I Love The Smell Of Mutually Consensual PvP In The Morning
Good PvP is like good sex. It should be mutually consensual, absolutely fair and well balanced, filled with cursing and bad language and best enjoyed in large groups. Plus it’s also similar in the sense that a fairly large proportion of the WoW player base don’t participate in it on a regular occasion.
Crude innuendo aside, I really do enjoy sanitised PvP. And by sanitised, I mean fair and well balanced, and not the type of PvP that involves you getting ganked over and over and over again by someone far more powerful than yourself for no other reason than because they can. Call me the care bear to end all care bears but that just isn’t cricket in my book and I have absolutely no appetite for it. Maybe I’m crazy but I at least want a fighting chance at my PvP and to win or lose by a contest of skill rather than a simple single mouse click.
I dabbled on a PvP server in WoW when I first tried the game but found it not to my liking as there was nothing preventing all of the big, bad mean high level boys from coming along and kicking us noobies in the face. After having played on the Everquest 2 PvP servers for two years (bloody excellent experience, I must say), which imposed level range combat restrictions on zones, it was a real shock to the system. Where’s the fun if you have no chance to fight back? Suffice to say I promptly threw a hissy fit and rerolled on a PvE server where I’ve remained ever since.
I wasn’t impressed at all by the PvP on offer in WoW for a long time but Blizzard have worked hard over the years (as they’ve started to realise its popularity in the MMORPG genre) to make it hugely more accessible, fair and rewarding to such an extent that it’s now a staple element of my gameplay on any character I play. As soon as I hit level 10, I’m queuing for those battlegrounds and accumulating honour points like a rabid addict. I savour the sense of anticipation that comes from queueing, the excitement of the countdown before engagement and the exhilaration of slaughtering a helpless opponent caught hiding when they’ve had to quickly go AFK.
Perhaps the reason I enjoy it most of all though is because of the social aspect that only comes from forcing 10-40 players to work together. I often complain about the lack of interaction between players in WoW and how it’s easy to feel like a cog in the machine or a piece of meat just doing your bit in a party but PvP changes all that and truly forces people to interact. I mean, there’s simply no other way to do it. It’s kill or be killed and those special moments of bonding with a complete stranger and starting to fight together as a unit makes it all worthwhile.
Now I just need to find a PvP guild that does rated battlegrounds. I’m on Khadgar, Alliance – anyone know one?