The Twink Vacuum

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So a funny thing happened on the way to Alterac Valley; the upper level brackets are suddenly THRIVING in the Ruin battlegroup. 3.2 has been very, very good for participation across all levels, and both sides. No longer is it 40:12 odds against the Horde in AV; matches are equal and the Alliance loses if they don’t play smart.

Glorious!  Wonderful!  I love it!

/bg chat is full of people talking, with some amazement, about how much XP they’re getting. I’ve gotten 2-4 bars in each battleground at level 59, with AV rewarding the most by far when our side plays well.

I think this increased participation is due not only to the new experience gains, but also the removal of twinks from the field. It is a sad, sobering thing to realize how much the fear of twinks kept people from playing the BGs.

The only twinks in the upper brackets are now ex-twinks. I sat for hours in queue with my experience frozen and never played a game once 3.2 hit. With XP gains on, I play in under a minute.  The queue times speak louder than anything I could write.  If you want to twink in the 50s or 60s, you won’t play.

Blizzard did a very good thing with 3.2. With one change they both added more positive incentive to play the battlegrounds, and removed the negative fears of being mercilessly steamrolled by twinks. I think that while that fear may have been valid in the lower brackets, it wasn’t in the upper ones.

I’m glad to see so many people in the battlegrounds once more.

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4 responses to “The Twink Vacuum

  1. As for the 19 bracket, experience gains haven’t really done a lot to stop twinks from killing non-twinks. The amount of experience you get is actually rather minimal, so twinks are turning their exp back on and rolling through as many on-twink bg’s as they can and then /afk’ing to leave before the end of battle to skip out on the experience rewards.

    I like playing on my own twink so that I’m not grouped with a BG full of level 13’s and such, but I took my level 10 Rogue into WSG last night just to see what the non-twink side was like now and the other team was 70+% twinkled every single time.

  2. That’s too bad to hear. One of the oft-repeated claims by the twinking community was that they would rather play twinks than non-twinks. It’s likely that those people making those claims really did mean it, but that others’ motives are… less pure.

  3. Late to the party in this post (and to the blog in general).

    Twinks don’t ruin pvp for people, asshats ruin pvp for people.

    That’s one of the main things I’ve insisted on when discussing the topic of twinking in the last patch. As you noticed, it destroyed twinking completely… much to the chagrin of my anti-twink twink. I made a warrior who just rofl-stomped all the 19 hunter twinks. Since the patch, I can’t get a queue and if I miraculously do, the aspect of the cheetah makes them even more overpowered than they were, and I feel like a level 10 priest against them.

    I just personally don’t see why it’s not ok to have highly geared characters in any bracket except end-game. Nobody wants to chase people in Furious Gladiator gear out of battlegrounds currently, but they destroy their opponents in the same way that “twinks” destroy others in low brackets.

    You’re probably right, though, that many people who play twinks do so to be asshats, hence why so few twink BGs being available. :(

  4. Never too late to join the party!

    As someone who twinked in the 59 bracket, and who effectively twinks in the 80s bracket, I agree that it’s not the activity, but the behavior surrounding it. I did not have any 19 twinks to see if the queues were suffering as much as the 59s were; it’s disheartening that they are.

    And your points about endgame vs. brackets are spot on.

    My original title for this post was “Fear of a Twink Planet,” because the problem isn’t twinks — it’s people being afraid of them. You and Pysn have given me a bit to think about for a followup post. Thanks!