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Shroud.2307Shroud.2307 Member ✭✭✭✭

And if there was a moment, at what time did you know/decide you were a WvW main?

My earliest memory doubles as the moment I decided to be a WvW main.
I can't remember the exact servers that were present, but I do remember a lot of other details.- I had just entered EBG for the first time. I saw two sets of orange swords on the mini map, which at this point I only understood to be Events because I was still quite new to the game. Our server was blue, and I entered the keep from the spawn side moving toward the OJ's that were between Bravost, Umber, and Durios in the vicinity of the Grub. I confidently went up the wall preparing to hop out to participate, but immediately froze when I saw the absolute ocean of red and blue names. It was a 3 way fight between all servers, and as far as I can recall, it must have been map Q's from each side. I was so floored by the scale of this fight I would be talking about it to friends for the next week.
I'm pretty sure I died within 30 seconds of joining the fight, but I went back as many times as it took, and I had a total blast. I had never seen anything like that in a video game before (granted, I've only played a dozen or so video games in my life) and was immediately sold on WvW.
I still get a little giddy even today when I see huge 3 way fights even if they're often a lagfest. It just never stops being cool to me to see so many players fighting in one place.

How about you guys? I'd love to hear stories, especially from veterans that might remember things I totally forgot about. It would also be interesting to hear the perspectives of new players to learn how a new comer feels with all the things that have changed about WvW over the years.

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  • Voltekka.2375Voltekka.2375 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I remember joining eotm for my first leggy, 6-7 years ago, i think. i needed wvw rank 14. So, with my pve ele, i ktrained for a short while until someone said "join eternal battlegrounds for fights, guys. This is a karmatrain". And join i did.
    Completely clueless, i shot a meteor on some hostiles on a choke on Dragos Kraal when some weird dorito person typed "THROW EVERYTHING ON THAT CHOKE" (it was PURE reflex, accidental, i didnt even know what to aim for) and killed about 15-20 people. I died about 50 times after that.
    Got hooked ever since. That particular commander, had answered every dumb question i had.

  • Earliest memory was lag.

  • Fueki.4753Fueki.4753 Member ✭✭✭✭

    My oldest remaining memory I have about WvW is popping Shadow Refuge to do map completion as peaceful as possible,
    back when it was part of World Completion.

  • primatos.5413primatos.5413 Member ✭✭✭

    Culling was great ..no need for stealth blast \o/ and /bow for starting duels and not being interrupted while at it <3

  • Justine.6351Justine.6351 Member ✭✭✭✭

    During headstart I randomly entered WvW spawning in the south west at ~ level 20. When I came across south west camp I found a zerg of people escorting yaks to bay so I joined them. 10 to 15 levels latter I had enough karma to buy my first rare axe from the merchant there. The next day my guild leader said, I see you were busy last night. Apparently I had jumped up our guild's influence enough for more upgrades :)

    Anet buff me :-(
    Make me good at game!

  • Za Shaloc.3908Za Shaloc.3908 Member ✭✭✭✭

    One of my earliest WvW experiences I remember is being corrected on /map chat by multiple people for linking different spots for callouts instead of using the general NC/SWC/etc. format. I was prob about rank 10 at the time, but it was a constructive sort of thing that I adapted to quickly.

    Another was getting sieged for the first time while solo roaming as a noob Ranger, and quickly learning the art of BM. Went to the dark side pretty fast there.

    My first exposure to WvW was actually Noble Soul's medic Thief videos, but unfortunately by the time I started playing WvW, the rez system had already changed by then. Way back in the era of Planetside 1, I played a cloaker medic/hacker, so this was my total dream.

  • SloRules.3560SloRules.3560 Member ✭✭✭

    Trying to set up portal during what i think was a beta weekend. It worked with questionable result.

  • Dawdler.8521Dawdler.8521 Member ✭✭✭✭

    The earliest time is a fog. But I remember I mained a glamour confusion zerg mesmer. It was such an innocent time.

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  • kash.9213kash.9213 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Pangloss bunker that lasted a like half a day.

