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What is this article? This article is designed for those of you who read our Structured PvP article and now want to explore a little more. This article will help you in the quest for finding a team that fits you and your playstyle in the end making your game experience even better.

Finding partners have always been a struggle in any game, even harder is finding people that are right for you. We are trying to make this a bit easier by providing you with a section to recruit players or find teams. Although you have the place to start looking, it can still be a challenge as you still need to figure things such as; what am I looking for and what is my expectations from both myself and my teams.There might even be some of you who is not thinking any of these but rather questions such as what team composition should I be looking for? Regardless of what you are thinking then I strongly advice you to get it right the first time so you wont be wasting time looking for a new team every couple of months!

Preparing
Nearly everyone (sadly not everyone) wants to find a team with the main reason to have a good time and a fun game experience with said team. A lot of people go on from here thinking that because we all want the same thing then it should be easy to go and find a team? Since everyone wants the same as me shouldn't they all be potential partners?

No, it is sadly not that easy. In every community there is a wide array of people ranging from the competitive players to the casual players and many stages in between. So simply picking the first and the best will often lead to a poorer game experience for everyone involved which is why it is important for us to get an idea of what is it we want before we start looking.

The important questions!
Expectations and ambitions... The two most important things that you need to make sure that you and your team have in common. If you create a team with random people you met over the internet or just created a team since you heard the composition was amazing, you are guaranteed for failure, not immediate failure but failure.

In teams that are created on the wrong principles you will often find a bad atmosphere and see sudden disbands as one player might feel they are putting more effort and commitment in too the team than others, while a second player might feel people are demanding too much. Make sure your team knows what your motivation is and what your goal for playing the game is, in the end it will result in a much better atmosphere and make the ride to your goal a whole lot easier.

Just to give you some questions so you know what to cover with your team or in your applications:
  • How much time are people willing to put into the team? When will we play? How long will we play? How often will we play?
  • Discuss preparation expectations. Are we going to read up on tactics for our composition or should we read class guides? How important for us is it that people bring a perfect profession build? Do we expect your partners to have read up on other professions?
  • Any specific ranking we plan to get? Do we have a time requirement for how fast we must get it? What is the minimum amount of time and effort we want to put into this? Are we willing to play the second or third best composition for our profession? Or willing to play a different professions? Or even just another build in your current professions? Perhaps moving home server? Get these questions out there and discuss them as they are important to any teams success.

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Saving Time by Scheduling
Regardless of what your goal is patience and time will be required and as if it wasn't enough with having to think about expectations, goals and ambitions; you also have to think about matching your play times. Getting an entire team online to play at a certain time can be a lot of a struggle so making sure there is even a possibility for this to happen before finding your team. You also need to remember that even though people say they play from X-Y that does not mean they are willing to play with the team in that time frame. You might want to play with the team while the other team members rather want to spend their time leveling, role-playing or doing other content within the game.

As there are so many factors it naturally becomes impossible for everyone to be online at the same time and ready to play. Therefore it can be very beneficial if you stop your gaming sessions just 10 minutes earlier then you otherwise would have, to discuss a suitable date and time for your next session. Remember to discuss durations, as some people might want to play just an hour where others want to play for multiple hours with a couple of breaks.

Most important is to make sure you show up on the scheduled time or let your team mates know that you will not make it; as soon as possible, this way you avoid tardy team mates who will just make everything worse.

Lovely... My video game became a job?
Even though this might seem like a second job to some with so much work for just a video game. But if you prepare yourself correctly and schedule appropriately then you will save the time not having to find a new team every few months. And  you can come online 5 minutes before playing and head right into the battlefields instead of letting hours go to waste waiting on one and another. You will also have clear expectations for how long you will be playing so you can arrange other things accordingly.

Now you know everything that will help you find a team that suits you. I know that getting all of this information into an application is very hard but remember it is not just up to the applicants to inform a given team about you. It is just as important for the team to clearly communicate what they are looking for and what they are all about.

Now head over to our Looking For PvP Team Members - Section and start looking, If you happen to be a team captain about to create your recruitment post then I suggest looking at this sample recruitment post that you are free to completely copy and edit so it fit your team!
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#1 Chey

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 10:26 PM

How do you get into a sPvP with your friends, not matter what we tried we were always on the opposite team :(

#2 Frozire

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 10:33 PM

[quote name='Chey' timestamp='1343082372' post='1624630']
How do you get into a sPvP with your friends, not matter what we tried we were always on the opposite team :(
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Sadly there was no way to queue for Hot-Join sPvP with your friends this BWE. The best thing you could do was sign up for a tournament with a partial roster, this way you were guranteed to be on the same team as your friends.

I am unable to tell you if such a feature that allows you to hot-join sPvP with your friends will be available at release! But considering the requests for it I think it is highly likely it will be.

#3 Chey

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 11:11 PM

[quote name='Frozire' timestamp='1343082781' post='1624649']
Sadly there was no way to queue for Hot-Join sPvP with your friends this BWE. The best thing you could do was sign up for a tournament with a partial roster, this way you were guranteed to be on the same team as your friends.

I am unable to tell you if such a feature that allows you to hot-join sPvP with your friends will be available at release! But considering the requests for it I think it is highly likely it will be.
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Thanks, i do hope they let us hot join with friends, as it stands at the moment its putting alot off of sPvPing

#4 Mauhala

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 06:20 AM

What we did was at the start of the next round you click B to bring up the pvp screen then rapidly switch to your friends team as they sort.
Someone has to leave  to do this but it usually happens after a game or 2.

#5 Ankeus

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 10:39 AM

Letting friends play on the same team could bring potential balance issues. That would be the same as sync joining random arena in GW1.

#6 Khalija

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 04:06 PM

I would rather play with a friend in the Hot Join than sign up for a [b]tournament[/b] to have to play with them.

Feel free to PM me if you have a question regarding moderation, want to leave some feedback, or just want to chat!


#7 BlacKcuD

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 06:31 PM

Very good advice in this thread. (believe me when I say this since I have raided in a world top50 wow guild for multiple years)

#8 Heretiko

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 10:37 PM

[quote name='Ankeus' timestamp='1343126343' post='1627008']
Letting friends play on the same team could bring potential balance issues. That would be the same as sync joining random arena in GW1.
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????sorry?
What "balance issues" could bring joining hot-join pvp with some friends? Every game has this feature. I think solo-joining in hot-join pvp is kinda killing it's state right now. I wouldn't play without some friends to have some fun(ever heard of premade teams in League of legends normal queues?)