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It’s 2am, Do You Know Where Your Wrath Is?

General post this morning.

Mr. Tigerfeet was a doll last night. He ran out to pick up our copies of Wrath from the closest game store (a 30-45 minute drive depending on deer) while I waited impatiently back at the house.

I wasn’t completely idle, I took the opportunity to attempt to hijack the zepplin twice before I got bored of being ‘ported to the nearest graveyard. It was actually rather entertaining. The first time I did it I don’t think anyone on the zepplin had the expansion pack, so we’d been giddily jumping around on deck one moment and the next we were standing in a graveyard looking bewildered and chagrined. The phrase ‘Owned’ comes to mind.

After I exhausted the entertainment available down that path I wandered over to Pantherfeet and puttered around Westfall for a bit.

Oh, before that I helped Mr Tigerfeet get a chicken pet.

I was clucking for a solid hour and a half.

Problem was, the first time the chicken responded Mr Tigerfeet was clucking too, so I missed it and kept on clucking. The second time the chicken responded I’d wanted to show him the quest text. I said “Hey huny, come here, quickly… no, QUICKLY… like RIGHT NOW COME HERE!”

He arraived just in time to register the fact there was a quest window on the screen before it closed as the chicken went back to being a regular chicken. I hadn’t accepted the quest.

#%*@!

So I kept on clucking.

The sound of a male Night Elf clucking is really annoying.

no… amazingly annoying. The half-hearted ‘bok bok bok’ing’ of the male orc /chicken emote is at least entertaining, but the skill of the male Night Elf in producing a shrill clucking noise and undulating his long elfish body is just disturbing.

Eventually though we did get Mr Tigerfeet his chicken. I made an announcement over the Exiles ventrilo that went something like this “The Pantherfeet chicken emporium is now closed for the evening. No further orders for chickens will be accepted as demand has exceeded the patience of the supplier. Please check back for chicken availability at a later date.”

I also got in on a deadmines run. I was lvl 13. It was, entertaining. I laughed and referred to my group as my ‘babysitters’. Nobody was obnoxiously high level, the highest level we had there was a lvl 30, so it wasn’t like it was some kind of massive run-through loot-fest for the lowbies, but we didn’t have any trouble either. I, of course, pulled aggro… all the time. Not from in-combat mobs, but from everything else for miles around.

C’est la vie. I was raised on Wailing Caverns, Deadmines got nothin’ on me!

Finally though, Mr Tigerfeet arraived home with copies of Wrath in hand!

I installed, and patched, and waited and then finally I was in. Woo-hoo! I took the zepplin from Orgrimmar to Honor Hold in the Borean Tundrah and picked up my first quest. Then I went and found the Wind Rider master, got the flight point, and logged out.

My next order of business was to create Pox, my Death Knight. I had planned on waiting a few weeks to create him. I was convinced of this paranoid notion that my DK name was so amazingly awesome, when I deleted my placeholder it would be stolen from me while I was in character creation.

My fears were unfounded and now I have a really neat looking Troll Death Knight that’ll tell you in great detail, echoing all the way that “They say that if you cut off an extremity it’ll regenerate a little bigger…. don’t believe it.”

Preparing for the Inevitable

This Thursday folks. It’s Tuesday now. That makes two more days (counting today) before we’re standing huddled in a game store somewhere on midnight waiting eagerly for our copies of Wrath of the Lich King!

I know lots of people have posted about what they’re doing to get ready, be it grinding money, emptying thier bank, what have you. I myself am somewhat of a procrastinator, and my bank and inventory look much the same as they did when Unemployed’s raiding ground to a halt.

So far, getting ready for me has amounted to me futzing around with Pantherfeet… Hey, I figured I’d see what life was ike for the other half of the Druids out there, and in an odd twist of fate, Pantherfeet struck me as a rather masculine name. You can find him running around Westfall at about this level, just call him Pantherfeet, the chicken vendor. He’s been conscripted to procure chickens for Mr. Tigerfeet and Co.

