So, having wrapped up my affairs in Middle Earth, I’ve returned when possible to Azeroth. Sadly, my life schedule continues to allow me little time for playing, but two forced weeks of staying at home let me get into it fairly deeply. I’ve always been more of a social player, and so returning to guildmates and friends was nice. I managed to run the Headless Horseman event a few hundred times to ensure everyone had what they needed (sans a pet for me, or any guildmate *sigh), but what I’ve been doing mostly is PvP, specifically, Alterac Valley by the truckload. Because that’s where honor grinders come when honor grinding is needed. I’ll explain that in a minute, but the wierd part is I’m actually enjoying it.
Ya, I know, right?
Personally, I hate PvP. Mainly because it takes control out of my hands, and I am a control freak to the nth degree. But WoW’s PvP battlegrounds, where you by delibrate action enter into willing PvP has always had a strange allure for me. You can stop the Freudian review now. Anyway, I’ve done them, but usually I endured AV strictly for the mass quantity of honor in the shortest time period, but enjoyed AB (Arathi Basin) because this PvP zone requires more mental activity, in that you have to capture and retain bases. My preferred spot? Blacksmith, standing on the flag, directing the masses. Should I be there, and the team listen and respond, we are so winning. I make a killer Field General. Again, control. I didn’t mind a well-fought loss though. The guild grind groups, those I hated. You just understood it. Almost like cheating, imo *shrug*.
AV however, was a usual loss, back last time I farmed honor (pre-BC). With the new 2.2 fix for AFKers, at least I’m told by my fellow Hordians, our honor leachers have all but gone. At most I’ve seen 3 leechers in the cave, or otherwise hiding inactive, and it’s fun to have a force out there. Previously in my AV adventures, I’d see 10+ people in that cave, their bots shuffling occasionally to avoid the auto afk. It’s hard to win when half your force is absent. Now, we win. A lot. But even the losses are, on the whole, fun. Sure, you still get the occasional childish BG, where the jokes and jabs boil down to the “your mom!” level, but on the whole there’s coordination where there never was any, and people actually trying.
This is fun.
Now, I am in this for me. At this point, I’ve maxed every tradeskill and every faction I need. I have an obscene assortment of mounts, rare vanity pets, and nearly every possible dropped pattern, recipe, or forumla for my tradeskills. I was down to just skilling up fishing for laughs and possible Mr. Pinchy. However, in upcoming Season 3 of the Arena, Season 1 gear will be available for purchasing with honor. My previous arena team, who had devoted themselves to losing their way to epics, dissolved over time, leaving me in need. And while my raiding priest is actually pretty well geared, my warlock who rarely has seen the inside of Karazhan isn’t. However, a few weeks of AV grinding and that will no longer be the case. He’ll be decked out in Arena gear, not only looking good, but being a lot more effective. On a time investment scale, it seems to work out pretty good. For the schedule challenged like me, it also works out well. Battlegrounds run constantly, 24/7, and I can jump in for a quicky and log out, feeling an accomplishment was made.
So if you’re feeling a bit down in the gear, I’d recommend heading over to the new and improved battlegrounds. Expect to be challenged though – without the afkers, on both sides, every elf, be they blue or red, is needed.