The other day at lunch I was having a discussion with one Addoe, Adoe, Ado, Adorand…whatever his name is now, and I was talking about how I was ready to transfer some of my toons on my second account over to Horde and server/account transfer them so that I can only be paying for one account every month. Since he and his wife play on Drak’Tharon and I have a few low-level toons over there, it was assumed that I’d move over there…I know many people over there. But said that I was going to transfer to Kargath instead.
I said, well Kargath is PvE and Drak is PvP. I don’t want play on a PvP server. They gave many solid arguments saying that you don’t really run into many people and that people don’t really jump you. And Addoe pointed out that it’s fun to get into sparring matches and said how they were outside a raid and he got into it with a Death Knight. I on the other hand pointed out the constant anxiety I would have while leveling or doing anything if I could get jumped at anytime, and that I didn’t find beating each other up outside a raid while trying to get it organized very fun.
It was funny though, because on that same day that we agreed to disagree about how fun PvP servers could be, I went home and got to experience exactly what I was talking about. First was just minor, a friend who transferred over to a PvP server recently was saying how he died 12 times in Mt. Hyjal while trying to level up. 12 times in one hour. He wanted to be on a PvP server, so he didn’t mind too much, but said 12 times is a bit ridiculous. And there’s not much a level 80 can do against a level 85.
The second experience was my own. I’ve been pushing Elgar to 150 pets. I think he’s at 141 and there are a few that I could get fairly easy, like the Tol Barad seagull. Elgar skipped TB stuff initially. So I headed over to do some dailies. I have only ever done the dailies in the PvE part of the zone. So there I am, killing ghosts at Largo’s Overlook. There was a bit of competition that day, 3 or 4 others there at the same time, so I decided I would dot up several and then use Mind Sear to AOE them down. So I’m doing just that, 3 ghosts all with DoTs and me in a bubble doing Mind Sear. People are running around and I see someone running toward me, I assume they are going to run past me to get more ghosts. And right before they reach me, they turn yellow, like PvP yellow. And then instantly red. Because now, my Mind Sear had hit them. And I hear the “you are now in PvP” noise. Awesome. Since I’m focused on keeping Elgar alive and killing the ghosts, I’m really caught off guard and the guy seems to just run past me, then I see a flagged Draenei Shaman trying to kill this Tauren Death Knight. I kill my ghosts and decide it’s do or die at this point, and jump into the fray hoping that I can help the Shaman enough. But I’m at 50% health and the Shaman is less than that, the DK however, is 90%+. Our efforts seem futile. Then, a Blood Elf Rogue shows up and makes quick work of the Shaman, the moment I see the rogue, I decide it’s time to flee. I make a run for it. And I make it pretty far timing my dispersion so they couldn’t slow me down. But it’s not long and I’m eating dirt.
I will be the first to say I suck at PvP whether I have a good start or not. I’m just not that fast and usually people who are partaking in it are pretty well experienced. Now if someone else in full crappy PvE gear and a poor spec who never wants to do PvP wants to challenge me, I’ll take them up on it.
I found it ironic that on the same day that I’m talking about PvP and people jumping me when I’m just trying to do things and how I don’t like that, that someone flags me and then kills me which is exactly the thing I was talking about hating. And of course that Adoe was trying to say it hardly ever happens and yet here on my peaceful PvE server, I got a little taste of the frustration.
I just wanted my Tol Barad badges so I could get a seagull and instead, I got dead.
To be fair, part of the reason I don’t like PvP servers is because I tend to play WoW as though it’s a single player game. I’m off doing things by myself most the time and I pretty much want to be able to play as I like without other people getting in my way. I don’t need WoW to be an MMO for me to have a good time. Yes, it’s great that I’ve met some awesome people and have a wonderful guild, but I’m as happy as a clam just doing my own weird things by myself, without the constant worry that some idiot who thinks he’s god’s gift to whatever class he is playing is going to gank and then teabag me. There’s plenty of douchiness in the real world, I don’t need it in my video game too.