So after the fallout of Patch 8.0 settled last week and players were actually able to get into the game, one large question loomed: What now? What was there to do?
I guess that’s two separate questions, but you get the gist.
In any case, until the pre-expansion scenarios went live, there wasn’t actually a lot to DO with Patch 8.0 other than figure out your new classes, mourn the loss of gold-making missions (and why did you have to nerf my companions’ bonus skills, Blizzard?), and wait until addons got fixed. That is, unless you consider loot legacy mode.
This was a really welcome change and one that offered up an attractive alternative activity, which was to go through old dungeons and solo them for transmog and sellable green loot. I mean, you could always do that, but now you get even more boss loot as if you were running it with a full group. So I decided to hightail it to Northrend and spend some time chain-running Wrath dungeons from back in the day.
Northrend is still so very, very pretty. Far more pretty than it has any right to be, considering how old it is.
Other than the inconvenience of having to physically travel to the dungeon’s starting point (LFG has spoiled me), this went surprisingly well. I’d run a dungeon once on heroic then a bunch of times on standard, vacuuming up loot and unlocking appearances here and there. For this kind of speed run, I decided that my Death Knight was the best for this activity. With three easy-to-use AoE fields, I could lazily round up a ton of mobs (who couldn’t touch me) and then pop a field and watch them all instantly die. Rinse and repeat.
I did fill up my bags with some nice items to sell, although nothing too expensive. Just enough to pay the bills, you know? I had a vision of going through each expansion and chain-running each dungeon about five or six times before moving on, but I don’t know how well that will go. In any case, it’s a nice mindless activity that feels beneficial while touring me through some of the more impressive set pieces that the developers have created over the years.
As an aside, I am also very tempted to play around with a new Shaman (I had since deleted my old Dwarf one for a reason that seemed good at the time) now that Enhancement has a pet back. Probably don’t have the time to level an alt right now. Can’t we just have the expansion already?