What Player Versus Player is and What Arathi Basin Is

What Player Versus Player is and What Arathi Basin Is

Arathi Basin is a Player vs. Player Instance in World of Warcraft. Your character competes against other people's characters real time in a mass duel. It's much more fun to play a person than it is to play a computer opponent. (Player versus enemy, or PVE is how that's put.) Humans are less predictable and have quicker reactions than a stale artificial intelligence.
Even though PVP seems to be a me v. the world environment, and indeed, the best screenname I have ever seen from PVP was teaImate, there are group goals. There's a team element to what's at hand. It's technically US versus THEM.
There are benefits to playing with good teamwork such as more honour and triple battle marks, but the cultural climate of PVP leans towards rugged individualism. (And much, much, swearing.) Killing other players yields honour points, which in turn when saved up ala skiball, yields nifty gear that helps you to slay monsters. If you're not much good at it, never fear! You earn Marks of Honour just by having the courage to set foot on the field of battle. If you're persistent at this, you can earn a special mount just from the Marks of Honour. Mounts are the cars of sorts in this game, so it's a worthwhile reward!
Players can enter the instance, which is a subworld of sorts, at level 20. They can choose to do so at the gate in Arathi Highlands in the Eastern Kingdoms or through a capital city battlemaster elsewhere in the world. Up to 15 people may enter on either side. Play is bracketed by bands of 10 levels so that really puny players don't take the field with extremely difficult opponents. It's still a bit wide, so that a level 59 player will have a substantial advantage over a level 50 player. Players at the upper limits of the bracket will often deride the lower level characters for this reason.
The tables are not necessarily even in terms of the raw number of participants, so the dynamics may rapidly shift depending on the number of players on a team at any given point. It's quite possible to be playing on an uneven field from the start. However, if your players are more skilled or higher in level than the opposing side, it's possible to pull off an upset. The equipment each soldier brings to the field of battle also has an effect on the outcome of each match.