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  • Stand The Wall.6987Stand The Wall.6987 Member ✭✭✭✭

    the first time i was called a borlis noob i knew my true calling

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  • Dagger.2035Dagger.2035 Member ✭✭✭

    I think my first memory was of defending Durios from with the old 1200 range cluster bomb.

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  • Going 1v3 against up levels as a warrior. I can't remember whether or not I won that

  • Whiteout.1975Whiteout.1975 Member ✭✭✭

    Wow, thanks for helping me remember some old memories @Shroud.2307. . . Memories from Early-Mid 2013 to be more precise.

    Believe it or not, my earliest WvW memory dates back to my very first day of experiencing WvW. Although, I should begin with what, or perhaps I should instead say, "who" encouraged me to play WvW. The "who" was a friend of mine whom I had thought, at the time, was focused on PvE. As I would eventually find out, this friend began playing WvW more than I had realized. He chose to ask for my help in WvW despite my complete lack of experience there. I was naturally hesitant at first, feeling as I would not be much help. Then I remembered what the word "friend" meant. As a result, I would soon enter WvW to help him.

    Long enough story short, we come to find ourselves engaging in some 1v1s on one of our enemies Alpine Borderlands. My friend was on his Char Warrior, and I was on my Human Mesmer. I had only ever played Mesmer up to this point in the game, and this occasion was the first time I had ever fought other players. I only remember fighting another Mesmer that was on some 1v1 pistol build and a thief. However, I cannot remember what the thief was using, possibly including a short bow, but I am not certain. Yet, I do remember the place we all fought. Our 1v1s took place at the Windmill nearby Alpine's South camp. This event would soon spark my desire for the enemy's digital blood, yet, I would later come to find their emotional pain sweeter.

    Additionally, here is a short story on Mesmer illusions during this time. There was a graphical bug that would display a vertical checkboard plane upon illusion death. I do not remember if illusions needed to be shattered or die regularly. I only remember witnessing it in WvW and nowhere else in the game. So, me being a noob then, thought this was a cool effect they gave to the Mesmer in WvW, hahaha . . . Nope. Anyway, I found an old thread here: https://forum-en.gw2archive.eu/forum/support/bugs/Mesmer-shatters-a-checkered-square. That is all I have for today, take care.

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  • Frenjo.9587Frenjo.9587 Member ✭✭
    edited January 3, 2021

    My earliest memory is sometime within the year after release while I was on Underworld (EU), running around in EBG outside of the green keep as a greatsword/staff Mesmer. Brilliant commander called Nebsie or something along those lines gave me a full set of 18 slot bags since I kept having to derail the zerg to empty my inventory. Took a little break and by the time I came back UW had collapsed, so a friend paid for my transfer and I moved to Eredon Terrace - been there ever since.
    Always miss Nebs, I wonder if he still plays?

    EDIT: Forgot to answer - I first realised I was a WvW main when it was the only gamemode that really got my attention, and it's sort of... All I've ever done, really. Nothing else has really ever captured my enjoyment. The sheer hilarity back in the first years of us all running around like headless chickens with no idea what was really going on will live in my mind forever.

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  • Being zerg killed.

  • Going out of the spawn alone, - one of the Alpine Borderlands, the blue one, I was not level 80 yet during that time, my engineer with her awesome flame thrower and bombs, started killing the Raptors with her awesome skills (hehe), I remember asking for help and if we need to kill them. There were no answer, so I look around, when out the other exit and had to start killing the Wargs ... ... it was not fun at all, ... I left.

    Not for a long time did I try to step into WvW again, this time I choose Eternal Battleground, Green Lowland was our keep, very happy there is a waypoint, took it, went out the front gate. Roam aimlessly into the center castle, The Stonemist! I went onto the wall, pretended to sentry the castle, low and behold! There was a breached ! I went closer and the "repair" action pop up, I hit F, and it prompted me that I needed supply to do so, lucky the supply hut was nearby, I got the supply, I started to repair the wall, "DO NOT REPAIR THE WALL" pop up in the chat window. "Why not?" I asked. there were no answer again, so I continue to repair the breached. After a while, "Some kitten is wasting supply on the wall" pop up in chat, follow by many LoLs , and "Let's them do it, it is going to upgrade anyway" .So, I asked "how can I upgrade the castle?" no answer again.... that was no fun at all... I left again....

