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12-28-2007 @ 8:16AM
I consider myself a casual player, and I'm a member of what I consider a casual guild. All on Eredar, which is an East Coast PVP Server.World PVP is more of a nuisance than anything as you level, but I would hardly say it's really that much harder than PVE. I could probably count the number of times my leveling has been seriously impacted on two hands.An occasional corpse run isn't *that* bad though you do occasionally run into the real buttheads who like to camp you and ruin your day. Thankfully, I find that to be pretty rare.Once you get to the end game, you have the fights at the meeting stones and what-not that can seriously impact raiding. There have been times when our raiding was delayed an hour or more because of it. That's when I actually loathe being on a PVP server.But what I truly enjoy about it is the sense of camaraderie that it creates. I've played on both PVE and PVP servers, and I find PVP servers to have a stronger knit group. The other Horde have my back, and we have a common enemy. That's fun stuff.Although I'd undoubtedly get more done on a PVE server with how little I play, I don't find it nearly as fulfilling as I do when I accomplish things on a PVP server.Also, I find that PVP servers have more of a competitive edge, which helps motivate me to make the best use of my time. It's important for me to get the best gear, because the consequences are more dire than if I have mediocre gear on a PVE server.
12-28-2007 @ 11:02AM
"An occasional corpse run isn't *that* bad though you do occasionally run into the real buttheads who like to camp you and ruin your day. Thankfully, I find that to be pretty rare."I wish I had your experience. I play primarily on a PVP server, and I've lost track of the number of times that my class has inexplicably changed from "Holy priest" to "jackass magnet". In fact, I've largely stopped playing that character for the moment because I feel like every time I log in, I get about five minutes of actual play time before I'm being camped by a random Hordie. (It really does seem to be unpredictable who's going to be hounding me for Playing While Alliance, too; there's no recognizable pattern in name, guild, or class, except that I have yet to be ganked by a priest.)For what it's worth, I play on a PVP server not because I have any interest in PVP (frankly, I'd just as soon leave PVP to battlegrounds and Arenas) but because I prefer to play with my wife, and when she was first starting out, she decided to roll on a PVP server (over my strenuous objections) because several of her friends played there and refused to roll on PVE servers. Now she's 70, I'm 64, and we're both in a guild with a number of friends, so we're reluctant to leave; but at the same time, I spend most of my time in cities these days. (22 days /played at level 64, if that tells you anything.)
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