Unusually for me on a Saturday, real life (or in other words “the wife”) left me fairly unmolested and conspired to give me a load of WAR game time today. This turned into very mixed day of WAR, going back and forth between the sublime to the ridiculous.
Earlier in the day I was roaming about or getting my solo queuing face bombed to crap by Crimson premades (the theme of the entire day was lava based), when lo and behold an Altdorf siege started. I was solo queuing because I had to play without sound for a bit and as such couldn’t go on vent, which in turn means at times like this I don’t do guild or alliance groups. So I also went in solo and PUGed Altdorf… Quite often this has worked out ok, but today not so much. Order had 1 or 2 recognisable premade bombing guild groups, backed up by solo joiners and a fairly well balanced warband. Uunfortunately on the Destro side it appeared to be full PUGs and we only had 3 healers in the entire instance. Predictably as soon as the first mass AoE of doom kicked in during stage 1, pretty much everyone quit the instance. Myself and others tried to put up a fight, but after a few attempts it ended up with me and about 5 other people left, most of whom I saw moving to the instance exit. I’m quite confident at facing multiples solo, but I decided against sticking around to see if I it would end up as 1v24.
Instead I went to Land of the Dead with my Squig Herder and blatted insects to get his last couple of levels to 40. Fairly uneventful, other than being on the receiving end of a few gankers and this was actually quite entertaining. I like the whole looking over your shoulder and sudden fights when grinding levels in Land of the Dead. End result was my sixth level 40, Gashmonkey the Squig Herder. Not sure how much I will play him, but I do like the career, it’s got a lot of character.
In the evening we had a Kill Frenzy warband consisting of a mere one and a half group and we did our best to get away from the zergs to find some decent fighting around the edges. Unfortunately it seemed like all the Destro were moving in one monstrous zerg, while Order had a few smaller zergs going, all of which were at least warband strength and mostly seemed to be organised alliance bomb zergs. Obviously with our 1.5 groups being constantly outnumbered in such a big way we didn’t have much joy against the wall of stacked AoE instant death smothering pretty much everywhere… And surfing our Destro zerg isn’t exactly the most fun thing to do, so after an only moderately entertaining hour or two we went our separate ways. Though before it all ended I had a classic fight with Steveo and an ever increasing number of his mates under a bridge :P /wave Steveo
Zognob, Julanta and I formed a half group and did scenarios. It was all going rather well, with a mixture of solid wins and losses where at least we played well, but then a couple of stupid moments soured the latter stages of my day of much WAAAGHing. First there was stupidity on my part (I blame being tired…) when in Howling Gorge I picked up the bomb and ran the wrong way and tried to plant it in Order’s target, DOH! Oh the shame, the SHAME!!! Particularly as an enemy slayer targeted me to /lol :P
And then in Serpents Passage it was other Destro being silly that got right up my nose. We’re facing one Red Guard premade and I think PuGs, our side was PuGs but not badly balanced. In case you don’t know of Red Guard, once you get past the trolling and usual hatred smothering our MMO community, they’re considered the top Order guild on Karak Norn, so obviously it was going to a tougher fight. It started off with a reasonable fight that we lost, but it wasn’t instant death and we spotted some chinks in the enemy’s armour (the PUGs were the weak link) to be exploited. Alas it was not to be, as tough changed to impossible when most of the other Destro in our scenario realised it was Red Guard and pretty much shat themselves and ran away. On numerous occasions the 3 of us tried to take the fight to the Order guys, but found ourselves alone while the other Destro stayed to guard the spawn er… guards... At one point I’m standing there with my back to order /beckoning Destro on, but no, they couldn’t risk it. I mean come on, your pixels may die!
Soured the evening really. I’ve no problems with losing fights, it happens and particularly if its good opposition like this there is no shame in it, but to not even try? Meh. Reputation crits you for 90000000.