Lots of new stuff! I have not read much before, and I never check PTR, so it is a bit confusing at the moment.
Yesterday our (quite casual) guild had a silly birthday run through some old raids. We started “naked” (only shirt and tabard allowed) and the char who accumulated most gear “won”. It was not exactly an intense competition, as we shared whatever dropped. It was just a perfect relaxing fun thing to do after the mostly-rush before the patch.
Anyway, I have a suggestion for this week. It is pvp week. Quest: A Call to Battle = Win four battlegrounds. If you are not that fond of pvp, this might still be doable! There is now separate queue for random battlegrounds of the big sort (AV etc). In the LFG tool it is called “Random Epic Battleground”.
So far I did seven on my horde mage. Four wins, three losses. Six AV and one Isle of Conquest. Five games were very fast. One AV win was a slow one, big battle at alliance end. Fun. One reason battles are so fast is that atm we are quite OP, and they are also mostly end-of-map pve race (especially AV). I guess when expansion hits, NPCs in AV will get a boost. Right now, towers etc does not matter, unless you get the rare occasion of a real front battle.
Even if you do not feel skilled, or just have some alts you are not very confident with in pvp, it does not matter much in these “Epic” bgs. Just do what you can. You cannot really fail your team. Probably no one notices if you are not the best pvp player. Extra plus there is a lot less of that verbal abuse too common in small team bgs. Simply because no one has the time in the zergs.
Today, the queue time before and around lunch has been 10-15 minutes which is very short for those large-scale battlegrounds. Maybe people even started farming AV (mainly)? So a nice short break between them. On my first three wins I got three achievements. I didn’t have any on my mage, and I already had them on my lock since way back, but if you otherwise rarely or never pvp, with some luck you can get a few to add to your total. Without even trying.
Another bonus of patch 8.0 is that your honor across chars are counted together. That is one reason I started doing this on a few alts today. Not just the usual “grind” on my lock. But it is fun to pew pew in AV even on alts.
The pvp talent system have been remade, so you choose 4 from the whole pool of them, not in tiers like the pve ones. Just try out different ones. It is not like your guild or raid depends on what you spec.
Hope this gives some inspiration to try some pvp, or dust of some alts. You can get a few pets and mounts from the honor system. The weekly gives 10 Mark of Honor if you want some old pvp sets for transmogging. Or the old pvp mounts. I wish they would put in some more racial pvp mounts, sold for Marks. Or a special one for say 500 or 1000 marks.
This post was written between battlegrounds on my mage, some gardening, and having a lunch break. 😉