It can be daunting to zone into a WvW map and see the active chatter and battles exploding around you, when you haven't ever done it yourself. When I first startetd WvW, I went in for map completion. But I watched map chatter and listened and as I was getting my various POIs and Vistas, something weird happened -- I began to love it. Before GW2, you wouldn't have caught me dead in a pvp zone. It just wasn't my thing, and I hated interacting with players who's sole joy seemed to be griefing and ganking. Blah. While that may have happened in other pvp games I've stepped into, and it does happen sometimes in our WvW realm, it's not nearly as bad as you think. Still, I was skeptical.
But I stuck around, mostly because it took some time to get my map completion and over a couple of weeks I started to really enjoy WvW. I think it's the strategy and obvious teamwork that happens on TC. It's pretty magical because from what I've heard from friends on other servers, map chat is often a big yelling match. Not so on TC. Well, lol, most times.
That said, I would have been grateful for some kind of introduction to WvW, outside of that NPC that's parked when you zone in. Even knowing some of the basics would have made my transition into my latest obsession a little easier.
We have some friendly and able bodies set up and ready to help you with a short introduction to WvW -- so you feel more comfy and it doesn't feel like this alien place. TC's map chat is always pleasant, often hilarious, and I think those who haven't tried it, once armed with some knowledge, will find it a fun place to be. The best part? No guesting in WvW, so you know when you zone in, you'll be playing with TC natives. Heck, we even had karoake night at one of the supply camps this past Friday.
WvW doesn't mean fighting on the front lines all the time, either. There are many jobs to do, some passive like running supply and keeping out of the immediate fight, that is a massive asset to the gameplay. We also need folks to escort yaks from point A to point B, plus people to learn how to build siege and man it, or play sentry, from safe inside a tower or keep. If you do like fighting head-on, there's tons of that too. It really all depends on your playstyle.
This coming Saturday, March 16 at 4 p.m. EST (that's 1 p.m. PST), we'll have a few veterans out to give short tutorials on the basic mechanics of WvW. These short clinics will last about 10-20 minutes and hopefully make you feel a bit more comfortable and familiar with how the game works. I believe we will even have an RP-specific commander hosting one of the clinics if you'd prefer that over the more standard lesson.
TC is bursting at the brim with players at all times of the day. It'd be lovely to get a few more people out hopefully to fall in love with WvW like I did and help defend our beloved Tarnished Coast.
Thanks very much for your time, and hope to see you out there on Saturday!