If you have stepped into a WvW match, you have probably been more confused than fired up with the spectacle you were confronted with. When you read the "team" chat, your confusion deepens.
"GET OVER HERE" "ZERG INC" "DUMB COMMANDERS DONT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING" "SM GONE, YOU ALL SUCK" "OUR SERVER IS TERRIBLE" "ITS ALL [person organizing the team]'s FAULT" "ITS YOU'RE NOT YOUR"
Here is a one stop shopping to how to enjoy your WvW time. Its step by step, so no matter your WvW experience you can fill in the holes of your education.
1) Join a WvW guild if your serious about learning. Doesn't need to be the #1 guild, any that you see in there rolling together will do. Don't get pinned down to just one, roll with them for a few days, then try another. Find one that fits your play style! This is the step a LOT of people gloss over, and it leads to terrible times in WvW. You really have NO IDEA what you are missing by not joining with a team that is coordinating portal flanks and counter tactics in a voice chat server!
2) Ask questions! This ties into 1 because if you ask it in /t or /m your going to get a million answers, and some insults as well. Guilds are a great way to get the noob questions out of the way, and get to the good stuff!
3) NEVER NEVER NEVER play for the score. Your in furious combat with an enemy team. They are juking and flanking for position, but your enemy commander makes a great move to win the day. Battle finishes, bags collected. Does it really matter if your up 100k or down 100k at that point? Playing for the score means you will ONLY enjoy WvW if your server is up in points. You will ONLY enjoy the game when winning, and turn into a giant Dbag while losing. That and most of what happens in WvW with relation to the score has nothing to do with any 1 person or guild. Your job is the battle at your feet, let the score sort itself out!
This also goes for when your winning. Just because your team happens to be up in points, does not mean its time to gloat and rub peoples faces in it. Respect and sportsmanship attitude goes a LONG way in building a reputation as a great WvWer!
4) If you go into WvW alone, you lose the right to talk crap on the people who are organizing the team. Even if they do it wrong, they are doing it. Support them, and ignore people who want to shut them down. Other side of the coin is true. If your getting badmouthed by a commander, don't follow him! Find a leader you can follow.
5) Learn how to LOSE. When you take a loss, you are in an extraordinary learning situation. Getting angry and deflecting blame to everyone around you causes you to take nothing away from the loss. Learning from every defeat will make you a force to be reckoned with. Tied with this, is find a guild that can lose correctly as well. Again, if your guild is only good when winning, and turns nasty when losing, find another one!
Some food for though here, every matchup is 1v1v1, which means technically there are 2 loser servers, and 1 winner. Do you really think 2/3 of the population in WvW should be miserable at all times?
You'll notice nothing in this list speaks to what siege equipment to buy, where to place it, what points are important, what guilds are winners, or anything of the sort. Without the proper attitude you will be miserable in there in any situation other than a complete shut out of the enemy. If you haven't guessed, success in WvW is VERY complex, and often times the more skilled teams and commanders can take a loss from factors they (and you) have no control over. If it rains on your football game, do you cuss out your coach?
Follow these steps, and you'll start to see just how AMAZING this game can be! PVE has only a few weeks at most to offer you, alts can only take you so far, WvW will last for the life of the game. No match is the same, no map is the same, no battle the same.
From myself and Tsym, we hope you enjoy your time in WvW!
Edited by coronbale, 08 November 2012 - 12:44 PM.