Since life outside the game has compromised my raid availability the past few weeks, I’ve been doing most of my Huntering on my low level Orc. I gotta tell you though… 40-49 BGs are a refreshing change from the end game grind. I’m also really starting to enjoy this whole PvP server atmosphere. It adds an unpredictable and exciting element of game play, that’s for sure.
Once I leveled out of the 30-39 bracket, I decided my next mission was going to be the taming of one of my all-time favorite rare pets.
To me, he’s one of the coolest pets in the game. For one, he’s super rare. I can count on one hand how many times I’ve seen him with other Hunters over the years. He’s pretty tough to get because he spawns only 1-2 times per day, plus he’s in a high traffic area. This is only the second time I’ve ever tamed him, and I have to say it’s one of the more exciting “Old World” tames, especially for a Horde character.
For those unfamiliar with this rare gray wolf, he spawns right near Aerie Peak in the Hinterlands. Trying to tame him on a PvP server adds a whole new element of danger and frustration, due to his proximity to the Alliance base. Lucky for me, I was only ganked twice while on my search for him; both times by an 80 NE Hunter. 😆 Go figure.
The other night I’m cruising around minding my own business, farming the wolves for their skins and hides while waiting for Old Cliff Jumper to pop. Pretty soon I see a an Ally roll up on a Mechanostrider not too far away from me, then stop. Just about the time I hovered over him to see his level and class… BOOM! HEADSHOT! The Alliance scum nukes me with an Explosive Shot.
To make matters worse, he Shadowmelded near my corpse and put his cat on Prowl. I figured I’d res, go into Aspect of the Beast, and have just enough time to mount up and escape. Wrong. Within 2 seconds of res’ing, I’m getting clawed to death by his King Bangalash. Needless to say, this 80 NE Hunter has made “my list”.
One day I’ll be 80, then there will be a headhunting. 😈
At any rate, I am definitely getting the hang of this PvP server environment. Some of the lessons I’ve been learning the hard way however…
Last night I hopped aboard the boat from Booty Bay to Ratchet alongside a level 44 Draenei Mage. He dismounts and comes over to me as if to taunt, so I just sit there hoping he’ll do something to give me an excuse to Scatter Shot him and then melt his face off. He just sits there… waiting. Then just as we’re about to zone out, he knocks me off the boat with his Blast Wave. 😕
I was a little irritated, but I was laughing at myself more than anything. I give the guy props for taking advantage of me like that, however he not only made “my list”, but I set out on the hunt for him immediately. Instead of waiting for the boat, I hearthed to Orgrimmar and then took a taxi to Gadgetzan. Since he was 44, I figured there was a good chance I’d meet up with him in Tanaris.
He wasn’t in or around Gadgetzan, so I decided to take one of my lower level pets out of the stable and go grind some experience for him. If I ran into the Ally scum, then bonus.
I never did find the Mage, but I did run into another would-be Alliance assassin. This time it was a level 48 Boomkin. Again, I was just minding my own business, killing pirates and what not. Next thing I know, the Druid is gone. Hmmm…
I popped a flare, dropped a frost trap, then went on about my business. A few minutes went by and nothing, yet past experience told me to keep my guard up, so I did. Wouldn’t you know it… The opportunistic Ally scum tries to Pounce me while I’m busy with two mobs. I detected him before his opener, then quickly made short work. I think he was surprised by this, as I think he got off maybe one Moonfire was all.
I for one have not been hostile towards any Alliance players unless provoked. However, I’m quickly learning that you can never trust an Alliance player, even if they appear friendly. They’re probably just waiting for me to let my guard down.
At least I hope so, because that’s when the fun begins. 😉