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WoW, Casually: December 21 to 27: Alterac Valley and the Feast of Winter Veil


Each week, Robin Torres writes WoW, Casually for the player who has 2 hours or less to play at a time.

It's that time of year again. Either you have less time to play because of all of the holiday preparations and get-togethers or you have more time because you live far away or choose not to participate in all of the hubbub going on. This makes the WoW experience a bit unusual for a couple of weeks because there are a lot of people who want to raid but can't and are therefore going to be trying to get 5 mans together. This is often a boon to the casual player because getting pickup groups for things (if you actually have time to do an instance) can go a bit faster. Or everyone will just play in the Battlegrounds. That's what I did last year.

And I will probably be doing that again this year. This weekend, the Call to Arms is for Alterac Valley, which is by far my favorite BG. We have lots of advice on how to win, how to lose or even how to avoid practical jokes in AV, but here are two quick pieces of advice for both sides of the conflict.

  1. Defend all towers and bunkers -- your own team's and captured ones of the other side. Defend the captured ones until they burn and call for help if you need it. You're here for the most honor in the shortest time and this is how you get it.
  2. Fight at objectives, not in useless places in between. When you fight on the flag for a graveyard, for example, that allows a teammate to capture it in the confusion. Reducing the other team's resources one at a time by killing individual players is extremely inefficient.
And to all of my fellow Hordies I say, again, please please please please don't fight on that darn bridge. Seriously. The bunker NPCs shoot arrows at you while you stand there fighting the Allies who can actually be run over. And another thing -- let the Alliance have Snowfall. Otherwise they turtle and we play the "starve each other out of reinforcements" game which is longwinded and frustrating.

And now for something completely different, the Feast of Winter Veil is in full swing. Hopefully you got a gift recipe in the mail and your quests are going well. Starting Tuesday, December 25th, there will be gifts under the trees in Orgrimmar and Ironforge and they will be up for grabs until January 2nd.

I'm sure you enterprising egg collectors are making decent cash on the AH these days. Don't worry if your stock doesn't sell before the end of the holiday, they will still be worth something later because of the Delicious Chocolate Cake.

Snowballs are a good thing to stock up on for after the holidays. If you have a mule with empty bank space, they are only 10 copper per 5 and are used to power up the pets you get under the tree. People who want to show off their mini reindeer in June will probably pay more than 10 times that much. I know engineers can make them, but not at the quantity you can purchase them at right now.

I hope everyone has fun, gets some honor and makes some cash this Winter Veil season!

Robin Torres thinks that the Alliance who think that AV is unfair should learn from the Cyclone Battlegroup where they have been kicking Horde butt all night long, unfortunately for her.

What do you get the gamer who has everything? We've got a few ideas in our WoW holiday gift guide!

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