“Pretend Inferiority and Encourage His Arrogance.”
The title is a quote from the Art of War by Sun Tzu and it sums up exactly how a warg should behave. So what do I mean? Well it’s pretty simple really; you should do everything in your power to remain unnoticed by the freeps, whether it is in the game itself or on the forums. Why is this important? Well we are a stealth class aren’t we?
Keeping A Low Profile
Let’s start with considering something trivial … making a snarky comment at someone on the forum. Apart from being ill mannered this sort of behaviour draws attention to yourself. What if that person you made a snarky comment at happens to have a Burger? Maybe his little pack of burgers will come hunt you down? Or perhaps he has a Hunter and decides to spend an evening annoying you with spam tracks?
The forums are a magnet for debate and often argument … try to stay out of it because gaining a reputation for being a twat on the forum won’t do you any favours in game. The point is simple; keep a low profile and other players will have less reason to target you. Less reason to target you means you can go about your business of stalking your prey with less interruption.
Similar to the above is what I consider ‘grandstanding’. This is personal preference of course, but I deliberately seek no recognition or public acclaim whatsoever for my warg. Whether it be highest rank threads or whatever else I make a conscious effort to avoid them. Have you ever seen me mention the name of my warg on this blog? No you haven’t. My friends know who I am, but I’m not advertising.
Why the secrecy? Well again it’s very simple, the fewer freeps you attract the attention of the better in my book. Far better to go completely unnoticed and be able to wreak havoc in the freep ranks than be a well known figure and get targeted before you’ve even left Gramsfoot.
Judging A Book By Its Cover
There are things you can do in game to keep a low profile too. One of my favourites, and surprisingly effective, is equipping a low ranked appearance. The idea is to fool the freeps into believing you are a low ranked warg. If they fall for it they tend not to target you repeatedly although this can be a double edged sword as they may consider you an easy kill and target you anyway.
Personally it’s a strategy that has worked reasonably well for me although on my server there are of course people who know me by name and thus aren’t fooled. It can work minor wonders on new players in the Ettens though, especially in 1vs1 when they think they are getting free renown as that ‘rank 0’ warg attacks them before they spot my rank … oh almost gave that away there! That will never do!
I’ll leave you with another quote from Sun Tzu’s Art of War:
A military operation involves deception. Even though you are competent, appear to be incompetent. Though effective, appear to be ineffective.