodes. A clickable flag will spawn at each node location. The goal is to capture a node and hold it.  Points are awarded for the amount of time each node is held. Teams need to hold a minimum of 3 nodes in order to score enough points to be the first team to 1600.

Typically in this battleground, the horde team takes the Farm at the start, and the alliance team takes Stables. A large number from each team tend to clash at Lumber Mill.  Lumber Mill is a key node to hold because it is elevated in the Battleground and allows you to see 3 other nodes.  Usually the team that captures LM (Lumber Mill) will then push to either Stables or Farm.  In my opinion, if you are running with a couple of friends, taking Gold Mine or Blacksmith is a good way to help your team get an early head start.  In a perfect world, teams would break into 3 groups of 5.  Each group would stay at the captured node to defend.  However, people seem to not enjoy standing around waiting for action, so they leave their node to try to take a 4th node or 5th node, often leaving nodes unprotected.

Clicking on the flag at the node point does not instantly change it to your faction.  There is a 8 second timer (called Assaulting the Flag) which acts like channeling a spell. If you move or are interrupted by an enemy spell cast the assault is interrupted and you must click again to rechannel.  If during the contested period (1 minute) a flag is not assaulted by the opposing team , your team has captured it and it begins accruing points toward your score.



ST– Stables

LM– Lumber Mill

BS– Blacksmith

GM– Goldmine

Push– move as a group to the location indicated

Call Inc– If you are defending a bases and see the other team coming TYPE IN CHAT where you are and that you need help

Peel off– Pulling an enemy off of a teammate. Usually you are asked to “peel off” of your healers.

Ninja– a stealthed character taking a node before anyone sees

AOE the flag– Use area of effect spells to prevent someone from being able to

Zerg– the entire team is moving together as one big group

Backcap– going BACK and recapping a node that has been taken by the enemy


What should I be doing?

Before the match begins, decide what role you would like to do and switch into the correct spec and gear. This map doesn’t utilize tank specs very well.  If you are deadset on playing as a tank, you will not be doing much damage, but your excessive amount of stuns can be useful to control enemy healers.  Healers are needed to keep team mates alive. Strong damage dealers are needed to kill the enemy. Decide what you want to do. Once the match begins, you CANNOT CHANGE YOUR ROLE. If you are using addons that show the roles of your teammates, this may help you decide what you are needed as.  Usually, healers are in high demand.


STEALTHIES: You have a great advantage in this battleground!  Teams often move as a group and may only leave 1 person defending a flag.  If you are capable of stealthing, sneak around and find unprotected flag nodes and take the flag. If the opposing team is Zerging, move behind them and backcap when they move to the next node.



HEALER: As a healer, stay back and heal.  No seriously.  That’s your job here.  This is all out war and you need to keep your team alive so they can kill the others.  This isn’t raiding or dungeons my friend! Throw mana conservation out the window.  Burn through fast expensive heals and use your group heals.  Use mana regen talents on cooldown and drink at every break in the action.

There are 2 trains of thought here. If you are new with poor gear, trying to stay out of sight might allow you to heal undetected for a while.  I, on the other hand, am quite the kamizake healer.  I tend to stand on/near the flag point and use knockbacks and fear to prevent the enemy from taking the node.  I also can heal myself through insane amounts of damage and will often kite (make the other team follow me) enemies away from a node so my team can capture it.



DAMAGE: KILL KILL KILL!  Then KILL some more!  Powerful bursting insta-casts are perfect for PvP situations.  Always watch the flag point.  If you see an enemy anywhere NEAR the flag, use crowd control and instantly target switch to that person.  The biggest threat on this map is someone changing the flag from your faction to their own.  Use AOE on the flag (traps, totems, mind sear, spinning crane kick) because this will continously interrupt an enemy from channeling the assault on the flag.  Did I mention AOE THE FLAG?

What should I NOT be doing?

Do not fight on the roads.  If you get knocked off your mount and someone is trying to engage you on the road, keep running toward the node you were going to.

