Hi folks! Nope, I’m not dead, though my credibility may be once you realise what I’ve been doing with my time in World of Warcraft…
It was a joke at first. I was
full of bourbon a little bit tipsy and thought it would be funny to have a pandaren Monk called Neribear (Do NOT even start with how that name would be better suited for a Guardian Druid or I WILL find a way to shank you through my monitor) because that’s what you do when you’re home alone on a Saturday night, right? It wasn’t meant to be a forever thing, just a bit of fun. Except, she’s sorta-kinda-maybe level 63 now. Guess how many times she has been ganked? Got a number in your head? Awesome. I have been ganked four times in total. Bet you weren’t expecting that number, were you! I know, I know, I’m amazing. Would you like to know my secrets to leveling on a PvP server with minimal fuss? Too bad if you don’t, I’m going to share them with you anyhow.
Step One: Pick a class that rocks at running away
I can’t PvP for the life of me, but that doesn’t matter because you stand approximately zero chance of fending off a bored level 90 who wants to see your cute little panda face crushed into the dirt. What I am good at, though, is spotting a threat and fleeing before they notice me. If you’re too slow to notice that death is about to dismount above you, and trust me, that will happen, you will want to pick your resurrection spot wisely. You do not need to be right on top of your corpse to resurrect, and so you have a bit of room to play with. Use the terrain to your advantage and resurrect behind trees, in ravines and whatever else blocks line of sight between you and the
jerk assailant. Then, if you cannot fly yet, use your running away abilities (Stealth, Shadowmeld, Bubblehearth, etc) to get out of there as quickly as possible without being noticed. Gankers do not want to have to work for their kills — that’s why they’re ganking level 40 players! — so the harder you are to find, the less likely they are to bother you.
Step Two: Turn off your ridiculously long name title
This was a tip I picked up during my brief stint as an Arena hero was to turn off your name titles. Do you want to know why? “If it’s red, it’s dead,” is a common saying amonst PvP people, and your 30 character long name is like a beacon saying, “I’m here! You should kill me immediately!”. It also makes it harder for you to hide. You could be chilling out behind a box, but your Neribear, Champion of the Frozen Wastes title is hanging out the side. Of course, hard core PvPers have nameplates turned on and they will find you no matter how small your name is, but your average ganker isn’t really that serious about PvP, otherwise they would be fighting people their own level and not hanging around the Un’goro Crater volcano.
Step Three: Level in zones far away from enemy hubs
I think the biggest reason why I haven’t had many ganking issues is because I leveled through Kalimdor in underpopulated zones. I picked zones a long way out from any Alliance capitals and so there were less reasons for level 90’s to be out there. While I didn’t get ganked until level 50, my friend leveling in the Eastern Kingdoms was constantly being splattered by Alliance from an early level. I really feel that the further a ganker has to travel to kill you, the less likely you are to encounter them. Remember, ganking is a crime of opportunity! There’s no need to go to Silithus when they can just portal to Blasted Lands and have some fun slaughtering defenceless newbies over there!
If all else fails, try Dungeon Finder
For me, Dungeon Finder is the absolute last resort because, well, I hate people. However, it has a 100% guarantee that you will not be ganked by enemy players, especially if you queue up from the safety of a capital city. Of course, you are still at the mercy of other idiots doing random things that will make your life miserable, so use this power sparingly lest you lose all hope for the human race.
Got any other tips you would like to share with people struggling to level thanks to the resurgence of world PvP? Share your pearls of wisdom in the comments below!