with Maddawg Sic Em
Episode #2 - Very Sneaky Sir.
One of the most useful, yet least used abilities to newer players in PvP is sneaking. Most players think that you have to be a Nightblade to sneak… Wrong. Or they think that sneaking doesn’t work versus other players, also wrong. When you sneak in Cyrodiil and another player is outside your “Detection Radius” you completely disappear. This is infinitely useful! Here are a couple of examples:
Example 1 - You have a standard 12-man group:
3 tanky, DPS Dragonknights
2 light armor Templar healers
7 squishy DPS characters (Nightblades, Sorcerers, etc).
You’re running along, staying grouped well and heading for a keep. You’re spotted by a 5-man “gank” group (5 burst damage Nightblades) who are using stealth. If they decide to engage, they’re going to ambush healers first (which die pretty instantly), then they will jump straight to your DPS and start picking you apart. You have no buffs up because you weren’t expecting the fight and becomes 5 buffed vs. 7 unbuffed. You may win, but most likely 1 or 2 of you will be dead by the time you realize you’re fighting. At this point the DK’s realize what’s going on and start coming back. They probably don’t get back in time before you are all dead. Now, 3 DKs with mediocre DPS have to try fighting 5 Nightblades that will likely stealth and jump them one at a time. You get the point.
Example 2 - Same group vs. same “gank” group, only this time using stealth:
3 Dragonknights are up front with no stealth, followed by
2 healers then
Healers and DPS are stealthed. The “gank” group spots you and sees 3 DKs running by themselves and thinks it’s an easy fight. They jump the DK’s. Healers stay stealthed as long as possible and all DPS unload on Nightblades. If they stay focused, 1 DK may go down but you still have 2 tanks up and your burst DPS probably took down 2 of theirs. Then, it becomes a 3v11 fight with 2 tanks and 2 healers up, if the “gank” group sticks around for that, then they’re idiots.
Play smart guys, use the tools available. And as always “Sic Em” - Maddawg out
*ganking (according to Urban Dictionary)- the process in which a group of characters gang up on one or more players that do not have a chance to defend themselves, or when one high level player does the same action to a player way below his/her own level.