I bet by now we have all had that scenario run. You know the one where the other team was really organised and kitted out in their best gear of <insert your class here>-killing and yours were trying for naked unlocks and playing ‘run away from the guy with the thingie’? The scenario where you got killed every time you got within a whisker of some actual action? The one where all your healers were guarding one flag and everyone else was at the other? Where you found yourself thinking ‘Please let this end already’ at about 1 minute in? The one where you felt that not only you but also your whole realm was outgunned and useless?
You know that scenario?
It sucks. And being people, we have a way of letting the bad times get to us. There are good scenarios too of course, and they’re good for morale but they don’t get to us in the way that the bad ones do. This is one of the strengths and weaknesses of PvP in a game, emotionally it can be a real roller coaster. I get mildly frustrated at PVE from time to time — maybe my healer is struggling to kill mobs faster than the respawn or I pulled a champion mob by mistake or landed with a quest that I just can’t solo. That’s irritating. But nothing compared to the miasma of self-pity that a really bad PvP set of encounters can leave you with. It’s partly because with PvE, you can be thinking ‘OK, is this possible for my class? What can I do next time? Was I just not paying attention?’; with PvP there’s more of a personal element. Was that guy just better than me? Is my class underpowered? Should I just give up now?
Although it’s really annoying when people say this to us, it’s just a game. There will be good times too. You have to pick yourself up and keep going. Get a more organised group, think about how you can make your character more survivable, remember that RvR is a roller-coaster, don’t take it personally. The fact that we react this strongly to these kind of games is one of the reasons that we love them! If we weren’t that invested, it would mean that we didn’t care.
Sometimes the whole realm seems to suffer from a loss of morale. That’s when you’ll see who the guys are that you really want to be storming the castles with. They will be the ones who don’t give up and who keep trying. And really, the only way to lose a game like WAR is when you stop trying to win!
Do rough PvP fights get you down? And how do you handle it?