On a tangent, got a very promising call yesterday, will be on the phone with some people tonight, pray for me, cross your fingers, hopefully after tonight I’ll have a huge load of stress off my chest.

My bank now, did I mention it’s a mess? It’s probably way too late to unload all those primals I’m carying around and the stacks of enchanting materials. I probably won’t even bother trying actually. Those will most likely go to a vendor. (Actually, I should probably just throw it all in the Unemployed Bank, you hear that Pils? INCOMING!)

What I’m debating is my alternate armor sets. Since I hit 70 and started tanking I’ve held on to EVERYTHING. I’ve got my T6 ready tank set, my T5 ready DPS set, my barely-heroic ready healing set, and a Kara-ready bear set complete with three different weapon options. That’s what… four full sets of gear? Damn! Talk about hordeing (lol) I’m still carrying around some darkmoon cards and my carrot on a stick (I will NEVER get rid of that thing, I don’t care if it doesn’t work anymore).

So the choice is in front of me, what do I get rid of and when. I know that all the lower-level stuff has to go. The clefthoof set and accouterments at least. I’m trying to morph my kitty kit and my bear kit into one comprehensive set, but I’m having trouble with it.

My wiggle-stick does more damage, but the sparkly Hyjal one is… sparkly… and has mongoose.

Decisions decisions.

I do know, that once I get to 80 and gearing up with new epics the only pieces I’m going to hang on to are my tier-4 gear. I really like the look of the Malorne set and I knew I’d hang onto that for a good long time.

The part that’s causing me to wriggle is what to do with my gimpy healing kit. Trust me, it’s a mess and I look goofy as all get out. But there’s still that nagging thought in the back of my head that’s whispering “what if, what if, what if”. What if they need me to heal? What if I’m their only hope? I could be Obi-Wan to their Leia!

I think, what will end up happening, is I will tank an instance or two and realise that we have enough, and more than enough healers willing to do the job and then I’ll finally have the guts to clean out that sub-standard armor. We shall see.

And So The Mists Of Time

Possible Spoiler Alert

The following contains mostly pure conjecture, but I do link to one screenshot from the WotLK Beta. Said screenshot contains quest text (as opposed to simply pretty pictures) You’ve been warned.

So how’d ya like them zombies eh?

Lots of fun? Big PitA? Well, now they’re gone and we can all go back to our merry lives of eagerly awating for Northrend to open up for us and….

OMG IT’S THE LICH KING!

You can bet your bacon that Blizzard’s got something bigger, grander, more EXCITING planned for us. And Blizzard, if you don’t then SHAME!

Anyway, when the zombie infestation began becoming more dire I concocted a prediction. Unfortunately I didn’t share this with anyone so I didn’t get the treat of running around screaming ‘I told you so’. Either way, the zombie plague was started way too early, and was ramping up at too great a speed to remain a sustainable pressure on the player-base without becoming cumbersome. In fact, I know quite a few people felt it cumbersome for even the short time it was implemented.

But, as all good storytelling goes, there is rising action, climax, then falling action. The ultimate climax for this story will result in the release of Wrath of the Lich King, on November 13th. Has anyone logged in and noticed your alts being transported, inexplicably, to Silvermoon City? (for the horde). I have no reports from Alliance side, but a number of guildies have noticed this.

Why are characters being moved? Is this Isolated? Is this intentional? I don’t know if it’s happened to me, I haven’t logged in for three days.

I’ve also recieved reports of servers going down today, quietly, unobtrusively. It’s not Tuesday, it’s not patch day, I’m thinking something sneaky is going on.

I present to you, for your perusal, this screenshot from the beta.

Attack against Orcs, attack against all of the horde, yes, that we’ve seen. The zombies were awful.

The second word in the quest-givers sentence, however, is enough to strike terror into the hearts of all loyal Horde.

