But at some point after Burning Crusade, I simply lost interest in PvP. I think it was after the introduction of arenas. Most of my PvP-oriented friends became absolutely enthralled with the idea of doing arenas, gaining ranks, and more importantly earning those hard-won season's end mount rewards. It wasn't that I didn't have an interest in the mounts, or that I didn't like PvP anymore. It was more that I knew, logistically speaking, that I wasn't particularly good at PvP. It didn't matter so much when the games were just a matter of win or lose, but when it came to arenas, I really didn't want to ruin the carefully-earned rankings my friends had obtained. I came from an era of the original honor grind. Rankings were sacred back then.
Consequentially, I don't really do PvP anymore. Not because I don't enjoy a good Battleground, but because at this stage in the game, I haven't the faintest idea what to do in any of them.
One can argue that we have Proving Grounds to teach players how to play, which is fine -- but it does nothing to teach players how to PvP. Playing against another player is a very different experience than playing against an NPC. There is no such thing as a standard rotation, and more often than not you really have to think on the fly. That being said, PvP is ridiculously fun, but when thrown in the context of a Battleground you know absolutely nothing about, it becomes considerably less fun. And all that time you're spending standing around trying to figure out who goes where and what you do in order to win is likely time that the other team is spending winning, or killing you. It's hard to think on the fly and defend yourself while trying to learn what objectives you need to complete -- harder still when there's no real clear indication of those objectives in the Battleground itself.
This might help not only new players and players that haven't indulged in PvP in an eternity, but also those that are currently running Battlegrounds. Players that come in after going through the tutorial should have at least a basic understanding of what to do, resulting in less clueless people who aren't exactly sure what they're supposed to be doing.
I still enjoy PvP. But the last thing I really want to do when playing this game is ruin the fun of others, whether that be by dragging down someone's ranking, or by simply not understanding what tower I should probably go stand next to, or where to take a flag. While there are plenty of guides outside the game that address the basics of Battlegrounds, wouldn't it be nice to see something like that in game, something that players don't have to alt-tab for? What do you guys think -- should Battlegrounds have introductory quests? Tutorials? What would you like to see introduced to help those new players that want to get in on the PvP?