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NeutralWarsong Gulch
Level: 10-90
Warsong Gulch loading screen.jpg
Major settlements Silverwing Hold
Warsong Lumber Mill
Location Between the Barrens and Ashenvale

Warsong Gulch (WSG for short) is a battleground nestled in the southern region of Ashenvale forest. It is located near the area where Grom Hellscream and his Orcs chopped away huge swaths of forest during the events of the Third War. Despite disagreements from Thrall and the shamans, some orcs have remained in the vicinity, continuing their deforestation to fuel the Horde's expansion. They call themselves the Warsong Outriders.

The night elves, who have begun a massive push to retake the forests of Ashenvale, are now focusing their attention on ridding their land of the Outriders once and for all. And so, the Silverwing Sentinels have answered the call and sworn that they will not rest until every last Orc is defeated and cast out of Warsong Gulch.

Warsong Gulch is a 10v10 capture the flag battleground. Each side tries to take the opponent flag and "cap" (score) it at their own base. You can only "cap" the flag if the enemy isn't carrying yours. The winner is the first team to achieve 3 caps, or the team with the most caps when the allotted time expires.

The bases
Next: Conflict in Arathi Basin
Conflict in Warsong Gulch
Conflict: Conflict in Ashenvale
Place: Warsong Gulch
Outcome: Unknown
Belligerents

Alliance

Horde

Commanders and leaders

Su'ura Swiftarrow (in Ashenvale)

Gargok (in the Barrens)

Strength

5-10 Adventurers

5-10 Adventurers

Casualties and losses

Unknown

Unknown

Contents

Official overview

The gleaming purple-and-emerald forests of Ashenvale are more than just pleasant woodland. To the Warsong orcs who name themselves Outriders, they’re a prize cache of building planks; to the night-elven Silverwing Sentinels, they’re home. Where the turned soil and tree stumps surrounding Horde lumber mills start to encroach on Ashenvale’s timberlands, these two factions clash.

Each group recruits heroes from far and wide – the Horde to batter back the defenders and clear the forests, and the Alliance to shatter the aggressors and stop the disappearance of their precious land. Capturing flags might seem like an unorthodox method of settling this dispute, but it’s symbolic (and hardly without bloodshed). Whoever holds their defeated foes’ banner will show all who look upon the forest that their claim is the strongest – and dictate the future of one of the most important, ancestral lands of the Kaldorei.[1]

Joining the battle

As with all battlegrounds, players of sufficient level (in this case level 10) can queue for Warsong Gulch through the PvP interface, found on the micro menu. Players can also queue by speaking to battlemasters in capital cities.

Warsong Gulch also has its own heavily guarded entrances in the game world, one for each faction. Originally, these served as one of the only ways to join the battleground. However, with the advent of the PvP interface in 3.0.2, these now serve mostly a decorative purpose.

Alliance

The Warsong Gulch in-game map

The Alliance entrance is located in Silverwing Grove, southwest of Silverwing Outpost and Fallen Sky Lake in Ashenvale Forest. The Silverwing Outpost is near the junction of the main road through Ashenvale and the road south to the Northern Barrens. Be very careful if you are below level 20; in the area around the Silverwing Grove are many spiders with strong venom.

Horde

The Horde entrance is on the mountainside to the west of Mor'shan Base Camp at the northern end of the Northern Barrens.

Overview

Players waiting outside the Alliance entrance to Warsong Gulch
Warsong Gulch in the comic series
TQP WSGbasev03.jpg

Mechanics

Warsong Gulch is a 10v10 Capture the Flag battleground, with a duration of 20 minutes. The object of the game is to capture the enemy team's flag, while defending your own against capture.

The game ends when one team has scored 3 captures, or after 20 minutes. After that time, the team with the most flag captures wins. If this would result in a tie, the team that captured the last flag wins. If neither side has captured a flag, then the game ends in a tie.

Each team has one flag in their flag room. Players see the enemy's flag as a clickable object. Clicking on it causes the player to pick it up. To score a capture, the capturing team must have their own flag at its base, and bring the enemy's flag to that same spot. If both flags are being carried, neither team can complete a capture. After a capture, both flags will reset to their original locations after 20 seconds.

When both flags are held, after a short while the flag carriers will receive a stacking debuff, increasing their damage taken by 10%. Every few minutes the flag carriers will receive an additional stack of the debuff, increasing the effect. The debuff stacks up to 10 times for 100% increased damage taken.

