World of Warcraft: Countdown to Shadowlands

We’re pretty much here, right on the cusp of Shadowlands, and it’s a strange feeling. It’s been a longer wait than most, but also not as difficult of a wait considering all that there was to do with Patch 9.0. And at least we got the pre-expansion event two weeks beforehand, giving us some busy work and an injection of hype.

From what I could understand, the event pretty much took place in three parts. There was a series of daily quests and rare bosses to kill in Icecrown, there was a weekly boss in Eastern Plaguelands, and there’s the zombie infection thing that I kind of feel we’re all past at this point.

Honestly, it all ended up really underwhelming me. It was nice to see Icecrown repurposed for this event, and I’m all for the community getting together to kick butt as a kind of guided party. But the activities themselves weren’t that interesting (especially the “waiting for 20 minutes between bosses” part), and I couldn’t get that much worked up over the rewards. I mean, in just a couple of days, we’re replacing most of this gear with quest rewards anyway, so why kill ourselves trying to get 110 purples?

Another downside was the giant beast known as Lag, which kept popping up at the least welcome moments. All in all, I kind of got out of this event what I wanted to in the first night and then left it alone after that.

Instead, I’ve been devoting this week to finishing up leveling my Shaman and doing some LOTRO stuff before Shadowlands launches.

As for the launch itself, I’m excited, but I’m not going to take the day off and isolate myself from my family. There’s seriously never any rush with these expansions, unless you really like hitting the drop-off at the end of the current content and find yourself staring into the abyss while counting down the days until the next patch.

I’ll just be happy to be adventuring in new lands, to progress my characters some more, and to engage in the current expansion’s crafting. There’s going to be a whole lot to do in December, and I’m all for it.

4 thoughts on “World of Warcraft: Countdown to Shadowlands

  1. Rick Mills November 20, 2020 / 9:07 am

    10 minutes between bosses the last week, and I liked how the quests opened up over the last week – they were fun! The gatherings around the bosses were a blast – Last night everyone pulled out there Twilight proto-drake and circled the bosses. I should have taken pics…
    I think the greens of shadowlands will be less than 100 iLvl, but I could be wrong.

  2. bhagpuss November 20, 2020 / 9:41 am

    In other mmos having the waiting time between spawns in events like this creates a great party atmosphere with lots of chat, fireworks, dancing and so on. I’ve seen that often in GW2, TSW/SWL, EQII and others. There was a bit of it on my server (cluster) in WoW last week but not so much as you might expect.

    The events themselves were pretty decent for a casual player. I hugely improved the gear on my two level fifities. I’m not sure whether I’m going to buy the expansion, either, so that gear may last me a while.

    Positives aside, it wasn’t anything like as entertaining as the pre-Legion events, which were quite compelling. I wasn’t there for the pre-BfA ones so I don’t know how they stack up.

  3. Kevin Brill (@kevinbrill) November 20, 2020 / 9:44 am

    The pace is definitely better this week with 10 minutes between spawns. I spent my time doing dailies and killing bosses to get the cosmetic armor sets on my max level toons. Once that was done I ended up camping Bronjahm on those same toons to get the 34 slot bag. Got my last toon her bag this morning, so I’m all set for Shadowlands at this point.

  4. Eric Hawkins November 21, 2020 / 3:01 am

    The other day, half of those gathered around Bronjham used their Gamon toy so it was worth it to see that kind of spontaneous goofing around

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