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12-17-2010 @ 9:50PM
Jeremy, I didn't exclude Alliance - I know there are servers with an Ally>Horde imbalance. It's pretty well known that at least in EU and US zones, queueing for BG's is very long for horde, and almost instant for alliance. This tells me that generally speaking, there are a lot more horde pvp'ers out there.I think you can make a case for Tol Barad being in-world in terms of the benefits you describe. And the fact that there is a difference there, makes them special, to be sure. But Tol Barad and Wintergrasp have their own tab for Achievements, just like instanced battlegrounds. Wintergrasp, one of the (if not the) most fun battlegrounds, is basically abandoned. At the very least, there aren't going to be any more epic 120 v. 120 or even 40v40 battles there going forward.Overall, though, the benefits of having an instanced Tol Barad would seem to outweigh the costs. Is it really that important for one faction to shut out the other faction from a loot-piñata raid and a few daily quests? Why not just keep Tol Barad a PvP flagged zone, and have both factions allowed to do their daily quests there?I think a lot of pvp'ers, especially on faction-imbalanced realms, would much rather have access to doing Tol Barad regularly, then to be shut out constantly, or be in 5v5 battles. WG and Tol Barad are big areas that are meant for a large battle of epic proportions. Only way to consistently guarantee that is to instance it with the battlegroups.And what happens with 5.0 hits, and no one does Tol Barad anymore? One of the greatest things about wow (in pvp at least) are the old school battlegrounds that are still really fun for many of us today - some love the strategy and challenge of Warsong Gulch, while others enjoy the scope, large scale strategy, and overall fun of Alterac Valley. Arathi Basin also is very fun with it's terrain and mobility restraints. These old-school BG's give the players a great replay value in WoW, and instancing WG and TB would be a great way to give players more value for their subscriptions.Yes, keeping them in-world makes them more important on a per-realm basis, but frankly, I'd rather have a stable 40v40 battleground, then keep my boot on the throat of the other faction while they are shut out of those benefits (or even worse, have the other faction with a stranglehold shutting me out of those benfits).tl;dr - I'd rather have a stable bg lasting the life of wow than potentially small battles with lopsided outcomes that will be gone once the next xpac hits.
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