Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dubhs first Warfront experience

Dubh had her first Warfront experience last night, in The Black Garden.

Being level 29, and having had warfronts available since level 10, it was about time that I got my hands dirty, and tucked into some battleground style PvP.  Also, since I'm on a PvP server, and had a novel experience with a member of the opposing faction (more on that in a bit), and will be moving into zones that are more heavily contested and will require actual PvP, I figured I'd better get myself a PvP soul.

Now, PvP souls cost 2500 "favor". "Favor" is a currency that is earned by doing Warfronts, similar to WoWs Honor.  Ergo, time for some Warfronts.

But first, let me relate my little experience with a Guardian named Ysera.  I was finishing up questing in Rock Ridge, and was ready to make a move back to the first portal in the zone, when I spied a character with red over their head, moving distinctly not like a NPC and beating down on a Defiant.

I spied them, they spied me back.  This was a Guardian, named Ysera and was level ??, which implied she would have been at least level 40.  Well, when you're looking at a boss level Ysera, and she's looking back at you, what do you do?  You run, that's what you do.  So I tried to do a dodge around the quest hub building.  There was one other Defiant Ascended there, who had also spied Ysera, and was looking to make a run for it as well.  Ysera came bounding around the corner on her swift mount. Doh!  Switch back and run the other way.  Luckily, I was a bit quicker than the other guy, or perhaps Ysera just latched on to him first.  Either way, Ysera changed targets and was beating him down, while I plodded down the river on my two headed tortoise.

And then the surprise.  In chat, from Ysera was "So sorry. Guild quest =/".  There's a guild quest that requires you to kill members of the opposing faction, of a minimum level.  I think you need to kill about 50.  This can be completed in warfronts with killing blows, but Ysera was a bit old fashion, and doing it old school, by ganking toons at a much lower level.

Of course, the shock for me was understanding the the Guardians speech.  As one of the guildies said, "This is not WoW", but still factions is factions, and that was a toon named Ysera! For the uninitiated, Ysera is the dragon aspect of Life in WoW, and plays a major part in the liberation of Mt Hyjal from the Twilight Cult.  Now that I know that, I'm going to have to do some trash talk macros, or even a trash talk addon, when addons become available, just so I can hit a button and convey some general feelings of fear, sarcasm, taunting, gloating and congratulations without having to type a whole bunch of stuff during a fight.  "Did you mum pack your lunch when she packed that knitting needle you call a sword?". "For Pony!".  Stuff like that.

Anyway, running away, surprised by the speech, I felt too exposed on my tortoise.  So I did was any running Kelari does.  Shift to a camouflaged fox form and run further, being very hard to spot.  It did work a treat.

Now, back to the Warfront experience.

It took quite a while to actually get in one.  Queue times were reporting an average time of 4 minutes, but my wait, while I quested, was more like 30 minutes, before I gained access.

Now the goal of The Black Garden is to pick up a fang in the middle of the warfront, and hold on to it for as long as possible, accumulating points.  However, the longer you hold it, the more damage it does to the holder, so you need to pass it off to someone else, heal up, heal them, defend them, etc.  The first team to 500 points wins.

Well, none of that mattered.  We got pants'd.  Not sure if there were just more active players on the Guardian side, or perhaps they were just better at it.  They snatched that fang, and hung on to it to the tune of 500 points to our 50.  I think I managed to kill one person, and died about 5 times before it was all over.  I did manage to get 50 favor for the experience.  50 more matches like that, and I can get my PvP soul.

I think I'm going to have to have a look at the other souls available to find something a bit better for warfronts.  Justicar/Shaman/Druid doesn't seem to do it, or perhaps I have points in the wrong tree.

Tonights homework will be warfronts, and foraging up to 115 so I can collect stuff in the new zone that I've entered now that I've made the milestone of level 30.

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