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Warhammer Online : Age of Reckoning: A Guide to Playing the Chosen

StraddenStradden Managing EditorHalifax, NSPosts: 6,696Member

MMORPG.com Warhammer Onine Corresponsent Lou Rossi writes this guide to playing Destruction's Chosen class in Mythic Entertainment's Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.

It’s not hard to notice the lack of actual informational material presented about Warhammer’s career paths these days. Sure, there’s plenty of glorification of their ‘mechanics’ available, with some lore mixed in, but when it comes time to sit down and get into the action – all that really accounts for is a nice back story about how angry you are from your troubled childhood, and how you somehow got hold of that gigantic sword you suddenly decided it was a good idea to start swinging around.

The intention with these articles – focused on RVR and PVE career mechanics for Warhammer’s characters, is to really provide an in depth look at what each of the many paths has to offer.

Read the article here.

Cheers,
Jon Wood
Managing Editor
MMORPG.com

Comments

  • SigmetieSigmetie Jackson, MOPosts: 3Member

    I found this review spot on and overall a good read. interested in reading more of your reviews. How about your fav. DPS class next?

  • URMAKERURMAKER slidell, LAPosts: 632Member Uncommon

    thats a great write up to be honest it makes me wanna go try one out lol.

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  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHPosts: 7,187Member Uncommon

    Mythic just can't get away from AoE crowd control can they?  One main reason I just don't play any of their games any more.  Wonder when Mythic is going to realize that crowd control in pvp has to be limited to one opponent at a time otherwise people just get frustrated and quit.

  • XiantheXianthe Cambridge, MAPosts: 2Member

    I can't speak for DAoC but I think enough classes have AoE CC in this game and counter effects that it is actually fun.

    Great write-up.

  • ZoMBiEXxXZoMBiEXxX Chicago, ILPosts: 107Member

    I love my chosen. That class is really the only reason I cannot play Order at the moment. When Order gets their Knights I might try them out. But chosen owns everything.

    "Da bigger da Orc, da stronger da Orc. Da stronger da Orc, da more dat's Orc's da boss. No wonder da Black Orcs is always da bosses!"
    - Splinta, a Goblin in the Bloody Sun Boyz tribe

  • ElmorenElmoren Warhammer Online Correspondent Denville, NJPosts: 110Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Sigmetie


    I found this review spot on and overall a good read. interested in reading more of your reviews. How about your fav. DPS class next?

     

    Thanks for the warm reception everyone!  I've got more articles in the works, White Lion, Ironbreaker, and Witch Elf are all waiting on a few finishing touches.  Keep an eye out here for them - and don't be hesitant to let me know what I left out or what else you'd like me to throw into these articles.

     

    I need a signature now, don't I?

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  • NeoWolf73NeoWolf73 SheffieldPosts: 27Member

    I have a Chosen and I like him a lot, and although I agree with the vast majority of your articles points I would state that the Two Hander as opposed to Sword and Board approach can also be a very viable approach.  The Damage + Aura + Debuffs with a Greatweapon mean you can drop people very quickly indeed and even without the shield although its true you are more susceptible to damage it still usually takes 4 or 5 enemies to put you down, 1 on 1 the only real challenege to a Chosen is a Healer and that is only because they are able to keep you from making any headway with them by healing all your damage done to them constantly, while thier team mates take you down.

    At low-mid level most Order players will just spam you with holds and avoid getting anywhere near you, while the bright wizards and archmages blast the cra* out of you from a distance.

  • smutsmut West Grove, PAPosts: 250Member

    Nice article El, I play a Chosen and I enjoyed looking forward to see of the skills I will get as I rank up. I was waiting for some really cool skills and it looks like I will get some in a few ranks. I enjoyed the article and look forward to your next "class guide". WAAAAGGHHH!

  • Billr00Billr00 lexington, KYPosts: 99Member

    I just wanted to note one thing .. the tactic to decrease your anti-root cool down would definitely be worth it considering how often you will get rooted/snared in rvr ..

    playing a BW the only real tactic i have against a well played Chosen is drop a root and run .. and since roots are NOT a diminishing return .. me and a couple of coordinating BW's can effectively hold a Chosen in place indef .. unless they have their anti-root power up for casting ..

    just a consideration

  • Windrider30Windrider30 lilburn, GAPosts: 41Member
    Originally posted by NeoWolf73


    I have a Chosen and I like him a lot, and although I agree with the vast majority of your articles points I would state that the Two Hander as opposed to Sword and Board approach can also be a very viable approach.  The Damage + Aura + Debuffs with a Greatweapon mean you can drop people very quickly indeed and even without the shield although its true you are more susceptible to damage it still usually takes 4 or 5 enemies to put you down, 1 on 1 the only real challenege to a Chosen is a Healer and that is only because they are able to keep you from making any headway with them by healing all your damage done to them constantly, while thier team mates take you down.
    At low-mid level most Order players will just spam you with holds and avoid getting anywhere near you, while the bright wizards and archmages blast the cra* out of you from a distance.

