The past two weeks I have been experiencing the AV leveling grind with my level 70 Warrior (now level 71). It is a nice change of pace in leveling, plus in AV 71-80 bracket the XP is insane.
Unfortunately there are individuals ruining the experience by AFK’ing during the battle. I’ll call them AFKavers. A little pun with AV AFK’ers. Normally players can report them as AFK and call it a day. They are marked with an AFK debuff which will give them no further honor and no marks. However with the ability to obtain XP in PVP, the AFKavers found a work-around. Now the AFKavers can obtain XP in the battlegrounds while under the debuff. So they generally don’t care if they are marked with the debuff because they can get XP. It is a win win solution for the AFKavers
I am shocked not because the AFKavers are able to obtain XP while having the debuff but I do not see Blizzard acknowledging the issue and possibly hot fixing the problem. I just see constant complaining in the WoW forums about the problem. Very upsetting.
So I offer my solution to minimize the threat of AFKavers which will make everyone happy…well I hope so.
When a person is given the debuff, you have 3 minutes to engage with the opposing faction. If not, the individual will be teleported out of the battleground and given an hour-long deserter debuff.
If you’re given the debuff you must engage in PVP with the opposing faction or an NPCs. Attacking animals such as the AV wolfs, rams or birds will not remove the debuff.
Also all XP, Honor and Marks will be given at the conclusion of the battle. If an AFKaver was removed from the battleground then that player would not received any honor, mark(s) or XP.