So I have not posted in awhile. There have been several reasons for this. The two main reasons being a bit busy with work and not really getting around to post when at home, always more stuff to do in and out of game. The other reason is that I really have just been waiting for patch 3.3 to hit.
Because I have been waiting for 3.3 and the joy of the new LFG tool to finally be able to get random groups when ever I have time I have mostly stopped playing my level 80s except when raiding. I have farmed some more badges and stone keeper shards for my new time filler. Leveling several new alts. I am currently working on a Mage, Rogue and Druid. The cool thing that is keeping most of the mind-numbing bordom at bay when leveling the umpteenth toon through the lower levels is now I am skipping large blocks of zones especially in the 14-20 segment.
The reason I am able to do this and doing this is that I can now get XP in the Battlegrounds. I use to hate battlegrounds while leveling before because they always seemed to be a waste of time and then there were the twinks. Now my Mage and Druid with 2 Heirloom pieces of gear are a quasi Twink but no where as bad as they use to be. With the turn XP off feature all of the serious Twinks have been moved to their own little bracket. This means that the battlegrounds are now full of people just wanting to play a game or few to either level through BGs or just to get a break from the normal quest grinds. Before getting to one of the more serious points and improvements that needs to be made to Battlegrounds I have to say playing a Rogue with 2 Heirloom daggers enchanted with Life-stealing is fun as hell.
As the section title directly above states Bracket Restructure is one of the main things that needs to be done now that we have XP in Battlegrounds. All BGs need to run from X0-X9. Let the level cap players always be in their own separate bracket.
The reason for this is the end result of several previous PvP changes. Lissanna, a mutual friend and I got into an argument about this on Sunday over vent. Because it is player behavior Lissanna is of the opinion that no blame can be placed on Blizzard. Ok so what is the combination of issues that is causing a problem? It is a mix of XP in BGs bringing players of All Levels into a BG instance and the level capped 80s only wanting 80s in their game using the AFK reporting tool to “kick” anyone of a significantly lower level out of the instance. Because there are no repercussions for reporting someone AFK you can just do it to anyone for no particular reason. This then causes the person to get the debuff and if they don’t do a certain action within a time frame they will be kicked and given the Deserter Debuff. This occurred to our mutual friend in AV when they were killed and were running back to meet up with the group. While they were dead they were reported and kicked while running back. This type of crap can not be tolerated. If a person is active and attempting to participate they deserve to be there unfortunately even if their performance sucks.
The report AFK tool has now become kick those that don’t agree with us and is now a device for griefing. There needs to be a mechanism put in place that allows one to defend themselves from being wrongfully labeled. Because there are legitimate reasons in battlegrounds to remain stationary to either defend or gather surveillance. Especially if you are a Rogue or Druid since you can stealth and remain mostly hidden.
Yes as Lissanna pointed out this is a player behavior issue especially since the player base asked for such a system to be implemented. However since we own nothing in the game it all belongs to Blizzard then they are also to blame. The created the system and implemented it, and like many things they implement they don’t seem to stop and figure out all of the ways the system could and will be abused so that there are counter mechanisms in place to enforce better behavior or more fair play. As in if you falsely report someone AFK then you are the one booted. There should at least be a Query system to the player so that they can respond to their accusers directly.
Anyway I look forward to the PVP XP through level 70. Afterward, looks like it will be impossible with the level cap Twinks behaving badly either because they don’t know better or are bored. I suspect the later but ya never know.
I admit I don’t like seeing a non 80 in the BG when I run BGs on my 80s but I realize that the system allows them there and as long as they try I don’t have a problem with them being there. I would prefer to see the level cap become it’s own bracket for just this reason.