Legion Warsong Gulch Guides

Warsong Gulch is a battleground nestled in the southern region of Ashenvaleforest. It is located near the area where Grom Hellscream and his Orcschopped away huge swaths of forest during the events of the Third War. Despite disagreements from Thrall and the shamans, some orcs have remained in the vicinity, continuing their deforestation to fuel the Horde's expansion. They call themselves the Warsong Outriders.

The Night Elves, who have begun a massive push to retake the forests of Ashenvale, are now fing their attention on ridding their land of the Outriders once and for all. And so, the Silverwing Sentinels have answered the call and sworn that they will not rest until every last Orc is defeated and cast out of Warsong Gulch.

Warsong Gulch is similar to "capture the flag" games in other games. Each side tries to take the opponent flag and "cap" (score) it at their own base. You can only "cap" the flag if the enemy isn't carrying yours.

Mechanics

Warsong Gulch is a 10v10 Capture the Flag battleground, with a duration of 20 minutes. The object of the game is to capture the enemy team's flag, while defending your own against capture.

The game ends when one team has scored 3 captures, or after 20 minutes. After that time, the team with the most flag captures wins. If this would result in a tie, the team that captured the last flag wins. If neither side has captured a flag, then the game ends in a tie.

Each team has one flag in their flag room. Players see the enemy's flag as a clickable object. Clicking on it causes the player to pick it up. To score a capture, the capturing team must have their own flag at its base, and bring the enemy's flag to that same spot. If both flags are being carried, neither team can complete a capture. After a capture, both flags will reset to their original locations after 20 seconds.

When both flags are held, after a short while the flag carriers will receive a stacking debuff, increasing their damage taken by 10%. Every few minutes the flag carriers will receive an additional stack of the debuff, increasing the effect. The debuff stacks up to 10 times for 100% increased damage taken.

Certain actions will cause the flag carrier to drop the flag. These include that player being killed, summoning a mount, entering [Stealth](including via [Vanish]), receiving a paladin's [Divine Shield] or [Blessing of Protection] ("bubble"), and [Ice Block]. The carrier can also drop the flag by clicking on their own flag buff (received while holding the flag). Actions which do not cause the flag to drop include shapeshifting (cat, travel, ghost wolf), [Divine Protection], and using battleground power-ups. Also, picking up the flag breaks stealth.

When the flag is dropped, it becomes a clickable object where it was dropped. A capturing team member can pick it up again and keep running, but the player who dropped it will not be able to personally pick it up again for 3 seconds. Or, a defending team member can click on it and it will instantly teleport back to their base (this is called "returning" the flag). If no player picks up or returns the flag for about five seconds, it will return itself.

Tactics

Main article: Warsong Gulch strategy

There are at least four different strategies commonly used in Warsong Gulch; Split into O and D, Mid Control, All Escort the FC, and Zerging. The final is most common in PUGS and least likely to produce a victory while any of the first three can be made to work depending on the composition of the given team.

  • Split into Offense and Defense. As simple as it sounds: part of the team protects your flag while another part goes to get the enemy flag. In the case that the enemy gets your flag D will try to chase the enemy flag carrier down and retrieve it while O may or may not assist depending on the tactics. It is very important that O sticks together to make this strategy work. Generally, all stealthers (rogues, druids) go to the enemy base, while the rest of the team stays back to stop any intruders.
  • Middle Control. The team attempts to establish control of the middle of the field by sending most, if not all, of the team there and attacking the enemy as they can. The goal is to prevent any enemy from reaching your fort, or to prevent any enemy flag carriers from returning to their fort. While the middle is held, class appropriate flag carriers are sent into the enemy fort to get their flag.
  • All Escort the Flag Carrier. Everyone stays in a group, charges across the field, and takes the enemy's flag. Everyone escorts the FC back to a safe spot and then some protect your FC while others go look for the enemy FC as they will almost certainly have taken your flag by now as well.
  • Zerging. This strategy involves most of the team charging the enemy flag in a random way and largely as individuals or groups of two. Against any of the organized strats zerging is unlikely to produce a victory, however, it is the strat most commonly used by PUGS as it requires no communication or planning at all.

