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You think your realm has world PvP? You have no idea

Just got this e-mail about what might be the biggest world PvP event ever, and if you aren’t on Dark Iron then you missed it.

I don’t know if you guys are hip to this yet, but last night the guilds that compromise the Penny Arcade Alliance on Dark Iron launched the largest offensive in World Of Warcraft history.
After several days of planning and reconnaissance the members of the Penny Arcade Alliance were told to meet up in Darnassus for a surprise.

At 7pm server time everyone was told that the Penny Arcade Alliance was launching a full scale attack on all three horde cities.

Everyone immediately began forming raids and awaited their assignments. Groups were sent out on diversionary raids against the Orgrimmar gates, Brill, Tarren Mill, and Crossroads, while the elite PVE raiders (who cancelled their AQ40 and BWL runs) were summoned into the capital cities for assaults on the racial leaders, as well as every single NPC we could find.

By 7:20 Cairne became the first racial leader to fall. Within minutes Thrall, Vol’jin, and Varimathras were joined him. Sylvanas herself was down to 50% when the stress of having over 300 people inside the Undercity brought the eastern kingdoms down completely.

But we weren’t done.

As soon as the eastern kingdoms were back up the group that had successfully razed all of Orgrimmar (and Razor Hill, and Sen’jin village, and pretty much everything else in Durotar/The Barrens) hopped on a zeppelin and redirected their attack towards the Undercity.

After a long battle to her throne room, we were ultimately felled by massive lag and another server wipe.

The PAA however, was comfortable with the fact that we’d just wiped out every single horde NPC, in every major horde city (and their outlying towns) in a surgical strike usually reserved for bombing civilians in Iraq.

The gauntlet has been thrown down. This is the face of world PVP now.

-Manif, representing Team Hurricane, and The Knights Of Arcadia.

Official forum threads with personal accounts and screenshots can be found here, here, and here.

The Twinkie Defense

I’m posting this on metblogs rather than the WoW forum because the crowd here seems pretty open-minded, and there’s something I’ve been planning to do for a while– take on the indefensible position of justifying Twinks.

I’d like to take this forum to clear up some common misconceptions about twinks, and maybe give y’all some insight into what makes us Twink. Who knows? Maybe I’ll get a few of you to try your hand at it.
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Discovering Battlegrounds

I’ve recently discovered PvP. I’ve always refused duels, never rolled a character on a PvP server, and always sniffed at guild members who spent most of their non-raiding time in the battlegrounds. But then, during one of those periods where I couldn’t face grinding anymore and all of my quests were either too high-level or involved dungeons, I tried both WSG and AB. And you know what? I absolutely, totally love it.

In the beginning, of course, I was abysmal; I was everyone’s meat. But I got better, and am becoming addicted to the adrenalin rush. I can actually do some damage, my kill-to-death ratio is finally on the “good” side, and I’m learning a lot more about playing my class. I do, however, have a few questions…
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Cross Server: Two Thumbs Up

So today was my first day PvPing in BGs as Horde. I tagged along with my trusty priest friend and had an absolute blast. I’d never enjoyed PvP really, but this was a whole new ballgame. I never actually successfully queued for AB either — it just hasn’t popped. But both AB and WSG were one right after the other all evening and far into the night, and it was incredible.

As soon as we hit 29 we decided to do the BGs, and below is what I ended up with today starting at 238xp into my level, 0 rep, and 0 HKs for the day. My only complaint is our server is only two weeks old, and our battlegroup is composed of day one servers — so we’re facing a lot of twinks. It’s tough to kill a warrior with 2500 HP when you’re just a regularly geared group, but we managed to face whole raids of them time and time again and come out on top.

I’m sure these numbers aren’t astonishing for old-school Horde, but for someone who’s come over from the land of pointy ears and pally bubbles, it was astonishing for me.

Cross Server BGs? For the Horde? Yes, please.

Cross Server BGs Suck

Until this week my advice for Alliance friends who were complaining about long BG queue times was simple – roll Horde. Horde side I’ve never not been able to get into a BG in a matter of minutes, and usually have to choose between several popping all at once. I’d often play AV just wating for AB to come up. Eitrigg is in Battlegroup 6 ( Aegwynn Akama Chromaggus Drak’thul Draka Eitrigg Garithos Hakkar Jubei’Thos Khaz Modan Korgath Kul Tiras Malorne Mug’thol Muradin Rexxar Runetotem Thorium Brotherhood ) and after a few days of these cross server BGs I can outright say they totally suck. I’ve seen a lot of Allinace folks jumping for joy that they no longer have multi hour waits but as Hordie who didn’t have that problem, they’ve just turned to crap, for several reasons:

  1. LAG – In the last year I’ve never seen such constant lag in BGs. It’s unending and brutal. Frequently I’m dead before I even know I’ve been attacked.
  2. ZERG – AV is now all zerg all the time. I’m not complaining about 15 minute AV rounds, it’s fun once or twice, but 90% of the content in AV is now useless since 100% of the people just rush in and cap it.
  3. WHO? – With this many people now playing, the chances of playing with, or against, the same people over and over again is completely lost. Previously upon entering BG you could scan the player list and get an idea of what your teams strengths and weaknesses were just by who was there, as well as size up the opposing team. Likewise everyone knew who to follow and who to ignore. Now since it’s 100% new people on all sides, it’s complete chaos. People barking conflicting orders at each other and most people having no idea where to go.
  4. WSGRIP – 3 days, not a single WSG yet. WSG was like old faithful before, if nothing else you could always play WSG. No, not a chance in hell.

