PVP is actually fun

So over the last few days I have been doing a lot of PVP on Trayvae recently and it’s because I wanted to get Pierce from the alliance log, and into my current companions, and today I got him finally. I would have never attempted to PVP in the past on Trayvae all because I was fearful of it, but over the last few days I decided to try it. I’ve had a ton of fun doing it too. I’ve listened to the more experienced players and took their advice, and they tried their best to keep me alive, but today I went in with a different kind of mood, and teamed up nicely with a few snipers, and we kicked some major ass doing it so too. Which was kind of ironic because they couldn’t attack both of us at the same time, well they tried, but we had some Assassins that would stealth in, and help us while a healer kept us alive. We talked for a few moments on the Fleet before I logged off, and I told them it may not be an everyday thing, but I have been enjoying myself, and listening to their key advice, plus I told them I have watched a ton of Videos on Youtube about various Warzones and etc. I’m learning more about my Sniper and etc. They told me I was doing a good job and were happy to have me on their team.

I started this after I got the latest patch installed , and I went from Valor 16 to 21 in a matter of a few matches. I am proud of myself for this, because I am finally not to shy about going into PVP anymore on Trayvae. I doubt I will ever have old PVP gear since I was to afraid to go into the PVP realms in the past, but that is long gone now. I may start a new character and go through PVP that way, to see how the Lowbies, and Mids compare to how the max level is. I want to start having fun, and I want to start learning new things, so I am taking this year to learn some new things about PVP and grouping up for things finally. I know there will always be toxic players, but when I’m honest with them, and explain to them that I haven’t done some things, I’m starting to see a lot more are easier to get along with, and are very helpful as well. They are wanting people like myself in PVP now, and have no issues staying teamed up with a noob like me. But yeah I’m having fun now in PVP and I’m glad that I got over that hump and started to do some end game stuff, I think next up with be doing some things in Group Finder, I want to try the uprisings, as well, so I’m take things slow, and explain to them  that I’m new, and I want to learn. I mean after all what’s really the point of me being in an MMO now if I don’t break my walls and learn to play the game even more.

Changes and Challenges

How I am starting something new

I know I said in the past that I would never step foot into the PVP Realm again in SWTOR all cause of the toxic players, but guess what, I spent my day yesterday playing on two different characters at higher levels playing PVP, first up was Trayvae, and I was looking in my Companion Contact list and one thing kept annoying me. I am the type of person that wants the List to stop that damn gold flashy thing in the menu bar that sits at the top of my screen. I’m sure we all know how that feels, and secondly I wanted to use the flags and stuff I had collected on new toons that I have created since they gated the Republic and Imperial Banners behind having Valor for start SH decos, which doesn’t make much sense since most don’t PVP at early levels or if they do, whatever. I am a Decoration addict. There I admitted it, I have no shame in it. Plus this also helps me learn things about myself, grouping up, working as a team, and making some friends. While most that are doing PVP now is to grind for new gear since the unassembled pieces need are locked to PVP only, and that’s cool with me. But I also wanted to get Peirce on my Sniper, just something about having him hanging out with a Sniper sounded more cool than having him on my Warrior. Then after awhile I decided okay well I need to get my smuggler to level 70 and to grind that out in PVE is just soooo damn brutal and slow, so I opted to take my Charming Outlaw Jordelli into the realm of PVP as well to get 4x on the roster as well, and guess what, I explained to everyone that was yelling at all the CXP farmers that no one was there to honestly play, that is when I said. Actually I’m here for the challenge of learning PVP at a higher level, so that I’m not afraid to play it anymore. It shocked everyone on both my Imp team, and when I said it on my Pub team, they were like, wow, didn’t think anyone would want to play for the sake of playing. I said, well I’m not all that fast, nor that experienced in PVP, but if Bioware is making it worth while to group up for somethings, I’ll welcome the challenge any day of the week, and plus if you experienced PVPers have any suggestions on helping me out, I’m all ears. With that said, they told me where I’d be best suited and mostly it was Guarding nodes, or what have you, and when I was using Tray, they had me in positions to snipe people and were amazed that I had that an eagerness to listen or read what they were typing to me. I told them only way people will ever learn is by reading, watching videos, and etc., and that I was sick and tired of living vicariously through others during their PVP adventures on YouTube and what not, and they laughed because they could understand how I was so unaware of going into PVP with all the toxic attitudes and what not, but the people I met up in unranked solo were understanding, and happy that I wasn’t there for CXP grind only.

