Dark v. Light – The Journey Thus Far

There’s been an awakening, have you felt it? The dark side and the light. The Dark vs. Light event has entered it’s third week, and I’m still plugging away, and much to my surprise, I’m having fun with it.

I really wanted to hate this event. I truly did. When BioWare announced that that the achievements were for new characters only, I wanted to blast them like Anakin Skywalker when he was told that he would not be granted the rank of Master after getting a seat on the Jedi Council.

“What? How can you do this? This is outrageous, It’s unfair.”

I can’t though. The truth is I’m participating in the event, I’m getting cool items out of the packs, the leveling gear is crazy good, and I’m having fun with it.

I totally understand why veterans of this game, which I am one by the way, want to loath this event. The game is almost five years old now. It’s like you’ve won the Tour de France for five years straight, only unlike Lance Armstrong, you didn’t cheat, but the governing body decided to strip your titles anyway. It’s a lot of work for which you aren’t receiving any credit. Then there’s the character slot issue and the fact that you probably have to shell out really money, credits or coins. Some of you probably had to delete a character or two. I may not hate the event, but the character slot issue is an area of complaint that I can get on board with.

The reality is, If you’re looking for a reason to hate The Dark v. Light event you won’t have any trouble finding it. The road to Legendary level alone is practically an insurmountable climb and one that has players decrying that it is nothing but a giant grind. If you treat Dark v. Light as a giant to do list you’re going to end up despising the event. The truth is, the event is nothing more than extra rewards for playing the game. My advice is have a plan, but plan to have to some fun.

I’ve created two characters a light-side Mercenary and a dark-side Jedi. I’ve loaded both characters up with outfits, mounts, legacy perks and more. This is my merc. Her outfit comes courtesy of Njessi from Hawtpants of the Old Republic. No she, didn’t give me any gear, she just came up with this outfit on TOR Fashion. It’s the belt that really sold me on the outfit.

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I used my merc to get to Valiant level. This got me five pieces of the Victorious Pioneer Armor Set. This is the leveling gear that grants and increase to XP gained. It has three, five and seven piece set bonuses. With five pieces I get a 40% XP increase, and it stacks with all of the other XP boosts in the game. It’s amazing gear, especially at low levels. Since my merc is now level 65, I’m using it to level my Pub toon.

For my Republic character, I created a Jedi Knight named Count Sudooku. The leveling gear makes the progress super quick. He’s level 26 and just starting on Taris. I’m only doing the class story quests at this point. I’m going dark side with him, but I’m starting to rethink that idea. I like the light side companion, so by going dark, I’m shooting myself in the foot.

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“Gentleman, your swords please!”

As far as the packs go, it’s been better than I thought it would be. I’ve earned 25 packs so far. On the upper end I’ve gotten a white/white dye, the Temple Guardian Upper Body crate, the Revan Reborn Upper Body crate, and the Revan Reborn Supplementary crate. I should have no problem getting to Eternal level which means I will earn 30 more packs before all is said and done. I’m really hoping to fill out that Revan set. I have more thoughts on the packs, which I’ll share another time.

Overall I’m having a good time with the Dark v. Light event. I shouldn’t, but I am.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to continue unleashing Count Sudooku on the galaxy.

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