First Impressions – ChosenSeptember 4, 2008
If there’s one thing you gotta love about Chaos, it’s that they’re really into decorating. Mutated pink trees with tentacles, skulls everywhere, chaos whirlpools in the sky… man, it just doesn’t get more beautiful than this!
So as you can tell, I left the mud pits of the Greenskin starting zone for the earth-rent-asunder charm of Chaos. First on the list: the Chosen, played by my good friend Puddintame, complete with skull topknot and big beefy muttonchops.
Puddintame looked impressively severe, with a massive shield and giant axe – oh yeah, we’re heading into tank territory, people. Buckle up and keep your hands, legs and mutated appendages inside the vehicle. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. At the early levels, any promises Mythic made about tanks being above and beyond normal MMO tanks is pretty much bunk. You wear large slabs of armor, you sacrifice dps to carry a shield, and your attack order tends to be 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.
The shining grace, that I could tell, of the Chosen career was that they got the added benefit of producing “auras”, area-effect buff/debuffs which would strengthen you, weaken the enemy, and become a virtual mating call to any and all bad guys within a 50 mile radius. Seriously, with the aura on, I was like a death magnet. No, not the cool me-giving-death-to-others sort of magnet, but the type where I end up face-planting because six zombies decided to do a reenactment of Night of the Living Syp on my head. Going up a few levels, you’re able to switch between auras while leaving up a 12 second remnant of the previous aura, allowing you to potentially boast two or three auras at once. Of course, you’re not doing a lot of other special attacks in the meantime, but that could be a lot more enjoyable in a group. The Chosen is pretty much a “dark paladin” or “shadowknight” if that helps.
Puddintame (ask me again and I’ll tell you the same) found a silly Tome unlock early – I clicked on a gravestone to be awarded the “Skeleton Hunter” title. Nifty! Then I tried out the new “Bragging Rights” feature that you can access through a character tab, letting you show off ten of your biggest achievements to other players who would be supposedly so bored that they’d want to click on you and see what’s what.
I died a lot, which was weird as a tank, but probably due to the auras and the tightly-packed mobs in the newbie zone. Even so, I beefed up with a bit of armor and explored a crypt, which had suitably eerie noises and music going on (big props to the sound team!).
Although out of all the tanking classes, the Chosen does look the most conceptually interesting, I just couldn’t get much into him today. I ran through a scenario in which about 6 Destruction guys got schooled by 20 Order (how does that happen, anyway?), and with my measly protection and dps at that level, there was no way I could solo crap.