If you’re not familiar with that particular verb, here’s what Webster’s got to say about it:

raze

  1. To tear down; demolish; level to the ground
  2. To shave or scrape off

Listen to this, let it echo around in your mind. Think of the possibilities, savor the phrase

The razing of Orgrimmar

The razing of Stormwind

It gives me goosebumps all over. Is this going to happen? What will it be like? I can’t wait to find out. Needless to say, my three-day absence from all things WoW will be ending this weekend.

Additionally –

If this does not come to pass, I’m still completely certain that something big WILL be happening to draw our characters to the north. Remember folks, you heard it here first. Secret Agent Cat is on the prowl!

You There! With The Branches!

Are you talkin’ to me?

Are you talkin’ to ME?

Well, if said talking was being done yesterday around midday then yes, perhaps you could have been talking to me.

And my branches.

Now, this wasn’t another incident of a hunter, a warrior, a druid and two mages walk into a bar… No, this was more like ‘I need my Naaru title and I need it NOW’, with not a healer in sight.

I had my Magtheridon kill, I had my Nightbane and Gruul kills, I had turned in said kill to A’dal like the good little druid that I was. All I was missing was a breif jaunt into Heroic Slave Pens. And there was not a healer in sight.

So I hemmed and I hawwed and, making an executive decision plucked Mr Tigerfeet by the scruff of the neck to tank for me and brought along a warlock buddy of mine who also needed the title, a couple more DPS rounded out the party and, after a quick jaunt to the Moonglade I was sporting leaves instead of fur. (I can hardly believe it, but I think the previous sentence is actually gramatically correct)

I had wood, and I was stiff.

If you’re a feral, and must find yourself, for whatever reason, filling in for a healing spot make sure, above all, that you’re bringing with you an understanding group. Some of my mistakes included:

  • Loading up the tank with HoTs before he had proper threat.
  • Not screaming my head off when I got aggro and allowing myself to be hacked in two.
  • Healing the DPS and forgetting the tank.
  • Using my wrong rez out of combat.
  • Forgetting that I was soulstoned (seriously, nobody soulstones a feral, I’m not used to the attention!)

But after some initial growing pains I didn’t do too badly. Wild Growth is really a wonderful skill.

When all was said and done we’d killed the first boss and the second (mmm, lobster din-din) and then called it. Vladante and I only needed to get past the second boss, but Mr. Tigerfeet needed two badges and the DPS was just glad to be doing something that didn’t offer the opportunity for zombie infection.

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Now, a breif note about the Zombie infestation and those whining about it.

KNOCK IT OFF ALLREADY!

It started with a few suspicious boxes in Booty Bay. It escalated to plagued vermin in all major cities until finally the Argent healers were run so ragged and the infection so viral that the zombies fair outnumbered us all!

Nobody, no game company, no… NOBODY is going to ramp something up to such a fever pitch THAT quickly and KEEP the danger that high. It doesn’t make for good storytelling, it doesn’t make for fun gameplay.

I can tell all of you out there that the zombie cure has been discovered and *checks watch* as of an our or two, the zombies will be gone.

Similar to the original opening of Naxxramas and, before that, Ahn’Quiraj, this was a special world event. Such events are rare and, as such, should be treasured and enjoyed. It won’t last forever and if yesterday you felt like pulling your hair out while you were trying to innocently browse the auction house, well, trust me, it’s gone before you know it.

Things like this add a wonderful feel of ‘I was there when’ to the game. WoW is approaching 4 years old isn’t it? There’s a good deal of history there, not lore, but real history (you know, the kind that can’t be altered on a whim? *grumble*)

So I hope you enjoyed getting to maraud as a zombie, I know I certainly did. Infecting all of ratchet single-handedly had me in a fit of giggling. Now though, the zombies are gone, not to come again.

I’ll miss them, but I can expect that Blizzard will have something else planned for us as the date of WotLK release draws near.

Ok, I’ll Come Clean…

I don’t really have any idea what I’m doing.

