Zach Yonzon writes the weekly PvP column The Art of War(craft). When he isn't working or playing, Zach is busy trying to master the secret of The Thousand Buddha Palm.
In the 6th century BC, Chinese general Sun Tzu
began his seminal treatise on war with the words, "The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road to either safety or ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected."
Wiser words were never spoken, which leads me to the real preface of this column: It's time to PvP, baby! Just like Blood Sport
author V'Ming Chew
, I sent in an application with the presumable hordes of WoW Insider readers and, when the dust settled, we must have landed the proverbial most Killing Blows. While Vims will focus more on Arena combat, my column will deal with more general aspects of PvP and I'll occasionally try to apply the precepts of Sun Tzu's (and other military strategists ) work to PvP in the World of Warcraft
. It was somewhat ironic that a blog site dedicated to game called War
craft had very little by way of PvP-centric content. WoW Insider is making up for it in a big way by giving you not one, but two
PvP columns every week! How's that for customer satisfaction?
One of my favorite things about the World of Warcraft
is that there's something for pretty much everybody. My wife, for example, enjoys fishing, making shirts
, and amassing gold. I, on the other hand, have simpler tastes: I enjoy PvP. Even before Battlegrounds were implemented, I enjoyed the old school carnage in Tarren Mill and Crossroads. I immersed myself in the Honor grind, and now I enjoy Arena PvP. PvP interaction is a huge part of the game, even on normal servers. Blizzard is keen on playing up the conflict between the factions, and encourages world PvP by implementing zonewide benefits and has announced a non-instanced Battleground zone in Wrath of the Lich King
. The introduction of Arenas has had a major impact on the game itself, leading to class nerfs
based greatly on class representation and desirability in the format. PvP is integral to the game, and there are two major reasons why people PvP: