Following up on the “battlegrounds are full of idiots” thing.
Why is it that the majority of people in battlegrounds are either intentionally or unintentionally being idiots?
The way I see it, there are four demographics of your modern BG dweller:
- THE NOOB – they show up in the battleground, wearing greens/blues, or “welfare” (gigglesnort) epics, and demonstrate a complete lack of skill in their class and the tactical skill of a cucumber.
- THE “PRO” – they show up in the battleground, sporting current season/last season gear and act like the Noob. Quite often worse, as the Noob actually does things (albeit badly or wrong), the “Pro” does nothing.
- THE ENTHUSIAST – they show up in the battleground, sporting anywhere from random greens to current season arena gear. They generally have a high number of honourable kills as these people have been involved in PvP for a very, very long time. These people don’t mind much whether they win or lose, they just want a good fight.
Now, to apply these practically.
NOOB: [In BG chat] haha those [expletive deleted] alliance cant do [expletive deleted]! Will invariably exaggerate their own role, probably erroneously thinking the victory was entirely their responsibility.
“PRO”: Exits battleground, queues for the next. Is moderately pleased that it was a win, in the same way you’d be moderately pleased if you found a quarter. It really doesn’t make much of a difference, but hey, it’s a quarter. You could buy some candy with that.
ENTHUSIAST: A win is a win, but only if it’s a win. Soundly annihilating a bunch of obviously clueless people in greens when your team is decked out in, at least, S2 gear isn’t really a win. At best, it’s a hollow victory that won’t even make them smile. On the other hand, a win win is something to be celebrated and remembered fondly. Enthusiasts don’t want crushing victories over weaker teams, they want what I can only described as a fight.
NOOB: [In BG chat] omfg i cant believe how [expletive deleted] retarded you people are. [blasphemy], learn to play, you [procreation!] noobs!!1 Obviously, they were doing great, it was everyone else who sucked.
“PRO”: Exits battleground, queues for the next. A couple seconds of frustration is had due to the loss, in the same way you’d be frustrated if you pushed a “4″ when trying to call a friend rather than a “1″.
ENTHUSIAST: A loss is a loss, but only if it’s a loss. Getting completely destroyed by some other team that vastly outguns you (think premade), is not something an enthusiast likes to participate in. Indeed, it is their second most hated thing in battlegrounds (the first being the “Pro”). On the other hand, if it was a solid fight, if they can type “good game” and mean it even during a loss, it wasn’t really a “loss” then, was it?
The Noob is there to win. Doesn’t care what that means. Could give a damn if it was a fair fight. Egotistical and self centered, they are unpleasant to be around and are the most visible reason of why people dislike battlegrounds. Usually clueless, about how their class works, how other classes work, and how the battleground itself works.
The Noob hates other Noobs, lashes out at Enthusiasts, and wants to be a “Pro”.
The “Pro” is there to earn currency, with little consideration whether it comes from wins or losses. They would prefer wins, but won’t expend much, if any, effort to make that happen. These guys have invariably been doing battlegrounds for a very, very long time. They can remember Old AV. More often than not, they can remember before there was even such a thing as a battleground. Thanks to Noobs, they have given up on trying.
The “Pro” no longer feels strongly about the other archetypes. They have adopted an attitude of apathy due to watching BG games end in a loss time and time again, regardless of the effort they put in.
If I try I end up carrying our team and the game lasts longer, but we still lose.
Therefore I don’t participate and we get out faster. Win/win.
~ Daays, <Real Mature>, Tichondrius
Because every time I queue for a battleground I get paired with keyboard turning clickers who don’t understand the basic concept of how to win a battleground. If you get paired with enough of these people then you will lose no matter how hard you try.
~ Magdain, <Dread>, Cho’gall
The “Pro”, whenever he does feel anything, absolutely loathes The Noob. They cannot understand Enthusiasts, as all “Pro”s were once an Enthusiast.
The Enthusiast loves PvP for the sake of PvP. The adrenaline rush of fighting other living players, the delicious taste of a hard earned victory, capping a graveyard that neatly traps alliance forces; this is what an Enthusiast wants. An Enthusiast doesn’t PvP for honour or glory. An Enthusiast doesn’t care what colour your shoulders are.
An Enthusiast PvP’s because it’s fun to do so.
The Enthusiast dislikes The Noob, but hates The “Pro”. Ok, not quite, that was a little misleading. Simply being there to do nothing, earn currency and then leave is anathema to everything The Enthusiast believes in. Enthusiasts don’t really hate The “Pro”s, but rather their attitude. What The Enthusiast truly hates is “why try?”.
At least The Noobs care if they win or lose.
To be continued…