With about a month left until World of Warcraft delivers the pre-expansion patch (according to the community’s estimation), lots of people are scrambling to finish up content and get affairs in order for the expansion. I’ve got my two main characters ready to go, but as of late, I’ve been agonizing around one big question: Should I be spending this final month whipping a Horde alt into shape?
In other words, is it worth having characters in both factions these days? Every time I look at this question, I keep drawing up the same pros and cons and finding myself stalemated. Yes, it takes Syp to stalemate Syp — I am my own fiercest competition.
Initially, it seems like an “other faction” alt makes a lot of sense. You can experience unique content, areas, and flavor that lies on the other side. In Battle for Azeroth, there will be initial leveling zones dedicated to a single faction (at least at the start), not to mention specific scenarios (such as the pre-expansion one). Would be nice to see all of that.
Plus, for those of us who like variety, it’s refreshing to jump over to the other faction and experience a different angle and culture. I’ve mained Alliance characters for a long, long time, with only a couple of points in my World of Warcraft history being that involved with Horde.
Finally, having both sides will help with unlocking all of the alliance races — not to mention using them!
However convincing that may seem, the cons have their say as well. For a player who is devoted to making money, alternative-faction characters make it hard to transfer wealth. My Horde character cannot, to my knowledge, easily transfer goods or gold over to my Alliance character and help with saving up for Wow Tokens. At best, that Horde character will have to exist in a separate economic bubble and try to save up for a Token all by him or herself.
Another strong consideration is my guild. I’m not in a dual-faction guild, so my Horde character is with a different group of players altogether. Since I split my time between games, I am loathe to divide my attention in any single title between multiple guilds. Having the same guild across alts helps with maintaining and building relationships, not to mention jumping into group activities.
I guess the final con here is mere preference. I prefer the aesthetics and races of the Alliance, on the whole, to the Horde. I’m not as enthusiastic about the Horde faction, mostly because I don’t like barbarian-style huts and “brute force over elegance” style.
It’s all small peanuts, I know. I don’t even have to decide now, although with one month of nothing much else to do, it would seem a good time to focus down on a Horde alt if that was my intention. I really don’t enjoy how MMOs like this make factions less about pride, identity, and story and more about arbitrary walls to divide players and create inconvenience. When you’re in the Alliance ecosystem, it gets hard to invest in the Horde one — and vice-versa.