Category Archives: Arathi Basin

No, you come HERE and I’ll heal you. Maybe.

I’m working on a WoW Newsletter for one of my favorite clients; this one is a monthly repeat project. March’s newsletter has a nice feature on Battlegrounds in it, which means that I need some Battleground screenshots. Which means I’m going in, cover me.

Not only will I be subjecting myself to PvP, but I’m going to have to do it on multiple characters from both factions. That’s so all my screenies don’t give the impression that WoW means playing an Undead Warlock, and nothing else. We can’t have that.

So I’m trying to put together toon-BG combinations that I know will go well. For example, no one but Ahimdylaw, the Paladin, is allowed to do Alterac Valley. Those people are just insane, and it’s not safe for the rest of my toons. ‘Law is the only character I’ve ever had any success with in AV, and that includes healers.

Now that I think about it, healing is probably the best way to do BGs. I’m not expected to fight, not really, and I can play “god” for a few minutes. What the schnitzle am I doing writing this post? I could be not healing rogues fighting in the middle! Right this second!

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Warlock in Arathi Basin: A love story

While on the mission for my Red Dragonhawk, I noticed someone else’s Black War Raptor. Hawt, no? Yeah, I’m rather in love with it. So I checked it out and realized that I’m already on the way to having that bad boy, since I have a few Alterac Valley, Arathi Basin, and Warsong Gulch Marks of Honor.

So, off I go to Arathi Basin. Long-term readers of this blog will already know that I don’t PvP often, and when I do, I don’t do it well. It’s just not a good fit for me, not the least because I’m a horrible sport. When I do manage to vanquish my foe, I’m often dead myself shortly thereafter. This is because I was jumping up and down, pointing at my screen and yelling, “Eat that, bitch!” at the top of my lungs, and someone else came along and just destroyed me. I judge the skill of others by how long it takes them to kill me, and actually the pity the poor souls who simply cannot.

What does a ‘lock like me do while in the battlegrounds, you might ask. Well, I’ll tell you.

  • Run into a group fighting on the road and use my instant Howl.
  • Sneak up behind an Alli healer and Deathcoil, then chain-Fear until someone notices me.
  • Find a Priest, and wait for him to wind up a heal. Then I Spell Lock him.
  • After Spell Locking, I start eating buffs off of him.
  • Sneak up behind another group and start tossing Seeds into the crowd. The resultant explosions make me cry purply tears of evil joy.
  • Talk D into being my own pocket healer, and then make his job as hard as possible by insisting on behavior as per the above.
  • Make D homemade waffles to make up for all the stress I’ve caused him. As a life-long healer, he really takes it personally when he loses any group member and that’s especially difficult for him when the lost member is his dear wife. It’s a very special kind of love, y’all.

Prin Does PvP – Part 2

Arathi Basin. My second attempt at dominating the PvP playing field. Let’s see how it goes!

Okay, I’ve got my Psychic Scream hotkeyed to the Z key (I switched it with Fear Ward on my toolbar for the excursion). I’m all buffed, mounted, ready to rock.

Oh yeah, what’s the objective, again? Flags? No, no, it’s bases in AB! Yeah, that’s right. There are five: the Farm, Lumbermill, Mine, Stables, and Blacksmith. The way the map is set up, the Farm is closest to our base, while the Stables are furthest. There are some great strategy tips here.

I no sooner join the Battlegroup (already in progress) than I see this:

Well, I think, that was easy.

Then a Horde player posts what looks to be a reasonable strategy – we already hold 4 bases, let’s go for the fifth! Apparently they call that a “five-cap” and it’s really good.

I rush the Stables, right into the chaos of fighting at the banner. I start dotting up everyone I can target, until a rogue notices me – BOOM, I fear off the lot of them. By now, other players have been inspired by my bravery and dedication to teamwork and have joined me in the fray. They jump in and finish off the Alliance players I’ve feared, clearing our way. Well, most of our way. Seems they’ve neglected to take care of the rogue who is Backstabbing me mercilessly.

Ah well, it’s part of war, right? Sure it is. Anyway, doesn’t matter. After only 14 minutes of battle, the Horde dominated and Prin walked away with 587 honor (it was also the daily!) and 3x Arathi Basin Mark of Honor. A pretty solid showing by our favorite Shadow Priestess, if I do say so myself.
So, tell me guys, which is your favorite BG? And how do you like to play? I’m a fan of defense & dirty tricks, so far.