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

Best?

I was asked who I consider to be the best warg on my server and whilst it seems to be a fairly straightforward question at first glance it actually proved incredibly difficult to answer. It got me thinking too, what exactly defines ‘best’? I ended up considering the question for quite a while and I thought I might share my reflections with you here.

Best?

It sounds like such a simple thing to answer: who is the best? What does ‘best’ mean though? Is it the player that gets the most kills? The most killing blows? Perhaps the player with the highest rating? What about the player that dies the least? Or the player that wins more 1vs1 fights than anyone else? As you can see there are a multitude of criteria one can use to define ‘best’.

Perhaps it is better to say that such and such a player is the best at one particular thing? That’s a bit of a cop-out answer though. It still doesn’t answer the question of who is actually the best overall. I thought that maybe I could say the best player was the person who managed to combine all the various criteria and achieve success in them all. He might not be the best at each individual thing, but overall he would be able to combine them all into one package and achieve more success than anyone else. Again that feels like fudging the question.

Bragging

If it proved difficult to decide on ‘the best’ the opposite was a lot easier. Spotting poor players is relatively easy. Now I don’t mean new players, those learning the ropes, because they aren’t poor players, they are simply learning. There is a difference. A poor player is someone who knows what to do, or at least should know, but consistently fucks it up.

I have found over the years that the surest way of spotting a bad player is to watch for people bragging. The loudest are usually the worst. Not always, but it’s a general rule of thumb that seems to hold true for the most part. There are many players who can talk the talk, but they’re writing cheques their butts can’t cash.

That though leads me back to the best players. Whilst I have found that the loudest shouts come from those with next to no ability the reverse seems to be true as well. Those who stay quiet and don’t get in your face every time they kill you, for the most part, seem to be relatively good players.

There Is No Spoon

I am still no closer to answering the question of who is best. I’m not even any closer to working out how to answer the question. It is almost paradoxical in nature; on the one hand it can be said to be subjective as people have their own opinions on who is and isn’t good, but at the same time one can use quantifiable measurements such as kills, etc to say that someone is successful.

Any thoughts you might have would be appreciated. As always the comments section is open.

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6 responses

  1. I’ve been seeing this problem in SWTOR PvP. Is it better to do nothing with objectives and kill everyone, or is it better to sacrifice your damage score and focus on winning the game. Which player is better?

    It is an interesting question.

    30/10/2012 at 1:48 pm

  2. I think in this case the criteria is nothing statistical. You don’t have enough data to make a decision on numbers. My suggestion is that you elect the one that “feels” to be the best warg. I’m new in moors and still I have made a lot of random encounters with other wargs doing all sorts of stuff, from soloing a big mob to ganking a little burger and I can say i’ve seen some of them causing great havoc among freeps lines. As a veteran player, I’m sure you have seen even more. And it is from those moments that I would get the feeling on who is the best warg. How often do you feel gladly surprised or impressed by another’s gameplay?

    I hope this helps you to make a decision!

    30/10/2012 at 2:30 pm

    • The question of who is the ‘best’ warg on my server is really just a lead question. I’m more interested in the concept of ‘best’ as a general question amongst all players/classes. I find it interesting to see what people think is good and bad and how they themselves judge who is ‘the best’.

      30/10/2012 at 3:04 pm

  3. I’ve seen a few wargs on my server (Riddermark in Australian day times) who manage to get in, get a kill (whether squishy/low-level enemy, half health or one without much backup/focus-fire) and get out ALIVE, without any external healing. This is what I consider to be ‘the perfect warg’

    It’s hard to recognise which wargs can scout or track best and it’s almost impossible to tell how fast they make important decisions (go for another kill? go for a solo mounted freep before it passes?) as these all take place while stealthed (and I find myself rarely grouped and never in a warg pack, don’t think we even have a ‘warg channel’)

    The ‘best’ warg may also be defined as the best leader of warg packs or a warg in the pack who makes decisions that help the entire pack (changing target to cripple pursuers, FMing a DPSing champion who isn’t a main target)

    31/10/2012 at 7:18 am

  4. huh

    wow what a stupid topic
    who cares
    and “writing checks their butts can’t cash”
    bitch, please

    03/11/2012 at 12:42 am

  5. To me, the “best” wargs are those that boost your confidence when you’re fighting against stronger opposition. I’m sure you all know the feeling; you’re fighting a freep, and in comes this other freep starting to attack you too. Escape skills on cooldown, you’re getting ready for a quick trip to the graveyard, but then “warg” pops up, and you feel: yeah, this’ll be alright, we got this!

    That, to me, are the best wargs.

    13/11/2012 at 10:27 am

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