WoW Arena, Round 1
- Aug. 7, 2010, 4:46 p.m.
Our first round of WoW matches is now over; the results include some early victories by the following teams: LightZ CaMerA ActioN
, SK Sansibar
and Virtus Pro
. The line up still features one of the previously favoured combinations -- Rogue, Mage, Priest -- in the form of Team Dignitas
. But this year we’re seeing a very clear trend towards the current particularly favoured combination of Warlock, Shaman & Druid, which started gaining attention seemingly after an update of gear available for competitive Arena play.
French & Italian team *aAa*
did well in employing this newly popular class combination to win against their fellow Alliance team Stay Small
, and another set of matches where this class combination proved effective were some noticeably long games between LightZ CaMerA ActioN
(Warlock, Shaman, Druid) and x6tence
(Paladin, Death Knight, Druid). Alliance-playing LightZ CaMerA ActioN
managed to take advantage of crucial windows for bursting down the members of the opposing Horde-aligned x6tence
Though Warlock, Shaman, Druid also proved very powerful in ensuring Virtus Pro
’s victory over Team Dignitas
, it didn’t seem like it would at first. During their first round, Team Dignitas
made a successful assault on warlock Shurko from Virtus Pro
: focusing on him, killing his pet and then ensuring he was stunned, silenced and essentially unable to re-summon his pet to assist him. This was crucial for their victory in the first round, but unfortunately for them Virtus Pro
bounced back and defeated them in the following three rounds.
Using a currently favoured combination skilfully is obviously an effective strategy, but the use of skill is still the real winner, as SK Sansibar
are apparently proving with their deployment of Warrior, Warlock & Paladin. Horde-playing team hehe xo
aimed at bringing down either SK’s warlock Draintrain or their warrior Barb, while keeping paladin-healer Fraki crowd-controlled. But SK kicked back the assault effectively: Draintrain using his Fel Hunter pet to devour the controls whilst trying to ensure the opposing healer, Demun, was controlled himself. SK warrior Barb performed a couple of well timed intervenes to help ensure Fraki was still able to get off some crucial heals. The end result was victory for SK and their choice of Warrior, Warlock & Paladin.
Already as I type the second round of WoW matches has come to a close, so if you were unable to see them on the live stream, be sure to check back here later to see a recap of those matches too.