Let's start by saying that I am an avid PvPer. I decided to pick up WoW again just to see how things have changed since I played. I originally quit playing just after the release of the burning crusade. I have heard a lot about the changes so I figured that I might as well see what all the fuss was about.
I began by creating a human paladin. I always liked perception, the activateable ability that can help you pop stealthers. Quicky I realized perception was made into a passive and that humans now have a new activatable that functions much like a trinket. Already, I have a concern about the game. In a game where tactics are necessary to win, I would think that an instant " I am out of your crowd control " ability just shouldnt exist unless its a very class specific function. I pushed on leveling at a rate I find kind of hard to believe. I was level 15 before I blinked and running random instances. The next blink i was level 19 in mostly green gear with some blues.
I decided to PvP and call to arms for Warsong Gulch was up. Two wins was all it took for me to level out of the 10-19 bracket. I was shocked. I was also shocked by the total lack of class balance. Most of my BG's were usually full of rogues that would simply shadow step, ambush, dead caster. It was hard to believe a caster would even queue up. I moved on from the BG's and went back to instancing to build up a set up gear. That is when I noticed bind on account gear.
Bind on account gear, I would have to say that in my opinion, is the worst idea that I have ever seen implemented into a game. When a new player comes into a game, they lack knowledge and experience. A new player lacks the information needed to succeed and over time, they obtain this information. So when an experienced player is in a BG with new players, there is an obvious advantage on the side of experience. Now lets take this experience advantage and also give that player better equipment than the new player can obtain until he reaches level cap, Blizzard, you have simply out done yourself. Bravo. Those elitiest players, they needed even more of an advantage...
I do my best to ignore BoA gear and push on just for the hell of it. Before I know it, I am a level 46 Prot Pali in all blues. I am rocking 3200 health and feeling like some PvP. I enter WSG and see a few players with over 5000 health. The rewards for being an experienced player are simply far to great. I actually enjoyed myself in that BG until I decided to disect the new mechanics of the game.
As a Protection Paladin, my damage output is simply absurd. If my talents refresh my avengers shield cooldown, the burst potential is rediculous. I was having avengers shield crits for over 2000 damage vs players with 2000 health. I just do not see why a healing class in plate armor should out burst a mage. Then I realized that you simply have to have a high damage output due to the fact that it doesnt seem that there is a such thing as defense in WoW.
As I walk out of the WSG tunnel I am sapped, ambushed, and eviscerated for my total health. I begin to wonder, what does the 5200 armor statistic and a shield even do. I read it and it says 54% damage mitigation which makes me wonder if its even possible for a caster to survive combat with a rogue. I also start seeing huge damage output from most classes and it dawns on me, Blizzard has simply made everyone a dps class in PvP. In PvE, yes you will have tanks but at level 46 and below, I have seen almost every class tank with little to no problems. Almost all of the instances seem to be a complete joke. On one run I wasnt paying much attention due to the ease of the instance when I realized our healer left. I dont know when, but he bounced at some point and that entire time I was healing myself. Needless to say, we finished that instance without a dedicated healer.
I am not sure what the point of this blog is. Maybe it is to point out the absurdness that is WoW PvP at the moment. Maybe it is to point out the total lack of difficulty that is PvE. Maybe I am simply shocked at the new direction Blizzard is taking WoW.