Tips for New Players: Part 3

A while ago we published two articles; tips for new players part 1 and part 2, which each gave five basic tips for new players. This article revisits that format and gives more tips to help new players get started in Guild Wars 2 sPvP. These tips, however, focus on what you can do outside of matches to improve your play.

1 The Optimal Options

A lot of the options within Guild Wars 2 are down to player preference, like key bindings for skills and evades, but some options have an optimal setting:

  • Free Camera: This option should be enabled, as it lets you look freely in any direction without needing to either hold the mouse button down, or constantly reset the camera to where you’re looking. It takes a lot of getting used to, but is worth it. This can be found in your settings.
  • Double-tap to evade: Disable double tap evading as it makes precise movements and jumps a lot harder. It can also lead to accidental dodges which is wasted endurance.
  • About face: This key binding allows you to turn 180° instantly, which is useful for using skills such as “burning retreat” and “hornet’s sting” to move forward. It’s especially useful with the free camera as you can use it without actually turning the whole camera.
  • Stow Weapon: Bind this to a key that can be easily pushed quickly, as it can be used during the start of a skill to cancel it, which will stop it being fully cast, and will give it a 5 second cooldown.
  • Standard enemy models: Turning on SEM means characters like Asurans don’t have an advantage due to smaller and less noticeable animations.
  • Melee target assist: Disabling melee target assist is crucial at any level of play. MTA will stop you from passing through an enemy when you are attacking them in melee range, and can hinder the use of skills that have damage modifiers when attacking from different directions (e.g. backstab).
  • Auto targeting: Auto targeting should be disabled to stop skills such as “rush” and “ride the lightning” automatically moving you towards an enemy if you’re trying to use them to disengage.

2 Learn The Maps

With this I don’t just mean learn the map specific secondary mechanics, but more or less the nuances within each map. Some of the most important things to learn are ‘juking’ spots (for example behind the fence on the keep point on Niflhel), blink (into the clock tower on Khylo) and jump paths (a key example again, jumping up to clock tower from either side). The best way to practice this is just to find an empty arena (or use your own if you have one).

I will be releasing a video on Thursday that will feature some of the key spots that a thief would use infiltrator’s arrow to access. Many of these spots are also usable for classes such as elementalist (lightning flash), mesmer (blink), and a few extra abilities among those classes.

3 Find a Guild/Team

It’s hard to express how far this will go to improving both your play and your enjoyment of the game. Solo queuing, especially in the current state of matchmaking, is a potentially risky move, as it’s incredibly common to run into either people who don’t know what they’re doing, which will impede your learning and ruin your enjoyment, or someone who just gets angry which will have the same effect (more often than not this will be the same person).

It’s also possible for you to find yourself in a team with all solo queue players and up against a premade group, which will generally make it an unbalanced match and will most likely just frustrate you. Playing with a team of players around your skill level, preferably using some form of voice chat, will have the opposite effect, and should increase the quality of your play, communication and enjoyment of the game.

A more in depth article on this topic can be found here.

4 Watching High Tier Players

There is a lot of content that you can watch to learn more about the PvP within Guild Wars 2, and watching it can help improve how you play in a lot of ways. Watching streams of high tier players can give insight how better people play, which you can then use to improve your own play. Occasionally, high tier streamers will be playing with teammates, which similarly to finding a team will improve your communication, as you can hear the best way to portray information to your team. The other kind of content you can watch is tournaments from ESL to Academy Gaming. Watching how teams rotate and listening to the casters analysis can, in turn, help you improve your own rotations and map awareness.

High tier and tournament streams include:

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