An Open Love Letter to Warsong Gulch
Dearest Warsong Gulch,
We’ve had a tumultuous history, haven’t we?
I’ve known you for 4 years now, and for 3 years and 6 months we were bitter enemies. You, and you alone, were the thing that kept so many of my low level characters away from PvP. You were their only option before Cataclysm, and you were their fastest queue option after Cataclysm. You had me stuck between a rock and a hard place, and I hated you for it.
Your simple layout was so unforgiving. If I was caught alone on my way to try to help a teammate, it usually spelled certain death. I would try to help our flag carrier as he hurried back to our base, but inevitably get stuck somewhere at midfield, pounced by half the opposing team. I would try to carry the flag and die before I left the Horde flagroom. I would die, and die, and die.
But slowly, oh so very slowly, you started to win me over.
The first realization was a crucial one: don’t kill the people coming after my flag carrier, control them. Stopping midfield to kill opponents takes too much time, time which gives the other team a chance to rez, mount up, and get to my flag carrier. Instead, don’t stop running. Use crowd control spells to get your opponents away from your flag carrier long enough that you get out of range of them. Dispell your flag carrier so that he won’t have any slows on him. And just keep going. It was a brilliant design, WSG (if I can call you that). You know we’ll be tempted by the HKs, and by the thought that killing opponents will help our flag carrier in the end. So coy.
Then I started to look at you differently. When we first met, I hated the simplicity of your design. You were nothing more than a straight shot with two buildings at either end, or so I thought. But over time, you grew on me. As I learned more about you, I began to love that you had both wide open, outdoor areas, and close, cramped indoor areas. I had to change my strategy for facing opponents dependent upon where I was. Inside the buildings I had all sorts of options for breaking line of sight from my enemies. Outside in your fields, I had only your buggy tree stumps to (maybe) shield me. Suddenly, even your unpredictability was attractive.
I understand you now, my lovely WSG. Your strategy is deceptive because it is so simple. Don’t kill; control. Either help your team’s flag carrier, or kill your opponent’s flag carrier. Learn to fight inside, learn to fight outside. If your healer is with you, just keep running.
Thank you for the wins last night, and over the last 6 months. You’ve made me feel like maybe, just maybe, I’m decent at PvP again. And I love you for that.
P.S. Consider yourself on notice, Alterac Valley.