I Rather Be in Tier 1, 2, and 3. GTFO Tier 4 Imbalance!
Waaagh! Happy holidays everyone. Today I re roll again and created an Engineer. I hit rank 5 and really enjoyed the career. So far I have two careers in tier 4 and just do not feel like playing them. I play Order on Monolith and it is extremely depressing. The population imbalance and the mood of players on the Order side speaks for itself. Going from tier 3 to 4 is like night and day. Everything seems some what balanced and enjoyable in tiers 1-3.
In the lower tiers, you can easily find a PQ, oRvR, and miscellaneous groups throughout each zone. Players respond positively and commend each other on a job well done. It feels exactly the way it should, like a community. I have to say the past few weeks the low tiers are extremely active. Both sides showing up in full force attacking and defending objectives. The way is should be really. However, once you cross that threshold called tier 4, the community turns to utter shit.
Step foot into any tier 4 zone and the QQfest begins. The region chat is filled with players arguing and qqing like it is an Olympic gold medal competition. I see all the points being made but the manner in which it is being discussed is the most depressing. It seems more like a shouting match then anything. You can feel the frustration and anger some of the players share. To summarize it in to one word, I would say it was a feeling of hopelessness. If Order takes an objective, it is because Destruction allowed them to so they could flip it back immediately. It basically turns into a game of musical keep chairs, until Destruction decides otherwise.
I tried logging on and playing my characters in tier 4, but it normally turns out to be a big disappointment. ORvR is a joke when you are outnumbered. It doesn’t matter how well you play or how organized you are when you are severely overwhelmed by a sea of players. In order to complete anything, you spend the majority of your time trying to stay one step ahead of the zerg. It’s pretty sad really, is that what oRvR is suppose to be? A game of cat and mouse? I would say if Warhammer Online fails it will be because of the population imbalance. The problem is who do you blame, the players or Mythic?
A lot of players of course will blame Mythic, but I blame the players. I personally have been following Warhammer Online for over four years now. I was dead set on becoming a Destruction career. Until reports started showing a huge incoming imbalance leaning toward the Destruction side. Like a lot of other players, I decided for the sake of balance to choose the side of Order. It was actually pretty funny, because throughout open beta, preview, and preview weekend plus I only played Destruction careers. Luckily for me though the classes are somewhat mirrored and the transition wasn’t so bad. At first I thought a lot players would do the same, but boy was I wrong.
If you look around, most servers have a much higher Destruction to Order ratio. I guess a lot of players just wanted to look cool and evil rather then play a balance game. I know there is a lot of discussion on this matter, but anybody with half a brain knows most players select Destruction because they cosmetically look better. This is a fact and anybody that disputes it is simply in denial. I also feel that most players did not or continue not to switch to Order because they are waiting for other players to do so. That’s why I simply do not see a fix to population imbalance. Unless more then a quarter of Destruction players decide to switch over to Order. Which will never happen!
So here I am today, re-rolling yet another career so that I can enjoy the game again. The sad thing is when I created my new toon I actually considered moving servers and abandoning my characters. There are rumors and whispers of servers where there is somewhat of a balance. I fought the urge of course and decided to stay. A decision I hope I will not regret in the future.