Let's get one thing out of the way: this isn't an epeen-stroking session. When you go into the Tournament Realm joining a 1382 team that went 3-11 on its debut week
, you have to set your expectations right. Aside from Amanda Dean
, or Mandy, who's professed an enjoyment for Arenas, the WoW Insider team is composed of people who don't have extensive Arena experience. We also have Adam Holisky
, who doesn't consider PvP to be the 'real' game
(whatever that means), and Amanda Miller
, who covers our Sunday Morning Funnies
. I do a fair amount of Arena on live myself and our team is rated enough to garner us Season 3
swag every two weeks or so. You do the math. But here's the thing -- Arena is a team game. Like every team sport, it relies on synergy, teamwork, and communication. The top players in the world know this, and team leaders replace underperforming members regularly with a dose of nerd rage for good measure. That's just competitive Arena play.
On the other hand, WoW Insider's venture into the Tournament Realm
is more of a journalistic exercise than anything else. For one thing, I'm not even eligible to actually participate in the actual tournament because my country isn't on the list, so my expectations of going far in this tournament is nil. To be perfectly honest, that's a good thing. Ironically, I feel a lot less pressure to perform on the TR with the WoW Insider Team
than I do on live. In fact, I even ventured to play as a Retribution Paladin
only because I can. I had initially created a Restoration Shaman named Insiderzach but since Mandy was running with a Restoration Druid
, I thought I could have a little fun with running double melee with Adam so I made a Paladin. After all, it is
my favorite class.