The underdog system has some flaws, at least on my server. Currently on Volkmar when I log on from 5 pm est to 12 pm est. (Yes I sometimes play a lot) Destro is stuck at -2 underdog points the whole time and we are not able to push to Altdorf. I understand that the underdog system was designed to prevent people from constantly pushing the city. However anyone playing during this time frame never gets the chance to attack Altdorf because it is pushed earlier in the afternoon.
This has been going on over a week straight. Unfortunately the order can’t seem to push back enough to remove some of the underdog points. So we are stuck at a constant -2 underdog points stalemate. Destro pushing the zones unable to push to Altdorf and Order unable to push back strong enough in the lakes. Now Destro is still able to flip zones and it appears that are going to try pushing even if that means zone domination or reaching that 70 VP mark.
Although I have been disappointed to not see the city there have been a ton of great Orvr fights lately. It appears that being given 2 underdog points Order is attempting to go out in the lakes and push the campaign back. For example last night we had a great fight in Praag where about 2-3 groups of us fought off over a warband of Order at the Southern Garrison. (South Keep in Praag) There have also been other great fights such as Reikland the other night. I was out in a 6 man defending Wilhelm’s Keep (North Keep Reikland) where my group, another strong 6 man plus a couple others took out at least 2 warbands of Order and then pushed them them back into their warcamp. Those are only a couple of the highlights of the past week for me.
Now to get to the main point of this post. Although I find the underdog system restrictive and annoying right now, stepping back and looking at the bigger picture I see that it has been working. Destruction is still inspired to flip zones and the Order feel they have a chance to compete because of the lower zone flipping requirements. By forcing Destruction to get 70 VPs to flip, there has been a significant increase in the activity taking place in the lower tiers. Many players have been attempting to squeeze all the available VPs from everything to flip the zones including doing lots of PQs (PVE VPs) and flipping the lower tiers (Prior Tier VPs).
By bringing greater activity into the lower tiers it can only help the game at this point. Activity in the lower tiers can also be a breath of fresh air for people how as constantly playing tier 4.I even noticed last night that one the Tier 3 keeps was being defending by Order trying to prevent Destro from flipping Dragonwake.
It is my hope that with the campaign stalled and the double underdog points we will start to see more Order heading to the lakes. It’s also my hope that at some point the Order will push back in a big way. But until then here’s hoping…