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4-02-2008 @ 3:42PM
Yes please be a jerk! Please gank as many lowbies as possible! While I do agree that being a gear'd 70 and killing 20 somethings doesn't require any skill here are some reasons to continue to do it.1. Ganking is a rite of passage. On a pvp server your level grind is always going to be interrupted by bastards higher than you that gank you for no reason. You learn to become better for it. Learning flight skills to get away or ways to quest in less traffic areas. This is a hazing ritual that needs to be passed down to our younger lvling counterparts.2. Ganking CREATES world pvp. This is the biggest reason to continue to gank lowbies. With BG rewards being such strong motivators virtually nobody world pvps anymore. Corpse camping those 3 level 24s is the only way to start shit. Eventually higher levels come to aid those being ganked/corpse camped. And when those higher levels come and kill you then you need to call in more higher levels and it just escalates, that has ALWAYS been the awesomeness of WoW PVP.
4-02-2008 @ 3:48PM
Your number one there is, frankly, stupid. Hazing is bullshit wherever it occurs, and the fact that you hold it as an admirable thing doesn't say particularly good things about you.Your second point is true, which is precisely why I never call in help when I get ganked on a lowbie, nor do I return with a bigger character. If someone's trying to ruin my fun in order to get theirs, I might as well return the favor.
4-02-2008 @ 4:00PM
"Ganking is a rite of passage. On a pvp server your level grind is always going to be interrupted by bastards higher than you that gank you for no reason. You learn to become better for it. Learning flight skills to get away or ways to quest in less traffic areas. This is a hazing ritual that needs to be passed down to our younger lvling counterparts."Hazing is wrong, and has often resulted in fatalities, both in the military and without. It repeats the cycle of abuse and so long as the mentality of "It was done to me, so I need to do it to someone else" mentality exists, we will never change and evolve. We get enough of that in real life- we need to bring that into a virtual world and pollute it as well?It's a game, and we all know the rules and TOC going in, but do you make your game experience better by making someone else's time in game worse/ more frustrating?I played a mmorp where pvp was the law, not the exeption and everyone was ok with it except for gankers/pk'ers. We had special hit squads that would log on and hunt them down in retribution. For real pvp it was siege warfare and gains were made terrritorially- more territory, better vendors, better gear=server dominance. Strategy based pvp ftw. Too bad the game experience/cm's stopped giving a crap.It is counter productive to the game en toto- people will give up on the pvp servers in frustration, those pvp'ers ganksters will get sick of not getting hp from the 500th kill of the same person and quit WoW. So who wins?
4-02-2008 @ 6:29PM
I'm gonna defend Madcow. Cow's second point is kinda right -- often, gankers gank because it brings out the opposing 70s and then the real fun starts. It's like the Alliance raiding the XRoads: just a way to start an impromptu battle.MAdcow's first point is right too -- IF you keep in mind the difference between ganking and griefing. Ganking is just killing a player that is grey to you. Griefing is... well, we all know what it is. Griefers got a cog loose in their heads. They just ain't right. No one can reasonably defend griefers.But the first time a random ?? came by, dismounted, blew me up, and then remount to ride away --- I grew eyes in the back of my head. And those eyes have won me a fair number of fights where otherwise I would have been jumped from behind. I learned to see the whole environment around me, to pick my spots for grinding and farming, keep in mind where my escape routes are. Getting ganked HAS made me a better, more attentive player.Heck -- my new-found paranoia has helped me keep my Warrior shouts up, since Demoralizing Shout drops rogues and druids out of stealth. I start every fight with one, and more than once I've found a sneaky rogue (or two, once three!) because of it.
4-02-2008 @ 11:45PM
So, if a same level character had run up behind you and killed you by virtue of getting the opening rounds off, you wouldn't have learned a lesson?
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