As I mentioned previously, my short term goal in WAR was to hit renown rank 26 around the time I hit rank 29 in order to wear all four pieces of the Devastator armor set. It’s interesting how that one goal has altered my play style for WAR, and made me reconsider some aspects of the game.
For instance, while previously I merely though of Tor Anroc as slightly annoying, I can’t stand it now. Why it’s the most popular tier 3 scenario I just don’t understand. The lava punting is cute at first, mildly entertaining after a bit, and just downright awful after your 20th scenario. Tor Anroc itself would have been fine if it was not so popular, as you would not get so tired of the lava aspect, but since it pops a good 40% of the time, its overkill.
On the other hand, some of the other T3 scenarios are fantastic. I’ve had some truly epic fights in Talabec Dam, including one particular scenario where the fight in the middle went literally for ten minutes straight. Both sides were clearly organized pre-made groups, and between some good healing and even ranks, we had a great fight. High Pass Cemetery is also one of my favorites due to how quickly you engage in combat, and how the gravestones themselves can be used for some good line-of-sight strategy. Finally Doomfist Crater is entertaining in that it’s always a mass slaughter right at the start, as both teams rush the middle. Sadly I’ve rarely seen the middle lost once it’s captured, making the first fight far too decisive. Oddly enough, Temple of Isha is a very similarly designed scenario (king of the hill basically), yet I’ve seen the capture point change hands multiple times in that one.
My participation rate for scenarios has increased, but this weekend was far from one scenario after another. Anytime Order owned a Keep, a quick message in alliance chat usually got us a warband to get it back, and capturing objectives also helps with renown gain. It seems that the best, yet rarest renown gain is open field combat in the RvR lakes. With players worth 100+ renown a kill in tier 3, even a few skirmishes goes a long way. One notable skirmish happened on Saturday, when our warband of about 8 players ran across an Order warband about twice our size. After a failed Keep siege, the Order warband went for the objectives, and in a stand alone fight, they beat our group consistently. Knowing we could not fight them head on, we instead picked an objective and hid behind some terrain, waiting for the Order warband to engage the hero mob before attacking. Catching them from behind, we made quick work of their ranged dps and healers, and with the help of the NPCs, took down the rest shortly, giving everyone a huge chunk of renown.
My DoK currently stands at rank 27 (almost 28), renown rank 21.5.On Friday I was rank at the start of rank 26, renown rank 16, so very significant progress has been made. I think with another 2-3 days focused on RvR, I should hit renown rank 26. A full clear of Mount Gunbad might slow that down, but it’s lure might be too much to pass up. As long as our group hits RR26 before rank 32 (when we get kicked out of tier 3), I’ll be happy. Five people on vent, all at the top rank for a tier is just too much fun to pass up in scenarios. 500-0 games here we come.