Daily Archives: September 22, 2008

Not Enough Tanks in Nordenwatch

Or, perhaps, too much DPS, if you want to look at it the other way around.

I spent quite a bit of time playing Warhammer Online over the weekend.  A good chunk of it was spent in RvR scenarios, with some mixed results.

I started off with my Witch Hunter playing the Guns of Nordenwatch scenario.  Here, Order was being trounced, losing 6-8 games for every win, if my experience is any indicator.  And the reason was not hard to spot.

Chaos, when attacking, was always lead by a good number of tanks, usually Chosen but a Black Orc or two now and again, followed up by an array of DPS and some healers.

Order was generally charging in with a rank of Witch Hunters, augmented by Bright Wizards and a couple of Warrior Priests, an assault team with about as much damage mitigation as a plate of Jello-O.  So the forces of Destruction really had to be off of their game to lose.

But Order was killing just enough people with all that DPS to make playing worthwhile.  We were all getting enough renown to keep us coming back in the same numbers.  Nobody seemed to be saying, “Screw this!”

Like many others, I imagine, I tired of the scenario long before I got tired of losing.  Eventually I logged off.

When I came back, I rolled up an engineer.  Yes, they are ugly, but I am enamored of the turrets they get to deploy.

Again, after some quests to get a bit of gear, I headed into the Dwarf/Greenskin RvR scenario and noticed something different.  The scenario itself is very similar, but Destruction and Order seemed to be splitting wins about 50-50.

The dwarves did not seem that much more organized.  They made the same mistakes, exactly the same mistakes, that The Empire was making it its scenario.  The dwarf forces though contained a fair number of Ironbreakers, the Dwarf tank class.  The class that can stand and absorb some damage.  The class that is missing in the ranks of The Empire.

I do hope that Mythic gets moving on Knights of the Burning Sun, the tanking class for The Empire.  I know it was pulled for the right reasons, but its absence is a sore point for The Empire.  It appears to make a much bigger difference, contrary to what I thought would be the case, than the missing Dwarf DPS class, the Hammerer.

Meanwhile, I rolled up an Ironbreaker yesterday to bring over to The Empire side of the world.