As usual, I return after a lengthy hiatus, with an excuse, of course, but you don't need to hear it. I've been known to dabble a bit in PvP, never really rising above Sergeant (I've always been more of the "in the trenches" type of guy :) ). I've fought plenty of matches, obviously, not as many as KBB, or Cass Dragonheart; and I did take a break, but I've picked it up again.
Of course, a constant feature of the Arena is the expatriate population of Trolls, the very un-lovable inhabitants of what is now becoming the focus of my activity on Blaze. Trolls are the bane of the Arena; driving off older players frustrated by their inane prattling, while younger players are upset by the insults they fling about so carelessly. Right now, I'm at a point in life where I'm too old for any of their "LOL NOOB YO" taunts to get under my skin, so PvP becomes more of an amusement as I watch trolls bend over backwards to insult you.
I've come to enjoy the near misses; during several tough bouts, I've survived Efreets and Leviathans to come out at less than 100 health, placed shields and debuffs that have saved lives.... (my own). And, I may or may not enjoy the angry outburst from the opposition whenever a heal or a shield stops an all-out offensive in its tracks... you know you're doing something right when your opponent is so dismayed by a move he bursts into hysterics about the total "noobishness" of your move.
Now, as I can't really shovel out PvP observations en masse-, that would be boring, and if I wanted to be boring, I'd take a job as a Chem teacher (har har, kidding. Some Chem teachers just take twenty minutes to define "spontaneous reaction", while others don't. Mine did.) So, I'll try to relate each tidbit with how I learned it; a description of the PvP match. Knowing how much you guys like hearing about Blaze Stormthief getting knocked around the Arena, I'm hoping you guys will enjoy this series... :)
I'll start the paragraphs off with a bang; or rather, a burn. Or the lack of it. I've drawn quite a few Fire wizards recently, and the fact that my dry cleaners isn't yelling at me about the burns in my robes is cause for concern. It seems that the go-to spell for you Pyros is Efreet, a direct damage spell that applies the largest debuff in the game upon impact-- great for PvP. And as much as I
During a recent bout, I fought a Storm wizard who seemed to attack each turn; straight out of the timer, he hurled Insane Bolt at me. Said Bolt was followed by a Wild Bolt, and while I Sacrificed, he began the prep for a Leviathan. I spent most of the time alternating between shielding and healing, waiting for the cards needed for a big Bone Dragon to show themselves when, suddenly, the end-of-match display popped up, displaying a victory for me... as much as I liked the Rank Up, and the deposit of Arena Tickets, I wondered why. After tracking down my opponent, who stood with his head wobbling for no apparent reason at the other side of the duel ring, I asked why, and apparently, he'd run out of cards. Knowing the volatility of most Storm spells, it kinda made sense; a short deck would allow a Storm wizard to get the cards they need. But really, Storm wizards can rely lay out the damage; and it's sad that a Storm wizard ended up losing because he ran out of cards.... So, long deck, anyone?