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2-11-2008 @ 10:00AM
I think that Blizzard is taking the wrong tack to solve the BG inequities. Instead of jigging with the mechanics of the BGs themselves, they need to look at the honor per hour ratios and balance those, because thats where the real problems arise.As an example from my battlegroup, Retaliation: we Horde almost always win AV and consistently loose all the others. WSG, AB and EotS are all consistent wins for the Alliance. Now, is this a result of map imbalances? Unfair internal mechanics themselves? No. Other battlegroups have different consistent results — it seems likely that the results are the result of the players themselves, and the actions of the players.We Horde win AV consistently because we play it all the time and we know what we have to do to win. All the shouting, yelling and invective thrown back and forth in /bg chat teaches (in a back-handed way) the new players what to do. We loose the other three because we don't play them — as much fun as AB is, I only play it when it's the BG daily, simply because a win (it sometimes happens!) and the extra honor rewarded will bring the time spent in AB in line with the honor I can get in an average Alterac Valley. WSG? I'm only there waiting for AV to pop, even though I play it all the time on my low-level alts. It's just not worth my time.So why do the Alliance win the other three BGs consistently? Because that is the only way for THEM to match the honor/hour that we get in AV: well-executed, aggressive strategies can win the other 3 BGs very quickly, so (although they reward less overall honor) they give the Alliance side the chance to match our honor gains in AV.So, what if AB gave the same amount of honor per hour as AV? What if WSG gave the same honor per hour? EotS? Well, we Horde would actually play them and we would fight as hard as we do in AV — and we would win them much more often. Rather than treating them as temporary diversions while we wait for the main show to start, we'd play them to win. And, in the long run, the players involved would LEARN the strategies required to respond to, for example, the Alliance turtling with their flag. Oh, and since the good players wouldn't be found only in AV, but would be spending time in the other BGs, the Alliance would have a better shot at occasionally taking down Drek. An average AV win takes 40 minutes and rewards — usually — 480 honor plus HKs. An average AB takes 30 min and usually rewards approximately... 167 honor. WSG is even worse. If Blizz just rejigs those numbers so they even out, they won't have to mess around with the internal mechanics. We players will solve the imbalances ourselves, as we teach ourselves to play the games.And isn't that what makes a MMORPG so much fun — seeing what groups of random strangers are capable of doing?
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