The "queue" isn't a "first-come first-served queue" for both Tol Barad and Wintergrasp.
When the battle begins, players are selected at random from the pool of players who have joined the "queue". The reason is that this system does not force every player on the side with the larger queue to join at the 15 minute mark, and eventually requiring mods to assist in joining the queue in order to get in.BALANCE
There is a minimum of 5 players each side, thereafter it's balanced 1-to-1, for both Tol Barad and Wintergrasp.
If your faction has less than 5 players in the battle, I recommend that you rally more people to join. If your faction has 5 players in the battle, it is likely that the opposing faction have less than 5 players. If your faction has more than 5 players in the battle, the opposing faction would have an equal number of players. During battles with so few players, you can use the /who command to determine the number of players in the battle from your faction.RAID
The raid framework simply facilitates the organization of players into the grouping structure of the game, it is not used to determine the number of players in the battle. As such, joining the raid via /invite does not call a player into battle (or cause them to be the next to be called), neither does dropping from the raid causes a player to be removed from the battle. Players are free to drop and reform their own groups while the battle is ongoing; however I personally do not recommend it.
The game removes a player from battle when they /afk, leave the zone, or get afk flagged.ITEMS / ABILITIES
Currently Tol Barad and Wintergrasp battles are flagged as Rated Battlegrounds, as such there are certain items and abilities that are not allowed to be used; namely consumables, engineering items and anything with a base cooldown of 15 minutes or more.
If able, everyone should pack bandages, and healers should pack Highland Spring Water
. Buffs (Flasks, Elixirs, Food, etc) are not removed when zoning into the battle, so consume them before accepting the call to battle.READY CHECK SPAM
Make the following macro with the spell you use the most and move it to your actionbar:
As you spam your spell during the normal course of battle, it'll return a ready response and remove the ready check frame.ROLE CHECK SPAM
I recommend the mod AutoRole; an essential mod if you like to pug Battlegrounds, Tol Barad and raids.
AutoRole will automatically set your role based on your spec whenever you enter any raid or battleground, and anytime you change specs. During role checks, it will suppress the role check frame and automatically return your current role.
Setting your role is very helpful to other members of your team especially in a PvP environment. Depending on their experience and how they setup their raid frames, it can help them determine, from a variable group of combatants, the number of healers in the raid, their proximity, healing/peeling priorities, battle rez priorities, etc.RECOMMENDED MODS