I played WoW on a PvP server. Mal’Ganis to be exact. For those not familiar with WoW, Mal’Ganis was the first PvP server. It was also the server Goon Squad rolled on and was dominated by them and Horde in general. Pure domination. I was Alliance…..
Ganking was an art form on Mal’Ganis. Once you left the friendly confines of the starting zone (and many times in that starting zone), you were fair game. I was ganked by higher level players, players who waited until I had mobs on me, groups of players…you name it, I got ganked by it.
But, you know what? I loved it. I miss it. I can still remember the names of the players that ganked me: Crunkshot, Blackdomina, Raffa and Nerd to name a few. When TBC came out I transfered to The Underbog due to the queue on MG. I can still remember the names of players who ganked me or I ganked there as well: Calculator, Tostido, Pastrami and tons of others.
When I went to WAR I really looked forward to the Open PvP, but it never captured the “feel” of the PvP from Mal’Ganis or even The Underbog. I can’t remember any of the tons of players I fought there, not one. It took me awhile but I finally figured out why.
I miss ganking.
Call me an anti-social, immature ass if you want but also…
I missed being ganked.
So call me an anti-social, immature masochistic ass.
You see, in WAR the PvP areas were just that; PvP areas. Nobody really did quests there, everyone knew PvP was the purpose of the zones, so ganking didn’t really apply. Even on the “Open PvP” servers of WAR, everyone just PvP’d in the PvP lakes. You were safe doing Public Quests and normal quests, you were safe grinding mobs for gold, you were safe unless you went looking for PvP.
I figured out that I like the atmosphere that WoW and ganking provided. While questing in WoW, my head was always on a swivel. I panned my camera around looking for enemies. I planned mob pulls around the, very real, possibility that I could be attacked by Horde at any time. I did none of that in WAR.
On the other side of the coin, I enjoyed looking for people to gank. I didn’t go out looking for lowbies, but I wouldn’t hesitate to kill them as well if I ran across them during my travels. I didn’t camp normally but when I did it was because it was a known and hated guild or in hopes they would call out help and the fight would get bigger.
I have high hopes for this kind of PvP in Aion. The Abyss is where most of the PvP happens, but its huge. Better yet, it has many PvE and mob killing quests there. People will have to be on their guard while there. You never know when my Asmodian will come swooping down to kill you while you have two mobs on you.
I can’t wait.