Oh, you mean some random nobodies who spent minutes to hours killing/ganking at some dumpy zone so few people likely went to in the first place? The same nobodies that often hearthed the first couple times you kill them, leaving you standing there after spending so much time moving your 'main' there (Because that was what most people did the majority of the time, even in Vanilla)?
World PvP is really overrated, the best instances of it often didn't even occur in the cases you described. And it was usually a faction/server planned event ahead of time even.
Yeah lol. For some people that was fun. You didn't need high level characters to do it either. When I was done questing I would camp the hub and kill wandering alliance until they all ganged up on me or until someone brought their main (at which point I would bring my main).
If you were lucky they would bring friends, then you had an excuse to bring your own friends for a battle royale. Those kind of squabbles were a lot of fun. So many fond memories lol.
But if you were outnumbered and couldn't tip the fight in your favor somehow (remember there was no flying back then and mount summon was 3sec -IF- you had a mount at all), then yeah, hearth or be camped mercilessly lol.
I don't know what server you started on but I ran into world PVP fairly often on my first server and this one. Made a lot of friends by saving people or by being saved lol.
I miss the days when if you were a prolific PVPer you would have mortal enemies. They were the people you always hunted down because you knew they were hunting you. Guilds would put a hit out on you, the realm forums were full of rage... Nowadays, nobody knows anyone. The world is so dead.