The key to victory is communication with the other players in your faction. Take the time before the game starts to agree on what strat you will be using but be prepared to change if you need to as events develop. By communicating, your teammates will have the edge and be able to anticipate your enemies' position and movements. It is useful to know, for example, if the opposing faction has characters camped at your graveyard. When allocating parties within a raid group, attention should be focused on not only the classes and abilities of the players involved, but also their levels. For example, it is foolish to send in some level 25 characters when you know that the enemy flag is guarded by multiple level 29s. It is important to keep in mind abilities that can root or snare a player, as well as speed enhancements, and the ability to successfully get away from a group. As in any PvP situation, the key ability to develop with your character is the ability to adapt.

You are much more powerful in Battlegrounds when you are at the higher levels of your bracket. If you're playing in a 25┬ĘC29 Battleground you will be more effective in direct combat as a level 29 than a level 25-28 because you will be much stronger, have more powerful spells, and stronger, higher leveled weapons with more DPS. You will also notice the other faction attacks you depending on your level because a level 29 will know a player two or more levels below them is an easy fast kill and takes only a few hits.

Remember, Totems are a lifesaver! When you are on your way to capturing the flag, lay a couple of totems, this will make a powerful escape route for you and your allies.

Team Buffs are essential for flag capturing! Aspect of the Pack can speed up your team as they protect the flag, also Blood Pact is great for EVERY ally. Defending, Healing or Attacking.

Hunters, lay a Freezing Trap just on the flag. If an enemy captures it, they'll be "sticking around" for a while. Also, lay another damaging trap above to add insult to injury.

NEVER LEAVE THE FLAG CARRIER ALONE. Have at least one person with him/her at all times.

Communicate effectively and efficiently. Don't spam the battleground chat with things not necessary to PvP.

Power-ups

There are three types of power-ups found in Warsong Gulch. To use them, simply walk up to one. They will respawn after a short period of time.

  • Berserking - Increases all damage caused by 30%, all damage taken by 10% and increases your size by 10%. Lasts 1 min.
  • Restoration - Restores 10% of your health and mana every second for 10 seconds. Attacking or being attacked will cancel the effect.
  • Speed - Increases movement speed by 100% for 10 seconds.

Honor rewards

The game awards bonus honor to everyone on your side of the match for reaching certain goals. Those goals are:

  • capturing the opponent's flag
  • winning the match

Other scored events do not grant bonus honor. These include: killing blows, picking up the opponent's flag, and returning your flag to your base. Honor is awarded for honorable kills as normal. Losing a complete match (0 captures and a loss) also gives you no bonus honor.

While it is possible to lose a match and still accumulate honor from honorable kills, a careless attitude about losing is generally frowned on, and considering that a winning match grants a substantial honor bonus, winning matches allows for accumulating honor points much more rapidly.

During the Warsong Gulch Call to Arms, completing the battleground will earn players bonus Honor and [Conquest Points].

The winning team receives an 18 Honor Point bonus for each capture the opposing team is prevented from completing. This means every capture below 3, up to a maximum of 54 bonus Honor if the losing team had 0 captures.

Reputation

  • Flag Capture - 35 reputation for entire team

Warsong Gulch items

Warsong Gulch items are available by spending honor accumulated with Illiyana Moonblaze (Alliance) or Kelm Hargunth (Horde). Though some of the Sentinel and Outrider factions items have different names and artwork, their bonuses and equip effects are identical. More powerful versions of some items can be purchased as you gain levels, allowing higher level players to receive faction rewards with better equipment bonuses. However, the epic quality bracer rewards are only available from level 40, and the epic quality leggings are only available at level 60.