    I never return until much later. After I gone to the end of the world, fought the dragons and have "Been there and Done that" thinking I am very well equipped now, I went into the Eternal Battleground, saw a lot of players running together. I followed, the player with the tag, (didn't know it was a commander tag) drop some rams on a gate, I remember I have one of those, a flame ram, wanting to be helpful and trying out new things, I dropped my pretty little flame rams next to the commander's Superior Flame Rams. "NEVER DROP TRASH RAMS in ma squad! " follow by many other chat that I do not remember... and that's was it, I never return to WvW. I was on my Norn Ranger

    Believe it or not Ranger was not welcome! was laughed at even, neither was engineer.

    I didn't remember when I start WvW again, I am stuck there forever, it has become my fav game mode, I still have my Silver Dolyak finishers.

  • Threather.9354Threather.9354 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 3, 2021

    I believe it was on release me being stuck in the middle lake no clue what to do or where to go, getting killed by random players.

    Anyways, after week of GW2 release, I pretty much gave up on the game. Year or two after I came back to the game and my earliest memory in WvW from then is funnily trying to join teamspeak and having no clue how the app works and where to enter the adress and what is the password with google not being any help at all.

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  • Sleepwalker.1398Sleepwalker.1398 Member ✭✭✭✭

    First time i entered WvW was when the devs were making crappy decisions and stuffing things bad.
    One such decision was they remove the "adept training manuals" and other manuals and linked unlocking traits to specific events across pve and wvw events. (some events were bugged for ages)
    One such event was be-friending the frogs in EBG. So many gankers used to hide around there, farming any pve noobs such as me that came to unlock the trait.
    It was sad.
    Some time after that i came for gift of battle and stayed in wvw.

  • I remember the orb of power being flown around by hackers daily.

  • Yasai.3549Yasai.3549 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 3, 2021

    When Anet stopped releasing good Map Metas on par with HoT Map Metas.

    Had to spend my time in game elsewhere.

    Oh what's this cool new place?

    1 shot by Backstab.

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    If I beat people on a stupid build, I deserve to get away with it.

  • Teratus.2859Teratus.2859 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Being forced to go there for map completion and repeatedly being ganked by groups of other players.

    Another early memory was trying to complete Obsidian Sanctum and repeatedly being ganked by groups of thieves that would camp there and farm people trying to get the puzzle done.

    WvW used to suck so bad back then, most people hated the mode for good reasons lol

  • KrHome.1920KrHome.1920 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 3, 2021

    Earliest memory is a balancing state that has never been achieved again since then.

    Things like high, risk high reward and low risk, low reward existed while even at high risk, high reward build fights you had actually time to make decisions as the pacing wasn't absurdly high because cooldowns did matter.

  • saerni.2584saerni.2584 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Not clear on exactly "when" this happened. It was pretty early on though.

    I was by a small group near Veloka. There were three of us. One enemy appeared. He was some kind of thief, it might have even been dagger/dagger.

    We all died. He just gracefully dipped in and out of stealth, leaving death in his wake.

    It was what made me want to get good at WvW.

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  • jpsssss.7530jpsssss.7530 Member ✭✭✭

    I actually came to GW2 for WvW specifically. The only disappointment is the dev team kekw

  • NuhDah.9812NuhDah.9812 Member ✭✭✭
    edited January 4, 2021

    My first time in wvw was around 1 year after HoT launched. I was pretty green with only a little (got-to-max-level without boosts) pve under my belt, entered with a Core DP Tr, DA, SA thief the DBL (I believe the Alpine Borderlands were disabled at that point in time). I remember finding my first player enemy and somehow manged to defeat them, but I bet that build was sort of a surprise after 1 year of only DrD thieves around. Later I had to move on to DrD too, after getting to know some more sustain oriented enemy builds...

