PvP has been the focus of late, with the major functionality in the 5.1 patch being PvP in one form or another. And, among other things, recently Blizzard has taken a fairly hard-lined stance against pre-mades in unrated Battlegrounds. Specifically disabling any add-on that automatically puts an organized group and a randomly assembled group, oQueue is one popular example. This, in turn, has caused many to cry fowl on this “new” standard. And I only say “new” because Blizzard has gone on record in the past saying that they do not like the idea of pre-mades in BGs, it’s only become a bigger problem recently. One the hand, you have many people who enjoy playing with their friends, a mantra that Blizzard has been touting since WoW’s inception. I mean, why would you not want to play with your friends against random people in Battlegrounds?
On the other hand, Blizzard’s response to this has simply been that you should not be allowed to manipulate the system at the expense of the fun of others. The end result, according to Blizzard, is that many newcomers (or vets for that matter) will be driven away from PvP. Some will quit outright once they realize that there is a pre-made on the end, others will suffer through and eventually just rage quit. These experiences that most people in WoW are keenly aware of. It should also be noted that Rated Battlegrounds are at everyone’s disposal, but with that comes a layer of competition. And that would seem to be the major sticking point. Given the way that most people in the forums are forming their arguments, it would seem that they don’t like the fact that they simply can’t roll over pug anymore. Being able to play with friends is still there, it’s just a more difficult challenge in-game. Of course Blizzard has said that they are exploring many solutions, and I’m sure that some are being favored more than others. Whatever they come up with, we’ll all know soon and I’m sure many still won’t like it. Any thoughts on this topic? Should folks be allowed to make a “casual pre-made” to go up against random pugs? Personally, I took personal joy in making other pre-mades lose and I’m little sad that I can’t get that same feeling anymore.
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