Don't you think crossrealm killed the local community(s)? For me on Vashj I felt it did. What was left of it, atleast. Xrealm ruins the local server community, mainly with the opposing faction, why? because you don't fight against those people as frequently anymore, and the volume of people in BG is greater, hence why you don't know as many names, as a result you can't keep track of 95% of players on the realm, you don't really know who is good and who sucks anymore. Nowadays, the most likely way you'll know someone from the other faction through PvP is from a Movie, forumtroll, extreme event of ninjaing or IRC, gone are the days of local communities for the majority of realms
The great thing I used to love about WoW in general was having a community of people you knew, even if you didn't necessarily like those people, it was like a local village, full of names you knew and got familiar with, you usually had the one village idiot also, but when crossrealm came those days were almost destroyed overnight, gone are the times of seing people in BG you knew, or picking opponents to deliberately go for that you either didn't like or wanted to kill for the fun of it, it completely took out the local community feel, to compensate for this you get instant BG queues, well personally, i'd rather queue for half an hour for a BG and face opponents/teams I knew, than facing randomers from a foreign realm whom I had never seen before. They should have really kept an option so the player can choose to queue from a battleground locally on the server or through crossrealm, or both.
When I used to join a battleground back in the day, I'd usually be solo queued and either face a random Vashj PuG, premade 'Epic', Verve or in the later days Rubicon, going back to the older times, the Epic mix of players with some other guildnames I can't quite remember the names of all of them. Regardless of if I was in a premade or not, it was a lot more entertaining than the Xrealm days, perhaps nostalgic selective memory plays a part in this, though I still think it was genuinely better, Why? simply because it was satisfying killing Abraham, Gonzo, Thirin, Troj or Draster, we got killed by them alot also, sure, but the point being these are people you know, and have respect or atleast understood who was who on the realm and if they'd be worth prioritising in killing or not, be it for rep or to win you the game.
When I Premade' it with my old Four Seasons mates though, we had IMO one of the best teams of many, some of the best priests in the guild for PvP, our Jing Svindar Silanah are some of the best PvP/PvE healers around, combine this with Los, Ryann Fosters, Yuber, Frein and Bartkn, then throw in a wildcard like Jorl equates to a killer team,. 4s/CNF was so much more than just a guild to me, the players were all very determined and would NEVER go down without a fight, most knew how to PvP to the fullest, had done the rank 14 grinds, losing just wasn't an option, or if it was it wouldn't happen without a fight, though our CNF team was pretty much undefeated for its reign in BG's
I'm sure they'll never implement such a feature to queue vs your own servers opponents again, but I'd love it if they did!
To anyone who put up worthy fights in PvP on vashj back in the day, props to you!
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