We’re almost half way through season one of world versus world now, so I thought I’d do an update on how its been going since my post about how it got off the ground.
With the new Living Story update in Kessex Hills a lot of players have been attracted away from world versus world, and this has meant that the queues have reduced.
Hallelujah! I hear you cry it from here.
Well, I say the queues have reduced, its a bit more complicated than that. If you want to get into the Eternal Battleground you’re still going to have a bad time. Queues of over 4 hours are still common on my gold league server for the EB.
However, if you’re prepared to go into one of the enemy’s borderlands you’re probably going to able to waltz right in, outside of peak hours. I even managed to get in to one of the borderlands at peak time on the weekend, when it should have been heaving with players. So, if you don’t mind fighting in the borderlands – and I personally prefer playing as the invader on someone else’s map – wvw has become a bit better as the season’s gone on, its now where it reasonably should be for queue length.
Will it stay like that? Probably, given that the Living Story will be continuing to attract people away for the next couple of weeks with its achievements and rewards.
Epic battles is maybe a bit strong, but I’ve had some fantastic fights. That could be our opponents this week in particular; but on the whole I’ve found the fights much more fun since the season began. Commanders seem a little bit more willing to charge in to battle in search of glory – and that’s what wvw is all about for me, charging into massive battles and hopefully coming out alive and at least going down fighting if not!
Unfortunately my server’s strategy is still slacking comparatively to our opponents. Our gold league enemies, even from much lower down the ranks, are far better at the balance between defence and attack as well as posting scouts all over their territory to report on our movements. Most of our commanders still stubbornly refuse to defend at all and I’ve yet to see much in the way of scouting going on.
I’d be happy to scout myself, but unfortunately most people don’t listen to scouts – they’ve been too busy ranting at each other.
On the whole though, good fights continue in this season.
One observation I’ve made in my time in wvw, is that the attitude has got worse. I’ve spoken about the bad attitude of many in wvw before in the last season one post, and also why I don’t want to buy a commandership (at least on my server). I guess my last post on multiplayer mentality touched on this as well.
Essentially, with all very much at stake as the leaders start to pull away from the chasing pack at this point in the season, my server in particular is trying hard not to be left too far behind the leader. This has lead to fractured tempers, angry raging and just generally not a good mood on the whole.
I’m fed up of the uncompromising attitude of many ‘hardcore’ wvw players on my server. Everything must be done perfectly their way, without question and more fool anybody who dares ask why. It isolates them from the majority of the player base more than anything, even if what they’re doing is ‘the right way’ (if that even exists in reality).
I hope the attitude changes but I fear its declining even further on my server. What have other people been observing on their servers?
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