World of Warcraft FAQHow many people must gather for a battleground before a match can begin?
This number varies depending on the battleground. Warsong Gulch, for example, requires eight players from both factions to be present in the queue at the same time. Since Alterac Valley is designed for full-scale epic battles, at least thirty players are required from each side in order for an instance to begin.
Will joining the queue alone using the "First Available" option get me into Battlegrounds more quickly than entering as a group with the "Join as Group" option?
Yes. Think of it as being seated at a restaurant. If you show up at a restaurant with ten people, the staff must wait until there's room to seat you. This may take some time, depending on the crowd. If you request a table for one, however, you'll be seated much more quickly, as there's more room for just one person than ten people.
The same holds true for battlegrounds. If twelve players are assembling for Warsong Gulch and they form two raid groups of six players each, no instance will start because two groups of six won't fit in the available ten openings. These groups need an additional four players each before they are placed in a battleground.
How can my entire party or group of friends join a battleground together?
You can join the battleground as a party or raid by forming the group and having the party or raid leader enter the queue by clicking the "Join as Group" button.
If I join a group that has already been placed in a queue, will I be placed in their queue along with them?
No. The group leader will have to re-enter the queue in order for everyone in the party to be placed in the queue.
Do I need to be in front of the battleground instance while waiting in the queue?
No. Roam around and play! You can even run instances while in a queue - you'll be given the option to port straight into the battleground when the time comes.
What happens if I'm dead or in the middle of flying between two locations when my time to enter comes up?
Being dead or locked into a flight path will not hinder your ability to enter battlegrounds once you're in a queue. Simply accept the invitation to join and prepare to be ported.
What if I'm in an instance when the battleground time comes up?
If you are in an instance when it is your turn to enter the battleground, you will still have the option to either port to the battleground or remain in the instance. You can even be in another battleground at the time - in this way you can jump instantly from one battleground to another.
Why does going "Away From Keyboard" (or typing /afk) kick me out of the instance?
Battlegrounds are a fast-moving PvP environment where it's important for everyone involved to remain active to create the best experience for all. Being idle or away from the keyboard can certainly hurt the rest of the players on your team by hindering their ability to compete. Note that either going AFK by remaining idle or manually typing /afk will cause you to be affected by the Deserter debuff, which will prevent you from joining another battleground queue for 15 minutes.
Do the diminishing returns rules for honor still apply in battlegrounds?
No. After patch 2.4.0 was released, the diminishing returns of killing an opponent were removed. A player may continue to gain honor while killing a player up to 50 times. After 50 kills, the player will no longer gain any honor.
I want to tell my friends to join the same instance as me. How do I find this information to ensure we all join the same one?
When you join a battlegrounds queue, you will see the list of available battlegrounds currently running. You can select a particular instance to queue for, and tell your friends to do the same.
How do insignias work?
Your character carries a team insignia that can be looted by enemy players when you die. When a player removes your insignia from your body, you can no longer resurrect at your corpse - you must resurrect at a friendly graveyard. These insignias don't appear in your inventory.
Is there durability loss for dying in a battleground?
There is no durability loss for dying to a player or NPC in a battleground. However, regular durability loss from normal use of your equipment in combat is applied in the battlegrounds. In addition, damage or death from environmental sources such as fire, falling, or drowning will cause durability loss.
Are there any specific item rewards for Eye of the Storm?
There are various honor system rewards that require tokens from Eye of the Storm but there are no specific rewards for that battleground as there were with previous battlegrounds.