Deepwind Gorge Patch 5.3 Preview

An overview of the brand new PvP battleground, Deepwind Gorge, set to launch in Patch 5.3.

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Deepwind Gorge is the newest player
versus player battleground in World of Warcraft. Set to launch in
Patch 5.3, this battleground is located in the mines of Deepwind
Gorge, found deep within in the Valley of the Four Winds. Here fifteen
players of the Alliance and fifteen from the Horde will get the chance
to face off for some of the rich resources of Pandaria. Players need
to be level 90 to enter Deepwind Gorge. Who will ultimately prevail?
The faction with the most gold of course.

Read onward to find out more about this
brand new battleground.

Deepwind Gorge Quick Facts

Location: Deepwind Gorge, Valley
of the
Four Winds

Player Count: 15 vs. 15

Level Requirement: 90

Capture Points: Northern,
Central, and
Southern Mines

Mine Carts: Awards 200 Gold and
Bonus Honor

Victory Requirement: Reach 1,600

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Deepwind Gorge Mine

Players entering Deepwind Gorge will
find themselves in an player versus player setting reminiscent of the
Arathi Basin. Horde and Alliance players will begin on opposite sides
of the map. Once inside the factions will battle over three mine
locations that your team will need to assault and claim for your
faction. There is a northern Pandaren mine, central mine, and a
southern Goblin mine. Each mine has a flag to indicate its presence
as well as miners collecting resources.

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Capturing each mine is done just like
bases in other similar battlegrounds, by simply clicking the flag and
waiting until the cast is complete. Damage or player death will
interrupt the cast and the capturing process will need to begin
again. While your faction holds the mine, the miners there will
collect gold for your cause, helping your team come closer to the
1,600 gold goal. The more mines your team can hold, the faster gold
will be collected.

Deepwind Gorge Mine Carts

Unlike Arathi Basin, which is fully a
domination type map, Deepwind Gorge has another objective thrown in
to make things a little more interesting. Each team will find a cart
laden with gold at their faction's base. You can “steal” the
other factions cart by clicking on it. This will attach the cart to
your character and you can then walk it back to your base to capture
it. Unlike normal battleground flags, you do not need your factions
cart to be present at your base to make a cart capture.

Of course, capturing the cart can not
be overly easy. Once you have clicked the cart, you are limited to
normal running speed only. Only spells like Blink can help you get
you to your destination faster. This means no mounts and no travel
forms. If your cart is stolen, you must kill the cart bearer and then
click the cart to return it to your base. If you do not click the
cart it will remain in it's current location and make it that much
easier for the other faction to capture it.

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Completing a cart capture will award
your team with 20 bonus honor and 200 gold. After making a capture a
message will appear indicating that your faction has “stolen”
gold from the other team. While your team will earn gold, it
currently does not appear that any is actually taken from the other
team. Perhaps this additional twist will go into affect in a future

Winning Deepwind Gorge

To win in the Deepwind Gorge
Battleground players must use a tactics from both Arathi Basin and
Warsong Gultch. Capturing the mines is important, however, spreading
your forces too thin will ultimately lead to failure. Instead holding
a few mines while sending a small team to capture mine carts seems to
be the way to go here. This method also seems to provide the most
fun, as players get to take part in a domination type battleground as
well as a capture the flag. Of course other methods could and should
be used based on team composition and the various strengths of the
players within.

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Have you had the opportunity to test
out Deepwind Gorge on the public test realms? How do you feel about
this new battleground? How did your team achieve victory? What other
types of battlegrounds would you like to see added to World of
Warcraft in the future? Share your thoughts with us using the comment
section below!

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