In my quest to get my warlock to 80, I had the distinct pleasure of spending a lot of time leveling through Stranglethorn Vale. A lot of people who play on PvP servers are probably calling me crazy right now, and they’re probably right, however it is one of my favorite zones in all of WoW. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous and there is a good variety of quests to keep you entertained. Best of all, most of the quests keep you firmly in the zone. The biggest drawback to questing in Stranglethorn, especially on PvP servers, is the near constant threat of being ganked.

Personally, I have never understood the appeal of ganking. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy some good PvP as much as the next guy but that’s just it. I enjoy GOOD PvP. I like the idea of going up against other players of your level and matching wits and blades in open combat. I like knowing that if I’m not at the top of game there is a very real chance that I will get my ass handed to me. It’s that knowing that drives me to improve and excel as a PvPer. Ganking doesn’t provide any of that. Ganking is the absolute antithesis of that.

For those of you unfamiliar with the term, ganking is the act of killing another player multiple levels below your own. This is a very popular past time for a lot of players at max level and many enjoy targeting players between levels 20 – 40. Often times these max level characters will kill their prey in just one attack. Here is where my analogy of squishing a bug comes into play. Most people will kill bug that is annoying them without thinking. It’s quick and effortless to kill a bug. A lot of us don’t feel any remorse for doing, heck we usually don’t feel anything at all. It’s just something you do and just as quickly forget about it.

Gankers are different. Gankers are that mean little kid, sitting on the sidewalk with a magnifying glass burning ants alive. They relish in playing God over these little creatures and delight in watching them burn. In game, they’re the max level characters laying siege to Southshore or Stranglethorn for no other reason than that they enjoy lording over those who can’t do anything about it. Most days, I couldn’t go an hour in Stranglethorn on my warlock without getting wailed on by someone with too much time on their hands and too little to do.

Most times you just have to shrug it off and keep going on about your business. But sometimes, you’ll get that one guy who just manages to push your buttons and drive you absolutely bonkers. It was a mage oddly enough that finally made me snap. I was mounted up, making my way over to the Rebel Camp to turn in some quests when I passed the mage on the road. He was on foot helping a buddy of his kill some trolls for another quest as I passed. I kept on, thinking I was in the clear when I took a frostbolt to the back and died instantly. This guy saw me, mounted up, and followed me for a good minute or so until he caught up just so he could kill me. That’s like you walking down the street and seeing lady bug on the sidewalk across the street then deciding to go dash across the street just to stomp it. What was the point? What sick feeling of exhilaration could you possibly get from that? This is what was going through my head after he killed me and I just snapped. I immediately logged off and hopped onto my Death Knight.

My Death Knight is level 80 and fully geared in Vengeful and Wrathful PvP gear. I’m not the greatest PvPer. I’ll never see the 2000+ arena bracket but I can more than hold my own in a fight. I immediately flew down to Stranglethorn and began to hunt that idiot mage down. Long story short, I found the mage and made his life miserable for a good 30 minutes. I corpse camped him all the way to the Horde base in the area and then proceeded to kill every living Horde creature in sight. So now I pose the question to you dear readers. Do you have any good ganking stories from either side of the fence?

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  2. I honestly don’t have good [or bad] ganking stories when I was leveling up my toons. There was one time when I was questing on my Troll Shaman in Terokkar Forest and I got killed by 4 alliance players. I tried avoiding them at all costs but they ended up killing and corpse camping me and I got eventually got pissed off. I logged onto my druid who was geared out with all her T4 and tried to gank them. I killed them all once and logged back onto my shaman, only to get killed by them again. When I logged back onto my druid, I killed two of them before one of them decided to bring out their Black Temple Geared with Legendary Swords rogue out. I ended up getting corpse camped by that rogue for a good 15 minutes before I logged out of the game completely.

    I like the idea of PvP but when it’s a definitely a no-chance-in-winning situation, I hate it. To me, it’s like ganking people who are multiple levels below you.

    OH! I just thought of a 70 mage that tried to gank my husband, brother, and I while we were leveling our level 59-61 toons in Hellfire Pennisula. He was ganking every Lowbie in Falcon Watch. We got him to chase us out of Falcon Watch and some how surprisingly ended up killing him. He was just bad though.

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  3. Levelling in Nagrand as two lv 67 Frost Mages, we had just killed Gutripper for Nesingwary and I was picking a herb whilst my boyfriend was drinking up. I get charged by a lv 80 warrior with around 35k health (for comparison’s sake we had about 8k). Hit iceblock at the same time as telling my bf to run because I didn’t think we had a chance. He on the other hand, takes it badly when anyone attacks me, pulls out his frost elemental and starts nuking. Warrior goes for him, I pop out, summon my pet and the warrior is basically stuck in the middle, waddling. He blew bladestorm on my iceblock and now he’s going nowhere fast.

    Amusingly enough, his two friends (another 80 and a lv 68 he was helping boost) show up just in time to see him die.
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  4. I too am a STV baby, so I go what I call ganking fits. I get pissed at the world, and I head to Southshore, and destroy everything.

    But sometimes I get my comeppance, I was riding around angry, killing everything in sight, I was in Theramore. (I’m Horde), then I see a boat…Oh awesome I love taking boats.

    As I hopped on my Hog rode towards the boat, another bike was riding towards me. We stopped, starred each other..then did battle. Oh crap a Warlock, the bane of my mage exsistence. He crushed me.

    I waited, and rezzed myself, then was about to leave….then an 80 warrior popped off the boat. I smoked that fool! Warlocks make me mad.
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  5. Fist off, what is up with all the mages posting here? I could have sworn this was a Warlock blog. Anywho, my Voidwalker and I love seeing mages alone out in the open. Rogues on the other hand can go die a slow painful death being eaten alive by rapid pigeons.

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  6. Cause all warlocks are wanna-be mages, and we take pity. ;)
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  7. I might be more inclined to believe that if we were the ones going over to mage blogs and commenting. Seeing as how you’re over here, me thinks you have a craving for more demonic flavors. But worry not, you’ll be more than welcome when you decide to come over and join us here at the grownups table =)

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  8. Demonic flavors come in Cherry?
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  9. They also come in Chocolate, Vanilla, and People

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  10. No, that’s Chocolate, Vanilla, and Soylent Green….cause…

    SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!!!!
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