    I used to play all game modes in the begining. Always kept up with the story and the new maps added. When the ESL tournaments were held I got more into SPvP too and mainly there for some seasons, but at some point I realised the matches were draining me too much and didn't have fun there, especially when going for Ascension and needed to carry on professions I was not even too familiar with (part of the achievements needed to be completed), otherwise it would have been a lost match.

    Afterwards, since being mostly a pvp oriented player and craving some pvp action I've settled on WvW roaming and became a WvW main.

  • Bigpapasmurf.5623Bigpapasmurf.5623 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Back when I was on CD. Our server has a couple WvW "trainers" for each class. The ones for mesmer taught how to do portal bombs properly as well as training a group of mesmers how to properly port a golem rush from one side of a map to another (mainly trained/worked on timings of portals)

    My 1st encounter with WvW and I caught on the p-bomb fast and was able to alter strats to better use it.

    Ahhhhhhhh I miss those times.

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  • Kylden Ar.3724Kylden Ar.3724 Member ✭✭✭✭

    First memory was going in for the 1st of only 2 ever tournaments, just to check it out, as a break from the PvE story and grinding Fractal levels.

    Was running with a small team hitting camps, and we got resistance from another team. It was more interesting than PvP stand in circles alone, there was back and forth to it, and then I got a freaking Ascended Armor chest off one of the kills (or a level up from that kill, hard to remember for sure).

    It was my first Ascended Armor, and I had ground to Fractal Level 69 by then. I was now hooked on Havoc. I knew the RNG would be about as bad as Fracals, but at least it wasn't boring.

    My BEST Memory is this still --

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Guildwars2/comments/6g8f9z/the_story_of_commander_kylden_ar_or_how_i_learned/

    {Warning, some language in post is not forum kitten friendly}

    I don't command often, but I do miss that day. That was great.

    @KrHome.1920 said:
    Earliest memory is a balancing state that has never been achieved again since then.

    Things like high, risk high reward and low risk, low reward existed while even at high risk, high reward build fights you had actually time to make decisions as the pacing wasn't absurdly high because cooldowns did matter.

    Agreed, I do miss the pre-HoT days still.

    How many times we gotta tell you GRIND IS NOT CONTENT there ANet?

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  • I came for map completion, back when you needed WvW for it. I was down to one point of interest (Veloka). I had hopped into a squad, and we went up to Veloka, then turned around, and I asked if we could take it so I could get map complete and the commander said 'Sure' and we took it. :) I spent several years as a roamer, soloing camps and stuff, and eventually hooked up with a WvW guild that liked my Santa outfit.

  • When I was new to World versus World mode, I was in one of the EU servers(for a short period), transferred to Eredon Terrace, one of the NA servers, had no armor equipped except weapons in a character(an elementalist at that moment) and joined the team's zerg to war day after day. fun times! lol

  • @SweetPotato.7456 said:
    Going out of the spawn alone, - one of the Alpine Borderlands, the blue one, I was not level 80 yet during that time, my engineer with her awesome flame thrower and bombs, started killing the Raptors with her awesome skills (hehe), I remember asking for help and if we need to kill them. There were no answer, so I look around, when out the other exit and had to start killing the Wargs ... ... it was not fun at all, ... I left.

    Not for a long time did I try to step into WvW again, this time I choose Eternal Battleground, Green Lowland was our keep, very happy there is a waypoint, took it, went out the front gate. Roam aimlessly into the center castle, The Stonemist! I went onto the wall, pretended to sentry the castle, low and behold! There was a breached ! I went closer and the "repair" action pop up, I hit F, and it prompted me that I needed supply to do so, lucky the supply hut was nearby, I got the supply, I started to repair the wall, "DO NOT REPAIR THE WALL" pop up in the chat window. "Why not?" I asked. there were no answer again, so I continue to repair the breached. After a while, "Some kitten is wasting supply on the wall" pop up in chat, follow by many LoLs , and "Let's them do it, it is going to upgrade anyway" .So, I asked "how can I upgrade the castle?" no answer again.... that was no fun at all... I left again....