Most of these could be written off to it being a new thing and once the novelty wears off it might balance out a bit but for the moment, my PVP grind just got a lot more annoying.

Alterac Valley – 17 Minutes

It’s fun to get into a battleground, especially AV, in just a few minutes. The wait on Eitrigg for Alterac Valley was often an hour or more before the 1.12 release. But what’s up with the battle only lasting 15 or 20 minutes? OK, sometimes it’s 40 minutes or even and hour, but Alterac Valley used to be a long, almost epic battle.

Truth is, I used to complain about the long battles, too. It was hard, sometimes, to get people off defense. It was a grind. It took hours.

Maybe I’m just seeing different strategies. It does seem everyone rushes to offense now, with the D left to the NPCs. The coordination and teamwork is better for sure.

So is everyone else seeing this? What’s different? Is it just both sides rushing to offense? Is there something else I’m missing?

No More AB Blues

bgcrossserver.jpgI’ve always thought Arathi Basin is the most fun Battleground to play because it can’t drag on, and if you have a good team can be a real blast, although as mentioned earlier it always seems to be the least played. On the three servers I’ve been on, it’s always the same. Well, those days seem to be over, a quick look this morning showed 23 AB’s running on the Eitrigg battle group. I didn’t have time to jump in, but I’m guessing grinding Defilers rep just got a lot easier. Other hordie friends have said that the influx of n00b alliance just standing around waiting to be killed is also quite delightful.

I’ve Fallen, and I can’t re-rez.

Res Now

There I was, ripping it up in Alterac Valley like it was my job. We were marching on Stormpike Graveyard when I got railed by a monster crit. Dead as a doornail. Except, this was that very special kind of dead that doesn’t let me resurrect. That’s right, someone managed to kill me deader than dead. It seems to happen to me daily in AV, like some form of cruel karmic revenge for some imagined slight against the Alliance.

Sadly, no matter what I do, I just can’t rez. There’s no point in putting in a GM ticket since even the longest AV battle in Eitrigg is shorter than the pitiful response times for GM tickets. I walk back to my corpse, hanging out by my body, looking at the “Resurrect now?” dialog like a cruel joke at my expense. Sitting in game, I earn rep for the kills, but no HKs. /afk’ing out and I’m stuck with a 15 minute deserter buff that even a GM ticket won’t cure.

This sucks, Blizz, fix this, soon.

12 Year Old Girls? Ya Srsly!

http://azeroth.metblogs.com/archives/images/2006/08/srsly-thumb.jpg What’s worse than losing in Battlegrounds? Losing to a bunch of 12 year old girls. Which is, why – in total mockery – our new Twink guild on Kul Tiras is called nothing less than <Twelve Year Old Girls>, complete with pink heart on tabard, and names such as “Srsly” (my Shaman). So far we have yet to break even in wins, which could have something to do with the fact that we started at Level 10, untwinked, but it’s more fun than standing in BWL all evening long. Battlegroup 6, here we come. Alliance everywhere beware, the Girls will come for you.

Stupid BG Move of the Moment: Farming for Honor in WSG

This came up over the weekend and I thought I’d rant a moment about it here. There are few dumber PvP things you can do than try and farm honor in WSG. It’s so stupid it’s not even amusing. I’m still shocked anytime I have a toon in 10-19 or 20-29 range and have to argue with people about how the game works. If you’ve been in WSG enough you’ve been around when some jerk off says “don’t cap yet, let’s get more honor first.” This is usually someone who has been in the game all day, playing against people who have been in the game all day, and definitely has no idea what they are talking about. Let’s look at the mechanics of this for a second – you can kill someone 4 times in 24 hours and get any honor for it. you get 100% of their honor value the first kill, 75% the second, 50% the 3rd, 25% the fourth, and nothing from there on out for the next 24 hours. So on a 10v10 WSG round, assuming you kill every opposing player 4 times, you can only get any credit for 40 HKs, and 10 of those, depending on your level, are almost worthless. I’ve been in WSG rounds that have run over an hour, racking up over 150 HKs, and had some idiot suggest this. The obvious choice if you want more honor is to win, requeue, and win again. You get way more honor for winning the round than you do for racking up a few more HKs, especially if you’ve been playing against the same folks for a few round, and even more so on bonus honor weekend.

Speaking of bonus honor weekend and stupidity, this weekend was bonus for AB, I was in queue all weekend and never had a game come up one, meanwhile WSG and AV were up non-stop. Huh?

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