School of Hard Knocks

This week I finally got my Violet Proto-Drake for completing the meta-achievement What a Long, Strange Trip Its Been.

I would have had it earlier, but last May I petulantly boycotted the Children’s Week achievements because I hated the idea that I was forced to PvP in order to get the School of Hard Knocks achievement.

For those of you who are like me, and you do very little (if any) PvP, but want this done, here’s what I did.

First thing to remember – in all of these, don’t forget to bring your orphan out at the start of the battleground and again after every death

Warsong Gulch was the easiest for me.  Stealth in your flag room.  Make sure all your cooldowns are available.  I did this in combat spec for the burst damage.  Wait until someone grabs the flag.  Stun him and blow every cooldown you have to burn him down.  Then click furiously on the flag to return it.  This one only took me 10 minutes to do.

Arathi Basin was also not hard.  If you’re patient you can usually find an unguarded resource node that you can claim.  The mine and lumber mill are the likely candidates.  Just stay in stealth until its claimed by the other faction but they abandon it to fight elsewhere.  Then click the flag and wait until it is capped.  Actually, when I was in Arathi Basin I found there were a lot of cooperative horde who were willing to peacefully trade nodes back and forth for the achievement.  Its the only battleground where I saw that.

Alterac Valley was purely a race.  If you’re not the first one to get to a tower, then you have to pray for some helpful opponents.

The way I did this was to stand at the gate, holding my run key down.  When the gate opened I popped Sprint to quickly get to the place where I could mount.  Then I mounted and ran as fast as I could directly to Iceblood Tower.  I was the first one up the tower and clicked the flag.

If you’re not first, then look on the map for towers that are switching back and forth.  Go there and hope that you get a turn to click.

While I was clicking, a horde player came in, saw a bunch of alliance trying to cap the tower, and started dropping AoE damage in the room.  I popped Cloak of Shadows to avoid the damage so I could click.  I’m not sure if Cloak made the difference, but I was luckily able to complete the cap without getting interrupted.

Eye of the Storm was by far the hardest for me because its not something I could do solo.  To cap a flag you need your side to control a tower, then you need to actually get the flag despite the opponents trying to get it as well, and finally you need to run it back to the tower without dying.

For this one, I needed my guild to help.  We had a full guild premade go into the battleground.  They would make a concerted push to hold the flag spawn spot, pushing the horde back.  Then someone, anyone would grab the flag and run, with the whole guild as an escort.  Whoever had the flag would drop it so that I could pick it up, and they protected me as I brought it to the tower.  There’s little chance I would have been able to do this one without their help.  (note that you cannot mount when you have the flag!)

Note about EotS – the orphan won’t make the jump off the starting point.  You need to summon it after the jump.

I’m very thankful to my guild for helping me with that last part.  They were very tolerant of my lack of PvP skills as they carried me through Eye of the Storm.


7 Responses to “School of Hard Knocks”

  1. May 8, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Grats on the drake. I got mine at Brewfest last year, one of the first on the server, but only because I forced myself to do the dirty, dirty PVP stuff. Ugh; shame on Blizz.

    Dig the blog immensely; thanks for your work!

  2. 2 Elise
    May 10, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Ahh I almost abondoned this one too. I decided not to bother doing the last achievment because of my lack of PvP skills, so I was rather furious. Then however, when there was two hours left till the event ended, and I was watching a movie with some friends, where two of them play WoW, I told them about my struggle. One of them decided that I simply had to do it, instead of Pugging ICC 25 with some WoW friends (where the dagger I have waited for forever finally dropped, without me being able to get it). So then he helped me (he is a shadow priest, but healed me as best as he could) out in all the required battlegrounds and managed not to ragequit over my noobness in PvP. So, about 20 minutes before the event was over I had the achievment. Great sucess! I can always try to get the dagger next week, but I would have had to wait an entire year for this :)<3

  3. 3 argathne
    May 10, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    It was fun doing the pvp stuff as a full guild premade. We should do it more often =)……Although getting LK out of the way first would be a perfect plan =)

  4. 4 Aellkynne
    May 12, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Getting this achievement with our guild was further proof that our guild is so wonderful. I am the single worst PVPer in the entire world and they were so patient with me!! Not to mention that I didn’t have to rage quit after not getting the drake – which is now my favorite mount.

    Thanks to my guildies (and you for letting then know how whiny I’ve been about it). And you know I like to read your blog, even if it does sound corny coming from me. =)

    • 5 karmakin
      May 13, 2010 at 10:49 am

      Nah, you’re not the worst PvPer in the entire world. To be bad at something and be aware of that fact makes you infinitely better than someone who is bad at something and oblivious of it 🙂

    • 6 Cheres
      May 15, 2010 at 7:44 pm

      Hey Desi was the tree that mounted and dropped the flag, making you officially the second worst pvper 😉

      I had a great time with you all. Wish you’d come out to pvp more often.

      • May 15, 2010 at 11:11 pm

        Actually, I enjoy pvp at times. When we had organized guild pvp raids I was all into it. And arena is fun.

        I need to spec for it, though. My pve spec is terrible in pvp. Currently I use both of my specs for pve (I switch back and forth during raids depending on the fight). If I knew I was going to be pvping for a couple of hours I’d respec.

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