Understanding PvP Roles In Conquest
This guide is aimed at players who are about to set foot into GW2 PvP and want to understand the roles they can fill in the main gamemode, Conquest. Knowing your role not only makes it easier to perform well, but also helps with picking the right pvp build for your intended playstyle later on.
As a roamer, you intend to find opportunities to end fights. Your main goal is to move between fights that are in progress and tip the balance in your favor - this is called "+1ing" or "outnumbering", as you're often helping your teammates briefly outnumber the enemy by 1. Since outnumbering enemies means that your enemy might have numbers advantage elsewhere on the map, it's in your best interest to get the job done as quickly as possible. To do that you need 2 things: burst damage and mobility.
Stats & Tools
Roamers have high damage stats and good mobility. Their sustain is on the lowered end and while their burst damage tends to be really high, unlike teamfight specs they often lack damage outside of burst windows.
Opportunistic! If your teamfighter cannot find an end to their fight, the extra pressure a roamer brings to the table could be the key to overwhelming things like enemy supports. Tactical decisions you may have to make:
- Sometimes you might want to focus on peeling for your team by shutting down the enemy +1er.
- Breaking up stalemates can be good enough even without a kill. If your bunker cannot cap a node, pressuring the enemy bunker just enough to leave the capture point can easily allow him to take the cap. If you're confident that your bunker can hold the node and not die to the enemy then your job might be done here. Don't spend too much time chasing a kill 2v1 if you don't have to, as wasting manpower over nothing is a bad idea.
- In general you don't want to commit to a fight for too long. Since you are vulnerable, burning cds in an action will probably make you an easy target.
- Depending on just how good your mobility is, you might have to be the one to decap empty nodes from time to time. If there's nothing for you to +1 or your team is wiping, it's often best to look for opportunities elsewhere. Nautralizing (decapping) an empty node is a great way of denying points from the enemy team whilst also breaking them up and drawing people away from other fights. Your mobility (especially on professions like Thief) lets you stay one step ahead of the enemy. Sometimes you could even consider going for fully capping the node, especially if you're confident in your profession and your ability to duel (or if you're expecting an ally to reinforce/take your place soon in which case stalling is enough).
As a bunker you have one job: hold a capture point without dying, sometimes even against multiple enemies. However! Staying alive is often more important than holding a cap, more on that below.
Stats & Tools
A bunker has a certain compromise between damage, sustain and mobility. Some have enough damage to force others off the node, some max out sustain and not much else, some sacrifice damage for CC and to knock enemies off the cap (that's called a decap build). Mobility's usually on the lower end as a bunker's primary concern is to stay in place and survive without having to run away.
While holding caps is your goal, this does not necessarily mean that you need to hold until you die - usually it's better to move off the cap, resustain for a few seconds and come back once you've stabilized. If they get the decap so be it. As long as you're tying down 1 or more enemies without the enemy scoring points you're doing your job.
Should the enemy manage to cap the node though and you don't see an opportunity for a kill you should give up and move on. Fighting an endless 1v1 on an enemy cap is not something you should be doing.
When your node is not threatened move on to the next one, perferably to another smaller fight. In some cases you might want to reinforce a teamfight if there's nothing else to do, but bunkers often don't have enough damage to truly be useful there.
Try to avoid teamfights most of the time, focus on smaller skirmishes. Once you've won a node don't just afk on it! Use the minimap, your team, and the recent kills window to determine where you should go next. If you're certain that your node is safe for the time being, move on to the next one. Another thing you could do is move to a choke point and watch enemy movements, if they are going for your node then go back and intercept them. If they're not, follow them or push one of their nodes.
As a teamfight spec you intend to do just that: fight with your team against the enemy team, avoiding 1v1s. Your main goal is to make sure the main fight on map will be won by overwhelming the enemy through constant pressure.
Stats & Tools
Teamfight builds have high damage and medium-to-low sustain, as they usually get to rely on a support for backup and must have enough damage to try and kill the enemy support. On top of raw damage, CC and boon removal is also common.
As a support class you intend to keep allies alive and revive them when they got down. Peel for them with CC, remove their conditions, heal them back up and protect them from damage while also helping them deal damage uninterrupted by sharing things like Stability or Magnetic Aura.
Stats & Tools
Healing Power is your most important stat and one sigil per set will likely have to be sacrificed for . Selfsustain is medium-to-high, but supports can sometimes be more squishy than bunkers, as their goal is to keep allies alive first and foremost. If your allies are doing fine they can in turn help you survive by peeling enemies off of you. Mobility tends to be low.
Stay near allies and try to move where the teamfighters are, or move together with them. Use your CDs to keep them alive - any CDs, these could even include offensive skills like CCs or condition applications that mitigate damage such as Weakness or Blind. Sometimes a best defense is a good offense, make sure your teammates are able to do damage freely while the opponent is getting pressured/CCd.
Avoid 1v1s at all costs. You should be unable to win almost any fight, and high damage specs could even solo you sometimes if they get to pressure you uninterrupted. You're not a node holder/bunker. When this happens, consider giving node to provide support to your team elsewhere.
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