Level 46

Warsong Gulch

Battlegrounds….ugh.

I’ve been avoiding them like the plague, but at the moment they seem the only means of obtaining any honor points.

I wouldn’t care about honor points at all if it wasn’t the only method of upgrading my bow to something actually decent.  Sure, a few good bows drop occasionally (and I’ve managed to get one or two) but unless I’m missing something it seems that all the “good” gear must be purchased with Honor Points and/or Marks of Honor.

Since I’m new at WoW and don’t play PvP (forget Arenas) I’m really not up to speed yet on how it all works but thought I’d give it a try.

So, I find myself waiting in the queue for Warsong Gulch.  It’s a rather long wait so I use the time to work on upgrading some skills, and then the Big Moment arrives.

I had previously read a bit of information on battlegrounds in general and Warsong Gulch in particular to have some idea of gameplay, goals, strategies and what to expect.

Forget it – once at the battleground and the gates open, total chaos.  We rush towards the Horde and (I presume) the Horde rush towards us.  I couldn’t even tell you how many players were on our side or what classes were represented.

I was still running along with the group when “An Honorable Kill” achievement notice pops up.  Huh?  I hadn’t fired a shot yet.  Maybe my pet killed something, but I’m sure I had set the pet to “passive”.

I find a target and fired off a few shots before a couple of casters drop me like a rock.  If there is any defense against casters, I’d sure like to know what it is!

Meanwhile, back at the graveyard (a busy place) I just wait until I’m resurrected then rinse and repeat.

I have no idea where the flags are (except on the mini-map), who has got the flags (if anyone) so I just find some enemy targets and start shooting.  I did manage to loot a couple of bodies but other than that it was mostly fire shots, get killed, resurrect, start over.

Eventually the stats box pops up (Horde wins) and it’s over.

Looking at the Armory I see that I have nine honorable kills and managed to complete a few steps in the “That Takes Class” and “Know Thy Enemy” achievements – and didn’t even know it.

Not bad for my first battleground.

Tiny Crimson Whelpling

After the excitement of the battleground and my success yesterday of obtaining the White Kitten, I decided to wander off to the Wetlands and try for the Tiny Crimson Whelpling companion pet.

This was fairly easy as with my pet I could kill two or three at a time and they have a rather fast respawn rate.  I also found a couple of nice drops including a decent boots upgrade for myself.

I finally got the Tiny Crimson Whelpling after about 30 minutes.

Tiny Crimson Whelping

Tiny Crimson Whelpling

This gives me 5/15 unique pets for the “Plenty of Pets” achievement.

Tiny Crimson Whelping Pet

Tiny Crimson Whelpling Pet

Maybe next time I’ll head over to the Swamp of Sorrows and try for the Emerald Whelpling pet.

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