Item (Alliance/Horde) Type Level and HP Cost Classes Description
[Silverwing Battle Tabard]
[Warsong Battle Tabard]
Tabard 2059 Unrestricted Tabard
[Rune of Duty] Trinket Level 20: 20
Level 40: 35
Warrior, Paladin
Hunter, Rogue
Stamina bonus
Restores health while equipped
[Rune of Perfection] Trinket Level 20: 20
Level 40: 35
Druid, Priest
Shaman, Mage
Warlock
Stamina bonus
Decreases the magical resistances of your spell targets
[Caretaker's Cape]
[Battle Healer's Cloak]
Back Level 18: 20
Level 28: 25
Level 38: 35
Level 48: 45
Level 58: 55
Unrestricted Stamina and spirit bonuses
Increases spellpower
[Sentinel's Medallion]
[Scout's Medallion]
Neck Level 18: 20
Level 28: 25
Level 38: 35
Level 48: 45
Level 58: 55
Unrestricted Stamina and agility bonuses
[Lorekeeper's Ring]
[Advisor's Ring]
Finger Level 18: 100
Level 28: 100
Level 38: 300
Level 48: 300
Level 58: 1600
Unrestricted Stamina bonus
Increases spellpower
Restores mana while equipped
[Protector's Band]
[Legionnaire's Band]
Finger Level 18: 100
Level 28: 100
Level 38: 300
Level 48: 300
Level 58: 1600
Unrestricted Strength, agility, and stamina bonuses
[Lorekeeper's Staff]
[Advisor's Gnarled Staff]
Staff Level 18: 500
Level 28: 700
Level 38: 1000
Level 48: 5000
Level 58: 15000
Unrestricted Stamina and intellect bonuses
Restores mana while equipped
[Protector's Sword]
[Legionnaire's Sword]
Sword Level 18: 300
Level 28: 400
Level 38: 500
Level 48: 700
Level 58: 6000
Unrestricted Strength and stamina bonuses
[Outrunner's Bow]
[Outrider's Bow]
Bow Level 18: 300
Level 28: 400
Level 38: 500
Level 48: 700
Level 58: 6000
Unrestricted Agility and stamina bonuses (Level 30+)
[Sentinel's Blade]
[Scout's Blade]
Dagger Level 18: 300
Level 28: 400
Level 38: 500
Level 48: 700
Level 58: 6000
Unrestricted Agility and stamina bonuses
[Berserker Bracers] Wrist (Plate) Level 40: 500
Level 50: 700
Level 60: 5000
Unrestricted Strength, agility, and stamina bonuses
[Dryad's Wrist Bindings] Wrist (Cloth) Level 40: 500
Level 50: 700
Level 60: 5000
Unrestricted Stamina, intellect, and spirit bonuses
Increases spellpower
[Forest Stalker's Bracers] Wrist (Leather) Level 40: 500
Level 50: 700
Level 60: 5000
Unrestricted Strength, agility, and stamina bonuses
[Windtalker's Wristguards] Wrist (Mail) Level 40: 500
Level 50: 700
Level 60: 5000
Unrestricted Stamina, intellect, and spirit bonuses
Attack power increased while equipped
[Sentinel's Silk Leggings]
[Outrider's Silk Leggings]
Legs (Cloth) Level 60: 9000 Unrestricted Stamina, intellect, and spirit bonuses
Increases spellpower
[Sentinel's Lizardhide Pants]
[Outrider's Lizardhide Pants]
Legs (Leather) Level 60: 9000 Unrestricted Strength, agility, stamina, intellect, and spirit bonuses
Increases spellpower
[Sentinel's Leather Pants]
[Outrider's Leather Pants]
Legs (Leather) Level 60: 9000 Unrestricted Agility and stamina bonuses
Increases chance to get a critical strike
[Sentinel's Chain Leggings]
[Outrider's Chain Leggings]
Legs (Mail) Level 60: 9000 Unrestricted Agility and stamina bonuses
Increases chance to get a critical strike
Increases chance to hit
[Sentinel's Mail Leggings]
[Outrider's Mail Leggings]
Legs (Mail) Level 60: 9000 Unrestricted Strength, intellect and stamina bonuses
Increases chance to get a critical strike
Increases chance to get a crit
Restores mana while equipped
[Sentinel's Lamellar Legguards]
[Outrider's Lamellar Legguards]
Legs (Plate) Level 60: 9000 Unrestricted Strength and stamina bonuses
Increases chance to get a critical strike
Increases chance to hit
Increases spellpower
[Sentinel's Plate Legguards]
[Outrider's Plate Legguards]
Legs (Plate) Level 60: 9000 Unrestricted Strength and stamina bonuses
Increases chance to get a critical strike

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