Presenting Tawyn and Tux, all dressed up and having declared Lumber Mill as their property:
Now I have a confession to make. I've been a pretty big PvPer with Tawyn throughout her career, and she has over 9000* kills to her name. She goes into her battlegrounds with guns (or bows, or crossbows) blazing and ready to steamroll the competition given the chance; even if the Horde is stomping on us that day, Tawyn goes out fightin'.
BUT! I haven't PvP'd with her in a very, very long time. Until today.
See, it's partially because I realized PvP is more enjoyable for me overall Horde-side, but largely just because Tawyn is 100% geared and spec'd for PvE and level 70 battlegrounds just aren't enjoyable when you're sporting a whopping zero resiliance and under 8000 hit points and a pure PvE spec.
Today though, a Gruul's run I was going to sneak into failed to ignite (I think I just jinx Gruul's runs, seriously, I can never get into them), and I was bored, so I ran to Champion's Hall and squandered all my honor on Merciless Gladiator's Chain Spaulders and Merciless Gladiator's Chain Gauntlets, then pulled out my ol' Gladiator's Chain Helm (and I coulda pulled out my Gladiator's Heavy Crossbow, too, but then I decided to stick with the Choco-Bow), equipped my loveworn PvP trinket, and ran into Arathi Basin.
And we won, oh did we win, twice in a row baby. The first game was cake and we had the place five-capped in a matter of minutes; the second game was a very close one-- we won 2000-1850 or something-- and both were a complete blast. Epic battles, mass carnage, and the little periwinkle elf and her owl not lettin' you get near Lumber Mill. It's mine, all mine!
Then I took a deep breath and ventured into Alterac Valley and discovered that Alliance on Bloodlust apparently still fails at it (big surprise), but oh well. At least I live much longer with my new PvP stamina gear and can take a few hordies down with me. (In all honesty I'm starting to think Horde just manages to drag a few more healers into their AV than Alliance usually does.)
I am so glad that Blizz did whatever they did a few months ago that made it so queueing up for a battleground no longer pits you against premades. I'd gotten so sick of spending 95% of EotS my games sitting on the little floating island and letting the premade team just do their thing. I was so tired of getting camped at the graveyard in AB while the five-cap happened, waiting for it to end so I could grab my mark and do it all over again with a tear in my eye. Because that wasn't PvP.
The good ol' fashioned super-close battlegrounds, however, are, and it makes Tawyn a happy Tawyn.
Oh hey, fellow Bloodlust-ers, we should totally all plan a time to try and queue up into a battleground together. Even if you're a hordie. We can /wave and /hug have a friendly spar perhaps? /grin
*Did I seriously just sneak the phrase "over 9000" into a blog post? Dang, I should get a cookie for that.