I get email from wargs looking for my opinion on their build, or asking how best to fight this class or that, etc. Most of it is pretty standard fare to be honest. However, recently I was asked a question that was a little more interesting than usual and I thought it might be worth spending a little time looking at it in more detail.
The question was pretty simple: why do Hunters track my warg when there are other wargs closer to them?
I have spoken about tracking before and how best to combat it, but the question remains unanswered; why is one wargs selected to be tracked and not another? Is it not logical to assume that a Hunter would track whichever warg is closest to them? That is indeed logical, but then when was a Hunter ever logical? Remember they choose to play a Hunter in PvMP!
There is method to the madness though because simply selecting the nearest warg to track isn’t always the best strategy for a Hunter. To illustrate that let us look at an example:
A Hunter tracks for stealthed wargs and two come up on his screen, one is identified as being ‘close’ and the other as ‘distant’. Which one does he pick?
The close one.
Let’s add more information. The Hunter recognises the closer of the two wargs as being a well known high-ranked warg, but doesn’t recognise the more distant warg. Which one does he pick?
Probably the more distant one, but why?
Why Hunters Do What They Do
In the above example if a Hunter recognises the closer of the two wargs as being a player who has been around for a while he instantly knows that it’s going to be tricky to kill him. A veteran warg will have a better chance at escaping due to being more familiar with the class, knowing the terrain better, etc. Hell, the warg might even turn the tables and kill the Hunter.
Now if that distant warg is unrecognised or known to be a relative newcomer the Hunter may feel a bit more confident in attacking him. He may think he stands a better chance at getting a kill with a warg that isn’t used to dealing with such situations.
At the end of the day we all try to give ourselves an advantage. If you are a low ranked warg fresh out of Grams then the chances are that you are going to be ‘picked on’ so to speak. A tracking Hunter knows you are still wet around the ears and frankly the freeps are going to have an easier time tracking and chasing down some rank 5 newcomer than they are a rank 12 veteran that knows the Moors like the back of his hand.
We have all been there though and all I can say to you is that it does get better. Make sure that you give any Hunter that tracks you a hard time, whether by escaping or by killing him. That will soon earn you a reputation as a warg that should be passed over in search of an easier kill.