The link to Part II is at the bottom.
How does WvW work?
I never played the original Guild Wars. If you’re like me, you had no idea how the game worked. You also never clicked on the Instructor NPC where you first zone in. (Do that if you haven’t yet.) Or, if you’re without game access where you are, read on!
When I first set foot into World versus World, I was more than a little confused and overwhelmed. Once I hit 80 and started spending more time in WvW, I started to figure things out. There are two basic maps. Every realm has it’s own map, and they all have the same layout. The objectives have different name, but the layout is the same. The Eternal Battleground is different map layout. I have spent very little time so far in the Eternal Battlegrounds, so this walk-through is from a standard realm map perspective.
Keep in mind one simple rule in WvW. Taking structures earns your realm points. The more structures you control, the more points you get. The points accumulate to unlock bonuses on the battlefield. Open your WvW menu to see these bounses (Extra player health, extra resource gathering, etc) With that in mind, here is what I have learned so far:
|WvW Objectives Follow A Simple Food Chain Heirarchy|
At the bottom are the Supply Camps. These Supply Camps funnel supplies to all the other structures on the map. They use dolyaks to carry the supplies along the road. Easy to take, much harder to defend. You can take a supply camp with three players if it’s not being defended. Taking Supply Camps at the very least denies your enemy fresh supplies. Recently, our realm was against Blackgate. We only controlled one tower on the top half of the map and a supply camp or two. Our small guild group (5) and a few PuGs (1-3) raided the southern half of the map, only taking the Supply Camps. Meanwhile our main zerg fought off their main zerg at the top. A couple of hours later our realm controlled the entire top half of the map, and we were about ready to push on one of the side keeps.
Towers will need fresh dolyaks to replenish supplies. It is important to know which supply camp is feeding your Tower.
Keeps will need fresh dolyaks to replenish supplies just like towers. It is important to know which supply camp is feeding your Keep.
Sentry NPCs are easy to take down. I can solo them. One or two players is more than enough. My guess is these are here simply to harass unguarded dolyaks. So if you want your supplies to get through in a timely fashion, take these down.
Quaggan Camp (Lake)
|Borderlands WvW Map Key|
Supply Camps, and Towers, and Keeps, OH MY!
These are the very basics of WvW. Hopefully this cleared up any confusion you might have had. If not, feel free to ask questions in the comments below. I have a follow up explanation of some of the finer points set for later this week. It should be out later this week or next. WvW is a lot less complicated than you might think. Jump in at any level and start learning.