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A closer look at the School of Hard Knocks

Let's take a look at the Children's Week PvP achievement School of Hard Knocks and the resources you'll need to accomplish it.

If you want to get your Violet Proto-Drake and fly around at 310% speed, you're going to need to do this achievement. Reports are mixed on how easy or hard this achievement is. Some folks are saying it's done quickly and easily with a good group, others are banging their heads against the desk and spewing curse words at Blizzard.

But just like everything, if you research and take an educated look at these achievements, they become more understandable and easier. That's not to say the achievement will become trivial, but it'll at least become more manageable.

The achievement is broken down, complete with tips, after the break.

Capture the flag in Eye of the Storm

The achievement is simple. Grab a flag, run it over to your base. Because the flags spawn in neutral territory, you're going to need to have several solid players on the bridge to deal with opponents.

If you haven't been in Eye of the Storm before, or just need a refresher, check out our guide to the battleground.

Assault a flag in Arathi Basin


This one isn't too bad. You just want to assault the flag (right click it), not capture it. Everyone should zerg a flag (or split up and do it to a few places), and allow your opponents to capture it. Then one person assaults it, and after the assault is done, let the other team take back the flag. Then another person assaults it, rinse and repeat.

We should note that there are some reports of people being able to stand next to the person that capped the flag and get the achievement. However we have not been able to confirm that yet.

If you haven't been in Arathi Basin before, or just need a refresher, check out our guide to the battleground.

Assault a tower in Alterac Valley

Easy way: stealth into a tower and go at it. Hard way: flip a tower back and forth with your opponents, just like we talked about for Arathi Basin. This is probably going to be the nightmare achievement.

Return a fallen flag in Warsong Gulch

Hopefully you'll find opponents that want to complete the achievement and just drop the flag for your group several times. If not, the only way you're going to get this achievement is to play a hard game of WSG. You'll need to beat down flag carriers and then be very very fast at clicking. Once you have this part of the achievement finished I suggest you don't click anymore.

Group Cooperation

I'll give a couple rules:
  1. Don't be a jerk.
  2. Thinking about being a jerk? See rule #1.
Pretty easy. Make a premade before going into the BGs and help everyone get the achievements one by one, or if you're going into a pug then set some guidelines, perhaps by a /roll. This achievement is going to test the entire World of Warcraft community to see if they can abide by Rule #1. Only time we tell if 12 million people can understand the concept: "Don't be a jerk."

For a look at the other achievements of Children's Week, check out The OverAchiever.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, PvP, Battlegrounds, Achievements

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