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So, why 49s?
The highest burst and damage-to-healing ratio makes for the most intense XP-off bracket in the game. I play in five different brackets and have fun in all of them. I love 49s for how much small things make a big impact, bringing the intensity right to the crumbling edge of manageable. One mistake can prompt a trip to the spirit healer, one clutch heal can give a teammate the extra 2 seconds to burst down an opponent, one well-called focus fire and CC can turn the tide in a flash.
In addition, a lot of 49ers "get" what XP-off is really about these days. This is the digital version of a pick-up game of basketball, and if that means finding ways to even out teams to make better games, 49s generally do it. You'll see trash-talkers, epeens, and trolls, but at the end of the day, you have people congratulating each other cross-faction on teamspeak for good plays and epic battles.
That's why 49s.
http://49pvp.com has more information for you!
Teamspeak connection info: http://49pvp.com/drupal/page/teamspeak
Armory comparisons: http://49pvp.com/drupal/page/roster
Battletag/RealID list: http://49pvp.com/drupal/battletag-and-realid-player-list
@Newcomers looking at old gear lists and @Veterans who have been inactive for the greater part of the century, immediately below is a list of Important Things That Have Changed:
Remember to turn off experience gain!
Maraudon items are redundant.
Sunken Temple items are unusable.
Many items from Blackrock Depths, such as Ribsplitters, are also unusable.
Scholomance, Stratholme, and Dire Maul are now tuned to lower levels than before, and have gear and quest rewards usable at 49.
Most importantly, ALL Battlegroups (yes, all of them) have been merged for PvP, so 49s who didn't transfer to Ruin for 3.2 (or level out) can now get games!
Some videos that showcase the 49's:
Combopoint - 49 Rogue - youtube.com/watch?v=W1igrkCSGwI
Egotripping - 49 Mage - youtube.com/watch?v=57ktxJVoHS8
Shankmassieh - 49 Paladin - youtube.com/watch?v=aT5XDAn0mJA