The first day of Children’s Week, EotS was a nightmare. Every time I entered it consisted of PVE’ers getting screamed at by PVPers. “Who cares about your stupid achievements, I care about winning, so play my way or else”. Most of the PVE’ers replied “Blame Blizzard. We don’t want to be here any more than you want us here. We get done and we’re out of your way”. *Cue sniping back and forth*
So for most of my toons I waited until Monday morning to get EotS done. And it worked – most of them I got first shot and most of them Alliance won! Why?
On Monday, as I entered most battlegrounds, there was a PVPer saying “Okay guys, I know you’re here for the achievement but we’ve got to take and hold 2 towers so you have somewhere to take flags to. Let’s take those and you guys can run the flag”. So more than half the PVE’ers would rush toward the Draenei Ruins [DR] and Mage Tower [MT] to take them. Several PVPers then came and helped us hold the middle. I even had an instance where I got the flag, was almost back and died. One of the PVPers killed the pally who killed me, picked up the flag and held it until I rezzed then dropped it for me to cap. I sent him a thank you tell – “I love you! Thank you!” and then instead of afking out as I would’ve the day before due to the verbal abuse, I did my level best to help others cap the flag… Heck, I even zerged and killed the pally that got me! And we won, EASILY!!! We held 3 towers most of the battles [though as soon as we got the third one, they started attacking and we quickly lost one of the other two]
The battles where PVPers were screaming or holding the flag to prevent us from capping? Most of those were lost because the PVE’ers had NO motivation to do anything and no direction – so they just sat in the middle or ran around aimlessly and got ganked left and right by horde.
So, for minimal EotS interruption?
1. Recognize that PVE achievements are as important to the PVEers as winning the battleground is to the PVPers.
2. Recognize that the two purposes are not necessarily mutually exclusive.
3. Give the PVEers some direction to accomplish their goal – and to help you accomplish yours. You PVPers are more experienced here. But it is all in the presentation. Like it or not, your battlegrounds are invaded this week. You can yell and scream OR you can teach the PVEers something about how to play. Who knows, you might even entice more people to learn to play! I know I’m a bit intrigued on my disc priest – who actually has a PVP set and spec I don’t use much.
4. Recognize that some PVEers are jerks. Just as some PVPers are jerks.