OK, so I'm a sub-par warrior at PvP. I admit it, but I'm on a mission to change that. Like most players I have an undertaking to improve my play, improve my knowledge and refine my strategies. The best way I can think of doing this is by playing as much as possible against the strongest opponents, recording my fights, analysing what I'm doing and objectively being honest about things I should have done, could have done better or when I'm outright being a total noob.
Part of this is to get input from the warrior and PvP community and open discussions about strategies, share tips and analyse content that I will post so that we can all can gain some benefit from it. By all, I mean players in the same boat as me looking to improve. Input from the pros would definately be appreciated also.
So to start, I'm going to post a video of me being a total noob versus a thief build that I'm not really familiar with. For the most part I don't have problems with thieves and can beat them without issue but the strategy that this thief was employing had me at a dilema. He's dropping caltrops which induce bleed (and I'm assuming he's specc'd for condition damage) and kiting around in them with pistols - which means I either have to fight him toe to toe within his AoE (which you will see is brutal) or take a lot of hits from range. This situation is compounded by the fact that I'm not running with a ranged weapon and he has the 2 thief summons which do considerable ranged damage as his elite.
First two fights show me losing and this is due to the fact that I get over-zealous when I think I'm on top of the fight and I don't respect the ground AoE and/or run out of options and decide to go toe to toe in a last ditch attempt (more than likely due to lack of experience on my part). Third fight is when I play a bit smarter and decide not to fight the thief on his terms.
I'm hoping that you can see when I'm playing abysmally (I know I make lots of mistakes) and when I am playing smarter and I'll add commentary to the video later when I have time. In the meantime please feel free to add constructive feedback and I'll post some of my thoughts regarding the fights later.
I'd particularly like to hear any comments about;
1. What happens to my backbreaker at 0:14? (is it a thief skill that the clone automatically takes the hit? Am I out of range?)
2. What's up with my skill activations during the 2nd encounter (shield bash, hamstring)? I need to pay more attention to the skill que? I'm spamming too much?
3. How much the leg specialist trait played a part in the 3rd fight.
Here's the video:
Thanks for watching.
By the way, the thief in the video is r34 and he plays the build really really well, I came off worst the majority of the other fights we had and he was decimating pretty much every other player out there.