07/09/2011 01:14 AMDo you like games built up entirely on boycotting/defending a general for 4 hours?
Posted by Joke
Would I enjoy having every battleground last 4 hours? No, of course not. As Foury said: as a practical matter, I do not have time during the week to enjoy an immersive battle such as classic AV. (For the record I consider classic AV to be AV pre-reinforcements, pre-elite NPCs being removed, etc. These games were not necessarily the 48 hour+ marathons that some people speak of, most AVs that I remember enjoying lasted between 30 min for a quick game and 3 to 4 hours for a longer game.) But right now all BGs are short games. I would love to have the option on a slow weekend of a long, enjoyable AV (I live in Arizona where it is ungodly hot outside right now).
The only reason in my opinion to design a BG with a large map and a team size of 40 is to encourage teamwork in performing various tasks: defending towers, assaulting towers, recovering GYs, killing NPCs to take away the opposition's buffs, turning in materials to strengthen NPCs and launch aerial assaults, etc. This also gives a team a wide variety of choices in how to conduct the battle. THAT is what I miss about AV. Some days I may want to defend, others I may want to attack. I'd like both to be viable, as they used to be.
As it stands right now, in many AVs the only measure of teamwork is how well you can herd the other 39 people toward the opposing general. Whichever team successfully herds more of its people toward the end wins. I'm sorry, that doesn't do it for me. And it appears that I'm not alone. While it is possible to make the game something other than a zerg right now, to do so requires either a stupid opposing team that is zerging, or you convincing half your team to defend the base from the beginning.
TL:DR: There are 8 BGs in WoW right now, all of which are tuned to last 30min or less, in many cases 20min or less. I don't see the harm in taking AV out of the random BG rotation, and undoing some of the changes meant to shorten the game. If nothing else, buff the generals/marshals/warmasters to disrupt the zerging.