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- You left a battleground before it was complete and must wait before entering another one.
- Duration: 15 minutes
Deserter (also known as "Battleground Deserter") is the debuff a player receives after becoming AFK at a battleground or prematurely leaving a battleground. It exists to deter players from gaining honor at a battleground by attending but not participating. It also prevents players from leaving a battleground due to an unfavorable matchup, and instantly joining another with the hope of a better matchup.
There is also a version of this that is obtained from leaving a Random dungeon before the end.
- Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): Timer has been changed to 30 minutes, up from 15.
- Patch 2.0.3 (09-Jan-2007): Added.
- ω τ ϖ - debuff for failing to defend during  or  during the Rise of the Zandalari (Patch 4.1) quest chains.