Tales from an Impromptu WvWvW Session: Sept 3, 2012
This morning, I woke up really tired and sluggish. I was a bit annoyed, but my mood quickly lightened up after remembering my experience with last night's impromptu but memorable WvWvW session with the Goat Knights.
I started off jumping into the Gate of Madness Borderlands on the WvWvW screen (by pressing B) and I asked if I can join the rag-tag party of Joey, Raze and Loroke. We tried to go around with the "zerg" and help out as best as we can. But it felt meaningless and futile right until the other Goat Knights came in.
We were now a party of 6-something and moved with the zerg swarm that was trying to capture a tower at Dawn's Eyrie. It was a succesful attack that drove the the defenders away. One of the invaders literally jumped out the tower when our mob came face to face the Tower Lord. It was quick and one-sided and I thought the Goat Knights deserved to claim the tower in our name. The Tower Lord agreed and our banners were soon flying around our new property. It felt awesome.
Soon after holding the Tower for a while, more Goat Knights jumped in to join the campaign. We were now about 12 men strong, and seperated into 2 parties. The Goat Knights were hungry for more action as Dawn's Eyrie was a bit far off the front lines. We decided to head to Askalion to check out if there was any fighting going on.
Upon reaching Askalion, we scouted around to see what we can capture. While moving about and driving off some invaders, we saw the Tower of Greenlake. It was lightly fortified but had a lot of invaders from Sea of Sorrow posted up. Our initial wave of attack was fumbled by the invaders of Maguuma, who were also trying to attack the tower. It was like a Mexican stand off, with so much chaos outside the gates of Greenlake tower. We had to pull back and rally back to Askalion and plan from there.
Zarc mentioned on Teamspeak how he really wanted now to cap Greenlake, but it felt impossible since we had to deal with two other worlds. We now made it our goal to do so and were able to time an attack on the tower while the Maguuma invaders were away. A ballista was constructed with the help of the Goat Knights and for some reason I was left to man it. Zarc and Loroke were organizing the guys on the ground to keep me alive. I kept bombarding the Tower wall with the ballista while also firing at the defenders' sentries. With dumb luck on our side, the wall of the tower collapsed and our people rushed in the tower. I stayed outside with some of the Goat Knights still hitting the tower defenders who were left up on the wall. Suddenly, Zarc yelled at me that he couldn't protect me because the Maguuma invaders were at our rear. At this point, we were able to claim the tower and it was a perfect tiem to rally inside and defend it.
And defend we did. Slowly and steadily, we pushed back the Maguuma invaders who were knocking on our gates. After seeing how they were thinning out, everybody cheered and roared and congratulated everyone on the good job we did. It was an estatic feeling on how we turned the battle to our favor. I then again quickly spoke to the Tower Lord to claim it for the guild and then we started to dig in.
At this point we held the tower for a few hours. We kept upgrading it until midnight arrived. Slowly but surely, people began to log off because of real life commitments the next day. I was one of them. I logged off after a huge wave of attack from the Maguuma invaders. They really wanted that tower after so many failed attempts to attack it. I didn't stay around to know what happened and I guess it's for the better.
Nevertheless, my experience with WvWvW with the Goat Knights was a positive one. I honestly, cannot wait to get the whole guild on this and claim a keep or even a castle for the Guild. I will be looking forward to be telling that story when it happens.
P.S.: I'd like to encourage those who were participating last night to come and post your experiences as well. Details from other points of view would be an interesting read! (seconded -ed)