    I never return until much later. After I gone to the end of the world, fought the dragons and have "Been there and Done that" thinking I am very well equipped now, I went into the Eternal Battleground, saw a lot of players running together. I followed, the player with the tag, (didn't know it was a commander tag) drop some rams on a gate, I remember I have one of those, a flame ram, wanting to be helpful and trying out new things, I dropped my pretty little flame rams next to the commander's Superior Flame Rams. "NEVER DROP TRASH RAMS in ma squad! " follow by many other chat that I do not remember... and that's was it, I never return to WvW. I was on my Norn Ranger

    Believe it or not Ranger was not welcome! was laughed at even, neither was engineer.

    I didn't remember when I start WvW again, I am stuck there forever, it has become my fav game mode, I still have my Silver Dolyak finishers.

    That's a truly long story there, Lemon, my friend! >.<

  • Swamurabi.7890Swamurabi.7890 Member ✭✭✭

    1 Switching servers to get WvW map completion.
    Ended up on FA with friends that quickly quit the game.

    2 Culling

    3 Trying to decide whether to join with Quenta [BT] or Zoel [RET], ended up choosing [RET].

  • "Weeheeheehee dee heeheeheehee weeoh aweem away
    In the jungle, the mighty jungle
    The lion sleeps tonight
    In the jungle the quiet jungle
    The lion sleeps tonight"

    Turns out it was a drunk raid on teamspeak.

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  • Excursion.9752Excursion.9752 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Very easy to remember my first day. I originally came to WvW to get the warclaw on its first day of being released. Originally came just to grab that now, here I am almost level 4k .... I couldn't find my way back out!

    Best memory would have to be a 5 hour fight trying to take green garrison on lord the entire time. When we eventually got it I was so exhausted that I had to go lay down. The ebb and flow of that fight was amazing. I downed twice but never died. I was playing a scourge and had the top boon strips for the fight. I wish fights were like that every time I played....

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  • I was with my core ranger, walking around seeing no one in sight, in EBG. There was some people chatting, and their name's red. I didn't know why and how they got their name red. Are they enemies? Anyway I don't understand what they're talking about.

    "It's quite peaceful out here" I thought.

    I saw some HP, and I went to commune it. It was the one in Ogre Camp. And I opened the world map to decide where to go next, after I communed the HP.

    .......and I died. I was already in downed state when I got pulled out of the world map. And before I have any idea of what has happened, I saw some choya dancing on me.

    WvW is scary, I concluded. I then left the Mists, along with some trauma.

  • Vecuu.2018Vecuu.2018 Member ✭✭

    My guild uhh, might be a large part of the reason why you're not allowed to build siege in the WvW Jumping Puzzle.

    :)

  • Ben K.6238Ben K.6238 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Looks like I have a screenshot from June 2012.

    A number of servers were cut for launch, including all of those. The alliance of guilds on Jaya Bluffs went to HoD, stayed there for just over a month after release, then bailed in October after getting bored of the WvW mode.

  • avey.4201avey.4201 Member ✭✭✭

    When I turned lvl 80, I got taken to wvw, didn't know it was pvp, played a couple hours rapid firing everyone, and friend left, so I played on a rock in the water outside bay until I met a norn, and a scrapper who turned into guild mates, we still chat regularly.

  • Caedmon.6798Caedmon.6798 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Running around with Qla,the only comm ive ever seen since 2012 that tried to apply tactics in this game.

  • HnRkLnXqZ.1870HnRkLnXqZ.1870 Member ✭✭✭✭

    First assault on bay from south with my first guild in GW2. Getting through the gate failed, so we switched into boring wall pvp, with the enemy standing on the wall and us on the ground. I searched through my skills and picked something I never used before, but the tooltip sounded promising. First few tries, it always missed. But then I pulled a ranger off the wall,. Half of my guild asked what I did to get that guy off the wall. From that moment on, my job was to pull enemies off the walls and towers. Scorpion Wire on a Thief.

