Might take a while.
I figured it would take an hour, maybe two, to get it fully written up. Have a bunch of tips and strategies that would be aimed at relatively new arena players, who might not know all the tricks (such as rank 1 polymorph).
As it stands, this post is taking a lot longer than I had originally intended it to. I have over one thousand words on polymorph ALONE.
This is going to be a while.
In other news, I now have all the Arathi Basin marks I need, all the Eye marks I need, and all the Alterac Valley marks I need.
I still need about 40 bajillion Warsong Gulch marks though. Thankfully, it is no longer my least favorite battleground (Eye of the Storm is). I haven’t encountered a pre-made in Warsong in what seems like a year, maybe longer, and that means every fight is an equal contest.
And that’s what PvP is all about. True PvP is not when you steamroll over the other side, leaving bits of their corpses flung everywhere on fire. True PvP is not when that happens to you, either.
True PvP is when you have equal teams, on equal footing, and the victors are decided by superior skill/tactics/communication.
That’s what PvP is supposed to be. The rush of pitting your strengths against other players in a strategical warzone is exhilarating.
When it isn’t equal, it just isn’t fun. Fighting a fresh level 70, still wearing quest greens and blues, that isn’t a fair fight. It really isn’t all that fun. Crushing your opponent when it’s painfully obvious you are severely outside of his class is similar to smacking a chair around. Sure, you won, but there never really was any fair contest.
On the flipside, getting endlessly slaughtered by people who are unequivocally superior to your team/side isn’t any fun either.
Walking into Eye of the Storm, and discovering your up against a pre-made of Gladiators from some other server, sporting substantial amounts of season 3, just isn’t fun.
This is why Warsong Gulch has grown on me as a battleground. The lack of premades, the incredibly simplistic goal, and the small number of contestants means that it becomes a test of strategy rather than gear.
That, and it seems undergeared level 70 characters have a horrible allergy to it, so you almost never see anyone with gear less than the PvP faction pieces.
All in all, Warsong Gulch has become fun for me. I used to loathe this battleground, and would make any effort to avoid playing it. Now, I almost look forward to it.
14 marks to go, then I can go back to wasting time in Alterac Valley for honour and giggles.