Rules for Duels.
That is my Paladin. And she loves her pink panties and chaps.
+19 strength never looked so good.
A few days ago I am jumping around on the Orgrimmar roof on my Paladin alt, waiting for my battleground queue to pop. I see another 39 Paladin pass by me and whisper to see if he would like to duel. He obliges and it’s off to Durator with us. This Paladin had quite a bit more stamina then me (as I have made a point to stack strength as I had been rolling with a guild priest who is a mighty fine healer). It was a pretty intense battle; we were both down pretty far in our HP pools. He stuns me; I pop my bubble, stun him, swing my axe and win. I was then regaled with “Bubble is cheating!” “BOA gear is for losers!!” “Enchanted gear noob!”
Now, I worked hard to grind out those triumph badges for my BOA gear, so I take no offense to his opinion there. But his comment that a Paladin bubbling during a duel is “cheating” made me start to think. Is this something that is a no-no in a duel? Sometimes when I duel a Paladin on my Priest, they will bubble (which of course gets dispelled post-haste) … and sometimes I see no bubble. I always just figured the reason I didn’t get the bubble was either that it was on cool-down or that the Paladin was smart enough to know it’s fairly useless versus a Disc Priest’s Mass Dispel and would opt to use Divine Protection instead.
So my first question to the readers – is it inappropriate for me to use Divine Shield in a duel?
I then want to take this a step further. What other talents for other classes are unacceptable to use in a duel? It’s a weird concept for me to think about – not being able to use all spells at my disposal to help me defeat an enemy. On my Priest I use any and everything. If I’m out of mana I won’t hesitate to throw out my Shadowfiend or try to get off a Hymn of Hope. Hell, I may even try to do both at the same time.
First, obvious dueling faux pas:
- Popping health/mana potions during combat.
- Retaining non-class buffs.
Second, abilities/buffs generally believed to be inappropriate for use in duels:
- Lay on Hands
- Flasks (which I believe are appropriate if, and only if, you are an alchemist – if you chose that as your profession, you should never be without the extra it provides – saying you couldn’t use it would be like telling a herbalist they can’t use LifeBlood)
Now, I open up the discussion. What else do you see to be faux-pas in a duel? Should any of these things be inappropriate? Should we look to arena rules to know what is fair and what is not fair?
Also, on a side note: 1.) Yes, I got a little hyperlink-happy in this post – You wanna fight about it? 2.) I will be out-of-town next week, so no posting for me. Hope everyone has a great week!