    AND our server (Ring of Fire) having little problems coordinating its forces. Even in that early sate of the game, our greatest enemies appeared to be our allied commanders and guilds.

  • Svarty.8019Svarty.8019 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 6, 2021

    @primatos.5413 said:
    Culling was great ..no need for stealth blast \o/ and /bow for starting duels and not being interrupted while at it <3

    We should be eternally grateful to Habib Loew. Thanks Habib, wherever you are.

    This post contains my opinion.

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  • TheQuickFox.3826TheQuickFox.3826 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Back in the days you HAD to go to the WvW maps for World Completion.
    Maybe a good thing. I wanted the reward so I just came there and discovered the points of interest whenever a location was owned by my server.
    It was a nice intro. I still play WvW. Mostly casually.

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  • Casual Dad.2358Casual Dad.2358 Member ✭✭
    edited January 6, 2021

    My first memory was back when Map completion also required every vista in POI in WvW so that I could craft a legendary. Went in as a PVE staff ele and knew absolutely nothing about WvW. Saw a guy from my team fighting another guy and decided to help. Part way through I noticed people around me were telling me to "STOP! STOP! They're dueling!"

    What? I didn't even know that was a thing back then. So I stopped and apologized and told them I didn't know. I was curious so I asked if I could watch. They said "Sure." Next thing I know the other team's guy comes and wrecks me before I even knew what was going on. All of my "team mates" just laughed at me and said "Serves you right."

    Left a bad taste in my mouth about duelers ever since and I have no problems now "helping" my "team" out whenever I can.

  • kamikharzeeh.8016kamikharzeeh.8016 Member ✭✭✭✭

    i entered kinda by accident 3 years ago, precisely one month after starting gw2 (also my first ever MMO) for the first time, fully blind - i couldn't figure out what Wvw means back then and was simply curious. my char was a warrior that just had gotten lv80, with full lv60 yellow and some lv70ish exo gear. i basically got exploded instantly by nearly everyone, so i just added in to snatch kills from other players. flipped camps etc

    after i saw the first zerg battle, that fascinated me, and i equipped simply all invulnerability skills of my warrior and GS3'd through the groups, doing chip dmg and having grenth human elite up. i basically tried to confuse the zerg back then and passively farmed some levels by tagging stuff, till i could afford better gear. was before the warclaw time and before the exo-choice-armors been there, so took a bit time to get a full exotic set and understanding what boons and runes do. also not sure how long discord is a thing yet, i wasn't in it back then.

    one pretty big memory was also when i ran into a enemy teams' holosmith, and tried to defend the camp. i was so undergeared that he could just stand there and tank my hits for 30 seconds+ ... during that time i realized i would have to look a bit deeper into how things work to be able to play more effectively.

    what also really fascinated me big time was when i first stood upon the south wall of bay and felt pretty epic for no particular reason. the whole keep defense setting has surely its own charme.
    it remembered me of the keeps in the human maps of tyria, queensdale has this fort-style things everywhere. back then i thought tiers give any benefits and that ppt is the most important thing. took me some months to really understand the system... for a newbie it first is very impressive.

    i also was again impressed by the design of EotM, which i first time actively entered very late. pretty cool map, but equally dead. (the 2 hours a week of gvg/bvb barely change that)

  • Mokk.2397Mokk.2397 Member ✭✭✭

    Earliest memory was probably 6 months after the release. I was collecting pets for my ranger and was on the hunt for the Wolf . I was totally lost , getting beat up by ogres and massive blobs of people . Didn't have the faintest clue of what was going on or where to go . I did eventually find the wolf but was put off WvW for year or so .

