This means that most of the experienced players (at least in my battlegroup) are keeping to Wintergrasp and Arenas and don't even bother with battlegrounds anymore. Joining a battleground by yourself promises a frustrating loss and joining with a partial team doesn't guarantee victory. I went with my family group to an AB the other day and our pick-up players were so bad that though my group (3 dps, 2 healers) kept taking and defending the points the enemy attacked, we still lost the game.
So why would anyone in their right mind care about battlegrounds anymore, aside from those rare instances where you go in with your own premade?
You need marks to buy the 6 available PVP mounts, and these mounts are straightforward to solo grind. After checking his hunter's battleground log, my husband found that he had a 50-50 ratio of wins and losses for everything but AV (alliance doesn't sign on our battlegroup). Taking that ratio into account, here are my statistics:
- 150 Warsong Gulch Mark of Honor (50 Wins; 150 Losses; 75 Average)
- 150 Arathi Basin Mark of Honor (50 Wins; 150 Losses; 75 Average)
- 200 Alterac Valley Mark of Honor (67 Wins; 200 Losses; 100 Average)
Why the extra 50 for AV? Your AV vendor has an extra mount for 50 marks of Alterac Valley.
While you're doing Alterac Valley, if you still don't have your city reps up, there are repeatable quests you can do only while the battleground is happening that give rep per turn-in. I encourage you to do all the quests for that city first because the rep isn't much, but at least it's something -- and a lot cheaper than runecloth turn-ins.
Other PVP Mounts
300 Stone Keeper Shards will get you the smaller War Mammoth in Wintergrasp. Archavon has the bigger one (with passenger seats) as a drop in the 10 and 25-man.
The 2 Halaa Dark Talbuks require that you kill 170 players in Halaa and farm 700 Oshu'gun powder (makes 35 tokens) from all the animals in Nagrand. Put together a raid in your faction, let the other faction know when you're doing it, and kill each other for a few hours. You share kills with raid members, so this shouldn't be a problem once you get around to it.