Certain actions will cause the flag carrier to drop the flag. These include that player being killed, summoning a mount, entering [Stealth] (including via [Vanish]), receiving a paladin's [Divine Shield] or [Blessing of Protection] ("bubble"), and [Ice Block]. The carrier can also drop the flag by clicking on their own flag buff (received while holding the flag). Actions which do not cause the flag to drop include shapeshifting (cat, travel, ghost wolf), [Divine Protection], and using battleground power-ups. Also, picking up the flag breaks stealth.

When the flag is dropped, it becomes a clickable object where it was dropped. A capturing team member can pick it up again and keep running, but the player who dropped it will not be able to personally pick it up again for 3 seconds. Or, a defending team member can click on it and it will instantly teleport back to their base (this is called "returning" the flag). If no player picks up or returns the flag for about five seconds, it will return itself.

Tactics

Main article: Warsong Gulch strategy

There are at least four different strategies commonly used in Warsong Gulch; Split into O and D, Mid Control, All Escort the FC, and Zerging. The final is most common in PUGS and least likely to produce a victory while any of the first three can be made to work depending on the composition of the given team.

  • Split into Offense and Defense. As simple as it sounds: part of the team protects your flag while another part goes to get the enemy flag. In the case that the enemy gets your flag D will try to chase the enemy flag carrier down and retrieve it while O may or may not assist depending on the tactics. It is very important that O sticks together to make this strategy work. Generally, all stealthers (rogues, druids) go to the enemy base, while the rest of the team stays back to stop any intruders.
  • Middle Control. The team attempts to establish control of the middle of the field by sending most, if not all, of the team there and attacking the enemy as they can. The goal is to prevent any enemy from reaching your fort, or to prevent any enemy flag carriers from returning to their fort. While the middle is held, class appropriate flag carriers are sent into the enemy fort to get their flag.
  • All Escort the Flag Carrier. Everyone stays in a group, charges across the field, and takes the enemy's flag. Everyone escorts the FC back to a safe spot and then some protect your FC while others go look for the enemy FC as they will almost certainly have taken your flag by now as well.
  • Zerging. This strategy involves most of the team charging the enemy flag in a random way and largely as individuals or groups of two. Against any of the organized strats zerging is unlikely to produce a victory, however, it is the strat most commonly used by PUGS as it requires no communication or planning at all.

The key to victory is communication with the other players in your faction. Take the time before the game starts to agree on what strat you will be using but be prepared to change if you need to as events develop. By communicating, your teammates will have the edge and be able to anticipate your enemies' position and movements. It is useful to know, for example, if the opposing faction has characters camped at your graveyard. When allocating parties within a raid group, attention should be focused on not only the classes and abilities of the players involved, but also their levels. For example, it is foolish to send in some level 25 characters when you know that the enemy flag is guarded by multiple level 29s. It is important to keep in mind abilities that can root or snare a player, as well as speed enhancements, and the ability to successfully get away from a group. As in any PvP situation, the key ability to develop with your character is the ability to adapt.

You are much more powerful in Battlegrounds when you are at the higher levels of your bracket. If you're playing in a 25–29 Battleground you will be more effective in direct combat as a level 29 than a level 25-28 because you will be much stronger, have more powerful spells, and stronger, higher leveled weapons with more DPS. You will also notice the other faction attacks you depending on your level because a level 29 will know a player two or more levels below them is an easy fast kill and takes only a few hits.

Remember, Totems are a lifesaver! When you are on your way to capturing the flag, lay a couple of totems, this will make a powerful escape route for you and your allies.

Team Buffs are essential for flag capturing! Aspect of the Pack can speed up your team as they protect the flag, also Blood Pact is great for EVERY ally. Defending, Healing or Attacking.

Hunters, lay a Freezing Trap just on the flag. If an enemy captures it, they'll be "sticking around" for a while. Also, lay another damaging trap above to add insult to injury.

NEVER LEAVE THE FLAG CARRIER ALONE. Have at least one person with him/her at all times.

Communicate effectively and efficiently. Don't spam the battleground chat with things not necessary to PvP.

Power-ups

There are three types of power-ups found in Warsong Gulch. To use them, simply walk up to one. They will respawn after a short period of time.

  • BerserkingPowerUp.jpg Berserking - Increases all damage caused by 30%, all damage taken by 10% and increases your size by 10%. Lasts 1 min.
  • RestorationPowerUp.jpg Restoration - Restores 10% of your health and mana every second for 10 seconds. Attacking or being attacked will cancel the effect.
  • SpeedPowerUp.jpg Speed - Increases movement speed by 100% for 10 seconds.

Honor rewards

The game awards bonus honor to everyone on your side of the match for reaching certain goals. Those goals are:

  • capturing the opponent's flag
  • winning the match

Other scored events do not grant bonus honor. These include: killing blows, picking up the opponent's flag, and returning your flag to your base. Honor is awarded for honorable kills as normal. Losing a complete match (0 captures and a loss) also gives you no bonus honor.