  • Ronin.4501Ronin.4501 Member ✭✭

    My earliest memories of WvW mostly revolve around the culling; Nothing quite like running around with my small group of friends and then suddenly, inexplicably, we're all dead...only to see a zerg suddenly appear all around us. I also remember when ranks were first introduced (which may have been a while after the game started but at this point the first few years of the game have all blurred together) but weren't yet account-wide, so I was routinely trying to play 3-4 different classes daily to keep my ranks close for each toon. But I think my fondest early memory (and probably only a few weeks into the game's launch) was when the group of friends I'd come to the game with all decided we would level up a character only in WvW, and so the six of us set out as level 2 uplevels and encountered a warrior/mesmer duo who were both level 80 (remember the good old days when you could see which players were uplevels in WvW?) and they promptly slaughtered us (the traiting system was different back then; I'm not sure if we even had access to the first tier of traits yet). Good times.

    Another fond memory? It wasn't IN WvW but here on the forums; WvW Match-up threads. Were they toxic? Sure! But it also made every week that much more interesting. Everything was much more personal. You had a real dislike for certain servers and guilds and genuinely looked forward to fighting them. It was usually a large factor in why winning mattered. You weren't going to move up a tier if you won or down a tier if you lost. You were going to face the same opponents the following week. But you wanted to win, just because it meant those other servers were also going to lose. Good times.

    Ronin V/Skhaar/Vicious Blacktongue/etc.
    Questionable Integrity [Sin]
    Stormbluff Isle
    Mithril Knight

  • My earliest memories were about playing defense. We had a group of role players who made up enormous character stories that gave reason for people to be someplace like Hills for hours on end. Along with guilds like Ace's Wild we would make it our purpose for the entire evening to defend an entire section of home BL. Build up a keep, guard the camps. When fights broke out you had an instant defense force. Plus at that time, before megaservers, someone could hop out and sound the alarm for a fight in LA. Ridiculous fun. I've always said that defensive fights are some of the best. I was absolutely hooked from having effectively a form of open world PVP that could be engaged in with like minded folks, plus we had the ability to recruit. Could drop in at basically any time and have something to do. Sure, time zones played a factor as did population but honestly I don't remember us focusing on that as much. I made a ton of friends back in those early days since I helped show folks around the BL, got people set up in voice. We basically were ambassadors. Lot of fond memories, crazy drama and many reasons to log in if for no other reason than to show some upstarts that they couldn't pet our cat without express written permission in triplicate.

    Guild leader for Goats of Thunder. No pants allowed.

  • Biermeister.4678Biermeister.4678 Member ✭✭✭
    edited January 7, 2021

    Fighting Quaggans
    Protecting the Orb
    Guarding Camps
    Escorting Yaks
    Buying Upgrades
    Centaur's ,Skritt and Quaggans were like the Ogre's and Dredge in EB
    No squads
    LA was server based
    And the Lag

  • Blocki.4931Blocki.4931 Member ✭✭✭✭

    My earliest memory is leveling my characters in there, when everything was chaotic and I didn't feel bad for being worthless.
    Also waiting for my team to rotate to the side I still needed for full map exploration... because my server was awful enough that I could never finish it.

    Pls just permaban me by now so I can stop going back here

  • My first memory of WvW was as an upleveled warrior, zoning into EB on the red side. We were basically being spawn camped, and with no appreciation of tactics, I tried to recreate my PVE styles of running into the mass of players, popping Endure Pain, hitting 100 Blades and waiting for everyone to die... they didn't.

    Some more fun nostalgia, one particular fight I remember on Alpine border in the lords room going on for hours and hours, with myself and another warrior doing banner rezzes over and over. This happened a lot back in the day, but when the fight was quite finely poised, and defenders slowly make progress, those clutch banner rezzes bought a bit more time. In the current meta it's far easier to whittle down an enemy...

    Last but not least, I can't really say I did much in this one, but following a raid into enemy's garrison, taking the orb, and escoring someone running it back to Bay trying to fend off enemies targeting him, that was absolutely epic. I know it got abused and hacked horribly, but that mechanic felt super fun. There are probably way too many changes in the code to make it viable, but having a week where orbs were brought back (similar to no downstate) would be super cool IMO.

    Anyway, thanks for the thread and the replies, made me smile :)