Gaming Invasions without being a Jerk
Been to any demon invasions lately? Notice anything odd, such as a virtual carpet of slackers hovering over the site of the invasion on mooses they got through charity runs?
It’s true. You can be totally useless and still get rewards for just being around and breathing (or not breathing) during a Legion invasion.
Your natural and noble disdain for such crotch-rubbing weasels can be retained and yet you, too, can exploit a certain weakness of the invasion mechanic, earning you progress in an invasion event without having to, ya know, exert yourself for the entirety of the event. And yet hold your head up at the slackers meetings.
Here’s the deal – progression in Phase 1 of an invasion starts more or less when you enter a zone, not when you first engage. Progression of Phase 1 starts as soon as you’re in the zone. No matter what you do.
So the longer you are in a zone under invasion, the further Phase 1 progresses without your involvement.
The trick, then, is to maximize your time in an invasion zone prior to actually having to be involved. In short, finding the longest traverse across an invasion zone to your target flight point.
Consider for a moment the Northern Barrens.
If you choose Ratchet as your embarkation point, then it makes sense to fly across the zone on its long axis. In one case, I was able to get all the way to Phase 3 before landing. The trick was to fly from Southern Barrens to Ratchet on the way to the Crossroads invasion.
There are other similar examples. For example, Alliance should fly to Sentinel Hill manually rather than take a flight path for the simple reason that you spend more time over Westfall that way, and thus more time in Phase 1 in transit to the site of the invasion.
You could even maximize it further by taking the gryphon to Moonbrook first, then flying to Sentinel Hill manually.
Basically, this is all about plotting your entrance. I’m only surprised that Blood Elves aren’t involved in some way – they do love a good entrance.
Is this gaming the system? Well, in this case, Blizz has created the system. They have deliberately set things up this way in order to waste your time and make your grind for Nethershards and Fel-Infused armor as long and tediously as possible. As far as I’m concerned, this is a response in kind.
Contempt breeds contempt.