Plus I just have this thing now about the personal conquest objects now that I know I can do it. Plus some had helpful advice on the guild I am in once the match was over, or we were in between objects waiting for next round. I told them about how I also checked and seen that the old GM also let his sub lapse and now that I am the only qualified account. They agreed that I should keep the Guild since I am one of the last founding founders of it. They said it would be more helpful if I went to starter planets like Hutta and Korriban and try recruiting there. I also told them that instead of a heavy RP guild, I wanted it to be like a safe haven for those that are learning the game, and want to join an social aspect of it, and they agreed that a lot are just unsure how to function in a guild, and I also told them it would be for those that are having a hard time with the game in general, and or a mental health for MMOs as well, and they thought it would be a wonderful idea to have a guild for that kind of thing.

So for the time being, these are the two that I will be PVPing with until I decide to jump in with someone else, something else to do, since I am willing to learn and play and  try my hand at all things in the game now. Next will be probably SM Operations, and what not.

Trayvae The Manipulator LvL 70 Sniper:Engineering, Guild Master to Elite Imperial Vanguard

The Outlaw Jordelli -Scoundrel:Ruffian LvL 70, Kicks ass and takes names for later, and always looking for the easy payday!!

My Proudest Moments

in KotFE so far.

I decided that today I would write a post about my proudest moments so far in Knights of the Fallen Empire. These are achievements that I’ve done alone, and I have accomplished a lot by reading various things, watching youtube videos from other players, and learning how to work things on my own. It’s how I achieve a lot in my life. Not just in SW:ToR, but overall as a person too. I am forever learning something new about the characters I work with. I do find it more challenging to run around with a rifle, cannon, or even pistols then using say lightining, force choke, etc. I find the true challenge in playing smarter and not harder.By that I mean I haven’t dared attempt to solo a Heroic 2 Star Fortress since the companions got nerfed, because I just didn’t think I could do it. Plus I heard it was time consuming as well. But all that ended earlier last night. I ran through the Heroic 2 Star Fortress with just myself, Aric, and of course the level 10 ranks with the alliance. Aric is ranked 50 in Influence so he’s done, I can’t bring him up any higher, and he’s still my proudest achievement to date because I don’t really try to make them past 30 in influence, but I did with Aric. So since my start last summer over on the Ebon Hawk server I have done some pretty amazing things over the last year that well I say I have grown as a player in SW:ToR and I’m proud of it. I took all 8 classes through and got their unlocks, and this was before the Legendary status icon popped up. I worked through all my companions to be granted their unlocks as well, I’ve obtained all Species to play with whatever I decide to create. I’m no longer afraid to group up even though I don’t do it often unless I’m in an open instance for a Heroic and the respawn timer on the boss is well long. I still try to help out new players in the game along the way. I roleplay on occassions when the mood strikes now. I’m co-founder in a guild that well even though we’re small, and quiet, it’s working out just for us. But the most proudest moments I have well started last night for me.

 

A historical moment for me

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Nothing like seeing a Star Fortress explode as you make your escape.

Like I said above, last night was a historical moment for me as I soloed a Heroic 2 Star Fortress and played it extremely smart. I logged in Reinjasa just for general purpose to run some random planet heroics and etc. when I decided I wasn’t tired, and I wanted to try what many were saying was harder than anything. But could be done, but long and time consuming. It was, I took roughly about an hour and half to almost 2 hours to run through the Tatooine Star Fortress. Reinjasa is in I believe 208/216 gear, mixed and matched just for her specs, and augmented to the hilt as well. So she’s doing pretty good, and I have her with some good stats, next time I’m in game, I will snap a picture of her stats with and without Buffs. Aric does awesome in healing mode, but I normally prefer to have him in Tank mode since I’m a DPS only and it’s easier for him to attack then for me to become prime target number 1 all the time. Course I may also use the Target Dummies on the ship, and record that as well to let you see how I have a decent rotation going. I don’t use what everyone else uses, I use what I’m comfortable with, and can get the maxed results for my own taste. Again I’ve watched videos, and read a lot over on Dulfy for the PVE guides there so that when gearing up, even if I start a new character, I know what I am getting myself into for each class, and due to the fact that Mercenary and Commando are mirror specs I had to use the 4.0 Merc DPS for PVE , But after I finished that Heroic last night I was excited because I got the “All For One” part done, along with the “Fully Armed and Operational” , I was so excited about the legacy title that I did not even bother to check for the player one that you are suppose to get as well.  Liberator of X Planet achievement and a title. I didn’t even check that out when I was done. I was just so happy because it also added some new achievements to my legacy as well. I have a 50k SH perk, and a few other things. So to celebrate that historic moment for me, I logged Rein out, and jumped on Toxi’k who is my latest Inquisitor that is just well a total mean asshole. Course though while running on Korriban I ran into someone that says “You look dangerous and very sexy as well too.” My first thought was “Um okay, if you only knew that I’m a female playing a male, but Eh, whatever.” I thanked that person and said, ” I do try hard to impress.” So Toxi’k has close to 7 Million Credits on him from various GTN sales lately, and with Biochem Crafting and selling them on the GTN as well. I decided it was time for a new Stronghold.

