First, let me start by saying.. I suck at pvp. I am by no means a good pvper, i'm much better at pve and i've never really gotten much of a thrill from "melting face." Then again, I'm a holy priest, so it normally is my face that is being melted, and i stand there watching as my comrades die and i've got a rogue sticking me in the gut making it impossible for me to move at all. I do however have fun PVPing on occasion when it's with friends.
I've done AV a few times with a mage who I really like. I normally just follow him around, and keep him alive long enough for him to melt about 2 times the faces that he'd normally get before i get ganked. Fine by me, because it's fun. I've also done WSG a few times just for a kick, like the time we got an only priest group to go in, and won.
I've seen the message boards a thousand times. It's always the alliance screaming about horde going afk. Now i'd never seen this before. Every battle i've ever been in has fought to the last breath, whether we were losing or winning. I'd just always chalked it up to the alliance whining because they lost. Had NO CLUE what they were talking about.
Then I hit 60.
Not sure about you other priests, but since i hit 50, i've had people screaming for me to make 60 so i could go to battle grounds. Sure, ok, i'll go. I've got a dozen people who have been talking about gearing me up and so on and so forth, and just taking me out so i can keep them alive.
So I went. Had a decent enough time at first. Actually, I take that back, after my first game i was almost ready to call it quits. Like i said, I suck at pvp, and everyone else there was so freakin good, i figured i was taking away from the game. Well i explained this to the leader of the group, and she hadnt realized i was new to AB, so she put me on a node. MUCH BETTER. 3 people, defending a little flag.. I CAN DO THIS! Shield, heal, shield.. shield.. DIE! wrinse, recycle, repeat. I died a bunch. But we were still winning. I got excited when i actually managed to come out with 1 death, and a killing blow. FREAKIN AWESOME!!! WOOOOT! The game is still going good for me. I'm dying, i'm having fun. Nifty.
Then we enter the last battle i think i'll ever have in AB. "EVERYONE FIGHT ON THE NODE. Group 1... blah blah blah" I see my favorite ever alliance Nalfien!!! WAHOOO! i now have the chance to keep someone alive long enough to melt his face. (i've been wanting his face melted for a long time, just cause i respect him as a pvper so damn much) So, it's a really tough fight, the alliance looks like they may win for once. it's 3 to 2. Gonna be a long fight. Then, as I'm getting stuck in the ribs by 4 rogues at the same time, and am trying to look for my team so i can get as close to possible to them so they get my spirit of redemption (hey if i'm gonna go down, i might as well heal as many people as i can) i notice i'm alone... all by myself. I had missed the raid party chat stating that we need to all return to the farm.
I'm confuse as heck by this. Return to the farm??? but ... but.. we've got... the mines left. WHY? HUH? Someone get up here and help me defend this!!!! So, I tuck my tail between my legs, and after I rez, I head on over to the farm, and watch everyone sit around. I message a buddy of mine.. ummm.. WTF is going on? He explains to me that in order for people to keep their pvp status, this is the quickest way to make honor. I can see the logic in this, but i still dont like it. I hate gold farmers, and honor farming just seems right up there with that one.
Basically what happens is this, the horde has less players than the alliance so it's easy as hell for us to requeue and start all over again on a battle that we can win hands down in no time flat. This goes against all of my "Play a good game, and even if you lose it's still a good game" teachings. Yeah, sure, you'll get honor, make it to legionaire, but why are you playing this game in the first place. I'm sure these are the same people who buy gold off of other people just so they can have better gear. Do they get any thrill in these places?
I've talked to level 60's who seem to be always in BG, trying to get them to join groups and always get the "I cant, i HAVE to pvp or i'm going to lose my rank" They're like servants to this game, and i cant see how any of this is enjoyable at all. I play for fun. When I play, no, I dont want some 60 to come run me through some instance, just so i can get all the nifty gear loot crap. It's digital anyway, and if i dont get it the first time, i can go again. I take my time, i read the quests, and have gotten a kick out of most of them. do you know how many references this game makes to other games?
In other words, i play this game in my free time for fun, but everyone else is not doing so. Sure they get a thrill everytime they kill someone else, but what happens when they die? They pick up their ball and go home like sore little children.
I honestly would like to see a game fought that doesnt end in 10 minutes. Hell i'd be happy with a 4 hour long game with both sides losing and winning back and forth, as long as it was fair and fun. Anyone else at all out there like that? Or am I the only one to have this issue?