Who are you rooting for? At this range, there's only one winner...
Choices matter. And as a guild, one of the most important choices we've had to make so far regarding Camelot Unchained is which faction to represent. We wanted to make this decision sooner rather than later so that members wont form allegiances to a particular faction only to be disappointed if we choose a different one. This way, the choice is made early enough that it will become part of our Camelot Unchained DNA.
There were many factors to take into consideration when choosing our faction, including play styles, class differences, and faction popularity. And we didn't take this decision lightly - we did our research. We watched all of the Class Reveal live streams, scoured the official forums for developer posts, and produced a Class Breakdown for each class. These can be found here:
- Heavy Fighters
- Spirit Mages
We then took all this class information and tried to piece together how each factions classes could combine, what might be their strengths and weaknesses, and what their overall play style might be. We produced these as Faction Breakdowns available here:
- Tuatha De Danann
Once we had all the information we could possibly gather, we scheduled a guild meeting and laid it all out. Everyone got to put forward their case for whichever faction they favoured, and it wasn't any surprise that people already had their favourites and contributed to a thorough and positive discussion. This just goes to show that had we delayed the decision much longer, it would have been harder and harder to make a choice that everyone could get behind.
Now long time members will be quick to tell you that Cyrus has never been run by a democratic vote. While we are happy to receive input on any important decisions, we do not feel that a) leadership is about following the majority, or b) the majority always gets it right. That is not to say that any other members opinion is less valid or accurate than ours, it's just that we have to be able to fully commit to, and believe in, the direction we are taking the guild. So after we have listened to other members viewpoints, we will make a final decision for the guild. Sometimes that decision is in line with what many people want, and sometimes it is against what many people want - we are equally comfortable either way so long as it's a decision we feel is best for the guild as a whole.
So without further ado, I am happy to be able to announce our faction choice for Camelot Unchained, and I hope this is a decision that everyone can get behind. Cyrus will be representing the Viking faction!
Cyrus will be fighting on the side of the Vikings in Camelot Unchained!
The Vikings match our willingness to become the aggressors in PvP, and to form tight, organised groups who combine well together to overwhelm our enemy with devastating effect. We like the option of having better mobility in battle, and using this to our advantage against the Arthurian by breaking their front lines and pressuring their more defined back line light armour wearers. We want to shift the battlefield and force our choices and will upon whomever we fight. And we want to be fully committed when we engage an enemy, not thinking about running away like the Tuatha De Danann!
Cyrus has always identified with Viking-like symbolism, our guild logo being the "Raging Bull of Terror" since our days in Warhammer Online. Viking feels like our natural home!
With our faction choice now made, we can think about opening recruitment and putting Cyrus back on the path to greatness. There is still a long way to go, but we want to make sure we find the right people to join us and re-establish a strong and dedicated core that will help get us off to the best start we've ever had in an MMO. With so much time before launch we have a great opportunity to prepare well and hit the ground running. This is a luxury we have not had before, and we intend to make the most of it!
Seasons greetings to all our members, and let's hope Santa brings us something great to play in 2016!