Ganking and lowbies

January 18, 2010

I’ve noticed a disturbing trend while levelling my alt.  It seems there is a fascination with ganking when your a lowbie.  Every single horde I’ve come across while levelling my mage has tried to kill me.  Some have succeeded.  Some have failed (To which I dealt harsh punishment), but it’s still disturbing nonetheless.  I play on a PvP server, so I don’t know what goes on on the PvE servers, but don’t people have any shame?  I’m not putting the Horde down on this one, because the Alliance does it too.  If one of the opposite factions sees you doing something, 9/10 times, they’re going to attack you.

I take my first steps into Outlands on my mage.  I got the first quest that has you fly to Honor Hold.  As soon as I get there and pick up the next quest, there’s a Horde to gank me trying to do the same quest in the same area.  I /waved at him ahead of time to make sure he knew I was there and friendly, so I thought everything was settled.  I turn around to start frostbolting a boar when I suddenly see an arrow sticking out of my back.  I turn around and sure enough, there’s the hunter shooting me as if he hated me his whole life.  I eventually killed him after a long battle, but the thought still lingers, “I know we’re opposite factions, but aren’t we both still people?” 

When America was at war with Japan in WWII, did we kill every single civilian we saw, even if they waved friendly flags at us?  (Not counting the atomic bombs on this one.)  No.  We didn’t.  We gave them the chance to show their colors or not.  Why is it not the same in WoW?  We may not be able to communicate well, but when I /wave and /tickle at the Horde, I generally expect them to realize that I’m not there to kill them.

Are things the same for you guys on your servers, or is it just me?



  1. The thing is, they’re not just ganking because they assume it’s gank-or-be-ganked. They’re ganking because they enjoy it, because you hate it, for whatever reason they come up with. If it was possible to gank people on the SAME faction, they’d be doing that too.

  2. I understand that much, but why would they have such a fascination with killing people who they think don’t stand a chance? If people are paying attention to other mobs, it’s not even close to a fair fight, which defeats the purpose of wanting to pvp, which is to test your skills against other players. There’s no skill involved in killing a preoccupied player

  3. I play on a european pvp server as horde in the main and it appears that alliance will gank far more than horde (at least from mine and friends experiences)on our server. Like you i always try and then get on with questing, afterall that’s what we are there for, to level and before you know it you’re dead.

    Another thing about ally on our server is, they rarely do it solo, they will either party up or wait until they see another ally then go for it in the hope that they will get ‘back up’ haha!!

    Yes it is a pvp server so expect it but when you are level 62 and being ganked by a 70-80 c’mon get a life, you are obviously crap otherwise you would go after the 80’s not the lower ones.

    I never ever ganked but my moto is now : Gank before u get ganked and whoooop their ass!!!

  4. I hear you, man, and I didn’t intend for it to be faction based. It happens on both sides and I consider it downright stupid. I mean, your wasting valuable soloing time by killing players, and your soloing speed is considerably slowed because they’re looking over their shoulders for you

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