Mr. Tigerfeet patched his WoW yesterday while the servers were down, and neglected to patch mine. As a result I attempted to drag the installer form his computer over to mine so that I didn’t have to download the darn thing. Long story short, I couldn’t find the installer, tried to overwrite my game files with his, and broke the whole freaking thing.

I had no WoW last night (not that many did) and I was frustrated and tired and cranky. I went to bed, had another short battle with Nibbles the Pirate (our new kitten, he likes to sleep on faces) and finally fell asleep.

This morning I awoke to wander downstairs bleary-eyed to find my computer screen glowing a chilling blue with a Frost Wurm roaring challenges at me. Well, while nibbling on some of last night’s leftovers I managed to log in just long enough to make a quick trip to Orgrimmar for my Shave and a Haircut. I’ve now got long braids and I’m missing one of my horns. Hey, I figure this character is old enough she’s probably a bit the worse for wear.

Mooving on…

I got to work and people are chittering about talent specs and… this is when the panic starts to set in. I’ve been playing as a druid for 2-3 years. You would think I’d know what I was doing, you would think I’d have enough confidence in myself to boldly click my talent buttons and choose my destiny, firm in the belief that I know what I’m doing. You’d think that, wouldn’t you?

You’d be wrong.

I’m not really the kind of person to race headlong off of a cliff (despite the number of times this has happened in-game). I prefer to analyze, over-analyze, and re-analyze everything. I want ONE spec, I want ONE job, and I want to be AWESOME at it. Well, maybe I shouldn’t have rolled a Druid…

No, my consternation comes from the split in the Feral tree. I shall be cat, or I shall be bear. If I do both I’ll miss out on Berserk and I won’t be killer at either. Jack of all, master of none right?

I figured this would be a simple decision. Do I want to tank, or shall I be DPS now? The problem comes from my own conflicting desires and promises… well, maybe not promises, more like agreements I’ve made with my guild.

I was recruited as a feral tank. Once upon a time feral tanking scared the bajeezus out of me. (I’m notorious for not trusting my healers) But since that time I’ve come to enjoy it, I enjoy it quite a bit in fact. I enjoy being a very important person, I enjoy that my job is necessary and that there’s really only 3 (4 come wrath) other classes who can do the same job as I.

Running as DPS doesn’t confer the same level of importance. Yes, DPS is important, if you don’t have enough the fight takes forever and there’s a good chance you’ll run up to the enrage timer and then, well, it’s game over.

Thing is, I want to push the envelope on DPS now that I’m told I’ll be able to. I also don’t want to give up the ‘glamor’ that comes with being a tank. When I was geared enough to go on guild progression runs I would be cheered when I said I was available. Perhaps it’s all in my head, but being ‘just another DPS’ seems to lend itself to a life of obscurity.

Now that I’ve said all that…

I’d like to let everyone know what a wonderful and therapeautic thing a blog can be. I’ve finally typed out everything that I think, my hopes and fears for the expansion, and I have a plan. It’s so painfully obvious, but it’s not something I could accept unless I came to the conclusion on my own.

I’ll do both, of course!

Blizzard is giving us two specs, there is no excuse for me not to have a dps spec and a tanking spec, no reason at all. As of right now I think I’ve been able to plan something out. Relying on my tier bonuses and my current stats I’ve tried to make a hybrid bear-cat build for between now and the expansion. This very well may end up being my leveling build, I’m not too sure.

I’m very much looking forward to being able to test it out in some group environments.

So now, without further ado, here’s

Tiger’s Top Idontknowwhatthecrapimdoing Feral Hybrid Build

The Glyphs are Coming! The Glyphs are Coming!

Kill one Gnome if by Land, Two if by Sea.

Well, I can have my seal form and swim in it too, so I think I’ll just go kill lots of gnomes!

