BnS Gold: Stall Tactics in Arenas

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Stall tactics, in any game, is usually viewed with contempt. It isn’t illegal to partake in such a strategy, but it certainly is quite cheesy to do so as it entails waiting out an enemy or chipping away at their health bit by bit, overpowering them with your sheer endurance and/or HP pool. This is the basic concept of it and it certainly is no stranger to PvP in Blade and Soul.

Around the BnS gold betting rings I’ve been around with in the game, people are the saltiest when they lost a bet due to one of the players being able to successfully stall out the timer and essentially winning. It’s not a nice match to watch nor does it feel sportsmanlike. It has its place, but folks have gotten worried about this sort of attitude in the NA/EU scene. It certainly won’t help the game in the west in any way if this becomes a meta concept.

BnS Gold: BnS is Very Much Like a Fighting Game

Fortunately, when thinking about the top players of BnS, folks tend to look at the country where it started, and that’s Korea. High level Korean players do not at all take the stall tactic into consideration in the beginning. There are uses for it for them, but only in certain situations. This is very much similar to how a fighting game works and that’s basically what Blade and Soul is all about.

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To be honest, stalling is not such a big thing in korea as is generally respecting the enemy and his capability during the game. Players in korea are mainly focused around capitalizing much much more on waaaay smaller mistakes than the usual EU/NA player can normally even read. For us, the game runs way faster than for the koreans, as the pro players there have much more situational knowledge and read plays better. An example of this is tab drilling. If you watch koreans practice, a lot of their play design (FlashWolves etc.) is tailored towards dealing a lot of dmg without leaving the enemy even a slight chance of catching you with tab skill.

So by and large, of course a korean player will also stall if there is the need for it; however, in my opinion it is not so much about stalling, for even the slightest mistake in your game can cost you the match there. Stalling still leaves these gaps open and top koreans are insanely good at capitalizing.

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