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2-06-2008 @ 2:10PM
Actually I really wish they would break down the level ranges even further. 5 level range increments would be good I think. Then even if you were at the bottom of the level range, it wouldn't be that great of a chasm. By they time I'm at the '9' of a level range, I just want to get to the '0' because there's usually something good waiting on the other side. But I don't want to wait till I'm 60 or 70 to pvp and be a complete noob at it.
2-06-2008 @ 2:35PM
I honestly wish it were more dynamic. I've seen other systems and platforms do it. Right now we've got battlegrounds which you have to level up to x9 to perform in, which limits the experience to small chunks of time as you're leveling up.The goal would be that if someone who casually plays like me should be able to access PvP content any time regardless of my level.The proposed solution would be that the system would be dynamic -- meaning players would enter a general queue for their selected battleground. It would then attempt to match people up from the pool in a x level radius (my suggestion would be 3-5.) In theory this could mean that you could have battlegrounds going on for levels 21 - 25 or 47 - 51. You could then also filter gear matching. I also suggested perhaps matching people on a win/loss record, such that the experience is more evenly matched.Why the 10 level brackets don't matter - Sure, you could get gear based on your level range. Your honor is calculated based on your level as well. So why segment it into 10 level blocks?
2-06-2008 @ 4:26PM
OK. The posts here are ridiculous. First of all: there are so few people doing battlegrounds at lower levels... what purpose would 5 level spreads serve? The queues would get longer and/or you would end up playing the same people again and again. (not that both of those things aren't already true for these battlegrounds)Second of all: say what you will about people offering things to the team. The truth is that people entering battlegrounds at low levels are being selfish. You want to do what you want to do when you want to do it. A small degree of patience, and you could be 8 levels higher.The difference is skill is not going to make up for your spells getting resisted 20% of the time, etc. You’re not offering as much to your team as you would if you showed up in a few levels. You’re gimping your team, and it’s completely understandable for people to be upset with you. Your presence is making it harder for them to win.Skill in Warcraft is not just about what spells you cast, but the decisions you make before you enter combat. Your spec, your gear, and your level. It’s a game of numbers above all else. Fighting against a 49 as a 41 is setting yourself up for failure. This article isn’t asking you to twink. Leveling takes so much less time than battlegrounds. 4 Arathi Basins can get you nearly any level in the game. Leveling requires no gold, no skill and is guaranteed progression. You don’t even need a group.Third, to those of you who like to stare at the report screen: doing a small amount of damage to a lot of people isn’t what wins battlegrounds, and it’s not even that useful if the other team has a healer. It’s the same argument as a killing blows.What gets me are people that seem to think that if they battleground at level 60 in the 69 bracket, they somehow get something more out of it. Like soloing an elite level 69 quest at level 60. That's not how it works.Since people seem to have an issue with the whole concept of winning and losing in an MMO, let’s look at it as if it were another game. If I joined a Warcraft 3 game, and my team mate was building a smiley face out of farms, I would be upset. Sure, you paid for the game, but you’re ruining my experience. I can’t trade you, I can’t win against moderately competent opponents: I have every right to be upset. I tried getting a few marks in battlegrounds that my faction typically loses on my 69 priest. Yeah, level 60’s “having fun” and “doing their own thing” irked me. I just gave up.
2-07-2008 @ 7:40AM
@ Algorithm said..."Second of all: say what you will about people offering things to the team. The truth is that people entering battlegrounds at low levels are being selfish. You want to do what you want to do when you want to do it. A small degree of patience, and you could be 8 levels higher."You're entire post is so full of irony it's hilarious. You're upset because to you, these people who are having fun (and happen to not be playing their character the way YOU think they ought to be played I might add) are basically "taking away YOUR time and YOUR win" and they are the selfish ones?You seem to forget that everyone who pays their subscription fee is entitled to play the game in the fashion that provides them enjoyment, however that may be. If you allow the fact that lower level people do battlegrounds while you are in them destroy your fun, that is entirely your issue.The only time I have an issue in a BG is when someone starts screaming at other people (for example, you suck, you're too low level get out, why did you do action A instead of action B, why DIDN'T you do action A instead of action B, etc.). Usually when this happens either a. we all wish they would shut up or leave as they are being more of a detriment than a benefit, or b. we all cheer the minute they /afk or leave the BG for another one."Since people seem to have an issue with the whole concept of winning and losing in an MMO, let’s look at it as if it were another game. If I joined a Warcraft 3 game, and my team mate was building a smiley face out of farms, I would be upset. Sure, you paid for the game, but you’re ruining my experience. I can’t trade you, I can’t win against moderately competent opponents: I have every right to be upset."The only people who seem to have an issue with "winning and losing" would be people of your type of thinking. To take your example, who do you think is the only person who's experience was ruined. Yours. Because you ruined your own experience. Your teammate was obviously having fun, your opponents were obviously having fun, much more likely having a hearty laugh at the smiley faces. That is what a game is supposed to be, fun. You suck your own fun out the moment winning and losing becomes everything to you.The game world is run by numerous algorithms controlling different aspects of gameplay. I thank the gods of Azeroth that you (and people of your way of thinking) are not one of them.
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