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Lowbie PvP – Take 2

25 Jun

I’ve been spending a lot of time in lowbie battlegrounds on various toons. You may remember a few months back when I mentioned that I was twinking in BGs with a friend of mine on the horde side. Well, that ended up not lasting too much longer, sadly. I kinda lost interest in WoW for a while, and then I got back into it with other things in mind. You may also remember that I mentioned about a year ago that I levelled a warlock strictly through pvp a good chunk of the ways. (I would link the post, but damned if I remember WHEN it was, or what I might’ve titled it)  Since i’m not made of money, I only took 2 toons with me to Rexxar, and everything else is kinda getting shunted to the side. I may eventually bring another toon over, but right now I don’t have any plans to do so.

Before the server move was complete, I found myself levelling a hunter almost unexpectedly. Initially it was just a toon to check out Rexxar and see what it’s people were like, but I found myself really enjoying it. A wild hair crossed my brain and next thing I know, I am level  70 and XP locking him for some still-unknown reason and taking him into battlegrounds to see how I would fare (not well, I should say).

See, here’s a dirty little secret folks… I kinda like PvP.

Now i’m not a fan of world pvp, and I am still 110% in support of our move to a non-pvp realm. Ganking while questing and being attacked by someone in excess of 50 levels above me is not my idea of a good time. Blizz is trying to make world pvp MORE of a thing by putting in dismounting weapons and lowering the levels of city guards on pvp realms, and that’s just not for me. But battlegrounds? Controlled chaos, as it were… well NOW we’re talking.

I think I picked the hunter, at the start, because I know they can be pretty damn devastating at low levels. But then, level 70 is NOT “low level” anymore really. It didn’t take long before I had a full set of Brutal Gladiator pvp gear on my hunter (minus weapon and a couple offset pieces) and then I was in the battlegrounds… doing absolute bupkiss. I felt like a waste of space, even in spite of my gear. Well, that was frustrating. It wasn’t fun for me. I know i was CAPABLE of having fun in BGs, and my fun isn’t even always dependent on me being top of the leaderboard (although, I will freely admit, that DOES make things better.)

There was a little nagging coming from the back of my something-I-couldn’t-pin-down. And then it happened. That masterful wordsmith sonofabitch Cynwise made a short (for him) post on his tumblr. After reading this, I could finally pinpoint where that nagging came from… It was one of my (many) toons back on Azgalor that I had levelled some time ago, and gave up on shortly after hitting 85, Reloran my warlock. See, as I mentioned earlier, this guy was levelled up mostly through PvP. Well… all told it was about half and half. He made it up until somewhere close to the Outlands levels (I think I gave up PvP on him somewhere around 55) almost exclusively through BGs. That was by far one of the most fun levelling experiences I have *ever* had.

After reading, and re-reading Cyn’s post, that nagging in the back of my brain got louder and more persistent. “Remember how much fun you had doing those BGs?” “Remember how AWESOME it felt when you got your Wrecking Ball achieve? Or when you crossed 5000 HKs? Remember how much FUN you had just being a little ball of CHAOS out there, fearbombing, peeling, nuking, dotting, being generally underestimated and wreaking havoc across the levelling brackets?”

I do remember. I remember it fondly. And thus, Crakelbur was born, and I have been having a BLAST with him (although I do kinda wish I had gone with human again instead of gnome, but alas). Right now, he’s sitting at level 18, and it is officially too late for me to reroll him because he just crossed a pretty big threshold.

1000 Little Indians, lying at my feetI know 1000 isn’t all that big in the grand scheme of things, but for someone who is decidedly NOT a big PvP’er, it’s a pretty big deal.

Never thought I would see the day

27 Feb

So I have started a new project for my down times, and if you follow me on twitter, you’ve probably heard me discussing it some.

Be afraid...

Meet Skulrazz, a level 24 goblin rogue (although, at the time of that screenshot he was probably about level 6).

