I’ll let you guys in on a little secret, sometimes when I get tired of playing with myself, I just want to get into a group of people and play with them too. Every time I’m playing with a couple other people, it’s so instense and satisfying I forget why I was ever playing with myself in the first place. There’s just something about having a couple of helping hands that really gets the job done. Sometimes, after a long hard night of solo play it really feels good to go out with a group oriented bang.
Enough about my personal life though, more talking about playing with a solid team in WAR. This is something that applies to almost every single activity in life as we know it. The more people working in unison, the easier things go. Things would go a lot smoother for me if I didn’t hate everyone so much, but that’s just how I roll. Iron Rock can be a painful place to pug or roam solo in the lakes. Thanks to frequent rr80 premades of Order griefers running scens or guys like Krieb and Incomingray stalking around in the lakes, a lower RR player in T4 runs into a lot of resistance for getting that purple bar moving.
How does one go about getting a group? Well, the first thing you can do is spam region chat. Chances are you’ll get the handful of other lowbies out there that are wearing Devastator and Fallen Explorer gear. Find yourself a couple of R40’s and you’re a lucky one. Generally, I avoid region chat like the plague. The real first step is to weasel your way into a guild that has a fairly active Alliance. Once you’re in a hot alliance you’ll occasionally see things like “lfm premade, yarr hurr durr”. Be prepared to hop into vent and do whatever the hell they tell you to do. If you have shitty gear, then /hide yourself and flat out LIE to them if they ask you directly what you’re wearing. Only have Dev/Anni? Tell em its Sent and Conq. Shitty looking weapon? Warden gear is a nice baseline, look up something fancy on http://www.arsenalofwar.com/ . Yeah, you’ll feel like a cockbag for a while but if your group is good enough you can get by with a lot more RR than otherwise.
Now eventually someone will catch on and look you up on RealmWAR if you’re not performing up to standards. With any luck they’ll feel bad for you and start dragging you through some dungeons. Just put on your sappy puppy eyes and beg forgiveness. Feed nonsense that you’re trying really hard and this was the fastest way to get in with a decent group. You chances are slim, but it’ll beat the hell out of pugging in the end, and if you’re sincere about it they might fold and accept you. Like I said, slim chance, but I’ve seen it happen on occasion. We occasionally get a lowbie, or friend of a friend that cracks R40 for the first time and he has a couple freebie weeks of gimped Sent/DP/Tyrant runs just to get him some wards and bring him up to par. It doesn’t last forever though, so you might bounce to a couple guilds before you can hack it with the big boys.
Gear isn’t everything, but it’s a nice low watermark for getting into a decent premade. At least one thing you can count on while bouncing around to a couple different guilds is picking up various playstyles and learing what classes are good for. Ask a lot of questions and keep up the retard-facade. The less you appear to know, the sooner everyone will be pooping out information for you to disseminate. Granted, people are generally stupid so take most of it as nonsense. Occasionally someone will say something that actually makes sense. Go ahead and add these guys to your friends list. They’re important. Once you’ve seen the workings of half a dozen different guild and alliance premades, you should be able to nail down whatever it is your class is expected to do. Figure out how you work best with different combinations of classes, and start to establish yourself as one of those people that actually know what they’re doing.
Now that you’ve gotten around and have a couple dozen or so people on your friends list (smart people), and a fair amount of people have seen your name performing to higher standards, you can settle down on a particular guild of your choice. This doesn’t have so much to do with how well they perform, or what the guild structure is like, but generally whether or not you can stand their presense. It took me a while to find a guild that didn’t have the token 9 year old in vent all the time (although there’s one in the alliance). My guild is full of drunken sailors that swear, curse, and glorify the sexuality of women. I can’t be in any other guild, they get mad when I rant. However, my performance on the battlefield still gets me into plenty of groups when I’m tired of running myself ragged on solo kills.
WAR is a team-based game. If you’re not on the path to running with a premade of players, then you’re just another scrub speedbump that’s bound to get run over at some point in time. If you like to solo, that’s awesome. I love getting that freenown.