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State of the Game

Posted by Keith Cross on Jun 12, 2007  | Comments

State of the Game -

This week's state of the game examines the midline role in GvG combat. They aren't the frontline tanks or the backline healers and buffers; they're the ambiguous midline whose role in combat is more complex and less clearly defined.

Working the Midline: Second Rate Positions or Critical Facilitators?

Ask GvGers what role they usually play and they'll normally respond with frontline, backline, or midline. The job of the frontline (Warriors, Dervishes, thumpers, etc.) is to disrupt, pressure, and, ultimately, kill the opposition. The role of the backline (primarily Monks, but perhaps including Ritualists) is equally clear--to keep the team alive. In contrast, the midline is less straightforward. Although a team might expect the midline to directly help kill targets or heal teammates, usually the midline's major role is to facilitate the frontline and backline in accomplishing their respective jobs. So how important is the midline?

Lines in the Sand

Players often debate which is more important: offense or defense, Warriors or Monks, frontline or backline. Rarely does someone espouse the importance of the midline over the frontline or the backline. In fact, when teams have new or less experienced players, it almost seems a forgone conclusion that they fill a midline role, while the most experienced players always end up in the frontline and backline roles. This sort of allocation could be a significant mistake. The midline's role is crucial to multiple players on the team because midliners provide both offensive and defensive support to the other lines. Thus weak play at the midline can hurt the team's ability to drop targets, while leaving Monks wide open to Warrior trains and other damage and disruption. So, while some may think the midline is a good place to hide inexperienced or mediocre players, these positions are such critical facilitators for a team's overall performance that it is possibly the worst place for these players. No matter how well your frontline and backline perform, it's hard to win if the midline doesn't do its job.

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