Witch Hunters Carry a Small Thermonuclear devices!

Posted in Warhammer Online on January 8, 2009 by Stash

 

Well I think Destruction thinks so at least. I swear any time I pop, every Destruction player from the 3 nearest servers dive on me and pound my Witch Hunter into his left boot. Hey trust me guys, if I had a mini nuke you would be the first I told, really! How about I swear to kill only the male Sorc and Shamans. I’ll leave all the scantily clad dark elves alone!

 

All joking aside, I applaud Destruction on this. Hell we Order goofs see a Witch Elf pop and one, maybe two of us go and try to knock her over the head. Destruction sees that Pilgrim Hat and even the Black Orcs in the front line turn and pound it. That’s kind of the key here isn’t it. Teamwork, tactics, doing your job in combat. I don’t think very many folk actually look at their class and ask themselves "What is my job?" They see the class and toss it into the same old cookie cutter plan that they used in WoW, DAoC, or any one of the other PvP type games we all have played. Jobs here are different mates, sure it’s the tanks job to block the ramp on a keep siege, work the ram, or just be in the front so they target you instead of the caster five feet behind you. But there are other things you can do too. In every keep siege I’ve been part of, from T2 to T4 I see tanks standing away from the door throwing axes/daggers/etc at the keep door. Get in there and hit the bloody thing, what are you afraid of, getting oil on that bright new armor? Go smack the thing. If you don’t get any heals, run back to the nearest healer when you hit half health and jump up and down in front of him. He’ll heal you, if for no other reason than just to get your jumping backside out of his face. Then get back in there, that door ain’t going to hit itself!

 

It’s not just tanks here either, and don’t get me wrong I’ve seen some hella cool tanks that didn’t give up until they were getting rezzed. Everyone does this. I read the forums and see "My class is good at whatever, but worthless in Keep Sieges(or whatever type of battle)." My first thought is, Bull. Look, I right now play a Witch Hunter. By and large (along with Witch Elves) the most widely complained about for their worthlessness in a Keep fight. Pretty much all anybody tries to do is guard the postern. Ok so this isn’t DAoC, we can’t climb walls. We can’t use pick locks to sneak in and kill defenders. (yet… and oh wait for it to get nerfed once it does get in) But you know, there are soooooo many other things to be done.

 

Get on a cannon/ballista/whatever and shoot things. Keep their siege down or at least busy repairing, you don’t want to know how easy it is to pop a caster in the back lines because the group healers are so busy keeping the tank on the ram up. Shooting the ram although it take a bit does make them have to stop pounding on the door to repair it, or you might actually kill it. Either way, that’s more time under the oil they have to spend.

 

Help with/kill the oil! This one little bucket is probably the most powerful weapon in the keep fight. But it’s tough to kill so it takes just about everything your side has to drop it. If your the one on the oil team, keep it up as much as possible. It a team effort here, healer, tanks, squishes, you have to work together. Tanks to run it, healers to keep the tanks up, and if you a squishy you and run out on repairs and run back to heal in between. Remember the more you have repairing, the faster it repairs, and thus the more time you have dumping hot oil all over the bad guys.

 

Postern work. For some reason this has become the specialty of the stealth folk. Why? Sure we can stealth and we hit hard and do lots of damage. But I have yet to see a Witch hunter do enough to a Black Orc to kill him before the Orc can get in the keep, hell 3 Witch Hunters. Get a nice balanced group there though and not only will you do enough damage, but you’ll have knock backs and such to keep them away from the door. Also you might be able to catch those brave souls that pop out to try and defend the postern all by themselves, thinking they’ll be able to pop back in again. Knock them away from the door and watch them panic. This works in reverse too, get healers on the wall, a good mix of classes and pop out and clear the way to the door. Those running for the door will be your best friends…. for at least ten minutes.

 

Block reinforcements. Now I know postern work is doing this, but they know there is going to be fighting at the postern. They don’t know there is going to be fighting half way to the keep. Chances are you going to catch folk happily riding their mounts, gazing at the local fauna, not looking for that band of bad guys wanting them to pay a toll to use the road. You don’t have to be attacking the keep to pull this off either. Think about it, the attackers are going to have folk coming from the war camp. Whether they are late comers, couldn’t get a rez for what ever reason or were just too quick with the respawn trigger(we’ve all done it). There will be stragglers. Now if the attackers send a force to clear you out, that weakens the attacking force, making it possible for a sortie out from the keep to wipe the attackers, or they ignore your little force. You are now in a position, once the fight on the lords room ramp starts, to sweep in from behind as a group and hit all the healers/caster while the tanks are busy trying to break the tankwall at the top of the ramp. Even if you all die horrible deaths, you’ve caused enough havoc that they are going to be hurting. And lets not forget, your all at the war camp ready to come in from behind yet again. Coordinated with a push from above (5-7 seconds after the behind force) and you’ve a chance to wipe the whole attacking force in one fell swoop.

