Comic 758 - Bar fight

25th Apr 2016, 7:02 AM in Exaltation
Bar fight
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Lackinganame 25th Apr 2016, 7:02 AM edit delete
This page I really had to try and work on the facial expressions to get it to work. Let me know if it did.

Ashran: When I first I heard about Ashran I thought this would be cool. A massive battleground build on the spirit of AV, (but hopefully balanced this time.) And then the game went live. You see Ashran suffered from a few different problems. The first being that in today's PvP game most matches are built to last 20-30 mins with a winner decided at the end and the spoils of victory going to them, and then everyone leaving the BG. Ashran was intended to be a ongoing battle which lead to a few problems that were never able to be fixed. First you get awarded for winning. This is clearly a good thing but the problem is because the battle never ended it just went into a time out, you could find yourself playing the same game over and over again.

Simply put, with Ashran because there was not" game over" everyone went back to the lobby style that you get with normal BGs, you ended up with a very long turn over time for these matches. Most people found it was better to just leave a losing Ashran and try and find one that their fraction was winning at. The reason this thought thrived was because there was no end point in Ashran where they could feel like, "well losing this one, but I can stick it out and maybe the next game will be better." Ashran for most of its life proved that quitting when you where losing and requeing was the best way to play. Even when they added the debuff that kept you in the BG until it wore off it was only 10 mins. The game also struggled where it was just a brawl with tricks and plans not being very common place in the matches. It also struggled because since it was ongoing it made it the ideal farming ground for conquest and honor. It worked so well in fact that I even forgot I could do Arenas and Rated BGs to get conquest for most of the game!

Sad thing is that Ashran always felt like it was only half finished. I would have loved to see the side objectives, not just give out rewards but also offer perks for the main road battle. I would have loved that if you won the MQ event all the NPCS on your side for a limited time would have better armor and weapons, or if you won the AoC event you got Calvary troops that would from time to time rush out and attack the flag location providing a booster in your forces. But the only side event we got that had anything to do with the road was the Oger king, who if you won, would help your fraction by fighting on the front. Having ways you could have turned the battle, I feel, would have made Ashran feel a lot more alive and thrilling to be in.


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JSStryker 25th Apr 2016, 4:53 PM edit delete reply
Big mistake there Xura, now you have to pay the price for your actions.
Maryalee 25th Apr 2016, 6:04 PM edit delete reply
I have to go now. I have to.
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