I have touched on Battleground (BG) communications before. I would suggest it is hard to find any blogger talking about any BG strat with out mentioning communications.
The same goes with raiding of course, which is the reason Vent is often required.
The same goes with Arenas, silence is deadly.
Even PuG 5 mans benefit from communication. Sure you don’t need it so much these days, but it never hurts.
In an ideal world when you enter a BG you are in a premade using vent. Maybe you have the WoW BG voice option on, so at least you can quickly hear, maybe even respond to peoples observations.
Most BGs aren’t ideal of course. More likely than not you are there solo, playing for the team, but without communication you probably feel like an island.
Who likes to chat?
It might surprise you to know I talk a lot. In RL, in blog posts, in guild chat, trade chat, Vent and even (most importantly for this post) in BGs.
I don’t think most people are like me. I’m not sure why, maybe they are afraid to stick their heads out. Maybe the don’t talk much in RL either.
In BGs I think they are less likely to talk, rather fume in silence at the lack of support, the lack of direction.
So today I’m going to share a proven winning strategy for BGs, one that works in any BG, for anyone, for everyone. It will help to turn a rout into a victory and a victory into domination.
The strategy is...
Lots of it!
- There are incomings to your node
- There are incomings to other nodes
- When your node is clear
- When you see someone idle that could go somewhere else
- When it’s time to push
- When it’s time to retreat
- When your happy
- When your sad
- When you are about to win
- When you are about to lose
- To thank people for helping
- To thank people for communicating
As I say, I communicate a lot and I started to notice a few things.
As a general rule, if I wasn’t talking and neither was anyone else – we lost.
Those days I came home from work exhausted from meetings, those days when I would pick Odin up from childcare and he would pop Heroism and talk non-stop for the next 2 hours, those days are the days I often find myself silent for the first BG or two.
Unless someone was talking, you could bet your mortgage that we would lose. Even Strand of the Ancients, which most people now seem to understand, would be a miserable defeat. We’d take ten minutes to not capture the relic, the Horde would take 2 unopposed minutes.
However, if someone was talking, once someone broke the ice, even if I didn’t feel like it, I was soon talking.
Popping Heroism on the vocal chords
If there was some good talking going on, it breed more talking, people paid attention to chat and there was a good chance of victory.
One of many examples (of me not shutting up in a BG) was in an AB a while back. I have seen this repeated time after time.
The first few minutes was just Gnomer chat.. there wasn’t a strat, people just went to their favorite conflict point.
I went to LM (my favorite conflict point).
As soon as I got there I called out the numbers (4 inc LM), once it was clear I called LM clear, then I’ve got LM, push farm.
from then on, I called everything.
3 Inc BS, 1 inc LM, LM clear – thanks for the help, Looks like 1 at Farm, Farm lost etc…
What I noticed then was that others were calling their positions, the numbers, the dangers, the opportunities.
Not only that, but people were reading.
Not only were they reading , but people were responding.
Not only were they reading & responding, but they were expecting, relying on the chat feedback.
At one point I headed to Farm to help out, it was in trouble, I called it, we cleared it, I called that too. Then it was in trouble again… then the penny dropped.
You see we cleared Farm, but I slipped up.. I forgot to mention it was clear! (Shame, Gnomer, Shame!)
So someone ASKED!
Gnome, how’s Farm?
People weren’t just reading chat, or just responding to chat, they were relying on chat to help form their decisions.
- Where do I attack?
- Where do I defend?
- Which base should I just stay at and protect?
People love to talk and listen
It all became clear then. People love to talk, they love to listen. They love to be useful – which means having the right data to make the right decision. People love the news, and how it effects them. People will respond to a call to arms once they are aware of it and constructive chat will get everyone’s attention in the end.
So next time you head to a BG prepare yourself to talk.
I use a chat tab addon called Prat. One of the things I love about it is that it remembers your last used chat channel. So as soon as I enter a BG I type:
/bg Hey everyone, let’s kick their butts!
I do this cause I want to kick their butts, but also so my BG chat channel is primed and ready.
As I race to the 1st node, I type out *space* at *intended node*. eg: *space* at LM. I then hit the Home key, which takes me back to the space and as I approach the node I quickly type in the quantity where the space is, hit enter and it’s KILLING TIME!
If I die, I quickly type in how many are left. (3 still at LM)
If we win the node, I will call it as clear LM Clear
If I decide to hold the node I /say I’ve got this, you guys push on (I say this in /SAY as it’s really only important to those in my area)
Then, the next thing I do is prepare an incoming message eg: *space* inc LM. That way, as soon as I see the inc, I can shoot of a message and get down to defending.
An important thing to remember is that you can scroll back through your old messages, you you only need to create these messages once, then reuse them. In my case I just have to press Enter & UP/DOWN arrow to scroll through them. Quick, efficient information to your team.
Engage your team mates before you engage the enemy
Give it a go. It wont work every BG, but you will find those BGs were useful communication is flowing are the ones with the wins or the near wins. They will be the good -> great BG encounters, where even if you lose, you know you worked as a team.
Remember that even if the game appears to be lost 1/2 way through, good communications can still win it (this happened big time over the weekend). Just because the opposition takes an early lead, just because 1/3 of them are from the same server, doesn’t make them a premade – they may have just gotten lucky!
This is the perfect opportunity to use your superior communications against their brute force… what was that saying.. the Quill is mightier than the sword?
Gnomer and Out!
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