Amidst the increasing pains of burnout in Warhammer came a gem of an evening in Tier 3.Â I was on the Phoenix Throne server on my level 31 Ironbreaker (named Stocky) grouped with a guildy (Conjunction guild) named Plucky ( 29 Runepriest).Â We started out the evening kinda slow by participating in the usual zerg vs. zerg battles going on in Avelorn and Saphery.Â Not that this wasn’t fun, because it was actually quite evenly matched on the open-field, but it was just more of the same that I’ve been experiencing for months.Â At the suggest of Plucky, we broke off from everyone else and went to Highpass which is in another zone entirely.
In Highpass we came upon a huge zerg of Destruction taking objectives like they usually do… you know, mindlessly moving objective to objective like a herd of cattle for their points (I know, because I’m one of them on Dark Crag).Â Â We hung back for a while just observing them and watching where they went.Â It was a weird feeling being just two dwarves out on a hill looking over a zerg of red names.Â When they started to move out is when we made our move.Â We positioned ourselves behind a hill that stood between them and where they were going next.Â Reliably, there’s always a couple stragglers and these were our marks.Â We swept in like vulchers and made quick work of the people who were moving quite fast enough.Â It was intense!Â The adrenaline rush of knowing their friends are still in view while snaring and dropping them quickly and sprinting away was awesome.
The evening was packed full of experiences like this.Â There was one point where we were on this wall that acts like a Milgate did back from the DAOC days (a chokepoint of sorts) where we did the same thing as before by picking off the late arrivals to take objectives and the stragglers.Â Â Another memorable battle (that Plucky fraps’d) was when he ran into a group of 4 people while I was catching up from a quick AFK.Â He engaged a sorc and turned to run since 3 of the sorcs friends showed up.Â I came in right as Plucky was in retreat and began to retreat with him.Â Â Having faith in our abilities, Plucky told me to go ahead and fight them (you can see him type it in the video below).Â I turned and went to town on all 3 of them as Plucky worked his amazing healing magic.Â We smashed them 3v2 and could have done it 4v2 if the other guy stuck around.
Tonight brought back great memories of DAOC and the smaller scale battles.Â We used strategy, skill, and teamwork to overcome odds and find action where, under most circumstances, many would have just changed zones to finda fair fight.Â Â We didn’t earn a ton of exp and we certainly didn’t earn a ton of renown.Â We could have done way better for ourselves in scenarios or following the herd, but we had amazing fun.Â I’m definitely not burned out on stuff like this.Â If I can get more of this in WAR then I’ll be set.
Thanks to Plucky for teaching an old dog that the old tricks still work.Â Â Â Â (Click more to watch the video from Plucky’s point of view). [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTHuEXDKees&fmt=6[/youtube]