Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.
PvP Pet Battles
I read plenty of blogs and there are a lot of complaints (sitting now in 6.1) that there is no content. The word has been used so much that it needs to be capitalized: Content.
What does it mean? If by Content, the complainers mean continuing the story; well, one must be aware that the World of Warcraft is much like the serials in the late 1800’s. When Dickens was writing Great Expectations or Doyle was writing The Hound of the Baskervilles; they came out a chapter at a time in the newspapers. It’s the nature of the beast.
Now, if by Content, people are saying that there is not enough game to play; I cry foul and claim them whiners. Achievements, Rep, Mounts, Dungeons, Raids, Gear, Pets and …. Pet Battles can fill up your entertainment glass quite nicely.
PvP Pet Battles are a ton of fun.
Part of my arc was shifting my expecations from needing to Win to having a Good Time. People who only want to win are boring. They post ideal battle teams on the web, they get anal and min/max their pets: frankly, they are boring and not much fun.
Have some fun.
The goal, I suppose, is the achievement to win first ten and then fifty PvP Pet Battles. As in any PvP arena, your opponent is another player who will confound and surprise you. Play some battles for a while, it’s quick and fun.
Keys to play
- Only battle with Rare pets, they need to be strong enough to survive.
- Make teams that compliment each other; one pet might have a Weather spell that other pets can magnify upon (for example).
- Make teams that counter your opponent; have a range of spells that excel against the teams; beast, humanoid, critter etc.
- Guess (the fun part) who you might be fighting. It’s common to use Undead, Elemental, Mechanical, Humanoid (all the pets you do NOT tame in Dreanor) — they tend to be more exotic with thier spells. Build an anti-Undead team and roll the dice.
- Switch up your teams. Have fun, try things out. There is nothing wrong with using your favorites but having one set team is boring.
- Goof around some. Make an all spider team. Try Winter’s Helper, a Snowman and Frigid Frostling just for fun.
There is nothing at stake here! No reward, no damage, no xp, no gold. It’s for fun. At first it will seem daunting but with time, you’ll see what they have and counter it or build an all-offensive team or just get lucky. As you play, you’ll find some favorites that are not on the Big List of Typical Pets. The Big List is good too.
It may not be story-line Content but it’s a lot of fun. What a good game the World of Warcraft is to me!