While it is possible to lose a match and still accumulate honor from honorable kills, a careless attitude about losing is generally frowned on, and considering that a winning match grants a substantial honor bonus, winning matches allows for accumulating honor points much more rapidly.

During the Warsong Gulch Call to Arms, completing the battleground will earn players bonus Honor and [Conquest Points].

The winning team receives an 18 Honor Point bonus for each capture the opposing team is prevented from completing. This means every capture below 3, up to a maximum of 54 bonus Honor if the losing team had 0 captures.

Reputation

  • Flag Capture - 35 reputation for entire team

Warsong Gulch items

Warsong Gulch items are available by spending honor accumulated with Illiyana Moonblaze (Alliance) or Kelm Hargunth (Horde). Though some of the Sentinel and Outrider factions items have different names and artwork, their bonuses and equip effects are identical. More powerful versions of some items can be purchased as you gain levels, allowing higher level players to receive faction rewards with better equipment bonuses. However, the epic quality bracer rewards are only available from level 40, and the epic quality leggings are only available at level 60.

Item (Alliance/Horde) Type Level and HP Cost Classes Description
[Silverwing Battle Tabard]
[Warsong Battle Tabard]
Tabard 2059 Honor Points Unrestricted Tabard
[Rune of Duty] Trinket Level 20: 20 Honor Points
Level 40: 35 Honor Points
Warrior, Paladin
Hunter, Rogue
Stamina bonus
Restores health while equipped
[Rune of Perfection] Trinket Level 20: 20 Honor Points
Level 40: 35 Honor Points
Druid, Priest
Shaman, Mage
Warlock
Stamina bonus
Decreases the magical resistances of your spell targets
[Caretaker's Cape]
[Battle Healer's Cloak]
Back Level 18: 20 Honor Points
Level 28: 25 Honor Points
Level 38: 35 Honor Points
Level 48: 45 Honor Points
Level 58: 55 Honor Points
Unrestricted Stamina and spirit bonuses
Increases spellpower
[Sentinel's Medallion]
[Scout's Medallion]
Neck Level 18: 20 Honor Points
Level 28: 25 Honor Points
Level 38: 35 Honor Points
Level 48: 45 Honor Points
Level 58: 55 Honor Points
Unrestricted Stamina and agility bonuses
[Lorekeeper's Ring]
[Advisor's Ring]
Finger Level 18: 100
Level 28: 100
Level 38: 300
Level 48: 300
Level 58: 1600
Unrestricted Stamina bonus
Increases spellpower
Restores mana while equipped
[Protector's Band]
[Legionnaire's Band]
Finger Level 18: 100
Level 28: 100
Level 38: 300
Level 48: 300
Level 58: 1600
Unrestricted Strength, agility, and stamina bonuses
[Lorekeeper's Staff]
[Advisor's Gnarled Staff]
Staff Level 18: 500
Level 28: 700
Level 38: 1000
Level 48: 5000
Level 58: 15000
Unrestricted Stamina and intellect bonuses
Restores mana while equipped
[Protector's Sword]
[Legionnaire's Sword]
Sword Level 18: 300
Level 28: 400
Level 38: 500
Level 48: 700
Level 58: 6000
Unrestricted Strength and stamina bonuses
[Outrunner's Bow]
[Outrider's Bow]
Bow Level 18: 300
Level 28: 400
Level 38: 500
Level 48: 700
Level 58: 6000
Unrestricted Agility and stamina bonuses (Level 30+)
[Sentinel's Blade]
[Scout's Blade]
Dagger Level 18: 300
Level 28: 400
Level 38: 500
Level 48: 700
Level 58: 6000
Unrestricted Agility and stamina bonuses
[Berserker Bracers] Wrist (Plate) Level 40: 500
Level 50: 700
Level 60: 5000
Unrestricted Strength, agility, and stamina bonuses
[Dryad's Wrist Bindings] Wrist (Cloth) Level 40: 500
Level 50: 700
Level 60: 5000
Unrestricted Stamina, intellect, and spirit bonuses
Increases spellpower
[Forest Stalker's Bracers] Wrist (Leather) Level 40: 500
Level 50: 700
Level 60: 5000
Unrestricted Strength, agility, and stamina bonuses
[Windtalker's Wristguards] Wrist (Mail) Level 40: 500
Level 50: 700
Level 60: 5000
Unrestricted Stamina, intellect, and spirit bonuses
Attack power increased while equipped
[Sentinel's Silk Leggings]
[Outrider's Silk Leggings]
Legs (Cloth) Level 60: 9000 Unrestricted Stamina, intellect, and spirit bonuses
Increases spellpower
[Sentinel's Lizardhide Pants]
[Outrider's Lizardhide Pants]
Legs (Leather) Level 60: 9000 Unrestricted Strength, agility, stamina, intellect, and spirit bonuses
Increases spellpower
[Sentinel's Leather Pants]
[Outrider's Leather Pants]
Legs (Leather) Level 60: 9000 Unrestricted Agility and stamina bonuses
Increases chance to get a critical strike
[Sentinel's Chain Leggings]
[Outrider's Chain Leggings]
Legs (Mail) Level 60: 9000 Unrestricted Agility and stamina bonuses
Increases chance to get a critical strike
Increases chance to hit
[Sentinel's Mail Leggings]
[Outrider's Mail Leggings]
Legs (Mail) Level 60: 9000 Unrestricted Strength, intellect and stamina bonuses
Increases chance to get a critical strike
Increases chance to get a crit
Restores mana while equipped
[Sentinel's Lamellar Legguards]
[Outrider's Lamellar Legguards]
Legs (Plate) Level 60: 9000 Unrestricted Strength and stamina bonuses
Increases chance to get a critical strike
Increases chance to hit
Increases spellpower
[Sentinel's Plate Legguards]
[Outrider's Plate Legguards]
Legs (Plate) Level 60: 9000 Unrestricted Strength and stamina bonuses
Increases chance to get a critical strike

