A Guide for the Student on the Ways and Means of the Warg and the Stalking of Prey

Back To Basics: A Night as a R0 Warg

It’s been a few days since my last post and with good reason … the EU migration has been in full swing! Now that my warg is safely on North American shores it’s time to get back down to the serious business of warg blogging!

The migration period meant that I couldn’t play on my usual European server for a while … but there was an opportunity for me to play on an American server! I promptly created a brand new warg on Landroval. Now I know that there are other U.S. servers that perhaps have a better PvP reputation, but I was taking a peek at Landroval anyway so thought I’d kill two birds with one stone. I’m not going to comment on the Landroval PvP scene because frankly I only saw one night of it, which isn’t enough to form a concrete opinion. What I am going to talk about is just how frikkin hard it is to be a rank 0 warg!

It’s been 4 years since my warg was rank 0 and in that time I had forgotten just how hard the new pups have it. I was almost laughing out loud at just how weak and ridiculous I felt skulking around on a rank 0 warg. For starters I didn’t have enough destiny points to buy the Enhanced Stealth trait so moving around is stealth was excruciatingly slow. Oh and freeps were spotting me in stealth from a mile away.

I had no Throat Rip so couldn’t silence those pesky Hunters with their fears. I had no Tendon Shred so no quick emergency stun to lock a freep down. I had no Dissapear! Oh my how I missed Disappear! Now before you go off thinking ‘Ha! He just wanted to be able to escape‘ that is not exactly what I mean.

Disappear is a great escape skill it’s true, but it is also a fantastic offensive skill. It gives you another stun, it allows you to re-position yourself in a fight and it allows you to catch your breath for a moment before pressing the attack. Don’t get me wrong I missed the extra escape functionality, but what I really missed was the extra boost it gives to my attack.

I managed to get a few kills nevertheless (and received more than my share of deaths!) so it wasn’t a complete washout. I probably fared a little better than a completely fresh warg since I have 4 years of experience playing the class and that really shone through. I’m not trying to blow my own trumpet here, but you can’t put a value on experience. Even if it was just little things like avoiding certain locations because I may have gotten ambushed there, it helped me avoid being repeatedly ganked.

If I learned anything from the experience it’s that new creeps don’t have an easy time of it. It’s easy for me to sit in my high ranked ivory tower and dispense advice, but it was a lot harder to come down from the tower and try to put that advice to good use. I think I’ll be a little easier on the new pups after this.

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