Friday, June 27, 2008

Intentionally loosing a BG

I started a thread on another forum site and man, did I get people angry! What got folks so rilled up?

I asked why you would continue to try winning a BG match that is basically unwinable?

For example in AB.. the horde control 4 nodes to 1, they have 1700 points to your 300. If you keep fighting you can prolong the match perhaps another 5-10 minutes. If you let them take the last node the fight is over in 1 minute.... Either way you still loose and get your 1 mark of honor.

Another example is WSG... the horde have capped 2 flags, your team has 0 and they've taken the last flag from your flag room. Sure you could fight them every step of the way, staying in the BG for another 5-10 minutes or longer. Or you could just stop and let them take the 3rd one, collect your 1 mark of honor and be cuing again in a minute.

"But Tom", it's just an extra 5-10 minutes, what's the big deal?

Sure, an extra 5 minutes.. but over the last few months I've probably played over 1,000 various BG's. If even 15% were these types of obvious loses that's an extra 12.5 hours of time spent in BG's for nothing.

Some people play for the fun of it, and sure it can be fun when you're winning. But the honor grind gets old. Unfortunately it's necessary to get better gear. So at some point it pays to be efficient with your time and get the most honor per hour.... You'll thank me for showing you how to be efficient oh about 70 hours into your BG grind :)

So, i proudly stop fighting when I see I'm in an unwinable match in both AB and WSG... the honor points are minimal, and if I spam the chat chanel with a request to stop there's usualy enough people that agree that we win sooner.


Lachlan said...

Interesting, I tend to agree. When you know you're going to lose you may as well let them win. As long as people don't give up too quickly I don't have a problem with that.

On another note, I got my Merciless Gladiator's Greatsword yesterday and I'm now wondering which enchant to put on it. I noticed you have savagery on your sword. Do you think that's the best one to go for? Other options I'm looking at are mongoose and executioner. Have you any opinion on which one suits a ret pally best?


Tom said...

Yes, I find Savagry to give me an "always on" advantage, wheras the other two enchants just Proc. Also Savagry is a lot cheaper (although that wasn't the main factor)

It's my understanding that if you already have a good amount of Armor penetration gear then Savagry may be the better enchant, but I would hesitate to put it on before I got my S3 sword.