Children’s Week started this weekend, and another holiday means yet another scramble to get all the achievements done. Nowhere was this chaos more evident on Friday night than in Battlegrounds, thanks to School of Hard Knocks. So many PvP novices, small children in tow, ignoring actually winning in favor of completing the achievements. I should know, I was one of them. And within hours of the holiday launch the official forums were littered with complaints about how unfair this achievement is and people were quitting immediately if it wasn’t removed from the meta-achievement.
You can probably guess by now that I think all the whining and moaning is silly. Don’t nerf Ulduar, and don’t nerf achievements. I realize that the Battlegrounds will be pretty borked for a few days, but such is the price of an even slightly dynamic online environment. Sometimes things change for a limited amount of time, and you just have to roll with the punches. And I also realize that some people don’t like PvP and resent having to do it for an achievement. However, again, not everything can be designed with your personal needs in mind. Think of the PvPers who are “forced” to do oodles of PvE every holiday for their chance at a violet proto-drake!
Anyway, with a DPS friend I managed to knock off this achievement in about 90 minutes and six Battlegrounds. Going in pairs (or a small group perhaps) definitely helps — it’s good to have an ally out there.
Assault a tower in Alterac Valley
This one is easy. Pick a tower a ways out — Tower Point is a good choice for Alliance — and make a beeline for it right out of the gate. If all the towers get captured before you can get there, hang around the final enemy towers (East and West Frostwolf for Alliance) and be ready to go kick some butt if the opposing side makes a break for them. If you’re in a group of two people, you’ll probably have to run AV twice.
Assault a flag in Arathi Basin
Assume that everyone is going to go for Stables. Pick something far away, like Mine, and head for it immediately. If all the flags are assaulted before you get there, just team up with the marauding band (there will be one, it’s AB) and see if you can’t snipe the flag while others are fighting. We got this in one AB run.
Return a fallen flag in Warsong Gulch
This one will be a LOT easier if your opponents are a little sympathetic to your plight. You might try softening them up by heading into their flag room, picking up the flag, and then dropping it so someone can return it. We also tried begging, dancing, and my friend ran around in his murloc suit for a bit. (Nothing says, “We come in peace,” like a hopping murloc.) Eventually you’re just going to have to camp your flag room, let people pick up the flag, and click like hell. We got this in a single WSG.
Capture the flag in Eye of the Storm
Ugh. This is the big pain in the bunch. Go help your side claim the middle, make sure SOMEONE has grabbed a tower, and then sit and click. And click. And click. We needed both of us to protect the other while flag carrying: I healed my friend when he had it, and he Death Gripped bad guys off of me when it was my turn. Apparently the other side loves killing the flag carrier. It took two EotS runs to get this achievement, and we were both ready to headbutt our monitors by the time all was said and done.
And don’t forget to have your orphan out! You can’t whistle for them while in combat, so you’ll want to do it ahead of time.
PS: Apparently you can do the Outland AND Azeroth orphan quests, giving you two new pets for collectors.
I admit to being a cynical jerk who lacks imagination and usually looks askew at role playing posts, but the story of DangerMouse and her orphan made me smile. “I am a cheerful tour-directing abomination in the eyes of nature.” Hee hee.