The Alterac Valley That Was

Ahh AV. The easiest honor grind there is. So far in my years in WoW I’ve come to see that there are certain qualities that belong to the Horde, and there are those that belong to the Alliance. Now that I’ve played both sides I’d have to say that the Alliance own the PvE spectrum, but the Horde DOMINATE the PvP.

Thats of course not to say that we dont win every now and again on the Alliance. We do. But in a general sense the Horde are far more organized and serious about the PvP. But I can remember a time when this wasn’t true. A time when the battlegrounds were new, and the odds were fairly even. I remember when AV was truely epic.

While I, like any other current WoW player appreciate the ease of gather up free PvP epics, I do occasionally miss the sheer awesomeness of what AV was. When there were NPC’s EVERYWHERE and you surely didn’t want to resurrect at Snowfall, because then Korak the Bloodrager would surely own your soul. And I once very early on met my fate against the Alliance’s Ram Raiders. When summoning Lok would turn the odds at a turtle on the bridge outside of the Alliance Base. Sure, you waited HOURS for the queue, but you got to exalted in one shot! And you would walk out with near on 100 thousand honor. There was nothing better then logging on two days later and getting into the SAME AV. Even finding out which side won on the forums three days later.

I was infuriated at first, when AV became the race it was, Horde and Alliance riding right past each other in hopes to down Drek or Van first. The quickest matches ever and it broke my heart. To me, Warsong Gultch and Arathi Basin were there for the quick matches. I wanted AV to stay the epic encounter it was. Apparently Blizzard had other plans for it.

Slowly they took away all the things that made it great. First there was the additon of Cross Realms, which of course, shortened the queue. Then came about the ability of the imfamous “Wall-Pull” for the Horde. Then the NPCs began to disapear, and eventually, were completely gone. Finally they added the reinforcements.

With The Burning Crusade I watched the ways of the 40 man raid die. Epics were no longer epic, and people just don’t understand the sheer amount of work and learning that went into these encounters. Thunderfury became trade spam, and all respect for those that really worked for thier purple pixels was gone. Now, instead of aweing over someone who achieved the nicest quality of gear, we mock those who don’t.

I miss the old days and held out a hope that maybe, just MAYBE, AV would be left be. But it, too, no longer represents the days of WoW that I loved, and miss. Unfortunatly, I’m told I have the same sort of thing to look forward to in WotLK. To all my fellow players who knew World of Warcraft the way I once did, here’s to you! And don’t forget to loot the damn dogs! XD


6 thoughts on “The Alterac Valley That Was

  1. Being just a bit late to the game myself (I was 53 I think the day TBC went live) I never got to experience the AV of which you speak. I have seen a few of the “zerg” AV’s you mention as the more modern type.

    I know I am not much for PVP, but I do think I would have really enjoyed the way you describe it. Hopefully the new PVP zone in the expansion will have some of that feel with the siege equipment and multiple objectives, only time will tell.

  2. Those damn dogs… don’t know how many wars erupted over the looting of those damn dogs. Alliance would fail – not because the Horde got there first, not for lack of tanks or even team mates ready to do battle… it was all because of the dogs.

    Not because someone did loot the dogs, just because of the arguments that ensured.

    I must admit that I got tired from the extreme length of the games 1.5 hours, OK.. but beyond that and I had other places to be. Still it was nice to both be a part of, or on the receiving end of a summoning. These days people pickup the drops and ask what they are for… but no-one ever bothers anymore.

  3. I’ve seen Lok a time or two be summoned, but never really the alliance guy. I can’t even remember his name anymore. Just that he was a Forest Lord. Still its just odd to see how much the game has changed, and how many people never knew it the way it was. I had a friend ask me yesterday how my horde warlock has the title of senior sergant. I tried to explain but Im not sure he understood.

    And go figure. They added the ability to see who’s loot it is on a mob AFTER all that arguing over the dogs. >.<

  4. I really really miss the “good ol’ days” of Alterac Valley. Pre-expansion I was very big into the Battlegrounds on my hunter and I have so many fond memories of them — especially before Blizzard enacted cross-realm Battlegroups. That, I feel, was the true decline of the Battlegrounds. Games no longer had the same faces week after week and I missed running into old opponents; we were very big on proper conduct and it wasn’t unusual to see Horde and Alliance flinging /salute, /hug, /kiss, and /love at one another.

    Those long Alterac Valley matches were an absolute blast. They felt so epic. You weren’t guarding a flag or protecting a node, but involved in a long-lasting skirmish between two imposing and immovable forces. These were back in the days when tokens didn’t seem as important or even honor farming (though there were dedicated rank farmers!).

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