I saw some blue post somewhere (don't have the link) where they said they needed to tune the XP for BGs, since there was 'an awful lot of leeching in the 70-80 range'.
Leeching XP?! Well shit, baby! I got a late 40s rogue that I want at 80, but every time I log in to find myself in Feralas I just... kinda... log back out. I had totally forgotten that BGs even gave XP now, so I figured I'd jump in and give it a go. My rogue has 3 heirloom weaps (Dal Rend's MH sword, plus two daggers), the chest, AND shoulderpads. I went ahead and grabbed dual spec, as if to prove to myself that I really wanted this rogue for the long haul, and went full subtlety Hemo, and proceeded to do teh gankz.
At first, seeing XP rolling by on my screen at random intervals was exciting! Woohoo! 1440 XP! For... something!
I'm not even sure when XP is awarded in BGs. It just kinda scrolls by every once in a while, and it felt like a lot. So I proceeded to camp AB and WSG queues, and had a jolly old time kicking in the teeth of level 40 casters with my 49 rogue. It's a shame these are the only two BGs I can enter at this level range. For some reason they can't allow EotS and Isle of Conquest for 40s? I know AV would require tuning of Vann's HP pool etc, but those other two are just players... what would need to be tuned? Nothing.
Another quirk is that if I jump in the queue and get invited to a BG as Mutilate (every point in Assassination), then show up while the match is underway, I can't change my spec when a match is underway, so everyone sees me in stealth from a mile away. In arena, this makes sense (kinda). But in a BG, if all your healers AFK out, and you're stuck with only ret palys and shadow priests, that kinda sucks for the one guy willing to pop over after a rez and fill that gap. NO, YOU CAN'T CHANGE YOUR SPEC. IT'S A BATTLEGROUND. Uh.. okay, but I can while standing in a dungeon 12 feet from Patchwerk? Hmm... okay.
So I leveled PvPing, and hit 50. Suddenly, I was bottom of the rung again, and it was much less fun. I've never twinked, and feel like it's pretty stupid. I wonder how the twinks feel now being locked in their own little bracket with everyone else that's turned off XP gain. I imagine it isn't as fun, since you're no longer able to walk all over everyone you come across. They probably pretend it's a good challenge now, but to me it always seemed the thing they liked best was spamming /lol at you as you're honestly trying to play WSG at level 19, and the rogue that you can't land a single hit on anyway has enough HP to tank Gruul.
I gained a level, and trained new skills, and then a funny thing happened. No one was joining the queues, so I figured I might as well bang out a quest in Tanaris, since it's so easy to get there now from Dalaran. I jumped thru the portal at the Violet Citadel, killed a Hyena, and kinda stopped short.
Apparently, 1440 xp isn't really a big deal after all. Killing a dog that has no chance of landing a single blow on me thru a stunlock awarded me 406, and they're lined up as far as the eye can see. I can kill four dogs way faster than the 1440 XP was ticking by, and if I do it right, I can kill mobs I need for quests anyway... so yeah.
Back to the grind. PvP was fun for an evening, but isn't really an effective way to level.
I never really ground BGs at any point in my WoW career. I always felt the whole High Warlord thing was stupid, which Blizzard and the rest of the world eventually agreed with. I think the only people that felt it was worth grinding AB for 8 months were those forcing themselves to do it. My point is that AB is still somewhat of a fresh experience for me. I can imagine it's a huge drag for many of the population, which brings me back to why we're limited to these two at this level bracket.
If they want to have people PvP in BGs more (or even level that way), screw battlegroups... make the BG queue system pull from the entire WoW server pool. We'll be getting cross server LFG for dungeons soon, why not crank that dial up to 11 on the PvP side? If queues were instant, then it might be a viable way to level.
Anyway. Warhammer this is not. I'm back to Questhelper and PVE.
Wish me luck. : /