Most posts complaining about how bad AV is for Alliance never really go into WHY it is so bad. So, let us take a look at why AV is so miserable for alliance. This is going to just break down the first big problem, Galv vs Balinda. If this goes well I may break down more parts of the map.
When the match starts both Horde and Alliance have a big first objective to go for, Galv and Bal. Both teams rush for the center as fast as they can, and this is where the first significant problem appears. As Alliance reaches Balinda so does the Horde at almost exactly the same time. Huh, that is strange… they get to their first objective long before we could get to ours? This may not seem like a big deal to some, but, it gives a MASSIVE advantage in how Horde get to dictate the flow of the game right from the start.
Ok, Horde get to Balinda first. What are the consequences of that? Well, it means that automatically the Alliance are the ones who have to decide how to counter this disadvantage. Without a premade you are now expecting 40 random people to decide on a singular strategy. This is not a big deal for Horde because they are NATURALLY getting to dictate the flow of the match. When AV first dropped Alliance would try to just run by, knowing that Horde racial abilities give a significant advantage in fights. This was the rush Galv meta. This meta did not last long as Horde figured out, “Oh… just kill them as they run by.” And very quickly that strategy died. After rush Galv strategy became an unusable option it only left Alliance with a few strategic options.
- Continue to try the run by and watch the raid die.
- Meet Horde before they go after Balinda and accept the disparity of the fight that racials cause.
- Wait for Horde to enter Balinda and then try to wipe them during the fight.
- Wait for them to enter Balinda, run by, accept that Galv is a pipe dream and move on to LTS and towers.
No matter which of these options Alliance choose, the strategy for the Horde remains COMPLETELY unchanged. Stay grouped, go to Balinda, and kill anything red. Therefore, no real coordination is needed. The first option is obviously bad and has not worked since week one of AV. Option 2 is pretty bad, but can be winnable. But, again, you have to get EVERYONE on board to try and overcome the disparity created by racials… and the fact Shamans can literally melt someone before a single heal can get to them. Option 3 is slightly better than option 2 because you are splitting the Horde’s attention between Balinda and the raid. If done right this MAY be the little bump needed to offset the racial disparity. Again, the problem lies in getting everyone to do the strat. Finally, option 4, this may be the BEST option for Alliance to actually win. It does not feel good accepting that Galv is simply a pie in the sky option, but, the map is not fair. Again though, regardless of which option Alliance take, it does not change the Horde’s first move.
This is just the first big reason as to why Alliance, even with premades, still lost FAR more than Horde does now without them. Breaking the map down further shows how it actually gets worse.