History 2005

We began 2005 giving WoW the old college try. We finished our characters at a leisurely rate in February/March and began PvPing as often as we could. There were all sorts of little hot-spots throughout the world, but the most enjoyable for many of us was the neutral town of Gadgetzan. There was a perpetual cornucopia of Horde willing to fight in the area, due to a shortage of Alliance PvPers serverwide. The irritating thing was that roughly 60% of the Horde were Undead Rogues, so it was not uncommon to be killed instantly by 5 rogues. Even with that in mind, it was the best time for PvP in WoW. It was before people were completely focused on farming honor points. It was also before the majority of the carebears farming MC/BWL/etc. were given any incentive to PvP, as they could not attain any gear from PvPing. People were PvPing for the best reason; enjoyment and competition, and the equipment - which essentially defines a character in WoW - was nearly the same across the board.

Battlegrounds and the honor system were introduced a short time later, and it was immediately apparent the game we had been playing as a pastime was quickly boring us. We took to taking up special positions and roles in PvP to entertain ourselves. Our most entertaining game by far was inside the 40 man Battleground, Alterac Valley. On Archimonde, PUG's did not win the AV; it was a simple fact of life. As such, the Horde spent a good amount of time running from GY's to the stalemate line outside the Alliance base while people would run up the sides of the towers to kill guards. Our little game - dubbed "Highway Robbery" - was to plant one person out in the middle of the road (usually Static on his Paladin) seemingly not knowing that he lay directly between the Horde army and their res point. The Horde would dismount and attack, the paladin would keep himself alive. Myself and sometimes another member or two would be mounted and hiding behind trees and rocks waiting for the moment to strike. Upon receiving the call "FOR GREAT JUSTICE" in TS from Static, we would charge in and lay down some paladin/warrior justice. While it was basically just a horribly obvious ambush tactic, we had a great time just being silly and putting a theme to raping peoples faces off.