So I logged in last night with the intent to get my PvP spec squared away, get my new Wrathful gear gemmed and enchanted, and spend some time in the battlegrounds to get a good, solid impression of how 4.0.1 has changed them.
It was, frankly, an awful experience.
Most nights when I have a bad night in the BGs, it’s because I’m losing, a lot, and my fellow teammates are being nasty about it. I don’t mind clueless, I do mind vicious.
No, it was awful because of the bugs. Glitches, freezes, disconnects, all conspired to make trying to fight in a battleground an exercise in frustration.
The worst part, in asking around, I know that this is not universal. It’s there, people are having problems — but not everyone.
I’ve debated posting this. I’d much rather have an analysis for you of what’s happening in the BGs right now, which, I’m told, is horribly imbalanced, with Resilience stacking making certain classes unkillable, with clothies running roughshod over melee… but all I have are bugs.
Here are the bugs I’ve seen.
THE FLAG BOSS / MAGE TABLE / CLICKING IS DANGEROUS
There’s a bug with one line tooltips where your client locks up/disconnects when you mouse over anything that turns your cursor into a cogwheel – like, say, the flags in Arathi Basin, mage tables, warlock portals, the Headless Horseman’s altar – anything you need to click that has a 1-line tooltip can cause it.
For this one, there’s a fix: CogFix, an addon that eliminates the tooltip. It works okay in most situations – I stopped crashing at the flag, at least – but there were still some other situations that still did it, like the fantastically bugged EoE.
RANDOM DISCONNECT AND DESERTER DEBUFF
I love this one. For no rhyme or reason, the client locks up, crashes or disconnects, and when you log back in you have the Deserter debuff. This one happened to me a lot last night, and unlike previous patches, there seems to be no way to get back in without picking up the Deserter debuff. I’ve DCed before and gotten back in to the same battle within 30 seconds; now, the debuff prevents that.
I don’t really care about the Deserter debuff. It’s annoying, but if this is just a case of the debuff being tuned more strictly, I can live with it.
But I DCed from 8 out of 10 battlegrounds last night. It didn’t matter how much activity was on the screen, or system load, or anything like that – I’d be running along, then BAM, client crashes, I start fumbling for my authenticator.
This instability has made any sustained BG play basically impossible for me. After a while, the sane response is to go do something else.
I’ve seen two different kinds of scoreboard errors so far. The first is that people who leave the BG are still listed on the scoreboard, causing it to be useless as a roster. When you see that you’re facing 44 people in Alterac Valley, something is definitely wrong.
The second bug is that not everyone shows up on the scoreboard, and if you’re not on the scoreboard, you apparently don’t get any honor for winning or losing. Which, kinda sucks.
HONOR POINT REWARDS
I did the Grizzly Hills and Wintergrasp PvP quests for a few honor points, but figured I’d work towards my next Wrathful piece in the battlegrounds. The quests aren’t bugged, they appear to give you the amount they say they will. The BGs don’t, though. I had two losses, which I completed all the way through, and failed to get either the amount of honor listed on the scoreboard or the daily quest minimum.
If I can force myself back into the BGs, I’ll try to track this more concretely. It was only when I opened up my currency tab and saw 72 honor points for the entire night that I realized what was happening.
See, this is what I wanted this post to be about – how are things going in the battlegrounds? Which classes seem to be doing well, which are struggling?
I don’t really have a lot of firsthand knowledge, though. Demo seems strong, though I’m having trouble playing it. Destro is definitely strong. Affliction seems to be fine, actually. Casters seem to be doing quite well in general.
Hopefully, I’ll be able to get some crash-free playtime in soon to give a better update than that.
BEFORE YOU ASK
2008 Macbook 4,1, 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB RAM, Intel GMZ X3100 video card, 144MB VRAM, fresh installation of Warcraft.
HERE’S WHERE YOU SAVE THE DAY, OR AT LEAST THIS POST
So I was writing up this bug report known as a post when it occurs to me: I might not have any clue what’s going on in the BGs right now because they’ve gone all Crashy McCrasherson on me, but my smart readers surely must! YOU have been in the battlegrounds of 4.0.1 and seen the effects of Resilience, of class changes, of the new water textures! YOU have got the knowledge we all seek!
Let me know your impressions in the comments. If I can’t BG directly, I’ll do it vicariously through you.
Here’s to hoping 4.0.3 is more stable!