To Zerg or Not to Zerg?

12 02 2009

When you’re low renown rank, doing pretty much anything is awesomely rewarding.  When you need ORvR influence for those frustratingly buggedlucrative item rewards, you kill two birds with one stone, reaping renown out in the lakes as well.

But the curve hits sharply.  Let me take a moment to say that I’m not trying to toot my horn, wave my epeen, or boast about the glorious virtual existence I enjoy alongside real life unemployment (although I got called in to work yesterday, woohoo!).  I’m not in the top 10 of anything for Witch Hunters on my server, nor do I particularly care to be.

Why?  Because the “best” simply zerg.

Whatever that Ironbreaker was smoking, I want some.

Whatever that Ironbreaker was smoking, I want some.

After attaining a certain renown rank, killing other players rewards poorly; the only renown gains that don’t plummet sharply as you advance are ORvR captures: keeps and battlefield objectives.  So rather than spend 15 minutes in a scenario watching both sides blindly rush the middle of the map despite the explanation on the loading screen moments before entering…

  1. Fly to contested zone
  2. Find and join open warband
  3. Kill NPCs
  4. AFK for 3 minutes
  5. profit!

And pretty soon renown rank boils down to who has more playtime, not skill in RvR.  I’ve seen some of the “best” get their faces pounded in by level 35s in quest reward gear.

So now my strategy is (although I don’t degroup and solo; perhaps I should): find the player on the enemy team worth the most and assassinate them at least once for more renown than the entire scenario or capture would be worth otherwise.

Which is actually pretty fun.  I’m making a lot of enemies, naturally, but that only makes things more interesting.  After all, if the top 10% of your players only stand to gain from slaughtering one another, it’ll weed out the keyboard turners eventually.

…I hope.

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4 responses

12 02 2009
Dont

That IB was probably soloing.. happens all the time.

12 02 2009
flintlocks

I don’t see tanks or MDPS doing that so often and am kind of afraid I’ll lose the (very few) heals I get, but yeah… Definitely considering that myself 😉

22 02 2009
Thorgald

You DO realize that damage done has very little to do with how much renown you get awarded at the end right? look at the entire screen, not just damage done and solo kills versus renown gained..

23 02 2009
flintlocks

But as a DPS class, I can’t really heal 😉 So damage it is, and solo kills are also a great source of renown if you can pull it off (not having to split the credit 8 ways with a bunch of AEing BWs and all).

Of course my favorite is the (sometimes) easy 600 renown from a win, which I’ll always work toward unless it’s plainly impossible.

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