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Two common PVP forum myths

[ Nov 24, 2014, 8:24 pm ]
There are a few PVP myths that circulate the forums these days that we; as a PVP community, need to vigorously fight against if we ever hope for EA to invest in improving PVP in SWTOR. Myth #1: Peo.. Show More
There are a few PVP myths that circulate the forums these days that we; as a PVP community, need to vigorously fight against if we ever hope for EA to invest in improving PVP in SWTOR.



Myth #1: People did not play ranked 8v8 therefore it needed to be eliminated from the game.



Rebuttal: Ranked 8v8 was never given a chance. The promise of Season 1 never materialized; it was delayed over and over. The game suffered huge declines in population the first year of release from the mismanagement of server populations, lack of new contact and forced server merges. Once the game settled from the opening debacle, there was still a large, dedicated PVP community that regularly played. I refer you to links such as this; which illustrate the community comradely, and confirms multiple guilds that were queuing on a regular basis for EIGHT MAN TEAM ORIENTED RANKED PVP :



http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=642565

http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=644402

http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=642211

http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=648871



This is just a small, small sample of the interest ranked play was getting. I played on Pot5; and when server transfers were announced the interest in Ranked play grew even more; as top teams from other servers began considering to transfer to Pot5 and determine which teams were actually the best.



So what killed off the 8v8? Well, naturally it was EA themselves; not understanding their own game; and forcing the ranked arenas; which has PROVEN to actually reduce the interest in ranked PVP even more. Not only are the numbers declining (which would be even more apparent if they hadn't given conquest points for the PVE'ers) but group play is dull and boring. The maps really are irrelevant; whereas in 8 man the maps were important because there were different strategies for taking and defending nodes; not to mention hutt ball. In 8v8; there was more forgiveness in class/team makeup compared to the 4x4. The arenas have done nothing but sink development time into creating maps that could have gone towards 8 player maps. Only one map, (new huttball), in an entire year is unacceptable. This has led to many people quitting the game and leads me to myth #2



Myth #2: PVP servers don't do very well



Rebuttal: If you were to look at the PVP servers now compared to 18 months ago there is certainly a reason that contributes to this myth; which is the decline in population. However, as we looked at in rebutting Myth #1 you can't just take those numbers and attribute it to the nature of the server itself.



EA has made several decisions that they are now paying the price for, namely the loss of dedicated PVP players. Instead of just saying PVP servers don't do well; what people need to say is that "PVP servers that are negligently developed with little to no new content with poor ranked experience and open world do poorly".



Because the truth of the matter is that PVP servers do quite well actually. Pot5 was heavy all the time; and the community was very active in TRYING to get open world events going; for example:



http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=641272



Unfortunately, the EA engine is not well suited to large, open world events but it was fun; and just shows that there was large support for PVP if the game developers had been able to make it work.



In summary; please do not allow people to justify the lack of PVP development by repeating the lies of EA. They try to point the finger at the players instead of themselves; and the only thing that can keep our forums honest are each one of you.



Thanks for reading.
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I'm having an issue trying to create my own character

[ Nov 22, 2014, 8:24 pm ]
First time player here, but I'm trying to play and i can log in properly to the client but I keep getting sent to my boyfriend's character list, and I'm confused why because he has his own account. Do.. Show More
First time player here, but I'm trying to play and i can log in properly to the client but I keep getting sent to my boyfriend's character list, and I'm confused why because he has his own account. Does it only accept one account per computer? because if so, I wasted 30 bucks for nothing. lol
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"Unable to retrieve patch data 208"

[ Nov 22, 2014, 8:24 am ]
I get this message whenever I try to start the game, I've read all the posts concerning this problem and tried all the fixes and nothing works. Pretty frustrated right now. Anyone have a fix that work.. Show More
I get this message whenever I try to start the game, I've read all the posts concerning this problem and tried all the fixes and nothing works. Pretty frustrated right now. Anyone have a fix that works for this?



Thanks.
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Stuck on the loading screen.

[ Nov 23, 2014, 8:24 am ]
So, like any other day when I'm feeling bored, I launch SWTOR. I type down my account details, clicked Login. The client's been loaded, I click play. What happens after is I get the Galactic Stronghol.. Show More
So, like any other day when I'm feeling bored, I launch SWTOR. I type down my account details, clicked Login. The client's been loaded, I click play. What happens after is I get the Galactic Stronghold loading screen. The spinny blue thing in the bottom right corner acts normal. But the loading screen takes forever to well, load. This has been happening since yesterday. The other day, I waited roughly an hour on the loading screen. This has never happened to me before. I've ended the task, did the normal steps and the problem keeps recurring. It's not that I have a bad connection, the connection is semi-great. I've been told to re-install SWTOR, I did that. The same thing happens.



EDIT: I hear the background noise from the character selection a few seconds after the screen comes up. A few seconds later it just goes mute. Maybe it's bugged? Or corrupt?



Thanks for reading - Dee.
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How do you think the change to Alacrity will affect pvp?

[ Nov 20, 2014, 8:24 pm ]
I just wanted to get the input of the pvp community on this huge change coming in 3.0. In my opinion, I think the changes to Alacrity will really benefit classes that have channeled/cast attacks a.. Show More
I just wanted to get the input of the pvp community on this huge change coming in 3.0.



