According to this entry at Gaming Steve’s there’s some big changes coming to the Battleground PVP system in World of Warcraft. The first thing mentioned has already been announced by Blizzard themselves and that’s the plan to link the Battlegrounds on different servers together to make it easier to find folks to compete against. Right now it can take hours for a round to come together on some servers, especially if it’s the Alterac Valley BG you want to play in, so to help solve that problem Blizzard will be linking 16 realms together per Battleground server to see if they can’t cut down on the wait time and get more PVP action going. They hope to have the Battlegrounds linked together within the next patch or two. The new bit of news is the following:
Imagine the features of Battle.net combined into the world of Battlegrounds: Worldwide rankings, tournaments, ladders, and more, only for the entire world of Battlegrounds. Yes, Battlegrounds will undergo its most radical change during the release of Burning Crusade expansion with Battlegrounds becoming a true worldwide tournament! Of course with The Burning Crusade slated for release at the end of this year, if not next year, this is still a long way off. But at least the interim patch should greatly increase the Battlegrounds experience.
If I were younger and had more time to devote to playing that would be some pretty cool news as I’ve enjoyed competing in the various ladders and tournaments of other Blizzard games in the past. It should help to make the Battleground experience a lot more popular, though, and that’s a good thing.