    I have to agree wtih Neowolf on this point but I do have to add one more class that can give a chosen (Mine is almost 19 right now) a run for their money and thats those short stunty and ever so annoying iron breakers. I have gone one on one with an iron breaker just to see who woudl last longer and it was a dead heat until the bugger started to knock me on my rear you get three of them on a chosen and its hard to keep yourself standing even with unstopable lol. TO me the BIGGEST threat out there are those d*mned bright wizards.

     

  • ElmorenElmoren Warhammer Online Correspondent Denville, NJPosts: 110Member Uncommon

    Aye, definitly a point well made - my only bone of contention is that with the cooldown on the root tactic slotted - they lose some other very nice tactic options.  However, like you said, its a trade off :)



    The Shadow Warrior's my next article by the way - hope everyone enjoys!

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  • lolwut1lolwut1 Philadelphia, PAPosts: 4Member

    Decent article over all. I just have one problem with it which I can't get past.

     

    You said, "Also, note the people that jump around and think that circling you makes them good at PvP, hit them with this too. Point and laugh after they kill themselves."

     

    I take issue with this because it isn't entirely true. Some careers require positioning(flank/rear) to use certain abilities. It's ignorant to assume that the reason someone is running circles around you is because they think they're good at PvP.

    I've personally ran around people in games like World of Warcraft, Age of Conan(has auto-facing) and even WAR. I've noticed that it does actually help if you're a melee class, no matter how people want to twist it and make it seen like people that run circles are elitist jerks and they're going to get crushed because of auto-facing while you keyboard turn. It's not going to happen. Ever.

  • ElmorenElmoren Warhammer Online Correspondent Denville, NJPosts: 110Member Uncommon

    You said, "Also, note the people that jump around and think that circling you makes them good at PvP, hit them with this too. Point and laugh after they kill themselves."
     I take issue with this because it isn't entirely true. Some careers require positioning(flank/rear) to use certain abilities. It's ignorant to assume that the reason someone is running circles around you is because they think they're good at PvP.
    I've personally ran around people in games like World of Warcraft, Age of Conan(has auto-facing) and even WAR. I've noticed that it does actually help if you're a melee class, no matter how people want to twist it and make it seen like people that run circles are elitist jerks and they're going to get crushed because of auto-facing while you keyboard turn. It's not going to happen. Ever.

     

    That part was an attempt at humor, ignorance had nothing to do with it.  Obviously I've played the game more than 5 minutes and am aware a few classes in WAR require tactical flanking, etc, to properly execute abilities.

    I'm not sure what the end of your 3rd paragraph is referring to.  It was quite clear in the article that I was making a joke.  You can run around a jump all over to your hearts content, in no way was I referring anyone to be a 'elitist jerk'.  Results speak for themselves - doesn't matter how you go about getting them

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  • damian7damian7 middle-of-notsosmartPosts: 4,449Member
    Originally posted by lolwut1


    Decent article over all. I just have one problem with it which I can't get past.
     
    You said, "Also, note the people that jump around and think that circling you makes them good at PvP, hit them with this too. Point and laugh after they kill themselves."
     
    I take issue with this because it isn't entirely true. Some careers require positioning(flank/rear) to use certain abilities. It's ignorant to assume that the reason someone is running circles around you is because they think they're good at PvP.
    I've personally ran around people in games like World of Warcraft, Age of Conan(has auto-facing) and even WAR. I've noticed that it does actually help if you're a melee class, no matter how people want to twist it and make it seen like people that run circles are elitist jerks and they're going to get crushed because of auto-facing while you keyboard turn. It's not going to happen. Ever.



