World of Warcraft: Argus and bust

I felt moderately responsible to take some time with my World of Warcraft main and actually go into Argus. Really, it was all a misguided procrastination tactic, because I was working on that Chromie time traveling scenario stuff and found myself feeling a little frustrated with that grind. So might as well… go into a different grind?

Now that we’re in the post-expansion announcement period, I’m finding it very hard to care about jumping through the endgame hoops like Argus. On one hand, the game continues to cram literally billions of points of artifact power down my throat and expand the artifact system while on the other hand Blizzard is preparing us all for the upcoming loss of said artifact weapons. There’s a sliiiiiiight loss of motivation and a general desire to see the reset button hit if there has to be that reset button. Like, now that we know we are going to move on, I’d rather just get on with it already instead of carrying on this charade.

The best thing I can say about Argus so far is that the skybox is really breathtaking. Seeing Azeroth loom over the horizon makes me think about how big that world is and also how these two planets are probably going to collide and break up in their mutual gravity wells.

Otherwise, the story so far is “eh,” lots of Illidan moping and some giddy Elf and a way-too-serious prophet. For world questing, we’ve traded the lush and inviting landscape of the broken isles with that jagged fel hellscape that Blizzard is alone in being fond of seeing everywhere. Kind of tired of the whole fel-demon-Legion thing as it is, which is probably why I keep going back to my lower level characters.

In fact, I’d probably be giving my level 60 Undead Warlock all of my attention right now except that I’ve put her on hold until Patch 7.3.5 comes out. I’m hoping soon on that, because I love the idea of level scaling zones. My plan is to take her over to Northrend the day that patch comes out and revisit the Wrath of the Lich King zones in their entirety on my journey from 60 to 80. Then Pandaria, Draenor, and Broken Isles. That should keep me busy.

I suppose there is another bright spot in this whole Argus thing, which is that it’s helping me refamiliarize with my DK. I don’t get tired of seeing her summoning hordes of skeletons and running around with an extremely obese zombie. She’s still so comfortable to play in a way that I haven’t found with many of the other classes, no matter how I rotate through them.

I’ll keep pecking away at Argus and Chromie, but I’m curious for those playing: what is the purpose? Are there some desirable rewards for all of this? Does the story get incredible at any point? Or is it all just busy work for the time being?


6 thoughts on “World of Warcraft: Argus and bust

  1. Isey December 12, 2017 / 9:43 am

    Is the expansion “done” yet? Still waiting for that moment to come back to finish off the content =)

  2. Eric Hawkins December 12, 2017 / 10:49 am

    I went back and hit level cap and did all the class campaigns instead of Argus. It’s neat to see the way they reuse certain parts of the world for the artifacts and missions. End game WoW is still the same, though the treadmill feels worse than usual. Really wish there was a multiclass system like ff14.

  3. Tyler F.M. Edwards December 12, 2017 / 11:06 am

    Again, I understand your frustration with the looming reset on gear and artifacts and such, but I just don’t see why it’s only hitting you now. It’s not like any of this is surprise. We knew going in that artifacts were temporary. Were you expecting this to be the last expansion? Or for this to be the one time Blizzard doesn’t hit the reset button with a new expansion somehow?

    This is why I never get fussed with the endgame grind beyond what I need to in WoW. There’s never been any permanence to any of it.

    As for Argus, if you’re not enjoying it now, things aren’t likely to improve. If you haven’t been to Mac’Aree yet, it provides a bit of a change in scenery, but otherwise it’s more of the same. Personally I found the story exciting and the environments powerfully evocative, and I’m kind of baffled as to how any of it could be viewed as “eh,” but to each their own.

    @Isey: The expansion is pretty much “done.” There’s still 7.3.5, but it’s looking to be a minor patch, and it’s probably not far off. The only reason to wait for it would be if you’re really keen to level some new alts from scratch, and even then it’s not that big of a deal, as the level-scaling is looking pretty underwhelming. Not all zones scale, and those that do only do so within a narrow level range.

    In other words, feel free to come back now. Generous catch-up mechanisms are in place, and all of the content is either live or arriving imminently.

  4. Gevlon December 13, 2017 / 5:02 am

    If only MMOs didn’t have gear resets and catch-up mechanisms…

    I stopped playing because why bother if everything you earn will be given away for free next expansion?

  5. Dobablo December 13, 2017 / 5:17 am

    The final raid won’t be fully opened in LFR until the new year but Legion content is effectively complete. There is a final patch that has only just gone to the test server but that is mostly about the pivot the plot from Legion to Battle for Azeroth.

  6. Isey December 13, 2017 / 8:51 am

    Thanks @Tyler and @Dobablo!

    That’s how I WoW now. I do the content, LFR, see what there is to see as a solo, casual player, then wait for the next expansion. I DID enjoy legion early on (played up until end of Suramar quest) but the first gear reset reminded me that since I don’t do it for gear, I am better off just waiting for them to complete the expansion and then go enjoy the story arcs and what there is.

    I should have bought WAY more tokens when they were 50k though, wow that went through the roof!!

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