I was stuck on the last stage of the Wrathion legendary questline for a week and a half.
I say stuck, what I mean was, I had no interest in doing it.
I had Warlock freshness enticing me to play, so I blew it off. Bah, a gem socket, who gives a shit? I’ll get it done sometime before the new quest stuff unlocks in Patch 5.2.
Not saying I don’t like the legendary quest. I am enjoying having an overall goal to continue to pursue over the life of the expansion. Each patch advances the quest storyline a little further, with mini-rewards and such, and I like it. Well, I like it because I’m only focusing on one character. If I were serious about two or more, I think I would cry. But with one main to advance… it’s all good.
Blizzard, how DARE you place a PvP requirement in my PvE questline!
What’s that? You’ve created some fresh new PvP battlegrounds, and you want to get people in to see them, maybe find out they are fun, get us to try something new, broaden our horizons?
Damnit Blizzard, if I want to be closed-minded and ignorant, that is my right as an American! It must be, I see so many people exercise that right every day of their fricken’ lives.
All good procrastination must come to an end sooner or later, and the Bear Gods decreed that yesterday the stars and Moon aligned, the wild hair alighted up my ass, and the white elk was spotted in the high pass.
That’s right. I was in the mood to PvP.
So, Wrathion wanted me to go kill some Hordies in two Battlegrounds, huh? I’m a true WoW player, let me just queue up without a clue what the hell I’m supposed to do.
The two battlegrounds you have to win, not just take part in but WIN, are the Temple of Kotmogu and the Silvershard Mines.
I queued for Temple of Katmogu first, and was told it was a 10 vs 10 battleground, ‘capture the ball’ style.
I’m sure that tells everyone else volumes, but it didn’t tell me shit… other than there will be balls, and we must capture them. Seeing as it’s people fighting each other on the internet, the idea any of the involved HAVE balls in the first place is indeed news to me.
Maybe that is why Blizzard has to supply them? And why the players are fighting over them?
Okay, that might have been a joke, as opposed to my usual sarcasm. It’s hard sometimes to tell the difference around here. Sarcasm; it’s the water we swim in and the air we breathe.
Come at me, bro.
Temple of Katmogu wins as the battleground I least want to play again, ever.
There are four balls, starting out on posts at the four corners of a multi-terraced arena, and you know what? I played it twice and I just don’t give enough of a shit about it to even try and recap it.
I played and lost, I played and won, and I ain’t going back.
I can see how, if your group is coordinated and communicative, like a pre-made, and you had certain people with extremely good survivability pre-selected to be ball carriers with other players selected as their point defense, and a core group as offense to focus on striking at the enemy carriers, it could be a great concept with lots of fun, tactical give-and-take, all good.
With ten random schlubs, none of whom (including me) knew what the goal was, not so much.
Ah well, we also serve who stand and give free HKs.
On the second game, as I say, we won because, yes, our group had more balls than the other.
Really? This is what we’re reduced to, designing BGs to give us an opportunity to make balls jokes? Sigh.
Still, a win by any other name is still half a quest done.
The second battleground, Silvershard Mine, I also zoned into blind.
But… hold on a minute here. This seems… different.
First, the area was new and fresh. We were in, and hold on tight this will come as a shock… a MINE.
Go figure, right? The whole place is inside actual, like, mineshafts.
Blizzard scores for fresh ambiance, I really liked it.
Second surprise, the concept here was immediately apparent to even the most ignorant of players, namely me.
Mine carts appear in the center, with a big circle around them. They start heading for ore collection points at the end of various tunnels.
The carts move slower than a normal walk.
Hey, maybe we need to… get in the circle of a cart, capture and hold the cart for our faction until it dumps it’s ore. Maybe?
Wow, that IS the goal!
Easily understood objectives for the win.
So, what I’m seeing here is, if I grab a cart, and shunt it to the far tunnel, and stay with it the whole way… in order to take it away from me, the other team has to come TO ME? And to make a difference they have to enter the circle?
Oh, this is going to be sweet.
I am a Hunter. I have ranged attacks, traps, angry dinosaurs, Stampede, oh yeah, go ahead, I dare you to come at me, bro.
You’ll get my ore when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers.
Shit, that was fun. No, really, that was fun. I had the miraculous feeling that as a Hunter, I was fighting in a BG with goals that played directly to my strengths.
You want this ore? You come and take it. No climbing above me and jumping down, no line of sighting over edges to make my stupid Pet AI come running the long way around, just a tunnel, an ore cart, and a channeled avenue of approach.
People must HATE that BG.
I say that, because I was all by myself on one ore cart, and a Horde came to take it away, and I killed him long before he got to my circle of ore cart supremacy.
Then he rezzed, and brought a buddy. Um, no.
Then he brought two buddies. Yes, it takes the cart that long. Um, Stampede, traps, silence, pet. So, no.
My cart, bitches.
My cart finally dumped its ore into the resource bin, and I went and got another cart.
This time, I had a few more people come to give me a hand… and the same three came to contest my ownership of said cart.
I said MY cart, bitches. Go away. Have fun, wave hello to the spirit healer for me!
I was having so much fun the other players of my faction left me to it, and went off looking for some fun.
The Horde came down my tunnel, and they were looking for some ore to steal, they were in a bind and way behind and needing this Hunter to flee.
Um, what part of MY ORE CART BITCHES didn’t you understand? NO. /newspapersmack
I have finally found a BG I enjoyed. I understood the objective, understood what I had to do to complete the objective, and I had a class that had the tools to succeed.
Or, as Baddmojo said, “Must be nice to have a viable class in PvP.”
Shit, it is, isn’t it? Go figure!
For just a few short minutes… I had fun in a BG.
I feel so cheap.
That must be how Gnomeaggeddon feels ALL THE TIME.
I’m going to have to do that again some time.
I cannot believe I just said that.
Well played, Blizzard. Well played.