Anyway, it’s Tuesday morning, nobody can connect, and I’m sure the blizzard downloaders are groaning under the weight. What’s a druid to do while she waits? Plan her glyphs of course!

For a comprehensive druid-themed list check here. Now, on to Tiger’s Top Glyph Picks!

Major –

Wishlist:
Glyph of Frenzied Regeneration – While Frenzied Regeneration is active, healing effects on you are 20% more powerful.
Glyph of Growl – Increases the chance for your Growl ability to work successfully by 8%.
Glyph of Mangle – Increases the duration of Mangle by 6 sec.
Glyph of Maul – Your Maul ability now hits 1 additional target.
Glyph of Rip – Increases the duration of your Rip ability for 4 sec.

TANKING
Slot1: Glyph of Frenzied Regeneration
Slot2: Glyph of Maul
Slot3: Glyph of Growl / Glyph of Mangle

Notes: I usually only use Frenzied Regeneration if things are getting really bad, there’s a long cooldown and it only really lets me die more slowly. I wish there was a glyph to reduce the cooldown, but the increased healing effects will be nice. Maul attacks 1 more target? WIN! I’m a little on the fence between the Growl and Mangle glyphs. My growl isn’t usually resisted and I can’t really think of anybody that’s died because of it. Longer Mangle time though means more rage to use on things like Maul. I’ll probably go with the Mangle glyph.

LEVELING
Slot1: Glyph of Mangle
Slot2: Glyph of Rip
Slot3: Glyph of Maul

Notes: 6 more seconds on Mangle as a cat is HUGE! The DPS duke! The DPS! Same thing for Rip, 4 more seconds of rip means 4 more seconds of shredding, RAWR! Glyph of Maul, for tanking! I’ll be tanking 5-mans in the expansion most likely. The Maul glyph gives me the most utility of all the tanking glyphs while still letting me use kitty goodness. Myus.

Minor –

Wishlist:
Glyph of Unburdened Rebirth – Your Rebirth spell no longer requires a reagent.
Glyph of Thorns – Increases the duration of your Thorns ability by 50 min when cast on yourself.
Glyph of Challenging Roar – Reduces the cooldown of your Challenging Roar ability by 30 sec.
Glyph of Dash – Reduces the cooldown of your Dash ability by 20%

TANKING
Slot1: Glyph of Unburdened Rebirth
Slot2: Glyph of Thorns
Slot3: Glyph of Challenging Roar

Notes: Unburdened Rebirth? I guess it’s ok, I’d rather have a Glyph of Unburdened Mark of the Wild. Are you listening Blizzard? I’d like to NOT have to remember to carry around 3+ stacks of Wild Quillvine. But, in a pinch, I guess I’ll do without my 1 stack of Acorns, or whateverthecrap they are. Thorns, for 50 minutes? Oh GOODIE! I’m notorious for forgetting to buff myself, this’ll be nice, vurreh nice. Glyph of Challenging Roar, now 30 seconds more often! Well, 30 seconds isn’t much, but every little bit helps.

LEVELING
Slot1: Glyph of Unburdened Rebirth
Slot2: Glyph of Thorns
Slot3: Glyph of Dash

Notes: Unburdened Rebirth, Thorns, same dealie-o as above. Glyph of Dash? Rocket, rocket, ROCKET-CAT HOOOOOOOO!

Not-Used Feral Glyphs:

Glyph of Aquatic Form – Minor Glyph – Increases your Swim Speed by 50% while in Aquatic form – While being a little torpedo sounds like lots of fun I’ll probably be spending more time as a rocket cat. This could of course change, but I doubt it.

Glyph of Rake – Major Glyph – Your Rake Ability prevents targets from fleeing – fleeing? Is this a snare? From the tooltip it sounds like it’s just effective against those lilly-livered Dark Iron Dwarves that always try to run when they’re about to die. I don’t see myself getting much use out of this. Now, if it’s a snare that will work against PCs, perhaps I’ll be swapping it in for PvP. I’ll have to see.