     

     

    i've personally sat there, having a witch hunter, warrior priest, whatever, running circles around me.  while i stood there with them targeted... the game turning my chosen for me, as i simply push which attack i desire to use.   no keyboard turning involved.  my little toon just seems to spin around and auto-face the person i'm attacking.  i push 1, 2, 3, 4...

    i watched as they ran in the circle around me, putting themselves out of their own attack cone as i landed hit after hit.  then i watched, time and again, as i looted a body while another person decided to run circles around me.  not stopping in a flanking/rear/whatever position -- steadily running circles around me non-stop while attempting to attack me.  

    witch hunters can go into sneaky mode; yet, i never see them trying to sneak up behind me, which if i were going to do a stealth-attack, followed up by an 'in the back for ignoring armor' attack; i'd think they would want to be doing... sneaking up behind me... nope.  running straight to my front and proceeding to run in circles around me.

    i've personally watched as another witch hunter (or whatever) stood toe to toe with me and would do tons more damage than the circling person.

    so for me, i'm all for running in circles around your enemy... as long as it's my enemy and not my ally, that is doing it.

     

    in your experience, running in circles around someone enables you to get in rear/flanking blows?   in my experience, your doing that makes my life a lot easier as after i finish you off (taking very little damage), i'll have that much more life for the other 5 guys attacking me... assuming of course they're not running in circles too.

     

     

    this really isn't wow.  the jumping-bean-of-doom "strategy" doesn't work here.

     

    or, i'm totally mistaken and i just happen to be totally outgearing people (even folks 5+ levels higher than my toon). 

    could we please get correspondent writers and moderators, on the eve forum at mmorpg.com, who are well-versed on eve-online and aren't just passersby pushing buttons? pretty please?

  • ElmorenElmoren Warhammer Online Correspondent Denville, NJPosts: 110Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by damian7

     

    so for me, i'm all for running in circles around your enemy... as long as it's my enemy and not my ally, that is doing it.  Hah.

     

    in your experience, running in circles around someone enables you to get in rear/flanking blows?  There are abilities in WAR that ONLY work from the sides/rear.  They're usually high damage or provide a buff/debuff.  There's no other benefit like rear/flanking special blows for positioning (imagne if there were?) in my experience, your doing that makes my life a lot easier as after i finish you off (taking very little damage), i'll have that much more life for the other 5 guys attacking me... assuming of course they're not running in circles too.

      

    this really isn't wow.  the jumping-bean-of-doom "strategy" doesn't work here. Correct.

     

    or, i'm totally mistaken and i just happen to be totally outgearing people (even folks 5+ levels higher than my toon).  That, my friend, is nearly impossible to do thanks to RVR gear, no risk in the game, and an abundance of money available at all levels.

     

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  • lolwut1lolwut1 Philadelphia, PAPosts: 4Member
    Originally posted by damian7


    in your experience, running in circles around someone enables you to get in rear/flanking blows?   in my experience, your doing that makes my life a lot easier as after i finish you off (taking very little damage), i'll have that much more life for the other 5 guys attacking me... assuming of course they're not running in circles too.

     

    That's my problem with the article. This person is uneducated in how game mechanics work and the fact that there are classes that require tactical positioning. And by you making a joke, it only furthers the ignorance of the masses like this gentleman.

     

    Ignorance is bliss, I suppose.

  • ElmorenElmoren Warhammer Online Correspondent Denville, NJPosts: 110Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by lolwut1

    Originally posted by damian7


    in your experience, running in circles around someone enables you to get in rear/flanking blows?   in my experience, your doing that makes my life a lot easier as after i finish you off (taking very little damage), i'll have that much more life for the other 5 guys attacking me... assuming of course they're not running in circles too.

     

    That's my problem with the article. This person is uneducated in how game mechanics work and the fact that there are classes that require tactical positioning. And by you making a joke, it only furthers the ignorance of the masses like this gentleman.

     

    Ignorance is bliss, I suppose.

     

    Wow.  Read my post above yours (my text /response is in red)- where it clearly states that some classes require positioning to execute abilities. 



    Talk about ignorant.  Read the thread first before you try and bash someone.  Thanks :)

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  • lolwut1lolwut1 Philadelphia, PAPosts: 4Member
    Originally posted by Elmoren

    Wow.  Read my post above yours (my text /response is in red)- where it clearly states that some classes require positioning to execute abilities.  No. I read the post, and I commend you for educating him.



    Talk about ignorant.  Read the thread first before you try and bash someone.  Thanks :) I'm not trying to use the word ignorant in a condescending manner, I'm just applying it in it's most technical form. I'm definitely not trying to bash anyone either. I thought I made it pretty clear that I enjoyed the article, I just had a small issue with it. Criticism isn't always a bad thing.

     

     

    I guess I could use the word unaware if ignorant bothers people that much.

  • vala2008vala2008 cambridgePosts: 229Member

    1st star review!

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