So, we are hearing a bit about active PvP coming in the next patch for WoW, and apparently Warhammer has it already. The funny thing is that everyone already knows that DK's will be overpowered at launch and the summarily nerfed once their popularity hits the roof.
So, I wanted to go over some PvP basics for you...
Now, keeping in mind, I am an Alliance character, I will break down for you the basic PvP rules. At least as far as the Oct 15th patch. The Alliance gets an ass whoopin probably 80-90% of the time. This leaves the door wide open for maximum whining. Now, I haven't played the Horde side, but I can only imagine, thier leaders don't have to deal with as much crying.
Now, I will be dealing with Alterac Valley, because until recently, everyone uses the other three BG's for marks only. We all use AV for honor. The honor has been adjusted recently, but AV is still the primary farming grounds for honor.
First we go into the little staging area... We buff, someone asks for a table from a mage. Sometimes we get one, other times we don't ... No one cares if the warlocks provide healing stones or not, so we move on.
Then we get one of a few different "battle plans".
1. Everyone stick together...
This plan works great, we all run to Galv, kill him in about 5 seconds, then we all take towers, and 2-4 stay behind to make sure the towers cap before moving on, then we check on the next one. Continually moving south, we get past tower point, and then move to RH. Take the East and West towers and then kill Drek. About a 99.9 success rate.
2. Groups 1-6 hit RH, Groups 7-8 hit Galv then towers.
A good plan but with the limited intelligence levels within BG. We have people that don't care what group they are in and then of course there is always not enough people to kill Galv and take the towers. I would say this plan has a 75% success rate, and inspires people to leave or call out insults.
Frequent insults include the fact that when Galv or Drek "fear" everyone out of the stronghold. Many people interpret this as that we "ran out" or got scared of dying, when this is not the case at all. You may hear someone call everyone a "retard" or "noobs" because these fellows have the ability of kicking us out of their homes.
Most insults come from someone on a PvP server that is nowhere near the action. They sit back and ask how come this objective isn't met or that one, while sitting on their horse somewhere far from the battles going on. Telling us how it is an "Epic Fail" and we all suck.
Another plan, and my all-time favorite is "Just win", and more recently the "unlock all the acheivements you can and just win" plans.
These plans are almost certian doom accompanied by many insults because everyone stops playing so they can type bad things to each other. I give this plan a 10% success rate and I am being generous.
All Battle Grounds have their own set of funny or degrading comments made by the players, but I still don't get why everyone still finds it necessary to use the word "raped" all the time. I hear that more then anything. I am sure it is mostly the younger guys, but sometimes I just want to slap them for being so stupid.
The BG's really no longer hold any true value except to gain the most honor in the least amount of time. I feel over the course of the new expansion, we will see the developers trying to give some meaning back to completing the quests built into the BG's.
At least I hope they will.