All reports point to Eye of the Storm as being the problem battleground for the School of Hard Knocks achievement. If guildmates who are skilled in PvP leave it frothing in rage, I can only imagine how inexperienced players are taking it.
There are two problems in EotS. First, your task can be easily disrupted by one player from either team. Because there is only one flag, someone can take the flag but refuse to capture it. And players from your own team can grief you — and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Second, mutual assistance pacts don’t work in EotS. You are in competition not only with your opponents, but also your own teammates to capture a flag. There’s no way to equally distribute the achievement across a random group, let alone cross-faction.
The advice I gave in my School of Hard Knocks post still applies: don’t give up. If this is the last thing standing between you and that 310%, you will kick yourself for an entire year if you give up now.
But if what you’re doing just isn’t working, then it’s time to try something new. If one strategy – going in solo to capture the flag – isn’t working, it’s time to try something new.
It’s time to go to war.
There are two days left in Children’s Week. It’s time to abandon your scruples, your reserve, and your solitary nature. It’s time to go in with a new goal: dominate EotS so that you and a few others on your team get the achievement done. It’s time to find the biggest, baddest PvPers on your server and promise them a bloodbath in exchange for your getting to run the flag.
If you’re at the end of your rope in EotS, it’s time to bring the gun into a knife fight. It’s time to get as many friends as you can to come and beat the crap out of your enemy.
By dominating the BG and bottling up your opponents, you remove half of your competition. Don’t feel bad for them, not for one second – there is no way for you and them to reach your goal together, so you’re going to reach it. Period. The BG isn’t set up that way. So you have to win to win.
And by making it a group with a controlled composition, you give yourself a great chance to either run the flag yourself or to have a teammate hand it over for you to cap. You remove the number of slots available to random people who can ruin your efforts.
Look at it this way — out of the 15 available slots on your team, the more you fill with either friends interested in helping you or server mates interested in killing the enemy, the less competition you have for the School of Hard Knocks.
So don’t go in alone. Bring friends. Lots of friends.
HOW TO RECRUIT YOUR TEAM
I heard the following last night in Trade.
LFG for that stupid School of Hard Knocks achievement, pst
This is not the way to go about assembling a team. You are not making a School of Hard Knocks premade. Advertising for that will get you the wrong kind of applicants – namely, people just like you who will compete for your goal. You do not want competition. You do not want inexperienced fighters.
Instead, you want the rough folks who are spoiling for a fight, the frustrated pvpers who want their battleground back. You want people who can calmly massacre hundreds of enemy players without batting an eye. You want to take the people who are griefing your opponents and use them to your advantage.
So instead of:
LFM School of Hard Knocks, EotS
Appeal to the PvPer with promises of glory and blood:
Looking for kickass PvPers to come help own EotS. I’d like to do some flag running while we pay the Horde/Alliance back for the last week. PST for info.
By stressing things like winning and revenge, you attract the folks who are spoiling for a fight. You want the PvPers in Wrathful who want to kick the shit out of people. And trust me, those people are out there.
If promising a bloodbath doesn’t work, resort to the oldest trick in the book: pay people. People are ultimately mercenaries, and if you offer them 100g to help you get this achievement, you will get people to help. Just remember to pay them after you get the achievement.
If you’re balking at that price, remember: you’re paying 1400g for a 310% mount. Keep that goal firmly in mind and the cost won’t matter.
Be sure to be up front with people when they do respond that you’re in it for the achievement, but stress that you want to win EotS. Be honest, but appeal to their motives, not yours.
HOW TO WIN EOTS
Once you have the group, you want to give them a simple strategy to make sure they win. There have been some great suggestions by the commenters on the School of Hard Knocks guide that I completely endorse. They boil down to:
- Take three bases and ignore the flag at first.
- Half of your team pressure the fourth base, while the other half goes and wipes out midfield.
- Grab the flag (or have a teammate bring it to you.)
- Bottle up the opponents at the fourth tower and/or graveyard.
- Cap the flag.
- Kill the opponent at the fourth base, drive them to the spawn point.
- Win EotS.
You can sum this up as:
Okay, first we take three bases, then split up and pressure the fourth base while wiping out midfield. Let me cap the flag, then we can take the fourth base and leave the Horde/Alliance in midfield as easy pickings.
Keep it simple. Three bases, then take the flag away once, then four-cap. Let your mercenaries do the rest. They know what they’re doing…. mostly. :-)
A LITTLE HELP FROM YOUR FRIENDS
It’s practically an axiom in my guild that 5 people (with or without vent) can completely dominate a battleground. I’ve seen this happen a lot — a core group of people working together in a PuG is vastly stronger than individuals trying to coordinate on their own.
So if you are still having problems with the School of Hard Knocks, find people to help you. If your guild won’t do it, recruit bloodthirsty, frustrated PvPers. If you can’t get them to sign on, pay them. Do whatever it takes to win. Do not give up. You can still do this.
Now go out and show the Eye of the Storm who’s in charge here.