 

Lords room. We’ve all seen it. Tanks block the ramp, range folk shoot down the ramp, healers keep everyone alive. Pretty basic right? Not even close. No matter how well the tanks block, one or two will get through. Who’s to take those folk down? Duh, the classes that this entire time have been complaining that they don’t have anything to do in keep fights. Kill those buggers. In fact, the very ones that broke through are probably the very same class type you are. The two classes that I end up chasing all over the outside ledges of a keep are the Witch Elf and the Marauder, the two that say they are useless. Hell, if you can get on that ledge as a MDPS class you can cause all kinds of nastiness. I’ve gotten out there, popped in to kill a healer, popped back out to the ledge. I’ve seen it in every tier. (don’t tell me it’s impossible in T4, my Shadow Warrior spent 3/4 of his time chasing around witch elves in the dozen or so T4 keep fights he fought) And what about just getting in with the tanks and hitting things. I did this last night, stood right behind the tanks and poked things with my sword. Once I had enough accusations build up I switched targets to most beat up caster or healer down the ramp and dropped them. Ok, that works for Witch hunters, well Witch Elves, and Marauders (By the way, I see alot of Marauders on the front line here, kudos to them) or White Lions. Use what ever specials you have, poke em, slash em, call em dirty names. Every bit you do is that much faster that attackers goes down, with or without healers. If you get hit, back up out of range for a second so who ever targeted you retargets (They will, people don’t like to get hit without hitting back).

 

I know I know, that whole thing is a bit much. And I know there are quite a few of you that do and know most if not all of what I said. But the key here isn’t about all these tactics. Hell I doubt if I touched 10% of the possible tactics there are. It’s about thinking. If you come into something where you feel useless, think of something useful to do. If it’s something you don’t like doing, you picked the wrong class. (Something I’ve done twice now)

 -Stash

Life, Liberty and l33t d00d3r for all

Posted in Warhammer Online on January 8, 2009 by Hellion

Greetings and salutations to all.

A brief History.

That’s right it’s me Hellion here taking it easy for all you sinners out there. I thought I would take a quick second to talk about myself and the wonderful (and strangely tolerant of me) Glastons. I’m an odd sort of gamer that thrives on shock value and a sharp tongue. Unlike most of the Glastons I have reverted from a very heavy role player to now a very light role player. It is at this point in my life I found these fellows on Planetside. The Glastons, being an older and I think wiser group of folks than most. Seen fit at this point to fold me into their guild and treat me as an equal right from day 1. (THE FOOLS) So now I’ve been with them for around 4 years! Lots of good times!

Warhammer

So here we are. The Glastons have moved around through many different games in the last few years and we currently find ourselves in Warhammer. The main thing that attracted me to the Glastons was the fact that though they were small they always had very sound tactics. This is a tradition that has followed the Glastons through every game that I know of to date. With Warhammer our main problem thus far has been the fact that no one seems to be able to find a class that they truly enjoy and stick with it. I know once we settle on classes that we like however, I’m sure we will be creating new and interesting tactics that will work nicely with Warhammer.

The L33t D00d3r and the downfall of the Alliance (IMHO ….. not really that humble)

PUG’S Suck! Yes we have all heard this before. But is it true. The answer for you in open realm vs realm combat is a most definite and unbelievably resounding YES! Why, well, quite simply the following:

12 year olds leading war bands only interested in points not the objective or game play

The constant do whatever I say mommy and daddy said I’m special attitude.

Foolish mistakes and maneuvers that always lead to our death

The I don’t want to die so why engage the enemy attitude

The why fight when I can just pick up points by going from battle field objective to battle field objective and get points (tier 4 I’m looking at you)

The I’m amazing attitude when sadly Congratulations your mediocre

Listen assholes. Where is your steadfast strength and honor? You are not special. You do not have sound tactics. If you want to lead do so and do it smart. Earn respect as a leader. Don’t expect everyone to do what you say because you started a war band and we all joined. It’s not all about you. Grow up!

Earn It. Don’t demand it. If you do, I’ll be there to shatter your sad mediocre world in no time flat. Count on it!

Solution?

Hey come on I wouldn’t just rant and not have a fix. It’s really quite simple. You are unable to capture Battlefield Objectives unless you own the closest keep to those objectives. Try to be a sissy now! This will force you to fight and be smart about it!

Anyway, I think this is a good time for me to sign off before I break my fingers off on this keyboard.

Love Hellion

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Posted in Warhammer Online on January 7, 2009 by Stash

So like most of the Glastons I’ve been having a problem finding a class that I find "comfortable." It’s my personal belief this is true for a lot of folks. I’m not what you would call an altoholic, and I’m finding myself with several alts currently. Warhammer is a different animal when it comes to classes, and we as gamers are use to the roles classes from other games entail. If you look at any other MMO out there you will find one or two classes that would fill a specific role, in Warhammer that role can be filled by upwards to 4 or 5 classes. Hybrid classes were something only certain players enjoyed playing in most of the past games, but if you really look at the Warhammer classes they all are hybrids, albeit some more than others. We as players are just not use to that.

