I just leveled from 20-72. I stopped to PVP at 28-29, 38-39, 48-49, 58-60, and 68-70. So, I have a little recent experience and wanted to chime in.
Obviously, ambush is a big problem, though much less so after the 40s. Still, it didn't take long to realize that today's lowbie PVP success formula was actually just same as what old school twinks knew already - stack stamina or go home.
For example, if you aren't wearing the Jinxed Hoodoo Kilt at 49, you are doing it wrong. When you actually get gem slots, you better be spending the dough and sticking at least +24 stam gems in there. I mean, I saw a few DK's in full 70 twink gear with like 2500 AP and only 11k health. Yes, they killed at lot of people with their badly scaled damage (many classes have crazy damage output now), but when they meet me on the battlefield with 20,000 health and full protection spec, suddenly things weren't quite so easy for them any more and they didn't know what to do when something didn't die in two globals.
In another case, I began to QQ about paladins, in particular protection/holy. The self-healing in addition to the damage output quite frankly is unlike anything the game has seen in any level of PVP. So, I cried about it, but then decided I wasn't going to let it stop me from fighting to the death. Because I love PVP, even when it's not balanced. So, I started attacking paladins only. I went arms, mostly, for this job, but did it as prot too. Essentially, I would simply fight the closest paladin every single time, no matter what. And I learned something...
A lot of really bad players play paladins.
And they don't know what to do when you get up in their face. Disarmed? You'd think I pulled out their spinal cord. Stunned? Oh yeah, they don't have bubble up OR even own a trinket. Oops. Over and over, I realized that most of these pallies are just terrible. Sure, it's a sad state of affairs when a good player actually understands what's broken about the class right now and abuses it fully. But the baddies go down like the rest of the noobs, in spite of them having the potential to faceroll anything they encounter. Most of the time, they just steamroll because no one really puts up a fight and gives them too much respect.
Grow a pair, stack stamina, and get up in that trench!
It was an unusual time to PVP at low levels, from patch 4.0 to patch 4.03a. I'm glad I got to experience it, in spite of the chaos. Rogues, et al - the giant nerf bat is a-swinging your way, so you better get your KBs in now.
Edited by Suul on 11/22/2010 8:40 AM PST