In Arenas — especially 2v2 — there is a lot of Paper, Rock, Scissors (with Warlocks being the atom bomb). There are certain combinations that seem custom-built to exploit your team’s weaknesses. In these situations, often your best hope is that the other team makes a mistake that you’re lucky enough to capitalize upon. For Ebene and I (Warrior/Druid), two such team combinations are Warrior/Shaman and Scorpid Hunter/Healer. I don’t think we’ve ever succesfully beaten the former, and the latter is a real pain in the butt.
The strength of a Scorpid Hunter is that his pet stacks a poison on you that prevents you from removing his master’s Viper Sting (mana draining poison). Prior to Patch 2.2, the Scorpid Poison also did a tremendous amount of damage. Against a Scorpid Hunter it’s very important to keep an Abolish Poison up as often as possible to try to keep yourself from getting poisons stacked up (and it seems a bit of a problem that a Hunter should be so necessarily described in terms of her pet). If you get into trouble, you can shift into Bear Form and use Frenzied Regeneration so that you can’t be affected by the mana drain component of the poison.
This morning we faced a Scorpid Hunter/Holy Priest combination named Viper Burn from the Firetree server. As you might have inferred from their team name, they rely upon a combination of Viper Sting and Mana Burn to effectively take the wind out of the sails of any team with a mana user. They are built to overcome the popular combination of Healer + DPS. Definitely tough competition, especially considering the ratings of some of their other teams (the Priest is 2100+ on his 3v3). And. They. Cheat.
I can understand the desire to win in competitive PvP. As Megan of Out of Mana writes:
You already know that so many people QQ about PVP. PVP is serious business. People get very emotional (me included) about PVP because of the human component—someone else just gave you a serving of pwncake and it didn’t taste very good. It’s fine if Prince screws you over, you can blame it on Infernals, AI, coding, and the alignment of the moon. But when someone kills half the raid during a Gruul Shatter? That pisses you off because it was the result of a human. PVP is like the latter 100%, all the time—you just gave someone honor or rating points, possibly bragging rights, and if they are Undead, they are eating your body. And that sucks.
And when they cheat? It’s 100 times worse. We fought Viper Burn twice, and they used two exploits (that we could see). The Priest, McNugget, found some area in the Nagrand arena where he could stand and, while remaining completely visible, was unchargable. In our second game, he exploited the “/sit” macro to continue drinking despite repeated attacks to put him into combat. After the second Moonfire, I had to switch to Cyclone to prevent him from continuing to drink. We won both games (thankfully), and I hope the pound of pwncake we served them had weevils in it.
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