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  1. Haylel
    July 31, 2012

    The flagging for pvp is being caused by the cross-server low population area merging on beta, unless you’re actually wandering right into the enemy factions cities.
    either way, aren’t pet battles phased? i think/thought they were. if they’re not currently, i’m sure they will be sometime soon.

    • Hugh Hancock
      July 31, 2012

      From having read around on this, my impression is 1) Pet battles are not phased, and Blizzard have no intention of making them phased, and 2) If you go into a Contested zone to collect pets, you’ll still be flagged.

    • Hugh Hancock
      July 31, 2012

      From the blue post linked in Cymre’s article:

      “The fact that players are vulnerable to PvP attacks while in a pet battle is intentional. ”

      ” (This rule effects PVE servers as well but only in contested areas.)”

      • Haylel
        July 31, 2012

        Nah you’re right, pretty much all of that is accurate after I went and tested it for 30 seconds.

        I still think they flagging for PvP is being caused by the cross-server stuff on beta. PvE server pet battles should still be safe unless you run into other faction’s city or flag yourself intentionally, PvP servers will probably be full of pet battle ganking though.

        This seems like something they will backpeddle on and add phasing at some point. I forsee a lot of forum posts about not being able to do any of the pet battles on pvp servers, and the fact that a mechanic that causes loss of control of your character for this long wasn’t introduced until now is a valid defense against any sort of “well you should’ve rolled on a PvE server” retorts.

  2. Cymre
    August 1, 2012

    To a degree they are phased, but only to you and your immediate vicinity for the actual battle space. After some further discussion, it may be explained like this:

    Part of the confusion about this comes from the Cross Realm Zones feature that they are implementing. In beta we’re on a PvE server, but we are “cross realmed” with the PvP server. So sometimes we’ll cross into a new zone and suddenly be flagged for PvP because, if there is low population on the PvE server zone, it puts us in the PvP server zone. This makes the population of gankers in certain zones much higher depending on what kind of server you end up on. This shouldn’t happen when MoP goes live because PvE servers will only be crossed with PvE servers.

    So there is hope for the huge player base who chose PVE servers for a reason and those who just want to enjoy some harmless fun.

    Thanks for the feature Hugh, sometimes, it’s just nice to vent 😛

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