Having just reached tier 2 on our Choppa and Black Orc alts, now would be a good time for some initial thoughts on our second trip through the WAR leveling game. Both classes are radically different than our two previous ones, the Disciple of Khaine and Witch Elf. The Choppa is more melee AoE focused compared to the WE single target damage, and the Black Orc is clearly tougher than the DoK, while lacking the utility and healing. Still, the Choppa/BO combo has allowed us to complete all ‘easy’ PQs, and with just one additional player we are able to complete the ‘normal’ PQs.
Speaking of PQs, the current easy/normal/hard setup, along with PQs always being visible on your map (no need to find them), makes running the correct PQ much easier and accessible. When it’s just the two of us, we know we can knock out the easy PQ without trouble. Should someone join us during that time, we can transition to the normal or hard PQ (depending on who joins and how many). These minor improvements go a long way to improving the PvE aspect of WAR, as its now easier than ever to level at a good pace without having to complete a single quest, while still seeing some of the better and more unique PvE content.
Along with running PQs, we have been queuing for the occasional scenario, which are still great content. I was somewhat surprised that the new Slayers and Choppas did not dominate the early levels, but I think the combination of new classes and the free trial means plenty of new players are trying all classes. Seeing many players without a guild tag backs this up, most alts are tagged to the mains guild since players want to keep in contact with their guild mates on an alt. Open RvR is also fun in T1, especially the Empire/Chaos pairing, which always has something going on. The simplified combat due to the lower level characters is a nice break from T4.
Overall we are really enjoying our second trip through WAR. The Choppa is a great class, allowing you to morph between a semi-tough melee guy and a glass cannon of death. The Black Orc of course is a nice compliment, being able to taunt away mobs and draw fire in PvP. More as we progress.