All 5 Strongholds

Toxi'k's Sith Academy

Toxi’k’s Sith Academy

Yup this is Toxi’ks home for the time being, unless Rein decides to kick him out and take over the Yavin stronghold and place him on Nar Shaddaa. I have one more SH to work on unlocking, but the Yavin Temple one has I believe 5 0r 6 already unlocked. I still need to work on the Tatooine one , but I’m not there hardly, I just use it mostly go to the planet to jump to heroics and or something else fairly easy for me. But I have all 5 SHs now , and I’m proud because this also is a HUGE achievement for me. Now to work on decorating them and unlocking them. When I first bought the Yavin Stronghold I was in total awe with the cutscene to get there. I loved the look of it being on an isolated island overlooking the rest of the moon. It was truly breath taking, kind of reminds me of Odessen as well. I love that planet as well. I guess I’m just a strange one. I would rather live outdoors then inside a building, or a city, but love the over views you get from various places.

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I mean who couldn’t really love the views from the Yavin4 Stronghold. I really love it, and I can’t wait to explore the secret cave once I have it fully unlocked. But this is what I’ve been proud of since I started playing a lot more this past year. I’ve had a ton of fun, even though sometimes it’s boring running things solo, but it helps me learn how to PVE better too. I think I’m going to work on the solo star fortresses to earn some of the other hidden achievements since I know now that Aric and Reinjasa are a strong team together. I am also working on the next installment for my fan fictional story blog as well with Aric and Rein. I can’t wait to put it on the blog too. I have it saved as a draft at the moment because of writers block, but it’s coming along nicely. If you are curious about what I’m talking about here the link to the SWTOR Fan Fictional Story Blog.

Challenges and Etc.

Been looking for more.

I just recently have been doing a lot of thinking lately, and well I made a post on my twitter about being a force-user and all, and how I find no challenge in it anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Warrior, Inquisitor, Consular, Knight, but it’s just after doing all 8 classes, and really playing them through this time around. I’ve found that the force users don’t really have a true hard core challenge that I am looking for. While yeah , running around stabbing things and using your force powers is always fun, and well relaxing for me. I now find the true challenge in being a Smuggler, Trooper, Bounty Hunter, and Imperial Agent. More so the Agent and Trooper than Smuggler and Bounty Hunter, I just can’t really get into them all that well. I have done them, and I enjoyed the one liners, but I just can’t see how they truly fit in the galaxy. I even went through on the Ebon Hawk server and deleted a lot of Alts that I got to level 60, and stopped playing with cause of various reasons, I still have Trayvae, Mahais, Toxi’k, Reinjasa, and a few others, but I went from like 20 alts, down to I believe 12. I have my main on the Empire which is Trayvae, my main on the Republic which is Reinjasa, even though as of late she’s been starring her a fan fictional blog I recently started because oddly enough. I dream of my characters, and their insane companions and how I believe the conversations would play out more if we had more interaction with them. But I created a fan fictional blog just for her, Toxi’k and Trayvae may make an appearance there in the far future, but right now it’s solely focused on Rein.

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Reinjasa – Commando- Gunnery -Trooper

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Toxi’k – Assassin – Hatred- Sith Inquisitor

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Trayvae – Imperial Agent – Sniper – Engineer

These are my Mains, even though Toxi’k does not have a guild to be in, and I plan to at least try to keep him that way, same with Reinjasa. But these are the 3 that I use, while my other names like Radqa, and Daeqius are now alts, and well grinders for me for alliance crates, these are the ones that I will take through KotFE. Plus also late last night, or early this morning, whatever you want to call it. I finally brought a female Jedi Knight through the main story. I had forgotten about not having a Jedi Knight running through KotFE so I’m currently working on her as well.

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Alekael – Jedi Knight – Guardian – Defense

I can’t just bring myself to grind with all 8 classes and bring them through KotFE, story wise, I love it, just well so long and boring to get from this to that, maybe once this season ends in KotFE will I bring the others through it, just right now I’m focusing on using these ones right here. Don’t get me wrong I do love my force users that I have, it’s just I’m finding the lack of challenge to use them all the time. With Rein and Tray it’s harder , because Tray is stationary, meaning since he’s a sniper, he’s suppose to be entrenched, and at least with Rein she can shoot her cannon at you while running around. So for me that is the true challenge, moving and keeping myself alive while fighting. Even though for Rein I recently got Aric to level 50 on influence. My proudest moment while so many are doing it ,and have done it on various Comps, Rein was the first one I actually stopped, took the time to go through the entire story with her, skipped RotHC though, and I even recently started doing SoR again because I gave myself a break from it. Mostly only thing I wanted out of SoR is the title for each character got, and I have them all, just not on the characters I’ve brought through until Recently.

What about Bounty Hunter and Smuggler?

