I spent years achieving the achievement and all I got was this lousy title…
Finally, finally, with a lot of help from my friends and awesome support from the PuGs, I got Resilient Victory,
the last achievement I needed for Master of Arathi Basin,
and more importantly the last achievement I needed for Battlemaster.
So yes, I am now officially Battlemaster Gnomeaggedon, Justicar of Gnomeregan. Well I would be if you could chain titles… Guess I will stick with Gnomeaggedon of Gnomeregan.
Of course, with what comes next, you will probably re-title me Gnomeaggedon, Master Whinger of Gnomeregan.
The Hard Slog
Not all the achievements for any of the Master achievements are easy. For some people winning 100 of any BG is hard enough. Some of the achievements are even contrary to the goals of the BG, or the winning of the BG at least.
Still “the achievement” exists, the combination of 5 Master achievements, comprising 54 achievements in total (AV: 10, WSG: 11, SotA: 13, AB: 12, EotS: 8).
For that you get a title… A title… nothing more (and thankfully nothing less), unless you want to include 50, yes a whole 50 extra achievement points.
So what’s my gripe?
Well for one, What a long strange trip it’s been…
Remember the bitching about this achievement, it takes 12 months (brew of the month), included achievements that required some dedication, or at least being online at the right time.
- What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been: 8 master achievements
- To Honor One’s Elders: 12
- Noble Gardener: 8
- The Flame Warden: 6
- Hallowed Be Thy Name: 11
- Fool For Love: 12
- For The Children: 6
- Brewmaster: 6
- Merrymaker: 11
- Total: 72
Sure quantitatively there are a more achievements to earn, but many of them are givens. Ultimately this isn’t a hard meta achievement, although its reliance on RNG at times is frustrating, at the end of the day it’s a join the dots achievement and a full 12 month cycle of playing.
People wanted the big purple drake and were prepared to bitch about it, because it was too hard… god forbid you have to spend years waiting on the Spirit Healer, or accepting that to get the wins you will have to go through the loses… lots of loses… for a title… a title… No bonus gear, pets or mounts along the way… just a title.
Elite skills and a bit of gear
What about the Instance and Raiding achievements. I’m not going to say they are easy, I know people dedicate themselves to the perfect moves for some of them. Still, at the end of the day, 5, 10, 25 people can walk away with titles and mounts, all within a single patch period.
Know the right people and you can piss fart around an entire expansion then get your high reward achievement once your over-gear the situation… in fact, why do that, why not just wait until your are and expansion or two down the track and solo the instances and raids for the achievements.
Try soloing a few BGs a couple of expansions down the track and see how far it get you.
Looking for the Justice in Justicar
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t resent the other meta achievements coming with more tangible rewards, bloody hell, would you even bother with What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been if not for the Purple Drake waiting at the end? The little bonuses along the way encourage your to chase the ultimate goal, but in the end, it’s the drake that you ignore your real life lover for during Love is in the Air.
I do think that at some point someone at Blizzard needs to have a look at something that while not broken per se, just doesn’t seem to add up. Hell, Blizzard have proven in the past they are more than happy to fix things that aren’t broken, so why not fix Battlemaster, and while they are at it, why not spice up Justicar?
If For the Alliance can reward you with a mount…
If you can get the Stormpike Battle Charger for a handful of honor – without even needing to be exalted any longer…
Not to mention the other honor mounts, like the Black Battlestrider, for more handfuls of honor…
Why don’t you get a battle mount for achieving Battlemaster, in fact why not get a mount for each of the factions represented by the sub-achievements as you progress?
Hardest of hardcore PvP
Of course if you are in the top 0.5% of players in the arena each seaon you will receive one of the Gladiator’s Twilight Drakes…
… and if you win 75, 150 and 300 Rated Battlegrounds, then you can get your hands on a Vicious War Steed, but don’t expect a different model for knocking yourself out… no you just get a better title!
Once again, not trying to detract from the achievements in Arena or Rated Battlegrounds (something I am extremely unlikely to ever achieve at this point in time), but I have to ask, what, beyond a title which I will most likely never display (I am Gnomeaggedon of Gnomeregan!) was the point of chasing Justicar and Battlemaster.
Yeah, yeah… I know personal satisfaction… pffft!
I’m just left wondering whether Blizzard understand the term Achievement and the concept of being rewarded appropriately.
Anyway, on a final note, I’d like to thank all the people, guildies and PuGs alike that assisted me in achieving Battlemaster. Apologies for not getting a screenshot of all the Alliance that stuck through against the odds to pull off the Resilient Victory. I know you doubted the strategy, like so many before you, but you unlike the others kept the faith till the end and for that I am very grateful.
In particular that thanks goes to the PuG Sylthren from Muradin. It was your confirmation of the strategy that steadied the other PuGs.
As for my guildies (Arivina, Daraiste, Daror, Deady, Dingo, Doamy, Fando, Giggitty, Informer, Magok, Maiyen, Meli, Oromic, Plaguezilla, Salex, Tickk, Xero), who so mercilessly taunted me after gaining Resilient Victory in a Rated Battleground while I was on Squidly. Who for another 2 months laughed at the suggestion that we attempt Resilient Victory (OK, you were scared that once I had it I would delete Gnomeaggedon, then delete WoW)…
I thank you for being at my side, even though for many of your Battlegrounds and PvP in general was the last thing you wanted to do.
Although, I’m sure you will admit… we had fun taunting and crushing the Horde!
Gnomer and Out!
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