Achievements

Useful terminology

During the course of playing, you may hear the following frequently used acronyms and terms used by players to give out directions:

  • fr: Flag Room
  • fc: Flag Carrier
  • efc: Enemy Flag Carrier
  • inc: Incoming enemy players
  • cap: The act of successfully capturing the opposing team's flag - "capping" "a quick cap" - or an instruction to capture the flag, often given when the fc is in a position to cap, but has yet to do so - "cap!"
  • gy: Graveyard (the area or in the proximity of the area in which players re-spawn after death)
  • ramp: Refers to the sloping terrain on the other side of the base (gy being on the left and ramp on the right as you are looking at the base from the middle)
  • roof: Refers to the area above the respective flag rooms, accessed via the side exit in each tunnel
  • tun: Refers to the tunnel leading in and out of the base
  • mid: Refers to the middle of the map, between the bases

Video

Patches and hotfixes

  • Hotfix (2014-03-11): "The winning team now receives an 18 Honor Point bonus for each capture the opposing team is prevented from completing. This means every capture below 3, up to a maximum of 54 bonus Honor if the losing team had 0 captures."
  • Hotfix (2014-03-04): "Focused Assault debuff is now applied to flag carriers once both team’s flags have been picked up starting at the 1-minute mark (down from 3 minutes)."
  • Hotfix (2012-10-04): "The time limit for Warsong Gulch has been reduced from 25 to 20 minutes."
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26): The graveyards outside both bases have been lowered in elevation and are no longer on the same plane as the main flag room entrances to either respective base. This means it is no longer possible for players to travel directly from their graveyard to their base or flag room.
  • WotLK Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): Players no longer receive Warsong Gulch Marks of Honor from participating. All rewards now take the form of honor or reputation.
  • WotLK Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): The timer has 25 minutes now.
  • WotLK Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): There is a now a 20 minute timer on this battleground. After that time, the team with the most flag captures wins. If this would result in a tie, the team that captured the last flag wins. If neither side has captured a flag, then the game ends in a tie awarding a single mark to all participants.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): Players of levels 10 - 19 will now be able to participate in the battle for Warsong Gulch.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-22):
    • Warsong Gulch will now be level-banded as follows: 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60
    • System Messages have been added to Warsong Gulch to replace the heralds.
    • Losers of Warsong Gulch are now given a "Ribbon of Sacrifice" which they may turn in to Captain Shatterspear or Sentinel Farsong for a faction reward.
    • Offensive use of damage immunities no longer causes the flag to drop in Warsong Gulch.
    • A bug that allowed ghost players to pass through the Warsong Gulch starting gate has been fixed.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12):
    • Warsong Gulch has new item rewards at the appropriate faction vendor near the entrances to the zone. These are available starting at Honored faction.
    • Friendly flag carriers are now displayed on the overhead map in Warsong Gulch.
    • Both the Warsong Outrider Supply Officer and the Silverwing Sentinel Supply Officer of Warsong Gulch now offer distinct tabards for purchase. Those heroes who are of Exalted status with one of these factions may purchase the tabard for 5 gold (discounts not included).
    • Players now receive a faction bonus for completing the repeatable Warsong Gulch quests.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): Added.

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