Battle for Gilneas Basics
How to win the Battle for Gilneas
The Overlook and Crossroads
Battle for Gilneas Basics:
Objective: To be the first team to obtain 2000 resources. Gathering resources is achieved by capturing and controlling the Mine the Lighthouse and the Waterworks.
|Minimum Level||Players can enter the Battle for Gilneas at level 85|
|Number of Players||There is a maximum of 10 players per side|
|Battleground Style||Victories are made by gaining and maintaining control of the various nodes/flags.|
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How to win the Battle for Gilneas:
Horde and Alliance players begin each Battle for Gilneas battle on opposite sides of the battlefield. There are 3 nodes/bases that can be captured by either team - the Mine, the Lighthouse, and the Waterworks.
Map of the Battle for Gilneas battleground.
Each area that is captured and controlled accumulates resources for the team that controls it. The more nodes that are controlled by a team, the faster that team will gain resources.
The objective is to beat the other team to 2000 resources so that means that, for the majority of the game, your team will want to control more nodes than the enemy. Even if you control one node and they control zero you are better off than they are. It is typically best to always try to control/defend at least two of the nodes.
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There are 3 nodes in the battle for Gilneas battleground that have flags which the teams can attempt to capture - the Lighthouse, the Waterworks, and the Mine. Nodes can be either neutral, controlled, or assaulted but not yet controlled.
Neutral Node: Flag icon is Grey
Alliance Controlled: Flag icon is Blue
Horde Controlled: Flag icon is Red
Assaulted, not Captured: Flag icon is half colored
Assaulted but not yet controlled means that one of the teams has successfully assaulted the flag but the one minute timer has not completed. Until the one minute timer completes, the team that assaulted the node does not control it and cannot collect resources for it.
Time to assault/ defend a node: - seconds
Time to capture and control a node: one minute
How do I Capture a Node?
To assault any of the nodes, a player must click on the flag located at the node. The player must click the flag for 8 seconds without being interrupted (moving, being hit by an enemy).
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The Overlook and Crossroads:
The Overlook is an area located in the center of the map upon a hilltop. There are paths from the Overlook that lead to each of the nodes below (you will need to jump, slow fall, or run slightly down the side of the Overlook to reach the Waterworks).
The Overlook in the Battle for Gilneas.
The Overlook offers a good view of each of the nodes.
The Crossroads are areas in the Battle for Gilneas that are half-way points between bases. There is a Crossroad between Lighthouse and Waterworks and a Crossroad between Waterworks and the Mines. The Overlook (see description above) can serve as Crossroads between all three bases due to its central location.
When controlling two or more bases, it can be beneficial to leave a spare player or two at the crossroads between your two (or more) bases. This way, if the enemy team attacks one, the players at the crossroads can get to that base quickly to assist as opposed to running all the way from the other base. It cuts the running time between bases in half.
Do not leave players at the Crossroads unless each of your bases is secure. If there is a battle occurring or your team risks losing a bases, keep your players there until the base become secure.
Crossroads locations in Battle for Gilneas.
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What are the Bonus Buffs?
As with other battlegrounds, there are bonus buffs located within the Battle for Gilneas. At each of the nodes, near the flags, players can find one of three available buffs. These include a speed buff, a rejuvenation (healing) buff, and a berserking buff.
the restoration buff restores health and mana.
the berserking buff increases damage dealt by 30%, damage taken by 10%, and slightly increases your size for 1 minute
the speed buff increases your speed by 100% for 10 seconds
Where are the Bonus Buffs?
You can find one of the three bonus buffs at each of the nodes. Please see the map below which highlights the locations of bonus buffs.
Locations of Bonus Buffs in the Battle for Gilneas.
Which Bonus Buffs should I use?
You shouldn't necessarily take a bonus buff just because it's there. Buffs have specific purposes and are not beneficial to everyone. You do want to prevent the enemy from using as many bonus buffs as possible. Even if you don't need the buff, you may want to take it if there's a risk the enemy might take it.
Speed Buff: Can be used by anyone. Beneficial if you are being chased in combat or attempting to chase someone else. Can be used to get to another location faster. You can also take this buff in hopes that another, more beneficial buff appears next.
Restoration/ Rejuve Buff: Take this buff if you are low on health or mana. Very beneficial buff for healers, especially during long battles. If you're a healer involved in a long battle (i.e. defending a node with several teammates), try to stand near the bonus buff spawn point to quickly grab it when running out of mana. Attempt to keep the enemy from using this bonus buff.
Berserker Buff: This buff should be taken by damage-dealing (dps) players and not healers. Take this buff whenever you are in battle with enemy players or if you are planning on immediately engaging in battle (i.e. zerging a node). Keep in mind you also take damage with this buff on. Attempt to keep the enemy from getting this buff and steer clear of enemies that do have it.
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