Before I go lose myself down the rabbit hole of Strongholds on PTS, I wanted to get this blog written... With Season 2 coming to a close, I’ve been putting in some Solo Ranked time on my Operative. The Sorc technically has 1500, but I’ve got a pretty good chance on my Op of getting there and being able to reach whatever they set as Rank 1 this Season. 8-2 so far! Bastion is a rough server though. The trolls are in force and everyone has just started to take it in stride that certain players are only in queue to AFK as soon as the game starts. It’s remarkable to me how same players just grind through it, I get really annoyed. But, I’ve learned a few things from the pro’s...
One person who I play with a lot, and who I learn a lot from is Kand. I happen to think Kand is really good. I even begged him to come PvE with me in <Suckafish> and he kept Pizza on his toes. Besides being the #2 and #5 Merc/Commando, he also recently reached 1500 on all 16 AC’s. And another merc just because he likes them. Yea, that’s right. Each unique Advanced Class on both factions. 17 characters. It’s a little crazy. I personally think he saw LegendaryQuan do the 11 Season 1 and wanted to top him, cause Kand is like that.
When I asked Kand what class was the easiest for him to get 1500 on, it was his main the Merc. Usually he DPS’s but he feels Merc DPS is very weak in Solos and that he had more control of the match healing. Electronet and the Huge merc healing numbers make them great in Ranked, and if you’re a pro-kiter you have no problem getting that elo. Other classes which he felt were easy Sorc/Sage DPS, Vengeance Juggs/Guardians, and Op/Scoundrel Heals. The hardest classes/specs? Lightning(telekinetic) and Heal Sorc/Sages and Merc DPS. (The rest in descending order...Assasin/Shadow DPS, Mara/Sent, Op/Scoundrel DPS, PT, Sniper/Gunslinger.) Other than his Merc, Kand made it a point to tell me how rewarding it felt to get 1500 on the Sniper/Gunslinger. Snipers get tunneled hard in solo ranked, so I can only imagine. He played Engineering for it and did a lot of Roll Banging.
Kand’s work may not be done yet though. 1500 is just last season’s Tier 1. Calculated from all players with rating and finding the top 10%. If you do that for this season, the top 10% would need 1340 rating. Last season, there was a lot of complaints about this number. That it was too low. So we will see whether the Devs change how Tiers are factored, or believe the Top 96 will be enough to satisfy the PvP 1%. Maybe they’ll remove the statistical outliers, at the bottom, and recalculate. There are quite a few players with single digit ratings...on Bastion. These players simply AFK once the match starts. They walk out of spawn, and just stand there. They have 1 rating.
Bastion is the server FAMOUS for queue syncing as well as trolls. I tease Kand all the time for it, but he argues he doesn’t actually queue sync. For him, its smart queueing. He doesn’t queue when he knows the game throwers are, or he gets on the other faction. If he knows good players are queue syncing, he goes and plays on that faction. When I was doing my placement games on my Op, I really took this into account. Last Season I complained about the 10 match ranking system. The lack of population rendered tiers useless and only served to start players out hundred of points ahead or behind. Those first games are crucial, so I made sure I maximized them. Instead of queue syncing, I anti-synced. If queues were popping and an AFK’r is queueing, I’ll wait until they get a game to queue myself. I also simply stopped queueing when I went queue syncers were playing. Worked like a charm, 8-2.
Since Kand is most likely going to be one of the Top 96, I asked him what he hoped the reward would be. Some ideas he had were a unique color crystal, or a unique gear set or weapons. Something not a reskin. He also had misgivings about the Titles for this season, as he felt last season’s were lame. We should be finding out what those rewards are, as well as the Tier Rankings next week, so there should be a resurge in Rateds pops as people scramble for the rating they need. Hopefully, I wont be one of them. I’m really hoping for another Tier 1 mount this season, either the Walker or the Bantha. And since last season’s Rancor had a sweet paint job, this is what I’m hoping for Season 2.