World of Warcraft: Is it hype or substance?

World of Warcraft Highmaul Spores

I finally came back to World of Warcraft. It’s been a few months since I really sat down to play it, because Warlords of Draenor had an interesting concept, but a boring and tedious fucking inception. I liked the idea of seeing all my favorite Warlords and Chieftains mixing it up in a higher definition battleground than Warcraft 2. But ultimately? It was way grindier than I anticipated, and most of the content bored me to absolute tears. Slowly, I watched all the green fire begin to envelop the world. Green is my favorite color, and the green warlock fire is pretty awesome. But when the only colors I see are black and green all the time, I’m going to begin to hate it. I hope that isn’t all I see in Legion.  But Warlords is over; two underwhelming expansions in a row! That’s not a good look, Blizzard. I love you guys, I do. I love World of Warcraft, but if it’s not good, I’m not going to lie to anyone and say I think it is.

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But what do I think of this pre-expansion event? The Invasions? I hate it on a PVP server, because the first few days were just people murdering each other instead of working together. This time last year, I was grumbling about the “Iron Incursion”, wanting to enjoy it but finding myself unable to. But even though I chose to be on a PVP server, I enjoy this event. There are little things I like. There’s cool cosmetic stuff, but the best thing: My grossly undergeared characters can catch up and be ready for the expansion. Demon Hunters can get ready, learn their class, my Mage which I’ve had since vanilla, Ragachak, is getting ready! Since Blizzard doesn’t care about Paladins, guess he gets to sit on the shelf for a bit and just do old-world raids. Even if they are slow as balls now thanks to the Pally changes. Now to figure out who to heal as, who to DPS as. I don’t really tank, but maybe this will be the time. Honestly? I’m excited for this story to be told. I also have been enjoying streaming WoW, something I haven’t done before! This occurs on the Facebook and occasionally over at The Bottom Tier. I haven’t been this excited since Burning Crusade. Are you guys hyped? Is it just a flash in the pan? Would you rather go play Everquest 2? Let me know!

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  • Zachary Culpepper

    If you ever need a streaming buddy on weekends, hit me up! Id love to hit up the World of Warcraft with an old friend!

    Honestly tho, coming after MoP and right on the heels of the dissatisfaction of WoD, i feel Legion has a lot to prove. I personally think they can do it. From what ive seen, the content is engaging and plentiful. Artifacts seem pretty cool, albeit another grind behind which progression will be locked. But the abilities and perk seem to change the gameplay if several classes for the better. Scaling allows for content to remain relevant, and for friends to quest together despite being different levels. Raiding and dungeons look good, and im curious as to the new PvP. Im excited for a (hopeful) return to the WoW i first experienced during The Burning Crusade.

    • Ragachak

      Sounds good! I think it’d be fun. But I’m worried about the artifacts too. It makes me feel like everyone is a bit less special. But I’m certainly hopeful and excited.

  • Herschel Pilcher III

    There is a lot going on for Legion. Some fairly impressive story moments (a big thing for me) a lot, and I do mean a LOT, of class changes, making loot hunting the primary reason for living..

    But it isn’t enough to make me want to come back. WoW had a hard time holding my interest back in Lich King, an expansion about one of my favorite parts of the Warcraft universe. It completely lost me when they went full blown racists in Panda-land.

    I’ve seen a lot of the stuff from the beta thanks to my wife, and while it all looks very epic and interesting, not once has it made me think “Man.. I kind of miss playing Wow”

    • Ragachak

      I’m just trying to stay hopeful. The last two expansions disappointed me, but I’m curious to see where it goes. The story does intrigue me though.

  • I was in beta and actually loved the new content and the ‘newness’ of the classes. I feel like they’ve made things a bit more ‘balanced’ because I’m not tearing through mobs as easily as I was before. I’m very excited about this new expansion! Only thing I’m upset about is who we lose, but I guess I shouldn’t be shocked, it had to happen eventually I suppose!
    I’m looking forward to hunting the artifacts on my actual characters. The story lines are a lot more interesting and have managed to keep my interest more so then the last two expansions. SO all in all, I am looking forward to it!

  • Eric Marsh

    I’m definitely looking forward to Legion, and that’s considering how much I despise the changes to my favorite spec in the game: Retribution.

    I won’t go on a tirade here about the abhorrent situation of my class and spec, but suffice it to say: I’m not pleased with it. That doesn’t mean I’ll not play the game, however, as the actual game content is interesting and deserves a thorough play-through.

    Hopefully things will turn out for the better for Ret, but I won’t keep my hopes up.

  • Endathel

    I’m in love again, demon hunters and fire mage need a say more? I’m loving the content so far and don’t worry Jason once you get to shattered it’s not all green and black. Each area has so much lore and it’s all really interesting.