[World of Warcraft] I try not to gripe too often. No one wants to hear it. This time, I’m just a little too angry. What’s my problem? Obviously it is about World of Warcraft. It’s not about the game itself but the stuff that Blizzard keeps adding to it that simply doesn’t work well. What is it this time? Deserter.
Haven’t heard of the new Deserter debuff? It happens when you abandon a battleground. It’s basically punishment for those people who leave a game when the outcome of the game doesn’t seem to be in their team’s favor. It gives you a debuff that lasts fifteen minutes and does not allow you to enter a BG. Sounds pretty good, right? After all, it just fixes one of those annoying little nuances that whiney, impatient gamers bring to WoW. WRONG! It brings along several other problems.
For starters, what happens when you disconnect due to internet, or perhaps even server or technical problems (cough Blizzard’s fault cough)? You guessed it, you get the deserter debuff! Oh snap! To top it off, there seems to be bugs with this system that aren’t already inherit problems with the deserter debuff system, as noted already. Just today I spent a good 30 minutes in a game of Arathi Basin. It was a close game, which is why it lasted fairly long. As the game neared the end, with my team winning, I decided to rush into a group of Alliance and see how many I could kill or do harm to before the game ended. I died. No big deal. WRONG! As I was waiting to be resurrected, the game ended. When the game ends, a scoreboard comes up with the “Leave Battleground” button at the bottom. I basked in my high score glory as I clicked the “Leave Battleground” button. I noticed the load time seemed to be taking longer than usual. I ended up with the deserter debuff. On top of that, I didn’t get the rewards to turn into the PvP quest giver, which also means I didn’t get the faction fame, and I would even be willing to bet I didn’t get the honor from winning either. I just basically wasted 30 minutes of my time. Before I let the 15 minutes suck up another portion of my time, I logged out.
What Blizzard basically did was take a small annoyance (battleground droppers) and introduce a solution that fixes the old problem but shoves a bigger problem into the faces of every legit player participating in battlegrounds. That’s not all Blizzard did, oh no! Even more ironic is the fact that they gave droppers an even better way to drop out of battlegrounds!
I’m going to tell you another little story. This one takes place in Warsong Gultch. This is basically the CTF (capture the flag) of WoW. It’s 10 vs 10 (5v5 minimum), which makes every teammate count. Recently, Blizzard introduced the ability to enter multiple battleground queues in patch 1.9. This has been a fairly high requested addition. Something obviously has to be wrong or else I wouldn’t be mentioning it. In this WSG game, we were winning, though it was a pretty close and fair game, and fair games in WSG tend to take a long time. What happens in the middle of the game? The Arathi Basin queue decides it’s ready to open a game. This means anyone in WSG who was signed up for Arathi Basin as well before the game of WSG could join the newly opened AB game. Over half the team left, leaving four Horde to fight off ten Alliance. The Horde lost that match. In essence, Blizzard gave these people in the WSG game a way to drop out of the game without giving the buff while joining another game immediately. What’s happening is basically the same thing but in a different form.
My solution? Get rid of deserter. I would rather not have to deal with getting disconnected or my game crashing and then having to wait fifteen minutes before I can have some fun again. I could care less about people dropping out. We were more than likely going to lose anyways. I’d rather honorably fight my way through horrible odds than deal with doing nothing. Secondly, KICK PEOPLE OUT OF ALL QUEUES THEY JOINED PRIOR TO THE BATTLEGROUND THEY JUST JOINED! Thanks, Blizzard.