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WoW Archivist: Massacre at the Crossroads

The Alliance occupies the Crossroads
WoW Archivist explores the secrets of World of Warcraft's past. What did the game look like years ago? Who is etched into WoW's history? What secrets does the game still hold?

Last week, Tom Chilton revealed that Mists would have no dedicated world PvP zone like Wintergrasp or Tol Barad. Instead, Blizzard wants to encourage a more natural style of world PvP. It wants players to duke it out in actual questing zones. On PvP realms, it wants players to be free to attack towns and cities without overwhelming NPC intervention.

Since we're reviving WoW Archivist here at WoW Insider after a seven-month hiatus, now seemed like a good time to revisit the earliest days of world PvP.

It's no secret that world PvP has had a rough journey throughout WoW's history. Blizzard did all it could to discourage the wild Southshore vs. Tarren Mill clashes that made Hillsbrad Foothills a laggy, unplayable mess, often crashing the Eastern Kingdoms servers entirely. In patch 1.12, the developers gave us new objectives to fight over in Silithus and Eastern Plaguelands, far away from where new players were leveling.

Ultimately, those objectives failed to capture much interest. Players mocked the Silithyst PvP objective as "sandlol." Further experiments in The Burning Crusade were only moderately more successful. In Wrath, Blizzard added the Wintergrasp PvP zone, and that has been the company's primary world PvP model through the last two expansions.

Before all of that, however, when the game was still so young that the vast majority of the playerbase hadn't yet reached level 60, there were raids on the Crossroads, in the heart of the infamous Barrens. And they were glorious.

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Filed under: PvP, WoW Archivist

Around Azeroth: Goin' fishin' in the dark


Reader Roastbeef (and sidekick Sandwich) send in this tranquil shot of an evening of fishing out in the Barrens. Yes, I know it's the only place to find Deviant fish (and thus make the yummy Savory Deviant Delight), but I have to think this screenshot only appears tranquil because the chat window isn't visible.

Do you have a unique shot of Azeroth or Outland that you'd like to show off to the rest of the world? Tell us about it by e-mailing aroundazeroth@gmail.com! Or perhaps you'd just like to see more of your pics from Around Azeroth.

Filed under: Fishing, Screenshots, Around Azeroth

Countdown to Burning Crusade: Day 6


We're 10 days away from the big day, and we're counting it down with a contest every day. You still have two hours to get your entry in to win a 60-day time card for the low, low price of four little words.

Today, it's a Horde-themed caption contest -- Alliance diehards, you'll get your chance tomorrow. This time, we're going to pick a slate of 10 finalists and have you folks vote to pick the best caption, so you'll have no excuse to flame us over the winner. So get cracking and come up with the best caption for the image above, and hope your fellow WoW fans have the good sense to pick yours as the winner of today's prize: an I survived Barrens chat t-shirt in your choice of size. You have until 1pm EST tomorrow, January 7 to enter the best caption. Go!

Filed under: Contests, The Burning Crusade

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