Tag: battleground

Instances are an Alts Best Friend

Having spent very little time in any instances that went live with Sentinel’s Fate, I was excited to join up for four of them yesterday. We started with the two that I have already been to, the Erudian Library, and the Research Halls. Afterward we decided to head to the Vasty Deep zones, Conservatory was our first mark, and then Labs. Unfortunately labs is still currently broken, one of the named refuses to spawn and it’s required in order to reach the final named, but it was still quite fun.

One thing I really love about running these instances is that it’s an alts dream come true. Pretty much every piece of scout related gear that dropped was an upgrade for my troubador – specifically because SOE changed us from being int / str based bards to agi which is a stat I have never focused on. It was very nice to be able to replace a great deal of my int / caster based gear for agi, and I also managed to inch my way closer to getting UT which is the only thing anyone ever seems to want from a troubador. Since this is my alt (and one of many) I admit that I’ve neglected her achievements quite severely, but I’m about 6 away from picking it up thanks to the plethora of quests available in Vasty Deep.

When I wasn’t running instances, I dove back into battlegrounds. It’s getting to the point now where people are gearing themselves up with ‘toughness’ gear which is mitigation / critical mitigation for PvP. In other words it means it makes them harder to hit. I don’t like where this is going, because eventually for anyone who didn’t get in on the ground floor, you’re going to have to face a large number of loses until you can save up enough tokens to also gear yourself out with that critical mitigation gear.

I also really wish the numbers meant something. When the game ends you see a screen pop up with number of death blows and healing done etc. I wish there was a (even small would be alright) coin number associated with the locations on that list, so if you topped the killing blows and damage dealt list, you would receive some coin for your troubles. Since Battlegrounds can prove to be an effective method of leveling from 80-90 and also even grant achievement experience, I think that awarding a coin value to doing well in them would be great and then you wouldn’t feel obligated to go quest in order to earn money.

As it is now those stats are for nothing but bragging rights, since you earn 1 token for losing, and 3 for winning. There’s nothing else to be gained.

In the mean time I hope everyone is enjoying their game of choice, and I’ll see you in Norrath!

Exploring Battlegrounds

I decided some time last weekend that what I really wanted was a battleground character. A character who would do nothing but battlegrounds (there for 80 is my goal) and not have to worry about too much more. Most of my regular characters are support classes, and aside from the illusionist I find them a little difficult to play in battlegrounds. The mystic casts very slow, and aside from run speed I haven’t really found a use for the bards. A lot is due to my gear and lack of achievements on these smaller alts, and the fact that for PvP they’re simply not suited for it. I know that ranged casters have an easier time of things because they can stand back and nuke, and scouts can stealth, assassins can put out some massive dps and stun (especially if you’re using poisons) but none of my characters are those classes.

When I finished moving all of my characters to Oasis I also did a little spring cleaning. That left me with three character slots on my main account. Something I haven’t seen in quite some time. I decided to create a necromancer, and level her up (power level to be exact) to 80 so that I could start doing battlegrounds with her. I managed to inch my way to levle 40 yesterday, which was the half way mark at least.

I’ve been having fun in the battlegrounds, it doesn’t matter if I win or lose. I’ve found the 24 person to be a lot more fun then the smaller versions, and I like going with an 80-89 character so that you’re not dealing with level 90 mains. It’s hard to fight against the Nagafen players because they’re used to constant pvp and they have toughness on all of their gear already, but I managed.

I’ve only managed to win one of five battles so far, but since you’re rewarded (although at a smaller level) either way, at least your time is compensated for. I wish that corpses had a chance to drop coin or some sort of other reward for spending your time in a battleground as opposed to say – leveling, but maybe that will come in some where down the road.

I haven’t played the smaller battlegrounds yet, but I do know that if you come up against a guild group and you’re in a PUG your chances of winning decrease drastically. Organization is a killer in battlegrounds, and the more organized you are, the more likely you are to win.

Other then that, I’ve still just been taking my time and exploring Sentinel’s Fate. It’s a beautiful expansion with a lot to do. I hope everyone else has been having fun, I’ll see you in Norrath!

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