In a great post called 'Let's Swap', Foton of the AFK Gamer blog breaks down the post-2.3 changes to the Alterac Valley Battleground in World of Warcraft. After several weeks of post-patch gaming, Foton laid into the new 'improved' PvP experience. While he acknowledges that honor awards for the BG were a bit off (I knew it, you knew it, they knew it), I think his complaint that he earned just 20 bonus honor for his time vs. '600+' for the victorious Horde is a valid one.

He runs down the usual excuses, debunking them as he goes: maturity, class targeting, organization, gear, skillz ... and finds them all wanting. In the end, he says, he want to put this argument to rest once and for all. The best way to answer the question "Is the Alterac Valley map inherently mismatched?" is to swap sides.

Sure, it'd be a pain to code, but it would settle the arguments and dispell the myths - from both sides. I'll assault Dun Baldur with my merry band of crappy paladins, and you Horde can assault Frostwolf Keep with your stomping cows and after a few weeks, we can see who's crying then ... or still. Mostly this would be to satisfy my own curiosity, because whether the map is or isn't at fault in Alterac Valley, it will be the same result: players will not queue for a battleground that won't put out. Losers need more for their time than, umm, ZERO, unless there's absolutely no other alternate activity. Fortunately, there is such an alternative. Salvation, thy name is Eye of the Storm.

What say you, WoW players? Does the Horde have an unfair advantage in AV? Or is the Alliance just full of sour grapes? An even bigger issue: does AV offer up enough reward to make it worthwhile to play?

This article was originally published on Massively.