Given the interest of the upcoming WvW feature pack 2017, this is a good opportunity for anyone interested in the game mode to try out (and gain shiny new rewards!). There are already very good guides out there so I will be providing tips from a different perspective.
If you are into organised group play and you want to be optimal, I recommend looking at Swifty’s post.
Artele7 wrote some handy tips (along with other users in the comments) which is beneficial to all newbies:
This is also a great guide on Metabattle:
You can find a more detailed guide + list of WvW abbreviations on this link
A bit about my background: I consider myself a less than average player. I skill click everything but #1-3 weapon skills. I don’t belong to any prominent WvW guild. I play WvW because I enjoy cooperation, experimenting with off meta builds, and being a scrub in general xD
For many newbies trying out WvW, here is the main thing you need to know:
It is a very different game mode.
It is challenging.
It is more than just staying on the commander tag.
You will be overwhelmed.
You will probably get frustrated at some point.
You will die. A LOT.
You may feel like quitting.
Feeling nervous already? Don’t be. Everyone has to start from somewhere, and with time, paying attention to your surroundings and lots of practice (and deaths), you will get there.
Always bring a friend along (or your guild). Trust me, it will be even MORE rewarding with friends.
So here are my tips for all newbies!
TEAM CHAT & MAP CHAT
Start paying attention to it. This is the main form of communication and it is vital to know what’s going on.
Map chat is bright red text, while team chat is darker red text.
Don’t spam chat with unnecessary banter.
Good reasons to use team chat:
Calling out for help from other maps.
Keeping informed others of enemy activity in your map.
Keeping informed others of your server’s “activeness”. (ie: how many people on map to help defend etc)
Generally speaking if you need help ask in map chat first, if no response then proceed to ask via team chat.
NO gliding available in WvW, so don’t try to jump off cliffs…
ON SKILL CLICKING
Open world PvE is generally forgiving of skill clicking, but considering WvW is also PvP, you will be at a disadvantage. However some people like me no matter what I have tried to get myself into keybinds, I just am not used to it.
If you can, keybind. If you can’t, then improve on your skill clicking skills. Your reaction time may not be as quick as those who keybinds, however you are still able to contribute to the success of the server.
FOLLOWING A DORITO TAG
Stay close to the zerg. If you play a range class like Staff Elementalist or Longbow ranger, then follow a bit behind. How far behind? Enough for you to run to the main group easily in case an enemy tries to gank you.
If you are too far back from the zerg, enemy roamers and gankers will be aiming to kill you. You will be vulnerable to getting killed and it is very difficult for the main group to turn back and help you.
If you are too ahead from the zerg, then the above scenario may also happen.
When possible, join Discord or Teamspeak to hear the commander talk. If the commander is not on voice comms, then watch for squad chat/say chat/map chat.
ON ENCOUNTERING ENEMIES
Always keep moving. Be observant how many enemies there are around you.
FOR SMALLER SCALE ROAMING/FIGHTS
If there are allies around, run towards them. Group up. Try to focus on one enemy at a time.
Sometimes it may be better to run than to engage in a fight.
PLAYING A CLASS WITH ACCESS TO STEALTH (Thief/Mesmer/Engi)
Please turn off your miniatures. You may be stealthed but your miniature isn’t.
ON JOINING A WVW GUILD
Always good to join one that can train you 😉
CALLING OUT ENEMY NUMBERS
Keep it concise.
“Lots of red dots at keep”.
The more important ones to indicate:
Exact location and direction (It is common to use abbreviations like NE for north east and S for south)
Current situation (Ex: wall/gate %?)
A simple example which is enough to communicate:
“10+ red dots at NWT (north west tower), gate 40%”
A bit more detailed example
“10ish IoJ LAG guild at NWT, 2 rams gate 40%”
ON BUILDS AND THE META
As a recommendation, start with some of the builds on Metabattle as a guide. I personally started with that and depending what you enjoy most in WvW… if you like solo roaming or small groups you can vary it 😉
The most important tips of all:
And ignore the salt 🙂