Category Archives: pvp


Well, it took going from 0/3000 neutral to 2207/6000 friendly with Stormpike to do it– but I’ve finally won an AV game and got my [Ice Barbed Spear]! (Testing the link pop-up there, let’s see if it works! Edit: It works! Woot. =D )

Mmm… it’s shiny.

I don’t want to play another AV game for a long, long time though. But playing nonstop battlegrounds these past couple of days has given me some interesting perspectives on the differences in PvP with a BM spec and PvP with an MM spec. It is hard to keep your pet alive sometimes. And in a place like AV he seemed to be dead a lot, unfortunately. Many times I caught myself wishing I was spec’d Marks for this battleground, but I stayed with BM anyway, because I knew it would be good practice.

I seem to have caught on to the basic idea, though, although try as I might I couldn’t keep Tux alive during the final boss fight. I just blinked and he was gone. I’m not sure if he grabbed aggro or if he fell victim to a bad AoE attack or what. We won though, and I have my polearm!

On PvP Servers

I’ve been wanting to make a post regarding my thoughts on PvP servers for a while now, and now, while my other computer is busy running a file system check, sounds like a good time.

I really, really want to like PvP servers. They add an element of excitement to the game that is lacking on normal servers. I like the idea of them in principle– “in principle” being the key words.

The main problem, for me, is that the my idea of an ideal PvP server, and most other peoples’ idea of an ideal PvP server, seem to conflict.

For an example, I will tell of some of my adventures yesterday. I was logged onto a tauren alt, questing in and around Tarren Mill in the Hillsbrad Foothills, which is arguably one of the most contested areas in the game. In my hour and a half of playing, most of which consisted of hunting bears and mountain lions for some quests, I was ganked… 8, 9 times? I lost count around there. One of those was a decently fair fight– I say decently because the other person was four or five levels higher than me– but it was still a fun enjoyable little skirmish and I dished out some damage before dying. The other 7 or 8 times I was ganked, it was by somebody who was level ?? and was able to one- or two-shot me.

To me, PvP servers would be ridiculously fun if most of the PvP went on like the first fight I described– by people at decently similar levels. But in my experience, most of the PvP is high-levels ganking low-levels, when the low levels are trying to quest or something. That, to me, is not fun. It is just annoying.

Now I don’t claim to be an expert on this subject; maybe it gets better later on, or maybe it’s just like this in certain zones (like Hillsbrad and STV). And obviously a lot of people enjoy PvP servers, and I don’t blame them. But my style of play is one where I like being able to go to Booty Bay and think “Wow, what an interesting place full of interesting characters”, and not “Oh joy. Booty Bay. I wonder how long I can survive this time before I’m one-shotted, maybe I can last more than a minute and set a new record.”

So there you have it– why I’m not a big fan of PvP servers. I will continue to play on many of them because it’s where most of my friends play, and because (as far as the aforementioned tauren character is concerned) I’m a part of some great guilds. But when given the choice… I think I’ll stick to my normal/RP servers.

Closing Note #1: I am yet to try an RP-PvP server, I would definitely like to look into that.

Closing Note #2: Some interesting stuff does indeed happen PvP-wise. For example, the level ?? guy who went around and killed all the low-levels he found… except for me. And then he proceeded to help me kill a monster to finish a quest. I don’t know why he chose to help me instead of gank me. I like to think that maybe he is a fan of Dostoyevsky’s novels, after which my pet Alyosha was named. Much more likely, I was the only girl there, and/or he was planning on killing me later and I just left before he could. Either way, it was interesting and sort of fun.

My Love/Hate Relationship with Battlegrounds (A Confession)

I will start by saying that, in general, I’m not a huge fan of PvP. I’d rather be playing on a normal server with my PvP flag safely off than, well… the alternatives. I’d rather be /waving at and /dancing with members of the opposite faction, instead than ganking them. Yeah, I’m a carebear, that’s how I roll!

But I have this thing for battlegrounds. Anytime one of my characters gets to a level that ends in 8 or 9, I’m off to Warsong Gulch or Arathi Basin.

Now sometimes I feel like a masochist for this. Battlegrounds can be (and usually are) excruciatingly irritating for me… often filled with rude people and twinks. Now I don’t have a big problem with twinks, they’re playing the game the way they want to and I can certainly see the appeal of twinking… but it does make things hard for us “normal players” in battlegrounds. If the other side is full of twinks, and your side isn’t, well, things just aren’t fun.

So yeah. Often times I sit there getting my tail handed to me over and over by twinks, or our team refuses to work together, or a variety of things happen and I wonder “Why oh why am I doing battlegrounds? I hate this!” Then after the match I go right back up to the battlemaster and do it over again.


Because when things do come together… when your team does work well together and maintain and execute a tight plan… when it’s not just entirely twinks and you find yourself locked in good solid battle with another guy… when the game is a close, close match and you happen to pull it off… it sure feels good.

I’m not a twink and I wouldn’t call myself a PvPer. I just occasionally find myself gripped by this random addiction to battlegrounds. My fairly new tauren hunter Lunapike has been rocketing down the questing/leveling path but I’ve held her at level 19 for what must be a week by now because I can’t bear to level her, I’m having far too much fun. The 10-19 Warsong Gulch bracket is painful and irritating to play, and it makes me want to kick my computer over, but it’s fun.

And there you have it, that’s my confession. Battlegrounds, I hate you, but I love you. And try as I might, I can’t get over you.