I’m hoping to get some sort of response from Blizzard or at least catch their attention with this post.
It is from my understanding that Blizzard decided to allow BGs in wotlk to grant experience for levelers. This was done in order for the lower level pvp brackets to survive including the twink side. Moreover, blizzard decided not to bifurcate the queues which once again is a very supportive action towards twinks, which we do appreciate a lot.
Also, we know that RDF was removed due to the concern over the social aspect where RDF would make the dungeon interaction void of any meaningful social engagement. Furthermore, it would lower zone activity. I do not take any position against this reasoning, rather I’d like to bring this reason forward to why I’m making this post.
As of today, we still haven’t heard anything about why the BG finder is not included in the BETA or PTR, nor whether it will make an appearance in the real launch of the alpha / wotlk. And so whether to add this feature or not is currently being discussed at Blizzard, I would love to add my view on this.
I look at it from the way you’ve taken action recently. If you were to not include the BG finder, this would be extremely counter-intuitive to the reasoning behind the actions you took to remove the RDF and implement experience in BGs. I’ve read a bit here and there from other posts about why bg finder is good. Hence, I will only mention them in haste and give one reason which I feel was left out.
→ Will lead to afking at battlemasters = no social engagement, zone activity or fun leveling experience in the sense that you get to do quests and learn the lore for instance.
→ Heavily reduced Wpvp since the pvp:ers are forced to stay in the city. Since you get teleported back to the city and as the queues are generally pretty quick, you won’t bother to go to a zone to kill some time by ganking or what have you.
→ It will heavily damage the twinking communities as levelers won’t want to stick around in a city for (most likely) sub-par experience just to gain some honor or so. You could maybe argue that they would do this when they reach 60 just to get the epic gear to level but the current 60-69 bracket is a testament to that not really being the case with the low engagement (max 3 WSG bgs during peak hours). I think it would severely damage the very low level brackets such as 19,29,39,49 and 60 (51-60 AV which won’t pop since it requires a lot more people) since they do not really have any gear upgrades that levelers can get their hands on.
My addition to the above reasons which sort of ties into the Wpvp argument;
Back in wotlk, when I was queueing bgs with friends, I used to be out in the world looking for players to kill. The funny thing is, a lot of times I found players that needed my help with quests for instance, these services would often lead to long-term social relationships. Whenever I didn’t do that, I would go farming or do zone-achievements. If social-interaction, zone activity and greater leveling experience is the goal here then it is my belief that you should 100% allow the bg finder.
The only reason I’ve really heard over and over for not including it is that people interact a lot at battlemasters which would then reduce social engagement. Honestly, I think that is 100% incorrect, but I recommend the people voicing this argument go and find out for themselves by going to the battlemasters today at Shattrath.
Now of course, if you guys feel I left something out please feel more than free to post it below.
Thanks for your consideration