I’ve been a streamer on twitch for 4 years now and a gamer my entire life. I have played many MMOs but had not played WoW until Classic’s release. I joined about 2 weeks post launch, after having seen Asmongold, Esfand, Madseasons all having so much fun playing. I instantly knew I’d play a human warrior for the Alliance. Convincing a few friends to join me we set out on an adventure. My first dive into Azeroth. I haven’t had as much fun in any MMO as I have PvP’ing in Classic. In phase 1, world pvp was by far the best experience of natural player conflict in any mmo. I reached the level of 40 and immediately bought my mount. Soon though, all my friends ended up quitting Classic, I joined a second guild but they all quit as well. Disappointed in this, I left WoW for all of Phase 2 and part of Phase 3, returning with the release of Arathi Basin on March 11th. I began ranking as I leveled my main and only toon, Sìrvìktøriüs. I quickly joined the 50-59 bracket. The bracket was small and everyone knew each other so eventually a Warrior named Purushottama made a discord for us to chat if we got into games together. What an experience it was to have people to play with every single day. I finally had the MMO experience I was looking for.
Climbing the PvP ranks is a hard enough process as is, but doing it at low levels is even more difficult. While there are a few perks, such as unlocking an epic mount before level 60, there are some harsh drawbacks including a much smaller playerbase with longer queue times, the inability to turn in Marks of Honor, deadlier combat due to lack of balancing and competitive twinking, and still competing against level 60 players!
Level 60 not required.
So I decided to stay in the bracket and work on getting to Rank 11 for the cheap epic mount. But then I saw two Alliance riding that same rank 11 epic mount in the 59 BG, Ozzie and Teflon. You could ride the Rank 11 mount pre-60. I soon got rank 11 and decided to stay in the bracket with the epic mount til I was rank 12. But once I obtained rank 12, friends and viewers told me I had to get Rank 14 at 59. It would be a world first to achieve. I’ve been working on this journey for 5 months now. This final month I put in at the least 12 hours every single day. I compete with 60s for honor caps. I cannot turn in Marks of Honor as they give experience. The queues are much longer than at 60 as well. The player-base is small so I stop getting honor per kill quickly. And the bracket is highly competitive, filled with other twinks some of whom are rank 14s on their mains or gladiators in retail. It took me 6 weeks due to breakers to go from rank 12 to 13. I am now on my fourth week of Rank 13, and with 87% in, I should hit Rank 14 this tuesday reset.
With twink gear, the level 59 bracket is much more deadly than what many players are used to!
My gear: is a mix of pre-bis and raid gear. You can wear Zul Gurub armor set pieces pre-60. I have the chest, bracers, and waist from ZG. Flamewaker Legplates from Molten Core. All of which I rolled on against fellow warriors in raid. Nothing was handed to me on this journey except for my sword Demonshear, which was bestowed upon me by my guild, Vengeance of Elune. With this gear appearing on most twinks, the 59 bracket is extremely bursty. Many times the fight is decided within an instant. A sword spec from a warrior will oneshot a clothie.
The downsides to ranking is the horrible design of the honor system itself. That allows people to deceive and break brackets. Or even push people to play 19 hours a day, which I have had to do. And the downside to doing it at pre-60 is I’ve had people threaten me in AV to purposefully kill NPCs near me to make me lvl up so I couldn’t reach my goal. As for streaming it, I’ve had people threaten to hack my account and level me unless I sent them money. I’ve had people transfer to my server to break the brackets and then come to my stream to laugh that it would make me miss my cap and cost me another week.
Crash is set to reach rank 14 in just a few days with the next weekly reset, picking up a world first and finally finishing a months long grind. Then just maybe he’ll focus on reaching level 60!
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