*Queues seem to be working fine now, and we haven't had any reported problems for weeks now. Despite this, queue up for specific battlegrounds (not random) to try to bypass the bug.
**This is the most important thing you can do to help the bracket: http://49pvp.com/qlist
The highest burst and damage-to-healing ratio makes for the most intense XP-off bracket in the game. I play in four 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.
When you win in 49s, you know why you won. When you die, you know why you died.
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.
Go here: http://49pvp.com
For a live-updated tool to list who is queued
For guild listings (or to add your guild to the listings)
For Teamspeak information
And for other discussions involving the 49 exp-off community (class discussion, gearing, enchants, scoreboard screenshots, etc.)
@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
But most importantly
ALL Battlegroups (yes, all of them) have been merged for PvP, so your 49's you didn't transfer to Ruin
for 3.2 (or level out) can still get games