Zone into the battleground, and here I am, my widdle premade gnome mage (yeah, yeah, I made a premade gnome, screw you) standing on a boat.
You see, Strand of the Ancients is a Beach of Normandy style of battleground. One side attacks, the other defends. The defenders have the beach, with these artillery cannons they can use to shoot at other players. The attackers spend the preparation time before the battleground starts on this two boats.
The boats themselves first spawn so far away from the beach, you can’t see it. The boats, as people spawn in, move towards the shore.
As soon as the boats hit the shore, the battle begins.
Depending on how the other side set up their defence, sometimes it’s eerily quiet when you get to the beach, and sometimes you jump straight into an all out brawl.
The battle itself revolves around the attackers having to fight there way past all these gates to storm the end keep thingy. The gates can be damaged by siege vehicles and bombs. Both have to be used and activated by the attackers. The defenders have these artillery stations by the gates (note: currently, the vehicles/artillery ddeal about 3k damage). (more…)