It’s strange being back to WoW. My SO hates it. I’m excited to play again, at the same time I feel oddly adrift.
The good stuff: Leveling was good fun. It didn’t feel like questing on rails much, and the story was very coherent. Nagrand felt very grindy, but then, I guess that’s just how Nagrand has always been and always will be. I enjoyed the garrison integration, you really do get to feel like a commander raising outposts everywhere. The Nagrand frostwolf is the best thing ever. I also dig the whole follower mini-game, and get excited pushing them to 100, getting them gear and they in turn getting me gear. It’s awesome.
Overall, I enjoyed all the zones. Gorgrond felt like this weird mix of Sholazar meets Badlands. Talador is so close to Terrokar Forest, and yet so different. Nagrand will always be one of the most gorgeous zones in the game, no matter in which timeline.
The other big thing to enjoy is dinging 100. Within minutes, I took the portal to Orgrimmar, spec’d from fury into prot and got Gladiator’s Resolve. I had such a fantastic time playing around with it. I did silver damage proving grounds within the first hour of being 100, with a pitiful ilevel of 590. It’s all the fun I missed about prot warriors, without the tiresome responsibility of tanking. Speaking of which, I tried Proving Grounds for that as well, and can’t seem to get silver done, so there’s that. I might try again, eventually, but it’s no priority. Seriously, I am really loving that Blizzard made a Sword&Board DPS spec happen.
The meh stuff:
I don’t get professions anymore. I love that the new model is wonderful for catchup. My warrior is boosted, and not having to grind out to 600 first was very nice. In fact, I only just got like 150 mining and 137 blacksmithing. What I don’t love is that you don’t get to experience the satisfying impact of your profession while leveling. I managed to craft one piece of gear while leveling, a helmet, and in retrospect I wish I had saved the truesteel ingots. Right now, blacksmithing feels like this juggling game of work orders and eventually, weeks later, you get to craft an epic. What will happen once you have your maximum amount of epics? Post them on the AH and that’s it?
I always liked the economy metagame, but I no longer have any idea how to make gold on the AH. Throughout Mists, I crafted PvP gear and made a lot of gold that way. I am still sitting on 450k gold, but I haven’t worked out a new strategy yet. The other goblins in-guild don’t seem to have anything set up yet either.
Furthermore, I should be excited that melee is quite strong, from what it looks like, but it’s led to the result that my guild is full of level 100 melee and not much else. I tried my first heroic with guildies, DPS being two warriors and a DK, ending up in UBRS and…yeah, it was ugly. A wipefest. Frustrating. I like the challenge, but not the part where it seemed impossible with three melee and a tank. That’s a lot of venomous puddles to stand in on the 2nd boss. Which was where we gave up.
The ugly stuff:
I’ll be honest, it’s not a feelgood feeling when the first round of class tuning is done, and your chosen main gets a flat out nerf. Warriors get 20% less damage on Shield Slam and Revenge, the main damage abilities of a gladiator warrior, and of course the primary rage abilities of tanking prot warriors as well. I know no prot warrior who doesn’t love Shield Slam, and seeing that nerfed for both prot playstyles, it really sucks. I wish they had nerfed Gladiator Stance’s damage buff or Shield Charge, but not those two abilities across the board. Arms is not in a great place, Fury isn’t either and honestly was quite tiring to level as. Together with the abundance of melee, that might have been it for being a warrior main this expac.
I am currently contemplating my other options. There’s my paladin, and retribution paladin is a lot of fun right now. Holy has always been my paladin’s main spec, I could go for that. Alternatively, level a ranged DPS. I started leveling my priest yesterday, but honestly, shadowpriest is just not my thing. The next closest ranged DPS I have is a shaman that I leveled as enhancement. She’s level 78. I have all the mail int heirlooms so switching to shaman would not be a problem. They just got buffed too. Maybe it’s a sign.
I could go back to Yatalai, my DK. Frost is in a good place. It just doesn’t feel quite right to me at the moment.
So there you have it, my 2-week impressions.