PvP Series Introduction: From Zero to Hero

pvp series from zero to hero

A few days I wrote “When I Grow Up, I Want to PvP.” With the advent of Season 2 Ranked PvP, I decided that I should stop being a scaredy-cat and “just do it,” as commenter DualBlastersGuy (and Nike) wrote. Obviously, I’m not going to go straight into Ranked PvP and get face-rolled. I’m really quite a considerate player, and I wouldn’t want to bring down my team just because I wanted to go in without any gear/skill. However, since the season has started, I’m thinking that the good players will probably not be in regular PvP, which gives me some time to practice in regular PvP with mostly others that are also not ready for Ranked.

Every week I’m going to write a new post about my noob/fail experiences in trying to be a legitimate PvP player. I define legitimate as having a full-set of PvP gear, and the skill and confidence to roll through daily and weekly PvP missions with a high success rate. My original goal was to be able to participate in end-of-season rewards, but that was probably a bit too lofty. In order to get better, I’m going to try to PvP every day. I actually started yesterday (Thanks Daemon, Myscar, and Zissou), got into about 4 warzones (I think?) and lost them all. Sorry to bring you guys down! I will try to keep track of some statistics of my win/losses also.

Additionally, I still stand by my belief that Bioware could put more attention on the PvP players with more content and better quality-of-life benefits for them. I feel like I could have a bigger voice (Hello, Bioware!) on that if I PvPed more and had my own original opinions.

To me, it feels like your parents giving you lots of yummy, freshly baked PvE cookies all the time, whereas they give your siblings a stale Twinkie (is there such a thing?) maybe once every year or two. I couldn’t feel happy with cookies if my sister was only getting a stale Twinkie. If you have no idea what I just said: I couldn’t feel as happy as I could be with new PvE content if I knew my fellow PvP players were getting the scraps.

Now that I’ve written this, I’m going to get ganked every time I enter a warzone. /nervouslaugh


  1. Eric

    May 1, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Good luck. I’d love to read a post or two about how you get from zero pvp gear to whatever is acceptable. I find end gaming gearing confusing in general, pvp gear particularly so.

    1. Miss Defied

      May 1, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      There are a couple of really good stickies in the pvp forums regarding how the gearing works. 🙂

      1. Heather

        May 1, 2014 at 5:52 pm

        Thanks for the info! I’ll be doing lots of research once I start redeeming my comms

  2. Traitine (@ConstantWarfare)

    May 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I would think hard about using your wins/losses in PvP warzones as a measure of success/progress. So much of normal warzones on the multiple servers I’ve played on are hugely impacted by premades. (Not sure what server is home for you. Your tweet had me at PvP and SWTOR, so I clicked and read!) You’re going to get crushed, through no fault of your own, and your stats are going to tell a very skewed story. You could keep track of individual stats at the end of the game (kills,damage,healing,medals,etc) but then you would need someone else’s same stats to compare them to. These stats would still be somewhat skewed because, let’s face it, its hard to do anything when you’re dying a lot.

    If you want to try PvP, you may want to look into Galactic Starfighter. GSF keeps tracks of all kinds of stats. There are premades in GSF too, but some of these stats (accuracy % for example) are not impacted as badly by premades. You can start tracking them after your very first game (and link them in chat, which is pretty handy). Stats are kept overall, and for individual ships. It’d be super simple to see your progress. There’s no gear to bother with, and no expertise cap to worry about.

    If you’re interested in trying GSF, I’ll be glad to help you with your project on Ebon Hawk. My win rates vary from 70-90%, so I can at least guarantee you a ‘fair’ atmosphere. More than fair if you don’t mind grouping with others. Focusing on improving stats like your hit accuracy and kill-to-death ratio would give you tangible goals to work towards, with no pen and paper math for you!

    PvP is all I do in every MMO, I love it. Good luck with your project either way!

    1. Heather

      May 1, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks for the advice! That would be pretty disheartening if I kept track of all my losses…. heh. I’ll figure out a good way to talk about my progress somehow. I’m on the Harbinger. My guild is actually the best on our server for GSF, but it doesn’t really appeal to me too much. Maybe that can be my next project once I’ve mastered ground PvP!

  3. Ben B (@ben_b55)

    May 2, 2014 at 9:20 am

    First thing I thought when I saw the pic at the top was, “Let’s get down to business. To defeat the Pubs.” and of course I sang that 😉

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