Glyph of Shred – Major Glyph – Increases the damage dealt by Shred to stunned and incapacitated targets by 20% – My targets aren’t usually stunned or incapacitated, they’re usually alive and well and beating me in the face. Only time I see this as effective is with a prowl-feral charge-pounce-mangle-shred combo. While I’m grinding that’s usually more complicated than I ever bother with. Perhaps it’s got some utility in PvP if you’re running around with a stun-lock rogue or a judgement-happy ret paladin but, I just can’t see myself using this one too much.

Glyph of the Wild – Minor Glyph – Mana cost for your Mark of the Wild and Gift of the Wild spells reduced by 50% – Excuse me, mana cost? What the hell are you doing casting MotW and GotW in the middle of a fight? If it removed the reagent component I’d carry this one around with me in a heartbeat, but during downtime when everyone’s buffing, I mean, geez, mana’s not an issue. Buff your raid, munch your mana biscuit, get on with your life.

PS: There’s a LOT of links in here, if something doesn’t link to where you think it sould please let me know and I’ll fix it 🙂

So You Think You Can PvP?

Maybe you’re showing people what for in the Arenas.

Maybe you’re wiping the ground with the Alliance/Horde in the Battlegrounds.

Maybe you’re sporting a full set of Brutal gear.

But do you really know what you’re doing? Do you know how to survive in a world where anyone can swoop out of nowhere to smash your face into the ground?

There was a time in WoW where choosing between a PvP and a PvE server meant more than an increase of greifing, it was the difference between being able to PvP and… well… not. This was a time before Arenas *gasp*, before even Battlegrounds *DOUBLE-GASP*, where the only form of PvP was….

WORLD PVP

Say it with me now people, world – pee – vee – pee. It’s not scary, but it is out to get you in the most literal of senses.

Now, I believe I’ve mentioned in the past that I had come from a PvP server (Scilla, specifically) before I transferred to the PvE server, Hydraxis. I love telling people that I ‘grew up’ on a PvP server and didn’t transfer until I was lvl 63.

For those of you who’ve huddled close to their PvE server I’ll do my best to explain what it means to play and level on a PvP server. Perhaps I’ll be able to entice you to give a PvP server a try, or maybe not, but I do hope I can prepare a number of people to face Northrend and, more specifically, Lake Wintergrasp.

When you create a character on a PvP server everything starts as normal. You’ll kill mobs and level up in your race’s primary starting area. I’ll use Tauren as an example. You’ll romp through Mulgore and bang your head against the ground when you’re asked to find that darned wandering kodo, and eventually your big tauren eyes will fill up with tears when you’re forced to leave the beautiful rolling hills of Mulgore for the harsh and neverending wasteland that is the Barrens.

Once in the Barrens things will continue mostly as they have with one minor difference. You will most likely see your first Alliance here. They will either be raiding the Crossroads (Yes, I know, we’re as guilty as you with Sentinel Hill) or you’ll run into one or two on the docks of Ratchet.

The offending cross-faction person will be quite obvious. Their name will be red, it will not be yellow, it will not be green, it will not be blue, it will be RED. This means that if you were to hover your cursor over there your amiable little hand icon will turn to a belligerent sword, encouraging you, enticing you to attack and taunting you with your own cowardace no matter that their level reads as a skull.

Now, if you are in the Barrens, you will know that this area is Horde controlled. Above your map in the upper-right hand corner it will say Barrens in nice friendly green letters. If you were an Alliance in the Barrens it would list the zone but would be displayed in Red. Red means this is somebody else’s home turf and you’d better remember that sonny! These babies aren’t so far from home that their momma can’t come and whack you with her frying pan no sirre! Or, something like that. Basically, an area that is displayed in Red means you are not in friendly territory and every hand there will be turned against you, don’t try to make friends, they’re not in the mood.