In my opinion, I think the changes to Alacrity will really benefit classes that have channeled/cast attacks and I think we will see a rise in dps for these classes. Also, I'm thinking that healers such as Merc/Commando healers will see an increase in healing output becuase of the change. Instant heal classes such as operative/scoundrel healers will stay relatively the same. Dot specs in Marauders/Sentinel, scundrel/operative should really see a bigger increase in dps, because their dots can't be cleansed so easily now by other healers, and if you have 25% alacrity the theory is that your damage ticks will occur 25% more faster giving you more burst and more time to land more dots over the course of a match. Sage Telekinetics/ Sorc Lightning looks to really benefit from this change to alacrity cause almost all of their abilities require cast times, so dps will go up for them a bit i think. Alacrity being changed to be useful, will really change the landscape of pvp in many ways. I've already been gearing my characters to have alacrity so that when 3.0 comes, I'll see immediately how much it does to my dps.
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Blank server select screen / error 4001

[ Nov 23, 2014, 8:24 pm ]
I just decided to get back into SWTOR this weekend as I want to check out the expansion in December, so I resubed my account, pre-ordered the expansion, and downloaded the game. Installation comple.. Show More
I just decided to get back into SWTOR this weekend as I want to check out the expansion in December, so I resubed my account, pre-ordered the expansion, and downloaded the game.



Installation completed after a few hours, so I launched the game and logged in, but the server select screen is empty.



Combing the forums, I have done the following:

- flushed DNS cache.

- Removed and added both launcher.exe and swtor.exe to the firewall (ZoneAlarm Free).

- uninstalled ZoneAlarm.

- Removed and added both launcher.exe and swtor.exe to the firewall (Windows firewall).

- Created custom rules for the ports recommended.

- Placed my computer in the DMZ of my router.

- Uninstalled and reinstalled the game.

- Placed Comodo in Game Mode.

- Reinitialized my TCP/IP stack.

- Ran a repair on my network connection.



I have no problems with any other online games/applications.



Funny thin is, I actually succeeded once last night - saw my character select screen, but then RL obligations forced me to exit the game.



Looking at the clinet logs for swtor.exe, I found this entry which seems to be pertinent:

ERROR Invalid response received from platform for getShardList request. Status code: 0 [Platform.dozerLib.dozer.ClientServices]



Any help will be greatly appreciated.



T
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Sent back to medcenter

[ Nov 24, 2014, 8:24 pm ]
This is something that only happens in ops missions. When I get killed in a fight, a lot of times I get sent back to the med center whether I clicked it or not. Sometimes it's right away. Sometimes .. Show More
This is something that only happens in ops missions.

When I get killed in a fight, a lot of times I get sent back to the med center whether I clicked it or not.

Sometimes it's right away. Sometimes it's after a few minutes.

I tried everything. (Clicking other members or space bar...Not doing anything at all...etc.)

I tried reloading the game. Also checking my keybindings.

I miss out on a lot of looting, not to mention getting kicked out of the fight when someone goes to battle rez me.
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server mobs are bugged! hitting like trucks since crash

[ Nov 24, 2014, 8:24 am ]
So not sure what is going on since the servers got hacked/crashed few hours ago, just was in a CZ 198 Labs (flashpoint not tactical) run all in 156+ gear and we died from the enrage timer twice on the.. Show More
So not sure what is going on since the servers got hacked/crashed few hours ago, just was in a CZ 198 Labs (flashpoint not tactical) run all in 156+ gear and we died from the enrage timer twice on the first boss before we had him at half health but noticed the bosses health was just zero's 000000000000000------- then the numbers went past the UI frame, also a guildy on voss mentioned a boss in a cave was three shotting him.



So is this a buggy connection, bugged servers or hacked servers?
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Speed Hack on tofn

[ Nov 23, 2014, 8:24 pm ]
Guys attention to this expecific player , The video resolution is not the best but u guys can see the hacking . http://www.twitch.tv/redswtor/b/591775854.. Show More
Guys attention to this expecific player ,

The video resolution is not the best but u guys can see the hacking .

http://www.twitch.tv/redswtor/b/591775854
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Exploit in Tatooine Canyon Arena

[ Nov 25, 2014, 8:24 am ]
I don't have a screenshot or a video for you, also if I would have I couldn't post it here, but I can assure you that an exploit exists in Tatooine Canyon Arena. The thing is that you can leave th.. Show More
I don't have a screenshot or a video for you, also if I would have I couldn't post it here, but I can assure you that an exploit exists in Tatooine Canyon Arena.



The thing is that you can leave the spawn area of your team in Tatooine Canyon Arena before the match starts in every round. I don't know if every class can achieve this since it included an ability of an Assassin and a bit of jumping.



When I saw it I saw one of the enemy teams Assassins (btw enemy team had 3 madness Sins | GG BW ! | yet they still lost | Buff Sins!) all of a sudden standing like 20m in front of his spawn area using a reg item, I marked him, then he moved down the mid and went into stealth.

The match started and said Assassin was immediatly attacking me when I jumped down from my spawn.

I then knew that my eyes weren't deceiving me especially when I saw how 2 Sins from that previous match tried it again when I was watching the stream from a guild mate of above mentioned Sin.



I don't know if this has been around for a long time or not just that I've never seen it before until yesterday.
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