Varian Wrynn isn't happy. He sent his best and brightest men to the Molten Front to assist the Guardians of Hyjal in invading the Firelands, but all he received back was a stack of casualty alerts. The cause of death on each report was the same: several deep dagger wounds. As Varian assigned more soldiers to the Molten Front, he simply received more body bags in return. Varian confronted Garrosh about the issue, claiming that the Warchief was breaking their peace accord by using assassins in the Molten Front. Garrosh feigned ignorance and promised Varian that he'd find the perpetrator and have him properly handled. The next day, I received a post from Garrosh himself. It was brief: "Lok'tar, brother!"
I've read several articles that claim that world PVP is dead and has been for a long time. The truth is that world PVP is alive; it has simply transitioned into a seasonal event. With the release of the Molten Front quest hub, Blizzard's developers directed a ton of level 85 players into a zone where they can't use their flying mounts. If that doesn't count as revitalizing world PVP, then I don't know what does. I spend every spare moment I have plunging my daggers into the questers' ribcages. There's a plethora of targets available, with new enemies zoning in every minute. World PVP hasn't been this active since the Isle of Quel'Danas, and that means I have a lot of catching up to do.
The first thing you should do in the Molten Front is finish your own daily quests. Once you start blowing up the opposing faction, they're likely to reciprocate. If you've already finished all of your quests, then you have the upper hand. You can wait patiently for them to make a mistake without worrying about leaving Stealth to heal a wounded defender. In addition, if the daily involves guarding a wisp or feeding a Crimson Lasher, these allies will give away your position when you're in Stealth. I like to breeze through all of my dailies first, and then I turn my daggers to my enemies.
You can basically roam around the starting daily area without worrying about aggro, although the later areas like the Forlorn Spire contain mobs that will start attacking you if you're out of Stealth or detected.
The quest hub portion of the Molten Front is classified as a sanctuary, which means you're not able to attack the opposing faction from inside the sanctuary. You also don't take damage from another player's DOTs while inside the sanctuary, so don't bother Rupturing someone who's running away. You can use the sanctuary to safely heal up after a fight or to give yourself a chance to get back into Stealth. I also chill out in the sanctuary when waiting for my cooldowns to become available again.
Most PVP encounters in the Molten Front revolve around enemies' making a break for the sanctuary after you engage them, so your primary goal is to stop them from getting there. The guards in the Molten Front don't assist in PVP situations, so don't worry about getting blown up by the druids scattered throughout the zone.
There's also a secret sanctuary zone down the right side of the ramp, and you can safely hide here if the opposing faction is camping the normal ramp with Flares and AOE.
When there are multiple players hiding at the sanctuary out of fear for your blades, you've done your job. Every minute that they're delayed is another minute you've stolen of their time. They'll have to come down eventually to administer their salves and defend their wisps, and you're preventing them from progressing.
Like any predator, you need to pick your targets wisely. If you see a well-geared protection paladin beating up some mobs, you probably don't want to fight him. Rogues don't do well against tank-type classes and specs, and getting wrecked by someone wearing a shield isn't exactly admirable. Avoid any class that you can't handle. There's no shame in picking your targets, as that's precisely why Stealth was invented. Your goal isn't to kill every single player ever; it's to assassinate the most opportune targets as quickly as possible. You're not looking to get into a long fight here -- you're looking to snipe players who aren't paying attention and giving you the respect you deserve.
If you spot a mage at 50% life who's still in combat with several mobs, just finish him off with a few quick blows. You're saving him the 10% durability loss and the shame that comes with dying in PVE. Or you can do what I do, which is to just wound him seriously and let the mobs finish him off.
Every single player you encounter who's flagged for PVP made a conscious decision to allow themselves to be attacked. They either purposefully rolled on a PVP server, knowing the risks, or they flagged themselves or engaged in PVP first. Your enemies know the risk that they're taking leaving the beach with a shark in the water, and they made it anyway. Remind them why that was a bad decision with a few swift Backstabs.
Control is key
Most enemies you'll encounter don't want to fight you. They're going to make a cowardly dash toward the sanctuary, and you want to stop them before they get there. I'd like to note that most other players won't assist when they see PVP occurring, and that goes both ways. My targets almost never receive any assistance, and it's even rarer that someone helps me kill my fleeing opponent.
PVP encounters typically boil down to a race to the sanctuary. You're trying to kill them before they can get there, and they're just trying to stay alive long enough to reach the safe zone. Subtlety truly excels at handling running opponents. Waylay can't be dispelled, making it the ultimate snare and allowing you to use two DPS poisons. Shadowstep and Sprint ensure that your target will never outrun you. The best part of a running enemy is that they're always pointing their back towards you, which means you can spam your incredibly deadly Backstab the entire time.
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