I don't even know where to begin. I've been back for a couple weeks now and I'm absolutely blown away by the disparity in the quality of raids between creeps and freeps. I think its a rather simple explanation with a not so simple solution. It's blatantly obvious to me that the lack of a dominant pvp based kin is the main culprit. There are of course other factors, but in my opinion most of them stem from this fact. Zanwic pointed out many of the flaws some of the newer freeps have exhibited. If there were a couple PVP centric kins that perhaps some of these freeps could join then this stuff goes away.
Creepside, on the other hand, has always had (and more importantly, does currently have) Tribes to teach the basics and mold newer creeps into skilled competent players... these Tribes also have the added benefit of having dedicated pvpers, as that's all there is to do - it is the point of their existence (while in contrast most Freeps may never even step foot into the 'moors). Also, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the 'familiarity factor' that you garner by grouping and playing with people from a kin/tribe daily, rather than randomly pugging a pvp raid - its a HUGE advantage. This is what freepside is lacking at the moment. We've lost many, and I mean many, awesome individual pvpers from various kins over the years. However, I think the breaking up and departing of MEW has really hit this servers pvp the hardest. Before anyone gets upset, I know several kins have a decent presence in the 'moors, and some host a pvp night, and that's great. But every night was 'moors night in MEW. We brought 10-15 (some nights more) dedicated pvpers to the 'moors on a daily basis. We were a pvp kin above all else, and whether you liked us or not, its hard to imagine the raid vs. raid landscape of arkenstone not being more competitive if MEW were still here.
So how do you fix it? Sadly, I don't think you can. Ark's a small server in a dying game. Lots of our pvpers have left for greener pastures, and the majority of the vets seem to favor creepside. A few kins have sprung up that seemed poised to take on this challenge; Ascension, Challenge Accepted, Dauntless, Shadow and Flame - but it appears they/we just don't have enough dedicated pvpers to take on the Tribes of Arkenstone. I'd like to propose one possible solution, so that more fun/points may be had by everyone, and that is to break off into smaller groups. I'm a much bigger fan of roaming and finding a fight, but I would be happy to set up some arranged small group stuff if people are interested...
anyway, that's just my opinion, happy hunting 'stoners.
Last edited by vodpraetor; Jul 02 2013 at 07:47 PM.
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