Back to our wide-eyed little baby Tauren. You’ve probably by now discovered that, since this is your home turf the Alliance can’t touch you. Unless of course you touch them first (I’m not that kind of orc) or decide to really live on the edge and belligerantly flag up with a cocky /pvp. (I wouldn’t reccomend it, that area is prime for ganking) But now you’re in your late teens or even early twenties and Stonetalon Mountains/Ashenvale/Tarren Mill is calling.

You will notice, the moment you step into one of these areas that a YELLOW name will pop up on your screen letting you know what area you’ve passed into. Underneath it will say (Contested Territory). Congratulations son, you’ve stepped out into the big scary world of Open PvP. Your mommy isn’t going to hold your hand now, you are on your own. Anybody you see from the opposiong faction is a potential victim, but you know what? So are you. There is no such thing as an off-hand AFK, there is no such thing as waiting patiently in a spawn line. If you sit still for too long someone will find you and they will kill you.

Corpse hopping is a bitch.

But it’s not all that bad. You just have to learn to be a little more careful. Here are Tiger’s Top Anti-Gank Tips.

  • Don’t AFK
  • If you have to AFK and you’re near a town head in and AFK there. -This isn’t gank-proof though, see next tip
  • If you have to AFK while in a town find a building to hide in, find the most out of the way corner and stuff yourself in it. If you can stealth, do.
  • If you’re in the field and have to AFK and you’re land-bound (very common in STV) find an out of the way spot as free of mobs as possible (wouldn’t that just be the kicker to escape notice of the enemy only to be killed by a marauding band of jungle trolls?) Find some bushes and hunker down. If you’re a night elf, hunter, druid, or rogue either stealth or feign death. If you’re not, then pray, you should probably be fine, especially if your chosen hidey hole is far enough out of the way.
  • If you have to AFK and you’re not land-bound then get on your flying mount/shift to flight form and fly up. Fly up really high. This is the safest method. Make sure you’re not in range of anything that anybody else can use to stand on and you’ll be just fine. If a druid thinks it’d be clever to moonfire spam you to death in bird form they’ll discover that moonfire puts them in combat and they’ll quickly fall to their doom.
  • Guards are your friends, and roads are usually pretty safe (though not for those who are AFK’d.
  • While grinding mobs you will probably be ganked while low on health. This is common and just something you’ll need to get used to. To help alleviate this you will get to be very good at pulling only the mobs you can reasonably easily handle and nothing more. Accidentally pulling five mobs, managing to kill them and getting away with only 14 health might sound hard-core, but you won’t feel very awesome during your run back to your corpse because someone 4 levels lower than you decided to jump on that golden opportunity. So, only pull what you can handle, and try to finish out fights with as much health as you can.
  • Join a leveling guild. Guilds are great for social communities, making friends, and finding people to run instances with. In a good guild on a PvP server they’re also AMAZING insurance companies. Sometimes you will find some lowlife SoB whose only goal in life is to make you miserable and insists on camping your corpse. This is when you should call to your guild and, in a good guild, they will call in the cavalry. Thus will insue either a satisfying episode of revenge-camping or an epic guild-vs-guild battle when the camper becomes the campee and calls in his guild because you called in yours.
  • Nesingwary is a quest hub without guards. As such his camp is usually littered with bones, tread warily and do not linger.

I was inspired to share these tips while I was puttering about the PvP PTR the other day. I was futsing with my talents, just sitting on a field in nagrand, when a hunter came up and wasted me. It would’ve been a fair fight if he hadn’t gotten the jump on me, but then I had been sitting out in the open, a cherry ripe for the picking. Leveling from 63 to 70 on Hydraxis had made me soft and I thought it prudent that, with a forced PvP area being available in Northrend, to brush up on my world PvP survival skills.

P.S.- If I’m completely out of my gourd and Wintergrasp is NOT an open PvP area even on a PvE realm then feel free to ignore that part of the advice, everything else still holds true for the rest of Azeroth on a PvP server though. Enjoy, and happy ganking!