I scanned the archives and back in October of 2006 Arcarius was in Alterac Valley for the first time. There’s the picture of him with the Ice Barbed Spear and wearing the Stormpike Tabard. It’s been so long ago, but how could he have gotten the Tabard so quickly if that was some of his first goes? The spear you get for being in a winning game. The tabard? (Granted, Alliance was winning nearly all the time at that time.)
Regardless, now I have two more characters that have entered Alterac Valley. Greenclaw and Darkhand, my Druid and Rogue Night Elves.
My reaction, after playing half a dozen games with them? Well, for starters, I’m kind of low level to be in there. However, if I was just going to quickly level them up, then why would wait till 60 to go enjoy some battlegrounds action? I’d level up to 70 and go to the ultimate end-game. However, my gear will be outright horrible at that point, they not being mains, and that wouldn’t be fun.
Now Darkhand is a mace spec Rogue. So he’s got the stuns working for him. He also took Blade Twisting for more daze effect. But I’m not at all skilled in PvP with Darkhand (having come off a PvP server years ago) so I was just mucking about. Took off a few heads, stunned a few runners and watched them taken down. Lasted long enough to get credit for capturing a graveyard and a tower, completing those quests, snuck into the harpy cave under Stormpike and retaking the banner, *and* being there for the rare Alliance win and getting the Bloodseeker Crossbow. (Next stop was to go to Stormwind City and train in Crossbows. Till then I’d been a gunman (Engineer).)
Greenclaw is a Feral Druid, and I’ve directed him and his gear for cat dps. BG’s start the same for both. They ride to the battleline, dismount and stealth into the action. His pounce ability is pretty cool. Nothing more fun than starting a fight stunning the opponent, or joining a fight and stunning them mid cast. He too got a win in, and picked up the Ice Forged Hammer. Not that it’s worth having, since I’m using Blanchard’s Stout now.
Can I persevere with both, or either even, in order to aquire some PvP gear at level 60? That’s probably so not worth it anymore. When Msaker did his grind, he reached Centurian, which got him 4 of the 6 pieces of the rare (blue) PvP armor set. They changed the honor rules, no more titles, and he simply ground the rest of the honor to get the final two pieces. The set looked really cool (Samurai-like shoulders, etc.) and did pretty good in instances, good stamina to let me tank even though I wasn’t specced for it. But I started replacing pieces almost immediately upon hitting Thrallmar. He did it because there was nothing more for him. Molten Core was out since it also wasn’t worth it on the eve of the Burning Crusade coming out. Running the old instances for the Valor set? Really not that much of an upgrade on the PvP set, and that PvP set stuff was guaranteed me. (I remember a Druid running Stratholme 13 times and still no Druid legs for him.)
It’ll be worth it in one way. I do BG’s for fun. And I suppose by 70 I’ll have accumulated enough to drop the honor earned on some decent gear. Until then I do the battles for the amusement and enjoyment of it. I’ve got my end-game Raider. I’ve got my end-game grinders. I’ve got my low- and mid-level alts. And now I have two similar, yet different, battleground fighters. And if Alliance keep mostly losing in this bracket, then I’ll really have to get my level 43 Horde Priest to level 51 and into the action, staying back, healing her little undead heart out.