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A PvP-only WAR

September 9, 2008

Mythic gave the closed beta testers a few extra days before Warhammer Online Open Beta. Most of us were unsure as to whether our characters would get wiped, and my guild (Xen of Onslaught) was having a tough time deciding which server to use.  So, I had an idea from one of Josh Drescher’s (Mythic developer) interviews.  In it, he was challenged to play only RvR to see if it would work, and he said he was amazed that he could.  I decided to try the same with a Goblin Shaman.

The first hitch, and a notable one that I have seen through countless first impressions, is without prior knowledge of the game, RvR-only would be impossible.  You have to know how to queue up for Scenarios.  You have to know how to get to your first warcamp.  You have to know how to use Renown advancements.  There is a lot of required knowledge to be able to pull off RvR-only in a fun manner.

Luckily I did.  I hopped on and immediately entered a Scenario Queue and started the 5-10 minute run from the Chapter 1 Greenskin area to the Tier 1 Greenskin Warcamp: Screeb’s Stunty Killin’ Camp.  I made it to about midway between Chapters 1 and 2 before getting thrown in to a Scenario.  When it was over I was Rank 2 in Character and Renown (even though we lost).  Along the way I did about two more scenarios, and I am pretty sure I was Character Rank 3 by the time I got to the Warcamp.

In each Tier 1 Warcamp there are quests to scout out the Battlefield Objectives in the Tier 1 RvR-zone.  Doing all of these is crucial to fast leveling in RvR-only mode.  If you are lucky you can find a group heading towards an enemy controlled Battlefield Objective to knock out two birds with one stone.  Also, while you continue to do Scenarios keep getting the repeatable quest that requires you to complete the Scenario.  It is a great way to get a tad more experience and some gold to boot.

All in all, I had a pretty good time.  My guildmates told me that it was much faster to level by staying in a Public Quest and do Scenarios, but in this game I am not worried about speed.  You can RvR and “raid” at every Tier.  So to further answer the question: can you just RvR/PvP in WAR?  I would say resoundingly “yes.”

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