I worked at Medieval Times several years back (laugh and I'll Shield Slam you into next week). Because of this, I figured I'd have a jump on this whole Argent Tournament jousting thing.
I was wrong.
Nay, I was stupid wrong.
It takes a lot of getting used to. My first couple of attempts at other Alliance Valiants were embarrassing. I'd end up dismounted while they were still sitting at over 40K health.
Let me reiterate - this was embarrassing.
I ended up doing ok after several ridiculously lopsided beatings. I learned to pay attention to how many shields my target had up. I learned to make sure I had my own shields up. I figured out the way the NPCs fight, which helped me anticipate their actions and beat them to the punch.
I really like the mounted combat that WoW has mixed into the game. As far as I'm concerned, it spices up questing quite a bit when you can hop on a mount or a vehicle and do something other than pick a fight with a mob and go through your normal rotation, repeating until the mob is dead.
I'll get the hang of this jousting thing, I'm sure. I may never be the best at it, but I'll settle for not sucking.
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