F3AR – First 3 Arena Runs
I noticed that the first two or three runs of any stream tend to go horribly.
I attribute this to not doing any warm-up games before stream. I don’t do warm-up games off-stream because it feels like a waste of gold. Nobody’s in the stream for the first two or three hours anyway, why not just be shit?
I also attribute it to nerves. Starting a stream makes me nervous, playing the first arena makes me nervous, I’m just not comfortable doing anything yet. I think that’s why I like spelling FEAR so much for this protocol.
Incidentally, if I were to do a second and third set and move down the class tier list: SEAR and TEAR (get burned and cry.)
Dealing with F3AR
- Rate how much you feel like playing Arena right now, before doing or looking at anything in-game.
- Pick the best class on each server.
- If Paladin, Mage, or Rogue aren’t available the preference goes in exactly this order: Druid, Hunter, Priest, Warlock, Shaman, Warrior.
- Draft and assess how excited you are to play each deck, independent of other ratings.
- Notation: Server – Class – Time at end of draft – Rating – Reason (maybe on the next line of notepad)
- Compare all three decks, side-by-side.
- Play order: most powerful, least powerful, middle power.
- Personal note: never have the first run be Rogue or Shaman. Ordering is more important to these classes, and I’m sleepy.
- Play notes: use RUM Time.
Often the middle power deck has the most “fun” thing going on, whereas the least powerful deck will just be a grind.
Save the fun as a reward for the end of the set, rather than dreading having to play a crappy deck the entire time.
I start with the strongest deck to hopefully offset my worsened play for that run. Kind of the whole point of the protocol.
The lowest wins server gets eliminated, and then I repeat the process for the remaining two. From there I have the server I will continue to play on for the rest of the stream, and around the time people start showing up and BabyRage because my decklist isn’t working.
INVESTIGATE: Should I compare server scores to each other, or to the leaderboard average of the previous month? Should I actually play where the games felt easiest even if I didn’t do the best there?
A side-benefit to this is that I review decks multiple times before starting a run. Hopefully, then, by the time I’m doing individual runs I should be more… absorbent.
- output: “First 3 Arena Runa – [link to this post]”
- remember to put “!f3ar -” at the beginning of the stream title to indicate when this is happening.
- outputs a link to the imgur album that will show all three decks.
- in a compilation image, server order should be: Asia, N. America, Europe. Otherwise individual screenshots should have their imgur title be the server the deck was drafted on.
- if willing: include score and sentiment.