My Arena Gear setup is somewhat different from what most Arena experts would expect. Instead of stacking Stamina and Resilience like a good little Mage, I opted for more quick and destructive approach. So far it has proven to work in 2v2 and 3v3 quite nicely.
At a quick glance, you would see I have Season 4 Robes, Season 3 Helm, and Shoulders. You would also notice a PvE Weapon hanging off the side of my body (Off Hand is hidden when unsheathed). You can’t really tell what kind of Gloves or Boots I’m sporting, but if you saw me in Arena, you would probably think I’m in good a mix of S3/S4 gear. Mostly likely over 11k Health, and over 450 Resilience.
If you take a closer look however, you would notice that the color of my Shoulders aren’t quite right, but fortunately for me, in Arena you don’t get a chance to take the time to examine your opponents when you meet in battle. Especially with an Ice Barrier surrounding my Mage.
Here is a look at my gear:
As you can see, I have quite a bit of PvE gear mixed into my Arena gear. Even with all the PvE gear equipped, I’m not as squishy as you think. I still have amount of Stamina and Resilience. The difference is that I pack quite a bit of a punch now.
Looking at the stats, I have:
- 9803 Health
- 9776 Mana
- 303 Resilience
- 2532 Armor
- 938 Spell Damage, 993 Frost Damage
- 21.93% Spell Crit, 26.93% Frostbolt Crit
- 279 Spell Haste (2.12 sec Frostbolt, 1.15 sec Polymorph)
- +5% Frostbolt Damage
The best part of this gear setup is that I get both 4 Piece Set Bonus of the Tier 6 and the Arena gear. With the Spell Haste I have in this gear, when I pop my trinket and Icy Veins, I can do quite a bit of damage. I only wear this set up when doing 2v2s or 3v3s since I don’t have to focus much on staying alive, and I am free to pew pew.
In 5v5s, I have a different gear setup since I usually get focused on early in the game. I have to stack more Stamina and Resilience if I want to survive in 5v5.
In this gear setup, I have nearly 11k Health and 471 Resilience. I also have a lot less Spell Damage (849 Frost Damage), and no +5% Frostbolt Damage bonus.
I have still yet to get my [Medallion of the Alliance], so once I get that, both my sets will be in better shape.
Sometimes I feel like I’m cheating by bringing in PvE gear into Arena though. In order to gear this way, you have to be able to clear the first three bosses in the Sunwell Plateau for the three pieces of Tier 6, and you need to have one other piece from Mount Hyjal or Black Temple. Not many players have access to this gear, especially if you just PvP.
What do you think of this gear setup? Would you gear it differently? Do you think this is unfair to other players?