Scary, isn’t he? I have to admit, i’ve dabbled on horde side here and there. I even levelled a belf pally all the way up to 80 back in Wrath (a few months before I got back into the raiding game), and then proceeded to server/faction transfer (and sex change) him (now her). I didn’t, however, pick horde for this toon completely arbitrarily as I have done in the past. See, a few days ago there had been a lot of buzz about low level twinks, and a friend of mine, Icedragon, has spent large amounts of time in gigglefits over the level 20-24 twink bracket. This is mostly because everybody who does wow’s F2P accounts ends up locked at level 20, and when they queue for battlegrounds, they get thrown into the experience-locked bracket. So, anybody with a paid account, and a mind to do so, can level a character up to 24 and willingly lock themselves into that same bracket, with a modest 4 level advantage. 4 levels, at that point, grants a modicum of health, 2 talent points, and at *least* one extra abilities over everyone else. Also, it grants you access to some better gear that is common for twinking. After spending some time arguing with myself about the benefits of twinking, I created Skulrazz, the goblin rogue. Together, myself and Icedragon’s hunter Sternum, combined with the miracle of Real ID battlegrounds and Twitter Mumble, have cut a swath of devastation across the alliance twinks… and had quite a few laughs (read: gigglefits) in the process.

Sometime in the near future, you can probably expect to see fraps’d videos, or possibly even livestreams of this happening in real time. To be sure, it’ll be *epically hilarious*. Once we get a livestream going, or any recorded videos posted, I will be sure to link them in here.

In other news, my guild has successfully put Deathwing to bed something like 4 times in a row now, and it’s starting to feel like Blizzard just kind of phoned in this raid. I don’t mean in a sense of difficulty (although I do feel it was a bit lacking in that department too… at least as far as the normal modes go, but that’s a COMPLETELY different topic.), but as far as the story goes. I am going to quote Derevka, from Tales of a Priest, who captured my sentiment on “caring about killing Deathwing” much better than I ever could:

I will admit, I entered this final tier not caring who Deathwing was. Yeah, he made Stormwind’s front gates crumble, and the structures between the Mage Quarter and the Docks are in cinders… but I didn’t care. I only chased him down at the launch of 4.0 to get my Achievement Points for being killed by him– Guild chat being spammed by “Deathwing is in Hyjal! Get to the zone if you need the Achievement!”. (Ironically, this was unnecessary as you got the achievement if you died to him during one of his encounters in DS). Blizzard, in my eyes, really fell short at making us feel engaged with Deathwing early on in 4.0. They should have made us want to kill him. Want to right the wrongs. Want to reset the balance with the other Dragon Aspects…

And when I was trying to remember just WHO said that, I was discussing it on twitter, and Rades at Orcish Army Knife put it far more succinctly as well. “Yeah, Cata DW was nothing more than a Godzilla. No personality, motivation, or empathy.”

And that’s what I felt. I didn’t feel any drive or determination to kill Deathwing other than just another raid boss to kill for lewts. Call my a cynic, but there it is. After having killed him 3 or 4 times in normal, I can safely say that I feel no differently. Now, in contrast, Derevka *did* go on to say how actually being IN the Dragon Soul raid had helped change his mind, in that the NPCs (Thrall and the dragon aspects) conveyed a sense of urgency quite well, and to a point I agree. However, I feel this sense of urgency should have been building from 4.1 onward. I felt far more drive to kill Cho’gall in Bastion of Twilight than I ever have to kill Deathwing… Personally, I think Cho’gall could have made a *fantastic* end boss as well, because there certainly seemed to be a lot more early development from him (as well as the pre-shattering events pointed towards him a lot more).

It really matters little what my opinion is, in the grand scheme of things, so I won’t spend any more time spouting my hot air about the topic. In the end, I will continue to play WoW because they DO have some amazing storylines, and where one falls short, another one is hiding in the background waiting to take your breath away. Sometimes that is just the way of things.