I’ve made it known my re-intention to do the grind but this time instead of Rank 5 being the maximum it has been re-proportioned so that Rank 8 is the new maximum. This makes it a longer grind and less about free gearzors. I’m currently sitting at Rank 5 and it is a grind. I recently put out a nice guide on how Port Scion works and in a future article I will be dealing with Stockpile Mode in Black Garden. So in this article I thought I’d give some helpful tips on, How to PvP Little Gear!
PvP is gear oriented. Once you have enough gear you can almost go as any spec in the world and have great success. But without gear it sucks, in fact, it’s brutal. PvP is definitely not a good place to get an introduction to the game. As a newbie you will be crushed and everything will be 10x harder than it ought to be. Without tiering off PvP the game transforms into Mass Rank 5-8 vs. Mass Rank 1-4. In this regard PvP is something that you will have to suffer through until you get enough gear to compete.
Don’t Get Bogged Down
Everything you do will involve a learning process. From the first time you install that new tire to the first time you decide to make muffins for your loved one you will always have to learn how to do it the first time and get better at it over time.
It should be no surprised that without knowing the maps, the rules, the tactics, or personal strategy it will be hard to PvP without gear.
Don’t let death and losses bog you on. You get prestige from your allies killing people and losses are worth something to. The latest stockpile mode for Black Garden offers 600 prestige for a loss.
If you get bogged down on your losses and stop trying to win you are only empowering yourself to level up far slower. You need to think of yourself as a valued team member and look at what you can do to help. You have to accept that losses are not your losses its due to a total weak team, but you also have to keep in mind that you can move on to the next match.
On that note, don’t think you’re not part of the team and don’t have any responsibility in the loss. You should prohibit yourself from getting angry. If you are getting angry at a game, take a deep breath and continue on. NO need to insult your team mates. That just builds bad report and lowers a winning spirit.
You can get excited though, getting excited is very good.
Find Something to Do!
Let us face it; you are not a pyscho killer. You won’t be a psycho killer for some time. Your heaviest hit probably brings down someone’s health by speckles. This does not mean you cannot be a useful member of a team. Not everyone is meant to kill their opponent.
If you are a cleric you should be a healer. A low level healer will help more than a melee cleric.
If you are a rogue go marksman and dispel off people’s buffs, alternatively go bard to provide buffs to your group.
If you are a warrior, go void knight and drain out healer mana. But pop your cooldowns often to survive.
If you are a mage grab yourself a chloro build and keep people alive.
The fact is you need to find something to do, and it will not be mass killing people until you get decent gear. This means doing a lot of the ‘bitch’ jobs on maps. In Port Scion this might mean killing NPCs and doing turn ins.
I can honestly say I spent a lot of my first two ranks just dispelling people and sapping people to slow them down. This gave me a great opportunity to figure out what buffs are REALLY important to people. I actually still fully debuff spam rank 8s.
And on that note:
Be a Pest
You are not going to be on the front line owning face. So you need to slow down the enemy victory as much as possible. Sometimes by preventing victory at any turn you are ensuring that your side gains a victory.
This is something I just started doing in high rated player matches I’m in with the new Black Garden mode. When the new drop areas show up I will start running single orbs to my enemy’s base. My thought is if I get one in I am stealing a charge from them and gaining 10 points for my team. If I die I’m still stealing a charge off of their orb since they will undoubtedly pick it up and try and turn it in themselves (instead of a three turn in).
This means just camping on the healer and spamming your interrupt button.
You need to make it harder for these guys to accomplish their tasks, so apply all your snares as they continue to move around. Sap them as they attempt to cap a node. Spam your AoE in the middle of Black Garden. If you can make it harder for your opponents to do something your better geared allies will be able to knock off people easier.
Sometimes you may feel like doing an AoE knockback is worth your death. So you will run in there and do your AoE knockback. Bad idea friend! When you die that means your team is less one person in the match up putting your team at a further disadvantage. Warriors are by far the hardest to get good use out of at lower ranks specifically because they are purely melee (and purely squishy if not part tank spec).
There is never a good reason to run into a crowd of people and deal stupid damage. Don’t suicide means playing smart. Generally if you are a ranged player you do not ever want to fight out in the open. Instead you will want to fight next to a rock, a tree, a ledge, or a wall so that you can sneakily move out of line of sight.
A lot of people complain about dying too easily when they have no gear. This is not because of low gear; it is because of low skill. You will still get owned pretty hard even after you get gear. You need to learn how to survive in this game or surely you will always die.
Port Scion is Your Friend
Port Scion is a game that is low responsibility. It involves 20 people making it the largest warfront available. It is also one with NPCs that will do a lot of fighting as well.
As an alternative Trion sponsors high prestige weekends for specific warfronts.
Well hope that was in some way helpful, see you in game.