Now most of us know, the numbers advantage is a big deal in say... World RvR. All the time you look at what keeps your side owns, and if you are order it can be pretty depressing.
However, right now most of the fighting going on is in even numbered scenarios. So why are forums still filled with "order sucks" topics?
Tanks. Its all about tanks. In a small map, where there is constant fighting and every second counts, tanks drive the fight. Look at 90% of the fights you are in, destrucion will have LOADS of tanks, and order will be lucky to have more than 2.
This is not because some tanks are better than others, it's because destruction tanks are far more appealing. No one likes dwarfs.... ok, a few people do. but look at dwarves in other games, they tend to be one of the least played races. so one of order's tanks is underplayed despite it being a very solid class. the Ironbreaker is strong, both sides agree its a powerful class but I rarely see more than 2, 3 if i'm very lucky but most of the time I get 1 in a 2 group warband.
The only saving grace for order is that their other tank is an elf. people seem to love elves, they are the ying to the dwarven yang. but the swordmaster is still an unpopular class, and when people do play it, they tend to use a 2hander, legit, but just not as effective as a 1hander with a shield.
Now this wouldn't be a problem if destruction was also short on tanks, but they aren't. the chosen is incredibly popular, which just baffles me. The class mechanic never interested me, they have nice armor but are otherwise not very interesting, yet people LOVE them. the chosen is a solid tank, though you'll see a lot using 2handers. you'll see more chosen in tor anroc than swordmasters and ironbreakers combined.
But the problem comes with Black orcs. they are AMAZING, and everyone knows it. they make up more than half of all greenskins (partially because squig herders are a bit broken, but thats another issue) but they don't mind! They are overflowing with personality, incredibly powerful, and look great to boot.
How can we fix this problem? Black orcs are gods, Chosen are magically popular, and even the blackguard has a following. When the KotBS hits live servers, order will see a LARGE boon, as it seems to have a lot more personality than either of the other 2 order tanks, but it still may not be enough to offset the zerg of black orcs.
So please order, make a tank alt, and USE GUARD. see if you like it, give it a chance. throw away your shadow warrior or bright wizard and make a tank. If you want to win, make a tank. Sure, someday we may have too many tanks, but right now we simply lack them, and thats what is causing a large number of losses.