Keg Brawl is an activity which is described as a norn interpretation of basketball with kegs rather than balls and a lot of brawling. Keg Brawl can be played in Hoelbrak. Guild Wars 2 offers some mini-games to offer an entertaining diversion.
One of the mini-games that will most likely be extremely popular will be Keg Brawl. This crazy, violent game pits two teams of five players against each other while kegs of ale serve as the scoring object.
To play you’ll have to head to the Norn city of Hoelbrak. The icy lake where you’ll play the mini-game is found in the northwest section of the city, just east of the Biergarten way point. Meet the Brewer, an NPC who’ll introduce you to Keg Brawl.
The Brewer is marked with crossed flags (red and purple) on your map. Talk to him and he’ll give you the option to either jump straight into the action or practice a bit first.
If you choose to practice, you’ll play against computer opponents and can choose whether or not to carry a keg. You can always choose to leave a game in progress by talking to the Brewer again on the sideline.
Two teams of five are matched for a game. Each team gets skills which allow them to brawl the other team, such as punching, kicking and knocking each other over.
A keg is launched into the middle of the playing area and the objective for the team is to get the keg to their ‘brewer’. The aim is to get as many kegs back as they can and the team with the most wins.
When the keg is picked up you get new skills, which allow you to pour the ale on the ground which makes it slippery or pass the keg. The passing of the keg is ground targeted so there is some skill involved as these passes can be intercepted.
Players not carrying a keg are granted swiftness. This means that if you’re carrying the keg, everybody else is moving faster than you. If you’re not carrying the keg, you gain the following abilities:
Punch: Punch your competitor to Daze them. 4 second cooldown.
Disarm: Smash your target to knock the barrel from their hands. 4 second cooldown.
Dive Roll: Dive forward to close distance or evade attacks. 12 second cool down.
Charge: Rush at an opponent and kick them; be careful not to miss. 20 second cooldown.
Stomp: Stomp the ground to launch opponents. 90 second cool down.
If your team has the keg, your goal is to prevent the other team’s players getting the keg. Your main job is to run interference for your keg carrier.
If the other team has the keg, then your obvious goal is to stop them from scoring by getting the keg. You can make the opposing team drop the keg by hitting the carrier or intercepting the keg if they’re throwing it. While carrying a keg, you’ll have the following abilities:
Throw: A short, quick throw that is easily intercepted.
Lob: Lob the keg. Less accurate, but longer range and hard to intercept.
Dive Roll: Dive forward to avoid attacks. 10 second cooldown.
Head Crack: Hit your opponent with the keg to stun them. 18 second cooldown.
Pour Ale: Dump out some ale, freezing the ground around your location. 90 second cooldown.
Keg Brawl Tips
If the opposing team has the keg, you’ll want to disrupt their carrier by using your abilities. The more powerful abilities, such as Stomp, have a longer cool down.
Disarm is your guaranteed method to force the carrier to drop the keg. Plus, it’s a lot of fun to see your character wind up and attempt to punch the keg carrier in the head.
If your team has the keg, then you’ll want to run interference for your keg carrier. Punching the opposing players will daze them.
Stomp is really effective for launching players into the air and knocking them back. Charge also does a knockdown, but you’ll do nothing if you time it wrong. Be prepared to switch from offense to defense and vice-versa as the game has an extremely quick pace as the keg bounces from one team to another.
If you have the keg, your goal is to get to your team’s ale collector (you interact with him normally using the [F] key). You will want to avoid attacks from the opposing team using Dive Roll.
You can also evade attacks by dodging normally as well. You can smack other players with Head Crack, which will stun them.
Pour Ale is exactly what it says: you pour some ale on the ground causing an ice slick. If the other team runs over it, they’ll be knocked down. This is a great way to give yourself some breathing room, but the cool down is pretty high.
You can also pass the keg with two different passes. Throw is a shorter pass and is more easily intercepted. Keg Brawl is a fun alternative to normal gameplay of PvP or PvE.
Guild Wars 2 is really giving players a lot to do in the game, and the various mini-games will definitely garner a lot of interest. Head on over to Hoelbrak and play the most bone-crushing game on a really frozen tundra.