That said, learning to effectively use line sight in combination with proper positioning is no easy task. It requires a lot of practice and a bit of know how, which we’re going to discuss below.
Mastering The Pillar Kite
The first and most important factor in Nagrand Arena is going to be mastering the pillar kite. As you can see on the map to the right there are 4 pillars in Nagrand arena. Which we’re going to use both as LoS positions and kiting locations (aka “pillar humping”).
If you’re a healer this is where you live in arena. Sticking near the pillar allows you to quickly move in and out of line of sight and run circles around the pillar to avoid damage. The green squares represent your prime locations for maintaining healing LoS on the arena floor.
You will need to continually change your position around these pillars so that you can…
- Adjust your position so you can maintain healing / dispel LoS on your partners
- Kite opposing DPS in a circular manner around the pillar. If things are really bad you could have your team mates help you by snaring / crowd controlling the DPS that’s chasing you. Giving you additional time to catch up heals.
Most of the time people associate kiting and line of sight purely with healing, but even DPS, both ranged and melee can do their part to take advantage of line of sight positions. First off we need to consider the effect that these positions are going to have on our healer’s position.
- Your healer will always want to be LoS’ing around / behind a pillar.
- Knowing this we want to position so we can still do damage, but also allow the healer to avoid taking damage / being crowd controlled.
Secondly, let’s talk about the defensive role of using the pillars as a DPS. Just like your healer uses the pillars to dodge cc and damage you should be doing the same. Granted, you aren’t going to be pillar humping as excessively as your healer may be it is still important to take advantage of this strategy. This will save your healer mana and buy you one very important thing…time. Time to drink, time cast, and time to catch up on heals. Sometimes even just a few short seconds is enough for your team to gain a mana edge and ultimately come away with the win.
General Nagrand Position Strategy
Of all the arena maps Nagrand is certainly the most simplistic. What ever way you look at it you’re going to be using pillars in your position strategy. As a healer most of your role with LoS is centered around using them to avoid damage and CC, while also turreting up to well positioned heals in the locations I’ve listed above.
As a DPS class you need to focus on always understanding where your healer is, thus allowing them an easier time to heal you. Additionally, using the pillars to LoS behind to prevent damage and / or kite melee classes will allow your healer additional time they may need during high burst damage periods.
For more position strategies check out the full guide on Line of Sight Strategy and Positioning!
If there’s one aspect of arena that is most overlooked it’s without a doubt the influence of position and line of sight. Understanding the correct positional requirements to successfully counter a team is extremely important, as just one minor error could easily lead to a quick loss. That said, once you’ve mastered the basics of your position and line of sight healing, both from offensive and defensive positions, you’ll improve your level of arena performance significantly.
While I’ve done a few strategies, guides and tutorials related to line of sight, I’ve largely ignored it. Though with this inaugural guide I’d like to re-open the strategy discussions on positional awareness and LoS strategy.
In the coming days and weeks I’ll be covering both offensive and defensive positional strategies for every arena. With the hope that in learning these positional awareness factors and strategies will allow you and your teammates the chance to really push yourselves to that next level and take a slice out of the arena ladder.
Line of Sight and Position Strategies
- General Line of Sight and Position Strategy
- Blade’s Edge Arena Line of Sight
- Nagrand Arena Line of Sight and Position
This list will be added to in the coming days and weeks.