In the same thread, don’t let the enemy pull you off the node.  They may run in, engage you, and start to kite you away from the node so their teammate can get in there and capture the node while you are busy 40 feet away. FIGHT ON THE NODE… If they want to run away, let them go.  Your dot/bleed will kill them anyway!

Don’t assault a node and run off to a different spot.  Remember, you aren’t getting points until the flag officially belongs to your faction.  Stay at the node AT LEAST until it changes to your team’s color. If you are the only one there, STAY PUT and call out incomings to your team.


AFKing. Please do not queue for BG’s and then walk away from your desk for 10 minutes when it starts. You will be reported AFK, removed from the BG and given a deserter debuff. It’s crappy to make your team be at a disadvantage because you want free honor. Even if you are undergeared, being behind the keyboard and TRYING to do something is better than nothing. No one will care if you are at the bottom of leaderboard numbers.

Padding the meters. We all like to see our names at the top of the leaderboard, but if all you are doing is standing at the fight on the road and doing burst damage, you aren’t helping your team. Play the objective.

So.. people are saying we have to “4 cap” to win.  What does that mean?

As you get more experienced in Battlegrounds and start using more addons, you will see that there are timers on some of them.  That is what those people are looking at.  Basically, when they say “we need to 4 cap” it’s been calculated that in order to get enough points to beat the other team before THEY hit 1600 points, your team would have to hold 4 nodes.  At that point, someone will likely be calling out where they want people to go. GET YOUR BUTT THERE!


Hey, I’m a noob, so I don’t have PvP gear, what should I wear?

I get it. We all started somewhere. If you are in leveling battlegrounds, most other people won’t have gear either. Don’t panic.

If you are a fresh max level character, looking to get into PvP for the first time, please invest in the crafted PvP gear. You will still feel like you are wearing wet newspaper instead of chainmail, but at least it is something. With the new PVP Power stat, you really want to have PvP gear and not just your raid items. The good news is that honor accrues quickly and that soon you will be rocking high item level epics and not be as squishy.  Remember, Honor caps at 4000!  Be sure to spend it! Pandaria Honor Quartermasters are located along “The Wall”.



Must have addons:

Deadly Boss Mods

Did you know that DBM is for more than just raids and dungeons?  There is an entire PvP section that provides timers for all the battlegrounds. This is essential in this battleground!  There will be timer bars for each assault of a node, time till capture, and will update you as to which team is likely to win and in how much time.  Very helpful!

Battleground Targets

Seriously. Click the link and install Battleground Targets. It allows you to see all of the enemy players names. You can even click on their name to target them. It also shows helpful information like who is carrying the flag, and the role of everyone in the battleground (healer, damage, tank). This is valuable because often times you have someone on your team saying things like “kill that druid healer”. I always found myself lost trying to figure which person in the madness/mob was the “druid healer”. With this addon, the names are all right there!

Once it is installed (I install through the Curse Client), log into Wow. Type /bgt in your chat box and it will pull up the configuration screen. Many options are already turned on for you, but be sure to select “Health Bar”. You will thank me later!



Any last advice?

You are going to die. A LOT. It happens. When you get better gear, you are going to live longer, do more damage/healing, and enjoy PvP a lot more. Keep working at it!

You can use awesome spells like Levitate and Slow Fall to drop from Lumber Mill down to Blacksmith without taking fall damage.

I’m an evil biotch and love using knockback spells like Typhoon to blow enemies off of the Lumber Mill (or priests can use Dominate Mind to walk them off the cliff)  As they fall to their death below I wave!

Don’t listen to losers that say “just stop trying, we are going to lose anyway.”  There are acheivements from coming back from the brink of defeat.  It can happen. Regroup and keep trying.

Keep communicating.  Telling your team what is happening at all the nodes is important.  So is fast reaction.  If someone says they need help, and you are not actively engaged in a fight, GO.


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