 

In past games I have always enjoyed playing either the rogue based sneaky classes or the range/archer type, and in typical me I started a Shadow Warrior back on day one. Back then they were seen along with the Squig Herder as the most underpowered class there was. The critics were right too. Even at the high end 20’s my poor Warriors ability damage was less than a tank’s, two levels lower than me, auto-attack. It was sad and I went to Assault spec in a vain attempt to eke out some form of viability. Now I realize that if you spec a certain way, and go through a certain series of combos, you can achieve for one shot a hit that will do 700-over 1k damage. Great, 1 shot. Excuse me, but don’t the Bright Wizards and Sorcs do that for almost every shot, and without the combo to set it all up? In fact I seem to remember fighting and having that Sorc "Pit o’ Doom" pop on me and I took 700 a second! No set up, no special spec (ok maybe a spec, but I’m on a roll here), just 700,700,700,700,dead. Now I’m not complaining about getting hit, but come on, isn’t the bloody Shadow Warrior suppose to be on par with the other range DPS classes? 1.1 did give them a buff, but it buffed the Assault spec the most, turning a primarily range class into a primarily melee class. I do great at sitting back and guarding the healers as best as I can. A role much needed to be honest, but not one I was really enjoying. Now other Shadow Warriors will disagree with me, and kudos’ to them to be honest, the class just wasn’t what my old scout was back in DAoC and I rather missed that. He’s rank 32 now and for the time being on the back burner. Yea I’ll probably go back to him sometime in the future, he’s a good class really, just not what I’m looking for right now.

 

Take 2

 

When the Knight of the Blazing sun came out I saw him as a Bard type class, group buffs and debuffs, with heavy armor. I was right for the most part, they are really good at that role, plus they don’t die in the half a second most of the other archetypes I like to play do. I like the class as a whole, but again I wasn’t "comfortable". See I have a view of combat in MMO games, one I think is probably only in my eyes. To me I see a fight as you doing more damage faster than they can do to you, and well as a tank I hit like a wet Kleenex. As much as I do enjoy him after rank 27 I went and did what I probably should of done way back in the beginning.

 

Take 3

 

I made a Witch Hunter. As I said I enjoy the rogue type classes, it’s how I think taticly really. Flank, sneak, hit from where they don’t think I am. I played one in beta, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, why I decided to play the other classes I’ll never know to be honest. I’m "comfortable" with this class. Sure I die faster than a lemming diving off a cliff, but I know my job, I enjoy my job, and I can do my job. I really didn’t know my job with the other classes, or I wasn’t very good at it. I think that had a lot to do with my un-satisfaction with the other classes. Knowing you place on the battlefield is a very important aspect, one that I see a lot of players either not aware of or ignoring completely. Now my only regret is that I had used my Stash name for him, but hey ya can’t win them all, eh?

 

So if your ever on Phoenix Throne-Order, give ol’ Silus the Witch Hunter a hello.

 

 

Boar to the Fore

 

-Stash

Glastons are here.

Posted in Glaston Banter on January 7, 2009 by Stash

Well reading here might be a bit confusing as this blog will have many authors. We’re a bit of an odd group, different people from different places, but we all are gamers in like mind. Hopefully things won’t get too bad, except for the jokes. Those are always bad.

 

We are what we call Glastons. To us that’s something. It means friendship, support, really bad jokes, and being part of something greater than the individual. We’re an old bunch, having been together in some form since the opening of Dark Age of Camelot’s Nimue server. There we were known as the Glastonbury Irregulars, a Role-Play Guild started by a few folk from the Everquest RP/PvP servers. We were in DAoC for a long time and it was there that many of the traditions got cemented. It may sound odd for a gaming guild to have "traditions", but I’ll tell you, there is a certain pride that you get when your charging into a fight and you see "<so-and-so> yells "Boar to the Fore!" pop up on your chat box multiple times.

 

Now you might think we are elitist, or stuck up, or full of ourselves. Heh, you couldn’t be farther from the truth. We constantly make friends online and have a regular influx of people to our ranks. Some stay, some don’t. Such is the way of guilds. I’ll admit we’re not for everyone, and our generally small size proves it. You have to be willing to step up and be part of the group as a whole rather than hang back and hope to be included. We do try to make guild life happy for everyone, but as you all know, it never goes as planned. Glastons as a whole are more than willing to jump up and do something, but then like people in general you need to smack them upside the head once in a while. (Ok, so it 3-4 times for most of us).

 

Well I guess that’s enough of guild promotion, sorry.

 

Ok, so after a horrid series of games, we are in Warhammer now. Sure there are bugs, some imbalances, and a bit of messiness. It’s a bloody online game, what did ya expect, eh? We’re here and from the looks of it, we’ll be here for a while. We’re having a blast really, good quests, good RvR, good times. We have a fair mix of classes, and really only one or two of us have found a proper class that we feel at home with. I’ll save my thoughts for my next post I think, I’ve bored you guys enough for now.

 

 

Boar to the Fore

 

-Stash