After a couple of weeks with World of Warcraft’s latest update, I have come to a somewhat disheartening conclusion: Patch 7.2 is a letdown. It’s not a bad patch, per se, but for being this “one of the biggest content patches ever released! so awesome!1!!” event, it’s definitely lackluster from my perspective.
The new zone? Just another world quest arena with unfortunately ugly landscape. The “build your base” mechanic? A crappy and temporary rehash of garrisons. The invasions? Interesting the first few times, but not really worth repeating past that. The additional artifact traits? Welcome, I guess, but it’s a sign of more grinding. The new dungeon? Pretty enough, but instantly gets dumped into the vat of dungeons that aren’t worth doing for the rewards since I’m overgeared already. The new raid? Not out yet. Class mounts? Not there yet.
What really rankles is that the one feature that I want is being stubborn about becoming available. Of course, that’s flying. After all of the hoops we jumped through for Broken Isles Patchfinder Part 1, you’d think that Part 2 would be a lot easier, and in truth, it kind of is. Just explore all of the new zone and get the new rep up to exalted. Simple enough for even me to comprehend.
But that rep is proving to be a real stickler. Apparently you used to be able to get 1500 rep from doing each invasion assault in the beta, but on live they changed it to just the first time and then never thereafter. So… there goes all of my motivation for running assaults, right? Seems like such a stupid decision. What I’m left with is collecting rep in drips and drabs from world quests in Broken Shore with the occasional building material turn-in. It’s not impossible; I’ll probably be done in a couple of weeks. But it’s silly to gate it this slow after all of our accomplishments to date. At least I won’t have to ever do this again on my account.
The result of all of this is that I don’t feel any more entertained right now than I did prior to 7.2 releasing. I’m actually far more excited for the features of 7.2.5, because they sound really fun — time-travel quests and silly micro-holidays and the like. That’s what I want to do.
It’s made me mull alts again. My Warlock is 109, so pretty much right at World Quest level, but part of me would like to get out of Legion for an alternate character. So maybe a new alt… I keep eyeing that Monk, contemplating a healer. Could be the time for it.