Sep 26th 2008 9:21AM No, Blizzard isn't "requiring" you to do their beloved arena system in order to participate just like they don't "require" you do five and ten man level 70 content to gear up and progress through T4/5/6 content. Sure, you won't last two seconds against Naj'entus in your Outlands Skittlefest Gear but prance right on in and give it a go; nothing is stopping you!
What a farce. Blizz is clearly drawing a line and saying "Arenas are viable PVP and battlegrounds aren't worth our consideration any longer." I never thought I'd say this, but the old rating systems for PVP worked a lot better for more people than this Arena bunk where, even if you are a decent player and throw yourself at it enough, you'll never likely get the better gear and always be relegated to two and three season old gear. Unless, of course, you don't have time to find/form/and play an Arena team and then you're not even worthy of that.
It's a shame while Blizzard is actively working towards making raiding and gear accessible to more players in the PVE aspect, they're severely limiting access to players in the PVP game.
Sep 27th 2007 9:32AM If you're so far out of battle the closest opposition is half a map away and you've done no damage/healing/objective capping so as to be thought AFK, maybe you should try defending objectives actually under real contention. Starting AV off and heading to the Aid Stations to "defend" isn't really likely to be helpful to your side for a 8-10 minutes.