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Midgame Moves: Is Time on Your Side?

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Today's third Midgame Moves entry sees Blizzard's Samantha Cruse talk about time management, with the aid of pros Ryan “Trill” Costello and Andrew “Rubcub” Woods. Whether it's keeping an eye on the diminishing returns timer, defensive cooldowns, heading into the dampening stage and managing healing there, the three of them explain the best strategies and share tips on how to handle those situations.

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This article is part three of Midgame Moves, where we talk to World of Warcraft esports pros about the evolving strategy in the midgame of an Arena match. If you haven't already, catch up on parts one and two.

Whether it’s counting down the moments until diminishing returns reset, a powerful ability comes off cooldown, or the seconds spiraling into dampening, time management is one of the most important things at the back of any player’s mind while in the Arena. Let’s take a look at three distinct situations where time plays a big role, and how to optimize for or against them.

Trading Cooldowns

Nearly every Arena strategy revolves around drawing defensive cooldowns from the other team—even if you have to trade them—to ultimately leave your opponent at a disadvantage. Outlaw Rogues are especially good at this thanks to a pair of abilities that can really throw a wrench in the enemy team’s plans, BlindBlind and Plunder ArmorPlunder Armor. Both are on two-minute cooldowns, which line up with trinket abilities.

“[You] can either start with BlindBlind when someone is low HP or swap to their healer with Plunder ArmorPlunder Armor to force [their] trinket, which causes the trinket cooldown to be desynced from BlindBlind for a later setup,” says Method Orange’s Ryan “Trill” Costello.

Mind Games

Tank comps, while sacrificing the raw power of a more focused damage-dealing comp, have the general end-game goal of going into dampening. Their greatest advantage is their larger health pools, or their ability to redirect damage being put into another target.

“People don’t lose to tanks, they lose to themselves because they can’t [directly] do anything to bring the tank down,” says Noble’s Andrew “Rubcub” Woods. Trill offers what works for his team’s commonly seen combination of Windwalker and Death Knight: “ use Tigereye BrewTigereye Brew, [complementing] the Death Knight who does mostly magic damage, which makes Windwalker damage all magical [instead of physical] to prevent BodyguardBodyguard from redirecting damage [on another target] to a Protection Warrior.”

In Too Deep

Not every healer is well-equipped for heading deep into dampening, since the healing reduction makes their spells feel less and less effective.

“If you’re a [Resto] Shaman against a [Resto] Druid, the focus turns to spamming PurgePurge because the Druid can’t keep up,” says Rubcub. “Their healing-over-time spells don’t do enough so they have to do inefficient healing and risk running out of mana.”

In a pinch, even one of the weakest off-healing spells—a Windwalker Monk’s EffuseEffuse, which has a fraction of the potency of an Elemental Shaman’s Healing SurgeHealing Surge—can make the difference between life and death while waiting for a major healing cooldown to come up at the 11th hour.

On the other side, some damage-dealing specs thrive in dampening. Shadow Priests or Destruction Warlocks hope the Arena game moves into dampening, where they can rot their enemies down in a war of attrition.

A dire situation may present itself when health bars are low, mana is running dry, and defensive spells are spent. At this point, a team might decide to go all-in with whatever they have left, throwing out every last drop of damage the three of them can muster, hoping to squeak out a kill. It’s a big gamble that sometimes pays off, but, if not, the match likely already was lost.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the fourth segment of Midgame Moves, as we highlight the importance of adapting on the fly.

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