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Choosing a Faction on Iokath

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Choosing a Faction on Iokath
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04.05.2017 , 08:36 AM | #1 Click here to go to the next staff post in this thread. Next  
Hey folks,

As we mentioned in our PvP post last week, and on our original 5.2 livestream, when you arrive on Iokath you will be able to choose which Faction you want to side with in the War for Iokath. We know that there will be many questions coming off of this around what this actually impacts so we want to clear up exactly how this works, and exactly what it affects. First, to avoid any confusion: The faction you choose has no effect at all outside of Iokath. It only impacts story choices in the Iokath storyline (and future stories) and some gameplay impacts on Iokath.

Let’s start by talking about how the Faction choice works mechanically. You will be able to choose which Faction you want to side with initially during your character’s storyline on Iokath. Once you have completed the storyline and have access to the daily area, there is a terminal you can activate to switch sides once per day. Using this terminal does not override your story choice, but it does allow you to join your friends and play the opposite side’s daily missions if you so choose. Now that you know how you move between Factions, let’s talk about what you can do on each side:
  • The Faction choice you make during the storyline does have story consequences, so choose carefully! This is the choice that will be remembered in future storylines.
  • After the story, your current Faction will determine what base and Daily Missions you can access.
  • Completing a Daily Mission will award you with Reputation for your chosen Factions rep track on Iokath.
  • Killing enemies can drop Reputation consumables for your chosen Faction.
  • In open world PvP, players’ allies and enemies are determined by their currently selected Faction.
  • If you do anything off of Iokath such as Warzones, Operations, etc. your Class’s Faction is what will determine things as normal.

Let us know if you have any questions about Faction switching on Iokath or its impact.

-eric
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04.05.2017 , 08:41 AM | #2
easiest choice EVER!

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04.05.2017 , 08:41 AM | #3
How about the Iokath operation (Tyth and the rest, as it comes)? Does it count as Iokath, so chosen faction, or it counts as "outside operation", so class faction?

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04.05.2017 , 08:41 AM | #4
Wouldnt this be an excellent time to introduce cross faction Queue for warzones considering this is pretty much cross faction ALREADY in open world? We have it on OPG and now on Iokath, there really is no reason to keep warzone queues faction locked at this point. It will only benefit everyone at this point of low server population, if we do not get server merges.
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04.05.2017 , 08:51 AM | #5
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Wouldnt this be an excellent time to introduce cross faction Queue for warzones considering this is pretty much cross faction ALREADY in open world? We have it on OPG and now on Iokath, there really is no reason to keep warzone queues faction locked at this point. It will only benefit everyone at this point of low server population, if we do not get server merges.
My guess is that they are taking small steps toward that eventual goal. And this is a GOOD thing; better to take small steps and get it right, than jump off that cliff and mess it up royal.

The only issue I foresee is the commentary pre-combat:
ACW: the pub/imp general is talking...if you are a pub character and hear imp commentary that could be a problem
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04.05.2017 , 08:56 AM | #6
I guess thats a neat spin on it all but why isn't everyone under the outlanders banner?

Seems a bit odd.
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04.05.2017 , 08:59 AM | #7 Click here to go to the next staff post in this thread. Next  
Quote: Originally Posted by Lammia View Post
How about the Iokath operation (Tyth and the rest, as it comes)? Does it count as Iokath, so chosen faction, or it counts as "outside operation", so class faction?
Tyth and the rest of the Operation are just a part of normal play, so your standard faction is what dictates your group as normal.

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04.05.2017 , 09:00 AM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by EricMusco View Post
Hey folks,

Let us know if you have any questions about Faction switching on Iokath or its impact.

-eric
How will this impact grouped players if they choose opposite factions upon arriving at Iokath?

How will this impact a guildship summons?

How will this impact chat channels?

You say it won't have any impact beyond Iokath, but it will impact future story content...is that future content still restricted only to Iokath or could it spread beyond that?
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04.05.2017 , 09:01 AM | #9
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I guess thats a neat spin on it all but why isn't everyone under the outlanders banner?

Seems a bit odd.
Because if you remember from the story...

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Now as the Outlander, you have the option to choose which side you want to align with
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04.05.2017 , 09:05 AM | #10
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Because if you remember from the story...

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Now as the Outlander, you have the option to choose which side you want to align with
Seems like that would destroy the alliance. Seems pretty stupid you would choose one of the others sides instead of your own alliance. You've spent every waking moment creating your own team to just choose one of the old sides.

Like I said, Seems a bit odd.
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