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8-22-2009 @ 7:07PM
One thing that annoys me slightly, although this might be just me being nostalgic, I don't like the idea of "cross server pugging"...Why? Well, if you remember, "back in the days", battleground pvp was really personal in the sense that if you Pvped actively, you would eventually know all the battleground regulars, remember some scrubs you could stay away from, and have some sworn enemies in the opposing faction. Of course, when crossrealm bgs were introduced, this disappeared completely. It became less... personal... Sure, the qeues were shorter, but at that point bgs stopped being a social environment, and became the location of faceless gear grind.You can probably see where I'm going with this.When people are forced together regularly, you get a social environment. Practical as these changes may be, I feel that they are making a server feel less like a server, and just be a place where you play with the familiar or the faceless. Cliquefying the servers, you might say. Allowing people to interact less with each other, leaving them to drift further into their own little groups.Accomplishing something with a group of people is supposed to mean something other then just gear, in my opinion. All this might be very practical, but I feel as we're all paying a terrible price for it, especially the new players.
8-22-2009 @ 7:55PM
A server will also feel less like a server when there aren't enough people on to PUG a 5-man. Just saying. The other night three of my friends were trying to find a DPS and a healer for H Gundrak, and we couldn't find anyone - there was no one in LFG, and no one responded in General, or any of the other chat channels we knew of where people on our server hang out.Usually my guild can fill groups, but then there are these weird voids where stuff like that happens. So I don't know that I'd use this option very often, but perhaps sometimes - especially if I could actually link to battle.net friends I know on another server and run with friends I know who have characters elsewhere. Time will tell as to what options will be available for this.I can't imagine the Battleground waittimes back in the day before there were cross-realm battlegroups. I've only seen someone from my server *once* in running over a hundred BGs.
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