The worst thing about Children’s Week: that it’s only a week long. Sure, it’s not got quite as many mini-achievements required for the meta, but one in particular can be quite troublesome. I’m looking at you, School of Hard Knocks.
For the non-PvP-savvy player, this achievement can be horrid. Now, that’s not to say that I want achievements handed out without some effort. But when it comes to quests ultimately required for What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been, it seems the year-long effort alone is a pretty major accomplishment.
And then there’s the other reason why it seems totally whack — requiring certain feats within a PvP setting means encouraging players to play only for themselves, and not for the team as a whole. Case in point: my first several runs of Warsong Gulch resulted in stalemates. Half the players were unwilling to leave the home base, since they wanted to be there to return the flag once a brave soul came in for a shot. The other half waited it out in the enemy flag room, also unable to get anywhere because the entire ally team was camping out, too. 25 minutes of boredom.
The stalemate finally ended in another match when a kind-hearted (or possibly just annoyed or desperate) Night Elf entered our flag room, grabbed the flag, then dropped it. Repeatedly. Letting each of us take a shot at the return. Apparently the other team didn’t get it when I tried to return the favor; I got killed by the mob.
Read on for how I fared in AV, EotS and AB.
Alterac Valley also was a complete race against who should have been my teammates. Whoever could get to a tower first was able to do the assaulting. Every hordie for his or herself. Eye of the Storm wasn’t much better; I just got lucky to get to a flag when no one from the other side was camping it.
Then, there came Arathi Basin. For the wee hours up until the official end of Children’s Week, it was the bane of my existence. The flow of things basically went like this: Queue; wait an hour; join up with a group composed entirely of members who also need to assault a flag in order to get their achievement; get pwned by a premade that 5-caps before even half of us catch our needed break; get killed because my orphan gives away my stealthiness; start over again. Humiliating.
So, this is turning into a bit of a rant. Nerd-rage!! Ok, but seriously. Was this was Blizzard intended? The best way to go about alot of these objectives is by forming a group – so it seems that perhaps that is more of the point. Unfortunately, my procrastination for this aspect of the holiday left me in a precarious situation and bad timing for forming a group with my guildies. And so I say goodbye, at least for another year, to chances to add that coveted Violet Proto-Drake to my collection.
The only upside to all this – I did manage to score about 100 other random achievement points that I hadn’t previously scored since I don’t often PvP. There’s my silver lining.
How did everyone else fair in Children’s Week? Did anyone else have a hard time with School of Hard Knocks?