WoW’s 15th Anniversary has been a good time to pick up a few things. There was the Lil’ Nefarian pet for everyone, the glorious Deathwing-like Obsidian Worldbreaker for those who took a journey through raid history with Chromie and a mount for doing some PVP in an Alterac Valley straight out of the past.
The raid, which I thought would be my favourite part of the event turned out to be a one and done affair thanks to no boss kills for loot and a wipe on a later boss meaning you have to start all over again for a small chance of loot. Instead, I opted for the thing didn’t require RNG, it required work to get (curse my loot luck).
I thought I would hate old Alterac Valley. In some matches I really did. But I had a target to go for and a few things I could do to earn progress towards it. So I played PVP. A lot. My Warlock has killed more people than I care to admit and she now rides on a beautiful frostwolf, demons at her side.
I thought once I got the mount I would tap out, never doing AV ever again. I told someone in my guild this. Then later that week I popped in on another character. I had fun. The chat was fun for the most part, except for the few vocal shouters who blamed everyone else for their predicament. We planned strategies, enemy movements were reported on, ambush and flanking groups were created and some idiot was trying to capture a mine… again, not realising the quest rewards were nerfed during the event.
I’m not alone in enjoying the return to old Alterac Valley… or being beaten with a stick by it enough that I love my captor. Forum users are asking for Korrak’s Revenge to stay when the Anniversary Event ends.
For some, the event meant great XP for levelling alts. Others were there for the mount reward and for the PVP-lovers, they were there for all the easy targets as battlegrounds filled with targets not used to the rigours of fighting a human opponent. Mix that in with a match that can go on forever thanks to things only ending when a general dies and you have this melee churning on various lines, meatgrinders chewing up anyone who got too close. Or maybe we are all just enjoying an event where the Horde seems to come out on top more often than not.
There is no indication of any part of the event being made permanent in any way, but who knows?