Getting Started in PvP: Overcoming Fears

As I’ve discussed the past few weeks on the podcast, I’ve been getting really into Player vs. Player combat in GW2 the past few weeks. Traditionally, I have have been the type to stick to PvE content as much as possible. A lot of my friends are the same way and have a lot of reservations about getting into PvP. Since I’ve had such a surprisingly good experience thus far, I’ve decided to do a short series of posts on how to get started in PvP in GW2 with advice from a fellow newbie.

PvP can be very scary to those of us used to sticking to PvE for a number of reasons: having to learn to play your class drastically different (including figuring out an entirely new build probably); learning the maps and objectives of all of them, etc. But the biggest one for me has always been the fear of other people getting angry at you, ridiculing you, whether they’re your teammates or not. As anyone who has tried MOBAs can tell you, some people take player vs. player gameplay very seriously and will take it out on their teammates if they don’t perform well enough.

Today I am here to tell you¬†it’s not as bad as you think it will be. Once you get a few games under your belt, you’ll probably find yourself thinking, “Why was I so worried?” The key is really just getting in there and giving the game mode a chance. If you’re still worried about how your interactions will go though, here are some tips:

Start your games off right

The simplest thing you can do is to just start games off with a friendly greeting. A lot of people default to “GLHF” (good luck, have fun), but even a “Hello” or “Hey!” is good. If you’re extra worried, you could even mention before the start of the match that you’re a new player. If people know you’re new, they sometimes give you instructions or advice that will help make the match smoother for you. Usually the worst that happens is that no one will respond. But most of the time I get people saying hi back.

Don’t be afraid to ask

Don’t know what your teammate means when they ask you to “go far”? Or maybe you noticed the top player on the other team is the same class as you and you want some advice about their build. Just ask! Again, mentioning that you’re new and don’t know what something means or you’re looking for guidance will actually help rather than get you yelled at in most cases. I was very wary the first time I sent someone a whisper after a particularly intense match where I kept getting trounced by the other team’s necromancer. However they were very kind and offered some advice and wished me luck in my future matches. You can learn a lot from your fellow players and they are often friendlier than you expect them to be!

Ignore the PvP Lobby chat

You think /map chat is terrible when you’re doing world boss runs? The PvP lobby can and will be even worse. People will be talking trash,¬†spreading¬†misinformation, and generally being jerks. I highly recommend either turning your chatbox off while in the PvP Lobby area or at the very least using chat tabs to keep /map separate and ignored. Even asking for advice in the PvP lobby /map chat isn’t a great idea. Sometimes you’ll get genuine responses but from my experience thus far, you’re more likely to get a snarky or joke response. Stick to asking advice of your teammates or of individuals and you’ll be fine.

Either clicking the arrow in the bottom corner of the chat box or pressing \ will hide the chat panel.

Either clicking the arrow in the bottom corner of the chat box or pressing \ will hide the chat panel.

 

When you click the plus at the top of the chat tab to make a new tab, these are some of the chat channels you can disable or enable in the tab.

When you click the plus at the top of the chat tab to make a new tab, these are some of the chat channels you can disable or enable in the tab.

Hopefully some of this advice will give you that extra little push you need to get in there and try out PvP. Will you run into jerks sometimes? Of course. But most of the time it won’t be as bad as your imagination has you convinced it will be.

In the next part of this series I’m going to talk about the Heart of the Mists, also known as the PvP Lobby, and what you can find and do there.

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