players, but you feel it’s time to take it to the next level and be the best you can be. But as they say, it’s a long way to the top if you want to Rock ‘n’ Roll, or in this case - become the ultimate MMO player.
The first step in your long journey is to play the game. Not just play it, but try out different approaches and play styles, and find the one that suits you. We each have an affinity a specific play style, mostly based on our strengths and available resources. Some have the reflexes and perception of a fighter, while others have the cunning mind of a tactician. Some can invest long hours into expanding their influence, while others play in short bursts of time and focus on warfare and military might. Find your own way to play, and you’ll be one step closer to greatness.
If you have been playing MMOs for a while, you’re probably already familiar with the basics. However, each sub-genre, be it the MMORPG, MMORTS or even the MMO shooter, has its own unique terms, norms and quirks to learn. To truly rise above and beyond the average player, you need to get to know the game you are playing - to really understand how every mechanic works and predict the outcome of every step. This is probably the toughest advice to follow, as it can take a lot of time and effort to fully grasp how the game works, but it’s worth it. Armed with this knowledge, you can be virtually undefeated on the field of battle.
You won’t get anywhere by playing it safe. Even if you do get someplace, it’s going to be a boring place. A truly great player isn’t afraid of taking risks, because they already know how to deal with any possible outcome. Don’t go attacking random players, or leaving your Castle undefended - take measured risks with the potential for great rewards. The point is you shouldn’t be afraid to go after something you want just because there’s a risk of failure. This is true for both MMOs and life in general!
A clever player finds out all they can before going on the offensive. Sending spies into an enemy Castle is a good way to start, but that’s not enough. You need to familiarize yourself with every type of Unit the enemy can possibly have in order to know what the best Units to deploy against them are. Furthermore, learn everything you can about the player themselves - are they part of a powerful League? Do they tend to retaliate? What is their playing routine, and when are they typically around to defend themselves? Whatever information you can gather will help you always stay a step ahead of your enemies.
Knowing your enemy is an important part of warfare, but so is knowing yourself. Maybe military might isn’t your thing, but diplomacy and gaining powerful allies to do your fighting for you is. In order to play to your strengths, you must first identify them, as well as your weaknesses. That way, you’ll know to approach every situation using your preferred tools, and work on improving your weak points where you can.
Good friends are hard to come by, and in an online game, friends usually mean the difference between victory and defeat. Once you join an Alliance or a League with other players, you better stay loyal to them as much as possible, and never let anyone think you can’t be trusted. Every great player needs a network of loyal allies that will drop everything to follow their leader into battle. Treat them well and they will help you ascend the ranks and be the best player you can be. Just don’t forget about them when you make it to the top.
The top MMO players are great, wise and brave leaders. After you’ve assembled a group of powerful and trustworthy allies, you’ll need to establish your role as leader by taking charge when needed, and showing everybody else that you have what it takes to lead them to victory after victory. Respect every player in your group, share your knowledge, come up with clever strategies, and you’ll slowly rise to be the top of your League. From there, the path to become the ultimate MMO player is clearly visible. Good luck on your quest for greatness!