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Rants, ruminations, and rambling remarks from my mad, muddled, meandering mind.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Rollin' With My KoMies

Ready for Action
So last night, I was leveling my crafting on my Human Engineer, Heide Urmacher, and running around completing the map items for Divinity's Reach. Listening to some of my guildmates from Knights of Mercy on Ventrilo playing in the structured PvP battlegrounds, I decided to get in on some of that PvP action with them.

The cool thing about Structured PvP in GW2 is that everyone is up-leveled to 80 and has access to the same gear and all profession abilities for free for the duration of the contest. There are ways to get different gear stats, and obviously some stats are better than others for a given profession.
Free Gear!
Being a complete n00b to structured PvP, I basically rolled in with the default build, which for the Engineer is a rifle build. I'm not fond of the rifle, to be honest. I like dual pistols or a pistol and shield. But I had already committed to a skirmish server, so I decided to stick with the rifle and see what happened.

Structured PvP is interesting and very different from, say, WoW battlegrounds. Since there are no opposing factions in GW2, the skirmishes are set up at random. Also there are no premade teams that can join as a group and ROFLstomp the unwary competition. The system randomly places everyone in teams that then duke it out. This meant that, while I joined with guildies, some were placed on the opposite team than I was. We were still coordinating through Vent, which meant I could hear the opposing strategy, but I suppose this wasn't much different than a pick-up game of basketball or capture the flag. My team won the first skirmish, even though I died a lot.
Crack Shot
Then instead of getting dumped back out to the PvP lobby in the Heart of the Mists, everyone in the skirmish was transferred to another map and we started again, this time with the teams remixed. You can drop out any time through the Hero window, and some players did. I was getting the hang of my rifle and other skills so managed to kill a lot, even I was still dying quite a bit.

In one of the skirmishes, my team was really doing well, and enough opposing players dropped out that the game automatically rebalanced the teams, which meant I turned coat halfway through. Even though we still lost the match (we were still down one player even with the shuffling), I received a few accolades (maybe some Glory?) for healing and reviving my teammates.

As has been said elsewhere, structured PvP is a great chance to fully test a profession before you waste too much time leveling in PvE, only to discover you don't like the profession as much as you thought you would.
DoubleUnder the Enforcer
Thanks to my guildies in KoM for putting up with my noobishness; Trent, Maric, Kup Kake, Phentari, Musei, and especially DoubleUnder for showing me the ropes. (Was there anyone else on that I missed?)

I need to research a bit and find a good pistol build this evening, before I jump in again. Hopefully, Sctrz will be interested in trying it out, as well. All in all, I had a great time, and am looking forward to more PvP, something I never thought I'd say.



  1. I need to start getting on Vent so I don't miss out on all the fun.

    1. Vent is great, much better sense of camaraderie. And coordination.

  2. Awesome post and it looks like that last game was ultra-close.

    1. Yeah, I thought we were going to lose because we were behind for much of the match.

  3. Sounds like you had an awesome time! I may or may not join up the next time you guys do this. I just don't do a lot of PvP. It's not so much that I don't like it, it's more that I suck at it, leading to anger, leading to hate, leading to yadda yadda yadda so I generally just stay far away.

    1. It can be frustrating to die a lot, I'll admit. As was the lack of coordination last night. It was just me an Sctrz, and she was on the opposite team half the time. But then, I did did get the high score, and it is pretty fun. The "level playing field" of gear and abilities makes it more fun I think. Plus I was able to experiment with different stats, something I'll continue to do going forward. I'd also like to get my Elementalist in there; and maybe try some healing specs, something I saw very little of these last two nights.

  4. Sound like Fun there. I can't really do the Vent thing, since Vent just don't work well on my PC, mostly only ever use Teamspeak and that usually works well for the only game i actually use it in and thats in EVE.

    The Tabard looks cool on the character there.

    1. Yeah, I've had computers that wouldn't run both Vent and whatever the game was I was trying to play. Not that you necessarily need it, but if you have an Android phone, there is an App called "Mangler" that serves very well as a Ventrilo client (originally designed for Linux). I couldn't find a free Vent client for iOS.

      As far as the Tabard, all leather wearers have the same outfit for PvP—dyable, of course. Mine is dyed, Winter Sky, Jalapeño, and Copper Penny. The blaze-orange iron cross is the symbol for Knights of Mercy. Other guilds have different "coats of arms."