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.

5 Comments so far

  1. Eliah (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 1:05 pm

    I dunno, I haven’t had these issues. Maybe it’s just your battlegroup; I’m in group 1. Or maybe it’s that you play AV, whereas I mostly play AB, since my only level 60 is a holy priest and I’ve no interest in PVPing with her.

    I’ve seen very little lag in the BGs since the night of the patch. I often get tossed right back into AB with the same players I was with last time. And I’ve played about 10 WSG games with no more than a minute queue time. *shrug* So I love the XBGs.

  2. Matt - Clew (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 4:04 pm

    same here no problems so far

  3. frost (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 7:02 pm

    I’m in your same battlegroup, being on Malorne, and I’m loving it at the moment. I haven’t had to wait more than 3 minutes to get into AB or AV. Haven’t played much WSG as of yet, so I won’t comment on it just yet. Before the patch, I’d have to routinely wait 20-60mins (multiple hours on bad days) to get into a game.

    There’s only two things I’m not happy about, 1) the lag. Oh my gawd, the gates in AB/AV sometimes open before my lag allows me to move. 2) Tier-2/3 preforms rolling horde. Malorne’s still a fairly new server, so going up against these well equipped players is frustrating.

  4. Michael Sullivan (unregistered) on August 26th, 2006 @ 6:24 am

    While yes, I am occasionally getting Av group that doesn’t really “get it,” for the most part I’m not experience a great deal of difficulty with the BGs. The lag is clearing, I can generally get into WSG…once in a while it isn’t there, but I think it might be a glitch, not because it is being ignored.

    I do kinda miss trying to gun for familiar names in BG, but I like the unpredictability of getting new folks better.

  5. Bendyr (unregistered) on August 28th, 2006 @ 7:35 am

    w00t for Group 1, Eliah!

    I’ve had some annoyances with x-server BGs, namely some dconns and some group queueing weirdness, but for the most part, I’m totally digging it. I’m almost Friendly with the Outriders at level 29! It’s gonna be pretty sweeet.

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