Well I do have a smuggler I started to bring through KotFE, but well grew bored with her even. So Kostos is more like a collector now, things I don’t need in my legacy storage I store on her, even though she was romancing Koth, and I got his influence up to 30 I believe, I just stopped. I don’t really like the smuggler at all. I did it mostly cause I wanted to say I had a smuggler, as for the Bounty Hunter, well he’s so lack on updates in gear, that I rarely use him as well, he was pre-KotFE, and even though I started to bring him through, like the Smuggler I just grew bored. Even my consular is sitting in the stronghold being ignored because like the BH and Smuggler, I just can’t play with them. I’ve tried, and I just can’t. I don’t really like them, but had to have them for species unlocks, and Legandary status. So I’ve also been working on rest of my Legacy titles and so forth for the Spyderbane legacy, and I am thinking of saving up enough Cartel Coins and renaming that legacy because I just don’t like it. I thought I would, but I’m looking for something different now. Course when one would look at my family tree, I have a few set up as Brothers/Sisters, and rest are adopted children. Eh I think that is enough about this. Time to go play now, that I’m fully awake and have had a few cups of coffee into my system.

Something I’ve noticed

About Empire and Republic

Over the past week and this weekend I have noticed something I never paid much attention to before. The toxicity in general chat and how someone who is new, or just returning to the game may mistake it for a normal general chat just astounds me to no end. While over on the Republic side last week as I was bringing another trooper up through the levels, I saw helpful, and very interesting general chat on the majority of the planets. Some were silent, but others were talking, helping out players with questions, and being over all friendly. Course I saw the occassional guild recruitment messages mostly on the starter planet Ord Mantell for the trooper, and of course on Courscant as well, but then I’d log into Trayvae or Toxi’k (new alt) to do something for the Empire side, and walked into total toxicity. People belittling each other, making fun of their names, outfits they had chose for themselves and their companions, and I was like “Wow, talk about a total 180 degree turn here.” I get the whole Light vs Dark scenerio here and I understand that some people are well just douche bags in general, but it has me thinking, Do some people that RP their character honestly believe that even out of character they need to be so toxic and degrading to someone who asked a simple question, waited a few minutes then decided to use the infamous cap lock to get attention. I’m sorry but I had to stick up for this person in gen chat, because the pace chat was moving I’m pretty sure he thought his question wasn’t seen, so he decided to grab everyone’s attention by using the cap lock move, and low and behold someone saw it and started belittling him in general chat for it. This was Empire side on Nar Shaddaa as I was there with Toxi’k leveling him up. I was just amazed at the difference between the two, because I know these people play both sides, Empire and Republic, but the chats are usually just so much a like that well this past week or what have you, they were different. One was almost sweet, and helpful, and while the other was just so damn toxic that it made me wanna hurl a lightining ball at them and tell them to grow the hell up and stop acting like douche bags. There was no RP going on in general chat, it was just a bunch of people talking and it just exploded into toxicity fast. Then when I went to Hoth there was a guy there complaining about who knows what, but then he exploded into saying “There is no Santa, no Easter Bunny.”, and then went onto saying how all kids these days do not respect anyone, and that they need to be in bed by 7pm, or how they shouldn’t have spring break, etc. etc. you get the idea? He was just so negative that it blew my mind, because people were egging him on, and some even agreed with his statements that it made me stop and think for a moment. Is this what the future of gaming is becoming? Bitterness and Nastiness because they can get a way with it online , and not in their real lives? Also this has me thinking about my next topic.

Guilds

As many that have read my blog know that recently I became involved with being a co-founder in a guild, Elite Imperial Vanguard, and well while we were doing good on recruiting, it has stopped. The players joined, and now are not returning or just quitting so it has me thinking that maybe we’re on the wrong side of the board here to be starting a guild. I mean republic side seems so much more laid back then the empire side. Course I also took a look through the guild recruitment forums on SW:ToR as well ,and seen that a ton are recruiting now. So it has me thinking that many are gearing up for the 1000 member limit that will be coming next month. We have talked and decided that we will not be like most and deny someone who has alts, because well lets face it, no one wants to sit on their level 65 main all day and grind heroics, some want or have to play the other stories to get the legandary status, or because they want too. For me it’s about crafting now, I am trying to max all the crafting abilities so that I can have them unlocked in my Legacy. So yeah I have to be on various names as I’m still working on a few , while some of my alts are just gatherings, there are a few that are the crafters in general. Of course though I also think many want to join a guild that has been around for a long time, and etc. But like we talked about it, if it’s just gonna be us for a while, then so be it, at least we are attempting to bring ourselves into the guild’s light, and trying to make something good for us. Eventually we’ll grow, just right now things are chaotic, and hellish for a lot. So who knows what the future holds for E.I.V. it may just end up being a group of friends that want to battle the galaxy and work as a unit instead of going solo.