The Daily Grind: Which MMO battles did you survive by the skin of your teeth?

    
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There’s nothing more exhilarating than emerging victorious from a fight that you thought you would lose. The other day I was mindlessly going through a pretty basic mission in Dungeons and Dragons Online when suddenly one massive, gigantic slime suddenly burst into dozens and dozens of them. I was swarmed while the dungeon alert counter climbed all the way up to red (which is Bad) and frantically ran backward while shooting as fast as my mouse button allowed.

Yes, I did survive. Yes, I am here to tell my brave story. Yes, a Kickstarter is launching soon to fund a statue in my honor.

What MMO battles remain lodged in your mind because of your seemingly impossible win? Was it that time you managed a lucky crit on another player who ambushed you? The boss fight where your whole party wiped except for you — and you won the day? Let us boast of our most amazing come-from-behind victories today!

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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John Mclain

My best one was in a mmo game called Perpetuum (Eve online with mechs instead of ships basically) back when the game was subscription based and actually still fun to play before pay2win/freetoplay killed the game.

I was in a corp called M2S and we were preparing for a battle against… well… basically the rest the server in a giant zerg alliance hell bent on wiping us out. We were expecting at least twice our numbers in enemies but expected a fairly even battle anyway because we were the most skilled pvper on the server with the best warchest and weapons. Then we see nearly 5x our numbers pop through the teleporter and swarm towards us.

Now this was the point where we pretty much say we’re screwed, but we decide to fight and die anyway, having no chance against such a zerg directly we split up and cause the enemy to split their forces as well bringing the giga-zerg down to large but fightable numbers seperately and so we with some clever maneuvering manage to keep the enemy zerg seperate all while meeting up with out forces multiple times to slam into half their army at a time doing significant damage while only taking a few losses on our end. Eventually the enemy wises up and decides to stick together. But it’s too late and we have managed to cut them down to only 3x our size and having taken out key elements (The bigger threats) of theirs.

Finally it ends with a direct fight and with each side maneuvering their forces back and forth for kills when suddenly enough enemies die to where they fall into a complete retreat (still 2x our numbers and power at this point) and we run them down and kill all but the fastest scouts that can get away.

Total Victory from the near certain jaws of defeat. Still my greatest pvp moment in any game ever, felt like some legendary roman conqueror after that battle. Oh and I should note for those who never played the game, this is a game where death was very much permanent with potentially months of grinding destroyed with such battles. Real consequences make for the greatest battles.

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Utakata

There has been a few of those…and more where I haven’t survived at all. A lot more actually. :(

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smuggler-in-a-yt

What was the name of that whirlwind guy in the dungeon in BC Auchendoun? You’d spend all night (it felt like) clearing to him and then he’d just vacuum everyone up and it was insta-gib.

I remember the first time we downed him. There was all of a single person left standing everything else looked like that scene on the beaches in Saving Private Ryan…

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Fascinating battle you had here:

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i’m sorry that the eagles is illegal in your country. #legalizeit

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Castagere Shaikura

Many close calls in ESO I just can’t think of just one.

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flying_dutchman

Lets see… better fire up the Way-Back machine for this one.

It was during BC when I was still actively raiding in wow. I was still in college at the time so could afford the hours. We had a little guild that was mostly made of our college buddies and a few others we’d met online and brought in.

We weren’t very good and mostly just did Kara, but sometimes we’d team up with other guilds to try a 25 man Grull or something. Anyway so we had a really good Kara run one night and still had 2 hours left on the raid when we finished.

So the boss says.. Why don’t we just go try ZA? We didn’t have the gear for it and none of us had ever been there before, but we all pack up and fly to ghostlands.

Anyway we tried the eagle boss and wiped like 3 times before we gave up (Or maybe killed him, don’t really remember anymore) and tried the Lynx boss. We wipe the first time, but the second everything seems to go right. We get him down to like 5% when someone screws up on the totems and every but a rouge and our pally healer dies. The rouge dies next and it’s just the healer and the boss at like 1%. Anyway paladin manages to kill it and I got some sweet gear(for the time) out of the deal. One of my favorite game moments ever.

The whole guild is screaming in vent as the last two people are still fighting. It was an awesome night.

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Barnoc N'Draak

Anything as a level 1 enchanter in EQ. Those rats…

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Fervor Bliss

In Everquest 2 I had to kill 10 rats, I had no idea how to do it. LOL

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donvweel

Dungeon alert is my least favorite thing about DDO, wish they could retire it, but I supose it keeps the lag down. I have been killed in DDO so many times hard to decide on hardest battles but Beholders freak me every time, fights are so unpredictable, one turned me into stone once and so I remained until a guild member was able to cast stone to flesh on me.

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rafael12104

Ah, the war stories. Yes, I have more than a few. I will forgo the walls of text.

But, I’ll add a new one to the cadre of the battle born. Anthem’s Tyrant Mines at Grandmaster 1 difficulty, the first run. It was insane, desperate and fun.

But rather than give you a play by play let me describe the scene.

Heh. It was hell. An all-out warzone from the start. Mortars and missiles rained down on us as we started working our way through the first section. Machine gun fire, grenade blasts, missiles pinging for lock, the blinding light and sounds of devastation.

And the mobs were much smarter too. Their every move was to flank us. Snipers perched on mesas surrounding the edges, soldiers trying to ambush us in dense vegetation. And turrets firing mercilessly as we moved. We were mired in a kill zone, but with objectives to complete therein.

For the first time in a long time my adrenaline kicked in while playing a game. THIS is what I came for. The odds were stacked against us. Would we have the guts to make it? Could we come together and use all of our skills to save each other and finish what we started?

Oh hell, yes!