Hello, dear readers, and welcome to Dragon Season! As you all may know, the first beta weekend has come and gone, and we’ve seen a LOT to look forward to, from new maps, new toys, new progression, all the way to a NEW PROFESSION. Beta weekend number one was a blast, but rather than talk to you all about something you’ve already soaked in, I brought pictures.
This is what we had to work with. Surprised? That’s right, it’s a BIG map. Verdant Brink dwarfs Silverwastes and Dry Top HORIZONTALLY, but…
…the VERTICAL is what I wanted to hear about. You can go UP, and you can go DOWN. While this map isn’t a straight up and down tower, there are plenty of hard to reach places to find. A good portion of those vines are climbable, and make good jumping off points for gliding.
Aaaah…gliding. Where have you been the past three years? Gliding is seamless when you have a decent connection, and you’ll want to do it ALL THE TIME. For the record, I died multiple times trying to jump off and glide in places that were NOT the beta area.
Perhaps the best thing about gliding, aside from getting those hard to reach spots, is not having to slog your way past the hordes of enemies waiting to eat you. Don’t worry about the Pact soldier, he’s got this…
THIS, is a Breacher. These guys are big and mean, with lots of cascading AOE, and plenty of reinforcements. They’re “object bosses” like Tequatl and the Shatterer, but the real struggle comes from the hired help.
When I said “hired help”, what I meant was “regurgitated help”. Breachers hock up plenty of mordrem to keep you and your friends busy while you try to hack it to bits.
Get past the breachers, and you get to see this!
This is the same area as the last two, seen from a bit higher. Picturesque, yes, but stay focused. There are plenty of things to kill (you) here as well.
Look at the size o’ this beauty! You’re not going to wrestle him, but the “Arrowhead” will roll you and your friends. Get it? Gator? Death roll? They do that…
Remember that cutscene? Yeah, the pact fleet isn’t doing so hot.
Welcome to the jungle.
Verdant brink is a very beautiful place…if you can find the time to stop and look around, just know you’re doing alright.
ALSO, it IS hard to find the time. Night cycle is candy for screenshots, but do take notice of the red circle. Pause in any one place for too long, and they will find you.
In closing, I really hope to see you all there. It’s a fun place, but much better with friends and allies. Something to keep in mind, though, is that it takes teamwork! No matter what class I played, I always felt like I was walking on the knife’s edge. One screwup can mean you’re a greasy spot on the jungle floor, and taking too long on one enemy or kiting them around leads you to more enemies, which will gladly join in the fun; It’s an adventurer’s paradise.