When ArenaNet today released the official server rankings for Guild Wars 2 one of R. Kellys songs sprung to mind. For those that didn't know he's not only famous for his odd preference between the sheets, but has also made some pretty phenomenal music. And as I'm writing this I can't help to think R. Kelly might also be an oracle. It's extremely likely that he was thinking about the future Henge of Denravi when he composed one of his best songs in 2002.
I'm that star up in the sky
I'm that mountain peak up high
I made it
I'm the worlds greatest
And I'm that little bit of hope
When my backs against the ropes
I can feel it
I'm the worlds greatest
As you've probably guessed by now Henge of Denravi is currently the worlds best Guild Wars 2 server. Closely followed by European Vizunah Square. The full list can be found here:
Servers tremble in fear when faced with the God Goblin.
Joking aside, we're humbled by our success. It's been great fun and a whole bunch of really close fights over the past few weeks. Big thanks to our opponents and allies alike, you're making this game tons of fun!
It's no secret that we, up to the past weekend, had a good run in WvW. Finally this saturday and sunday we were matched against our biggest rivals: Eradon Terrace. Home of Ascension Alliance, Team Legacy and the juggernaut guild Ruin. Saturdays match pitched us against ET and Stormbluff Isles, which we won comfortable. Sunday saw a return of our old rivals, Jade Quarry, and the match became the most epic 24 hour battle so far in Guild Wars 2s short history.
Ginnunga was part of the crew whose responsibility was Jade Quarrys borderland, where our members fought gloriously for the better part of the matchup. Every supply camp, tower and keep became a battle of life and death as the score during the whole day was dead even.
JQ and ET decided early on to team up against us, sometimes even assaulting the same keep from different directions. But who can blame them, everyone wants to take down the top dog.
I won't lie, for a few hours during midday victory seemed far far away. We were in last place, down a couple thousand points and relentlessly being attacked on two fronts.
But the tide turned.
After fighting a uphill battle for most of the day our brethren in Titan Alliance suddenly in the afternoon captured Stonemist Castle in a Blitzkrieg attack. Using no less than five siege golems, and a coordinated thief-squad to keep them cloaked all the way to the keep, our allies Synapse obliterated a wall in the blink of an eye. Titan forces poured into the keep and quickly dispatched the lord.
The capture seemed to breathe new life into our battle weary forces. Suddenly the tally was slightly in our favor and at times by as little as 10 points per 5 minutes we started gaining ground. The cooperation between JQ and ET crumbled and we were quick to use it to our advantage.
The battle swayed back and forth all through the day. One tally we'd take 60 points, but five minutes later we were neck to neck with ET. But the wind was blowing our way. Come late dinner time we inched ahead, by a mere 4 points, for the first time in the matchup. ET and JQ were quick to retaliate, throwing everything, everyone AND their mothers at us. The last few hours became a fierce battle over the entire map where every objective was crucial.
The very last hour in JQ's borderland we desperatly clung to our only remaining keep, Dreaming Bay. Our enemies kept coming in a seemingly endless stream from all directions, but we stood relentless on the walls while raining death and destruction on the attackers. Ernestos arrows glistened in the torchlight, Howleys meteor shower lit up the night and Tumbles grenades flew in deadly arches, leaving craters and corpses in the enemies midst. Sections of the walls crumbled around us as trebuchets and catapults continuously bombarded the keep, but just as quickly as a section fell it was repaired and remanned.
As our supplies dwindled it seemed like Dreaming Bay would fall, but dawn was on the horizon. So we dug in. Shoulder to shoulder, shield to shield.
Map a few minutes before the end. Dreaming Bay stands strong.
Finally the clock struck 01.00 am and from Dreaming Bay rose a roar heard throughout the land. We were victorious! We had come back against overwhelming odds, pulling off a win when many considered us down and out.
As close as it gets.
Big props to our opponents for pushing us to new heights. We look forward to crossing sword again on the battlefield.
After the insane fighting on sunday things have calmed down a bit. Ascension Alliance declared they would no longer make a play for the 24 hours-matches and Henge of Denravi has continued it's no-loss-streak.
Scores from the past few days.
This friday marks a new dawn for WvW. The 24 hour-matches are gone and instead we'll be fighting a full week in each match up. How this will affect the flow of battles remains to be seen, but you can be certain we'll be out in force, plowing migmugs left and right.
See you on the battlefield.