It may be a little tough to see, but this is, in essence, what happens when Horde utterly dominates a battleground.
For those of you who do not have teeny weeny vision, that’s 672 bonus honor for Horde, and yours truly coming out the other end with 113 honorable kills.
I seem to have completed one secondary objective, whatever that means.
Allow me to explain what happened here, and the Alliance of Stormstrike’s newest hobby.
Alliance have been showing an alarming tendency to create premades for AV recently. It’s gone through a weird spike this weekend, with staggering numbers of alliance all showing up from the same server and working, roughly as units.
There’s probably plenty of little 5-man style mock arena teams running around AV completing random objectives, but I’m talking upwards of 30 people, pre-made style. Quite often, all 40 players are from the same server.
With this particular battleground, it started off as a full 40 man premade on alliance side. And then they all left. Just like that. Not sure whether their server crashed (certainly possible; as I type this, all the battleground servers have crashed) or if someone dropped a mole miner and everyone clicked on it.
Either way, the battleground started. 40 Horde versus 0 alliance.
Horde had already killed Balinda and capped every graveyard and tower on the map by the time the first alliance reshowed up. Alliance had four people for the longest time. The chat box kept informing us hordies that the match would end in 2 minutes, due to a lack of players. This went on for at least four minutes, maybe five.
One rather memorable moment:
Some random ‘lock in /bg: Alliance has 2 kills. We are down 6 reinforcements. That means 4 of you fail at life.
So. Alliance began to flood in (finally) but it was far, far too late for them. But it did make for a helluva fight.
When the alliance’s great counter attack began, everything on the map was orange. All the bunkers were within a minute to two minutes from burning. Allies figured their best bet was to zerg into Stormpike, save the aid station, and get the two towers there capped back up, while a sizeable contingent went south in a desperate attempt to get on offence.
I got caught by the stormpike zerg. I had just killed a mage, right at the end of the bridge, when what felt like a bajillion rogues, warriors, and paladins appeared out of nowhere and beat my face in with a freaking mountain.
You know how if you AoE a bunch of things at once, and the numbers go flying all over the screen? It was like that, but for incoming damage.
I kind of wish I could have seen it, but apparently about 5 rogues and druids managed to hold both towers just long enough for them both to burn. Stonehearth Bunker burned at some point in here…
And then, with the alliance offence pinned and wiped out at Ice Blood, the entirety of Horde chargin north, and the entirety of alliance charging south… the fight began. And so the fight for the road between Icewing and Stormpike began.
Many brave men, women, and cows lost their lives to defend a path of gravel in the snow. It was here that I realized my terrible folly at forgetting to make myself water before the fight began. I found myself yelling “Stop attacking me! I don’t have enough mana to kill you all!”
Needless to say, they didn’t listen to me. Heck, a moonkin even tried to follow me when I ran towards the back of the fighting to make myself some water! He didn’t live very long, but still, it’s the thought that counts.
The battle was glorious. The alliance had zero chance to win, but that didn’t stop them. Just an eff why eye, alliance ended the battle with 0 bonus honor. Just like the good ol’ days!
Two massive armies continually clashed together. There were warlocks chain casting Seed of Corruption. A shaman switched from his mixed S2/3 gear into his raid healing set and spent… oh, I dunno, 20 minutes casting Chain Heal. Moonkins were rockin’ like hurricanes. A hunter stood there pressing the tab button and serpent sting… over and over again. There was even one AE Suicide Mage on alliance side.
Two random tangents.
First. There are three types of people when it comes to getting hit with Counterspell.
The first type stand there for a second or two, then furiously backpedal. I can see them now mashing the S key, hoping they escape before the sweet embrace of death… uhh, embraces them.
The second type stand there for a second or two, and then go all out defensive. Some whirl, throw up a defensive shield, and flee. Some use something like Ice Block.
The third type stay on the offensive after a moments pause. Frost school locked out? Starts up a polymorph. Shadow school suddenly countered? Queue up Immolation. Regrowth get countered? Find the bastard who did it and throw a Moonfire his way.
Which type are you?
Second. I can’t remember the second, so here’s a picture.